The final 12 quarterfinals acts faced elimination last night (Aug. 30) on “America’s Got Talent” on NBC. After a tense hour, seven of them advanced to the semifinals which will start next week. Magic was the theme of the night as returning AGT finalists Jon Dorenbos and Piff the Magic Dragon returned to perform, along with season nine champ Mat Franco. Season 12 mentalist Colin Cloud narrowly escaped elimination with the Dunkin’ Save, while Angelina Green and Greater Works left their fate up to the judges.
Dunkin’ Save Shocker
At the top of the hour, Tyra Banks announced Angelina Green, Colin Cloud and Greater Works would be the three acts vying for America’s Dunkin’ Save. Finding Cloud and Greater Works in this position was a bit shocking, because their acts are so unique and Greater Works nearly blew the roof off this week with their electrifying performance of “You’re the One That I Want” from “Grease.”
Angelina Green did a brilliant job with “Gravity.” But, there are just so many young, talented singers this season, she arguably has way too much competition. When vote tallies flashed on the screen, we could already tell it was going to be a close race.
Lights Out for Oskar and Gaspar
Acrobatic dance team Diavolo and projection light artists Oskar and Gaspar were called up together first. Only one of them would make it through (darn!) and ultimately it was Diavolo. Diavolo's outer space routine was visually stunning this week, and they always surprise us. This was a good call and we can’t wait to see what they do next!
Final Draft Takes Final Bow
Wildcard act Final Draft stepped forward with Kechi and Kechi ended up advancing to the semifinals. Again, America did the right thing. Kechi is so inspirational and this week's emotional performance that was dedicated to Hurricane Harvey victims was one of the most memorable AGT moments we’ve seen all season. She cried happy tears when she survived the cut and we just wanted to give her a hug. Great job, Kechi!
Season 11 finalist and NFL player Jon Dorenbos returned to do some magic tricks out on the street and he was amazing! He made a card appear inside a football and changed a dollar bill from Marlon Wayans' wallet into a hundred-dollar bill. Wouldn’t we all love to learn how to do that?
AGT season nine champ Mat Franco also dazzled the audience and judges by pouring six different kinds of beverages from a milk carton: Milk, orange juice, wine, water, lemonade, and beer. He poured the drinks and served them to Tyra and the judges, who confirmed they were all real. He ripped the empty carton up, showing nothing special was inside. How did he do that?
Season 10 finalist Piff the Magic Dragon also returned with his cute dog Mr. Piffles, who sketched a giraffe in Paris upon Mel B’s answers – but, he missed the underwear she said he should have been wearing. Then he wrote “Gene the Giraffee” upon Heidi’s suggestion. It was really cute!
Chase Goehring, Mike Yung, Sara and Hero, and the Final Votes
By now we should all know how to sniff out an AGT double-save moment and thankfully, that’s what happened for singer-songwriter Chase Goehring and subway singer Mike Yung. They were called forward together and both earned a pass-through. We knew Chase would make it and we’re glad to see Mike Yung get another chance because he sings with such power and passion. Sara and her sweet dog Hero also advanced. Simon asked America and all dogs and cats to vote them through. It must have worked - yay!
Finally, Dunkin’ Save announcements are always so nerve-wracking to watch. We can’t imagine the pressure of being one of the acts on stage awaiting an answer. Per Tyra Banks, Colin Cloud was saved in one of the closest margins the show has ever seen. That left Greater Works and Angelina Green facing the judges. Heidi Klum voted for her Golden Buzzer, Angelina. The rest of the judges went with Greater Works, with Howie Mandel casting the deciding vote.
“America’s Got Talent” starts the semifinals next week on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on NBC.