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'America's Got Talent' Semi-Final Part 2 - Live blog

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Judges of America's Got Talent

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Summer's coming to an end, which means America's Got Talent is quickly reaching its own final stages. After only three of the 12 semi-finalists who performed last week were put through to the finals, the same thing will happen for the last group, which performs tonight. Will it be a tight competition or will clear victors emerge? Stay with Digital Spy live from 8/7c to find out!


21:59Well, that's it for the show tonight. Tomorrow, only three of these acts will be moving on to the final, so it'll be interesting to see who that is! Join us tomorrow (Wednesday, September 5) at 9/8c to find out who it'll be!


21:56Howard is always amazed at what David does and thinks he's a great performer and artist, adding that he believes they'll go through to the finals. However, he cautions him that he'll be up against some pretty big acts and worries that he keeps the audience waiting just a little too long, even though he understands it can't really be helped.

Sharon loves what he does, saying that David is "very passionate" and "so creative and original". Howie applauds them for creating something never done on the show before and thinks it was a great way to end the semi-finals.


21:54There's one more act tonight, and it's the dancer/painter David Garabaldi and His CMYKs. There are four canvases tonight that the group members begin working on and then shuffling around. Soon, they're all moved into place and it's shown he's painted a giant mural of the Statue of Liberty. Pretty clever, I'll admit.


21:45Howie says that so many acts tonight create instead of just perform, saying that they managed to make some "3D, futuristic movie" and that they deserve their own headline show. Sharon is sure that they will have their own show and loves the new character they brought in and every aspect of the act. Howie calls them "captivating" and applauds them for holding his attention and combining so many different elements.


21:43Time to come back down from your Olate high - next up, it's Lightwire Theatre, which is cool and all, but nothing we haven't seen several times in the past few years. It's... dragon or dinosaur themed tonight and alright, I guess, but it's another thing I wouldn't pay to see.


21:35Sharon begs everyone at home to vote for the act, as she wants to see "these angels" again because the trainers have brought out such gifts in the dogs. Howard appreciates the "level of expertise" the trainers have as they do things no others have been able to. He also insists that they have to be in the final, without a doubt. Howie is tweeting while the show is on and says a lot of fans have been responding positively to the act. I love these dogs!!!


21:34It's time for one of my favourite acts - OLATE DOGS! They're so adorable - and they've even added a new dog to the mix. There's some of the awesome standard stuff - the dog conga line, the jumping rope... They even ride a scooter!!!! Then there's the back-flipping dog, and then the new dog even jumps over them and does some acrobatics. They get a full standing ovation from the judging panel, and I want to hug every one of those dogs and then steal them and keep them forever.


21:26Howard thinks they have an incredible talent and they're so proficient despite being quite young. He appreciates that they have such "fierce intensity" and thinks they give young people hope. Howie says that the hard work paid off and they did amazing - all the kids are sobbing their eyes out, by the way - and tells them to keep crying out of happiness. Sharon loves that every single time they dance different and have perfect technique.


21:23Next up, The Untouchables - the child Latin dance group. They're so cute and quite good, actually. The routine is amazingly well-coordinated and choreographed, especially considering it's being performed by minors. It even includes a mid-dance outfit change for the girls! Definitely one of the best acts of the night. I know that's not saying much, but y'know.


21:15Howard, oddly, has given it a standing ovation. Howie thinks that he's a fabulous singer and says he could listen to him all night long and would buy his recordings. However, at this point in the competition, he just doesn't think it's enough. Sharon loves the simplicity of the act, calling it "true and refreshing". Howard calls it "one of the most moving performances" the show has had from a singer in a long while.


21:12Hey, it's Joe Cocker redux! Oh, sorry, I mean Tim Hockenberry. Tonight, he's singing John Lennon's 'Imagine' in what has to be the most boring and predictable song choice ever. He's not even on key (though that could be because he's trying to do some insane version of it). Just... no. What is going on tonight?!


21:06There's a slight mishap, so Sharon checks to make sure the guy who fell off his bike is okay. Sharon applauds them for performing such a massive act on a small stage and for being entertaining.

Howard admits he has to be a bit of a downer, saying that while they have "tremendous athleticism" and skill, it still lacked an "Oh, wow!" moment. Howie compares it to "Cirque du Soleil meets the X-Games" and hopes it translates to people watching at home.


21:02Remember All Wheel Sports? No, me neither. Anyway, they're up next to infuse their combination of acrobatics, BMX riding and dance for a chance in the finals. They start with several members swinging from ropes along a wall and then the bikes (well, scooters and bikes, this week) start and people start jumping on trampolines and... it seems like the exact same act as last time. Yawn.


