Lightwire Theatre — a colorful, illuminated dance and puppet act from New Orleans — was the clear fan favorite among the 12 hopefuls performing Tuesday night on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT.
They are almost assured to be one of four acts advancing to the semi-final round on Wednesday.
Who joins them, however, is anybody’s guess.
Rockstar juggler Mike Price appeared to blow his chance when he dropped a flaming baton on stage…
Cristin Sandu, an acrobat from Las Vegas, is also likely out after falling from atop a stack of boxes and cylinders during his balancing stunt.
Here is how everyone else fared:
The Untouchables (dance team): The junior Miami All Stars (ages 8 & up) killed it! All three judges applauded their skills and originality. They should advance with no problem.
All Wheel Sports (bike/dance/variety): The combined biking, dancing and gymnasts into one of the most explosive presentations of the evening. You could tell this must be really cool to watch in person, but it translates as well on TV as ice hockey. They earned the right to move on — if America remembers to vote!
Jacob Williams: Let’s be clear — he’s no Tom Cotter. The question is, who is better? Tom is funny. Jacob is, well…just awkward. “Even the way you walk is awkward,” Sharon says. But Howie was quick to call him “the best act of the night.”
Spencer Horsman (escape artist): He is talented and full of personality. What a shame he didn’t pick an act that looked a little more exciting. Sure, he could have been impaled on live television, but as Sharon pointed out, “It was a bit boring. All we were watching was a screen with you wiggling. So for 45 seconds that is a bit much time to see you wiggle.” Spencer probably won’t make the cut this time, but would make a great wild card act.
All Beef Patty (drag queen): Never underestimate America’s ability to vote for the campy oddball (hello, Sanjaya). Howie Mandel joked that ABP looked like “Nikki Minaj ate Big Barry.” But Howard Stern’s comments may be what seals her fate: “The question for me is whether All Beef could really go beyond being a cabaret performer and really become a big stage,” he said following a cheesy cabaret routine to “Let’s Hear It For The Boy.” “I think tonight we proved that she isn’t a big Vegas act.”
Inspire The Fire (song & dance): We loved these guys the first time we saw them. So did the judges. But this time around…not so much. They dance together, dressed in red white and blue, to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” If only we had some wine to go with all that cheese.
Wordspit & The Illest (musical act): They were great — if rap is your thing. But these ambitious New Yorkers made the biggest mistake of all: they performed an original song no one knew.
Elusive (dancer): Howard said he had been meaning to tell the dancer — who suffers from hearing loss — how he is a better dancer than his main competition, Turf. “Except something went wrong tonight,” Stern said. “You weren’t better than Turf tonight. You have got to get faster. You still need more.” Uh…ouch!
Jake Wesley Rogers (singer): If Howie is right, and a singer isn’t going to win this season, it is because the show has somehow managed to let singers like this into the competition. His toned down piano version of “Toxic” (a song Howard says even Britney Spears doesn’t like) was downright bizarre. And awful.
Wednesday night four acts will advance to the next round. We’ll also see guest performances from Ashleigh & Pudsey (a dog act that won BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT) and DJ-singer Havana Brown.
Who do you think stood out tonight? Let us know in the comments section below.