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'America's Got Talent' Semi-Final 1 Recap

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Having secured their place in the semi-finals, the first group of 12 hopefuls took to the stage again tonight in order to compete for a spot in the Top 10 of America's Got Talent's fifth season.
Here's what the judges had to say.

Anna & Patryk - Ballroom dancers

The dancers perform a routine to Lady GaGa's 'Paparazzi'. Piers says that they are finally "behaving like stars" and that they are the two most talented dancers in the competition. Sharon describes it as "perfection" and says that they never disappoint the audience when they perform. Howie apologises for his past "mean" comments and admits that they are the most "fabulously talented" dancers he's seen. He believes that America will "love what they saw".



Christina & Ali - Singers

The girls cover Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey's duet 'When You Believe'. Sharon thinks that their performance has gotten "much stronger" and more natural since the last time she saw them and admits that she finds them "too lovely" to critique. Howie agrees with Sharon about their stage presence but says that they need to "rise above" the other acts in the competition at this stage and admits that he is unsure if they will make it through. Piers says that it "wasn't great" and that the show has had better singers, but that he finds them "incredibly likeable" and inspiring.



Antonio Restivo - Magician

Howie describes it as "campy" but says that he still delivered well. Piers says that the competition has always lacked a "big" magician who is able to perform exciting acts and believes that Antonio may be it as he constantly delivers an entertaining performance. Sharon calls him a "pyromaniac" - as his act always contains fire - but doesn't elaborate on whether or not she enjoyed it.



Future Funk - Breakdancers

Piers buzzes 'no' during the performance, later saying that being "cute dancers" is not enough to win a talent competition as they do not compare with "world class dancers" like Anna & Patryk. Sharon calls them "little bitty babies" and says that she almost forgot how young they are. She tells them that they should have their own "little sitcom". Howie says that America may vote them in because they are "adorable" but believes their routine will soon wear thin.



Taylor Matthews - Singer

He covers Carolina Liar's 'Show Me What I'm Looking For' on the piano with a full choir. Sharon says that she really enjoyed it and loves that he added the piano into his act. She tells him that he is "very natural" and doesn't put on airs about what he does. Howie says that he always does something unexpected, but admits that people will not be talking about it tomorrow as it wasn't a "wow" performance. Piers says that he could tell Taylor was feeling the pressure of the competition and thinks that his performances are being "restricted by nerves".



Conor Doran - Indoor kite flyer

Piers buzzes 'no' during the performance, noting that he chose the wrong music [Owl City's 'Fireflies'] to accompany his act as it "lost something" from previous performances and that he "didn't feel the magic". Howie agrees with Piers and admits that a classical score would have suited better than his chosen track. Sharon says that she adores him "more and more" every time she sees him and thinks he is "absolutely wonderful".



Dan Sperry - Magician

He performs an act in which he seemingly cuts off and then replaces a man's arm. Piers calls it "one of the most pathetic tricks" that he's ever seen and says that it was completely unconvincing. Sharon says that he could have focused on a better trick and agrees with Piers that it was not exciting to watch. Howie claims that he was "more of a character" during his last performance and advises him to show more of himself to America if he wants to continue in the competition.



Kristina Young - Singer

She performs a changed version of Lady GaGa's 'Poker Face'. Piers, Sharon and Howie all buzz 'no' during the performance, bringing the song to a halt. Sharon says that she should not have chosen such a "huge" song as "nobody can come close" to the original. Howie understands she has less experience than other competitors, but thinks she did a "cheesy" version of GaGa's song. Piers admits that she took a gamble which didn't work, but advises her not to give up.



ArcAttack - Industrial performance artists

Howie thinks that their act does not translate to television and might seem "boring" to those watching at home. Piers calls them "weird freaks" but says that the act is fresh and original and that they could be "very successful" in the competition. Sharon agrees with Piers about the "weirdness" of their group but admits that she likes the act. She advises them to add more performance art next time.



Michael Grim - Singer

He performs a cover of Joe Cocker's 'You Can Leave Your Hat On', which Piers praises. He tells Michael that he is consistent and is a possible winner for the competition as it was the caliber of performance the judges had been waiting for all night. Sharon says that she loves his voice and that she was won over by his ability to "engage" the audience with his performance, but advises him to "take it up a notch" next week. Howie says that he deserves to go all the way and urges America to vote to keep him in the competition.



Ascendance - Acrobatics group

Piers buzzes 'no' during the performance, which sees the group hanging from a climbing wall. Sharon says that while she likes their originality, it lacked their usual sense of danger and didn't have "that spark". Howie agrees with Sharon, admitting that the choice of music did not suit what they were trying to do. Piers thinks it was boring and "disjointed", and reveals that he "wasn't feeling it" tonight.



Prince Poppycock - Opera singer

He sings a cover of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which receives a standing ovation from the audience and all three judges. Howie says that he "brought it home" and did a wonderful job. Piers calls him "completely crackers" but in the best way. Sharon believes he is a superstar and describes him as the male Lady GaGa.

America's Got Talent continues Wednesday on NBC.

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