20:55Howard is a big fan and thinks there's a "good energy" between them, comparing them to a "Sonny and Cher" vibe. However, he thinks they missed out on having a real moment as Shanice should have had more of a chance to shine. Still, he thinks they deserve a place in the finals.

Sharon praises the song choice, but agrees with Howie that Shanice needs to be showcased more. Howie thinks Shanice should be a solo artist and thinks that as the act exists now, it comes off as a "cheesy cruise act".


20:52Next up, get ready to have your heartstrings tugged - it's Shanice and Maurice Hayes! They're singing Mariah Carey's 'Anytime You Need a Friend'. Let's all just be honest here for a minute - they're lovely and I think it's fantastic they've had music to bring them together and get them through the hard times, but they are just not a million-dollar act.


20:45Howie personally loves him but says he's in a bad category because Tom Cotter is sort of the master, even though he feels more akin to Jacob himself. Sharon thinks that he's "extremely awkward but in a funny way" and she likes him, adding that he did "very awkward tonight".

Howard wants to give practical advice, saying that he suffered tonight because it was about material and his material was weak. He also believes that Jacob lacked confidence tonight and his timing was off.


20:43Ready for some stand-up? Well, it's Jacob Williams's turn to awkwardly try and make us all laugh. He's... not funny. He tells "jokes" about an awkward Subway encounter, using the wrong restrooms. He isn't really getting any laughs. In fact, he's pretty close to bombing. It's so bad.


20:39Sharon says that the bird must be exhausted and sort of leaves it at that. Howie says that he did a lot more this week, but wonders if this feels like an amusement park show (I was JUST going to say that!) and senses that's the case. Howard agrees with Howie, saying it feels like a kid's party but respects Clint for being able to train a bird so well, which isn't easy.


20:37Clint Carvalho and his parrot - who got through on the strengh of an act to have his bird fly from a building across the block to his finger in the studio - are back this time. What can he possibly do tonight? Again, this is another act we won't be seeing after tonight, so let's just grin and bear it.

Tonight, he's got the bird "dancing", carrying letters across the stage and flying through hoops. For his grand moment, the bird goes to get Sharon's drink can (strategically placed) and that's it. Look, birds are awesome and smart, but that'd be the day I paid to go see this.


20:28Howard says that he fulfilled the request of doing something bigger and he enjoyed the magic, adding that it was a job "well done". Sharon thinks the entire performance was "flawless" and agrees with Howard that he raised the bar and did something more exciting than last week. Howie appreciates that he couldn't see the secret behind the trick (which the judges often can since they sit so close to the stage) and urges everyone at home to vote.


20:27Moving right along, it's The Magic of Puck. He's... pretty terrible, but to be honest, he performed on a really awful night of the quarter-finals, so he was the lesser of the many, many "evils" that evening presented. He will not be going through to the finals and I would place a bet on that.

He is back to his handkerchief magic, starting with having Howie sign it. He then ties it around the wrist of his assistant on stage, makes her levitate (beneath a red cloth, that is) and then she disappears in mid-air before appearing again in a box on the ground... with the handkerchief. But wait, that's a different girl, I think. Whatever.


20:19Howie calls him "truly amazing" and appreciates the Hispanic culture, adding that it's important to add that voice to the American public. Howard is not the biggest fan of mariachi music but admits that Sebastien is making him a fan. He adds that the boy needs to work on his voice a bit, but says he's an amazing showman and a "Mexican superhero". Sharon thinks it was "perfection" tonight and hopes that America picks up the phone to vote for him.


20:16Next up, time for our little resident mariachi singer, Sebastien 'El Charro de Oro'. He probably won't make it to the final, but he's so precious and earnest, and I'm glad he got this far. I just want to hug him! He's back to singing his classic mariachi tonight and even has a flamenco dancer on stage. He's so cute - I can't even criticise this performance.


20:09Sharon - who really has taken a shine to the group - jokes that she's glad to see them wearing leather. In all seriousness, she calls it a "delight" to see them perform again and was happy that they incorporated fire and water. Howie has to be honest, however - he finds what they to do be one-dimensional and wishes that there was some hip-hop or acrobatics or something more dynamic.

Howard likes that they took direction and thinks it paid off for them, but he somewhat agrees with Howie that they feel a bit samey.


20:06Let's get this show on the road, shall we? First up tonight, it's All That. Yep, the lads who do shirtless clog dancing... again. I feel like I just saw them and I don't particularly need to again, but alas, here we are. Their performance is good - there's no doubt they're great technical dancers- but there are far, far better acts in this competition. Bless their hearts for dancing with the edges of their clogs on fire, but it's all just a bit odd.


20:01It's that time again! Two hours to get through 12 acts, but don't worry - one of them is Olate Dogs! Wouldn't this show (and life) be a whole lot better if the entire final was full of animal acts? Maybe that's just me.

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