The semifinal rounds of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” got underway on Tuesday night, earning the network a ratings win with 8.5 million viewers, which was nearly identical to last week’s viewership.
In the all-important, 18-to-49 demographic, “AGT” earned a series-low 2.2 rating.
Twelve acts performed last night, including Mel B’s one-hit-wonder wild card returnee Tone the Chiefrocca and Howie Mandel’s unicycle-bowl-stunt wild card pick, Red Panda.
Red Panda was forced to withdraw from the competition due to a family emergency during the previous round, but was brought back by Mandel to have a shot at the $1 million prize.
The unexpected slot opened up due to an injury to one of the Kristef Brothers acrobat team members during rehearsals for Tuesday night’s show. Host Nick Cannon announced the brothers are hoping to return to the competition in time for next week’s second semifinal round.
Comedian Taylor Williamson, in an attempt to supposedly win judge Heidi Klum over, broke out a routine that was thinly disguised as a kid-friendly routine. The charade came stumbling across the finish line with a crude sexual innuendo.
In spite of Williamson’s act obviously not being kid friendly, the judges and audience loved the act.
Mel B-loving crooner Dave Fenley impressed with a beat-boxing rendition of a Spice Girls classic.
Shadow dancing Catapult Entertainment – although sub par – gave an impressive story-driven performance that didn’t exactly wow the judges, but still earned them plenty of praise.
Singer Cami Bradley turned in another solid performance, but with a guitar accompaniment this time instead of a piano.
Tone the Chiefrocca’s “B-double O-T-Y” mantra was much like its previous renditions, but not nearly as entertaining as it was the last time.
The operatic trio Forte was the night’s final act and lived up to expectations by delivering a solid performance.
This week’s “America’s Got Talent” semifinal acts were, as a whole, sub par, making this viewer’s predictions relatively easy.
Here are the six acts that should advance in tonight’s results show:
1. Operatic trio Forte
2. Singer Cami Bradley
3. Singer Dave Fenley
4. Shadow dancing Catapult Entertainment
5. Comedian Taylor Williamson
6. Acrobatic Duo Resonance
Operatic singer Jonathan Allen’s subpar performance will probably spell the end of the road for him.
Red Panda’s act, while impressive, ended with a mistake, which will likely send her packing. If you’re like this viewer, you’ve seen her act at an NBA halftime show over the past 15 years. Like all athletes, her skills have declined with age.
The only act that could possibly sneak into the finals would be the all-girl, all-kid Innovative Force dance group, but only if America falls for the group’s kid charms.
“America’s Got Talent” results show will air Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on KSL 5 in Provo.