Who was saved on america’s got talent last night

  • Last night’s America’s Got Talent semifinals results are causing a stir on social media.
  • When AGT judge Howie Mandel asked fans that they thought of Wednesday night’s show, many said they were upset that Robert Finley went home.
  • Only five of the total 11 acts from this week advanced to the season 14 finale, which will air on September 17 and 18 on NBC.

America’s Got Talent fans are convinced that the judges made the wrong call on last night’s semifinals results show.

On Wednesday night, only five out of 11 AGT semifinalists advanced to the season 14 finale, which will take place on September 17 and 18. Right off the bat, America voted Kodi Lee, Tyler Butler-Figueroa, and Benicio Bryant through. The Dunkin’ save vote ended up putting Light Balance Kids into the finale, as well, leaving only one spot left.

In the end, it came down to the judges deciding between Ndlovu Youth Choir and Robert Finley. Season 14 newbies Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough voted for the Ndlovu Youth Choir, while longtime panelist Howie Mandel opted for Robert. Ultimately, Simon Cowell was the deciding vote, and he went with the Ndlovu Youth Choir. That meant that Robert and the other five contestants — Messoudi Brothers, Greg Morton, Ansley Burns, Jackie Fabulous, and Eric Chien — were sent packing.

What did viewers at home think about the results? Howie asked that very question on Twitter right after the show … and let’s just say many aren’t happy with who got eliminated, especially Robert.

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“HATED IT!! the brothers got screwed they were the best act of the season! If I wanna see singers I’ll watch the voice! This show should be for everyone but singers!,” one fan wrote back to Howie. “I’m sorry, but your colleagues made a bad decision. What was in their cups?? @therobertfinley deserved to be saved!!,” another said. A third person claimed this year is the “Worst season ever,” and said they “wish people voted based on talent.”

What’s more, some felt the need to take out their frustration on Simon specifically, since he was, in a way, the deciding vote in sending Robert home.

“Boooooo Simon!!!” a viewer tweeted. “Too bad @simoncowell based his decision on last nights performance only. Robert Finlay is extremely talented and should be in the finals … Poor decision simon,” another said.

Of course, it’s always upsetting when a fan favorite like Robert goes home. But let’s not forget that only five were allowed to be put through in the first place. This round was always going to be a painful one, no matter who ended up going home.

On the bright side, Robert fans should take comfort knowing that the soul singer already has quite an accomplished singing career. The 65-year-old Vietnam veteran, who is legally blind, released his debut album Age Don’t Mean a Thing in 2016 and has since collaborated with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Now that he’s appeared on AGT though, we’re guessing he’ll be even more successful than he was before.

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The first of two semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” aired on Tuesday night with 11 acts taking to the stage over the course of this two-hour episode. “AGT” viewers voted by the millions overnight for their favorites from this fourth live show of season 14. The results are to be revealed during a live one-hour episode on September 4.

Only five of the acts will make it through to the finals which start in two weeks time. The three acts that brought in the most votes will automatically advance while the bottom five will be eliminated. Host Terry Crews will reveal the three acts that landed in fourth, fifth and sixth place in the popular vote. They are eligible for the Dunkin’ Save, a live vote to take place during the results show. The biggest vote-getter will earn the fourth slot with the judges then choosing between the other two for the final spot.

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So which acts earned enough votes to continue on in the competition? Below is our live blog recap of the results show, which is episode 19 of season 14. Who are you rooting for and who would you be happy to see sent on their way? Be sure to sound off in the comments about the night’s most shocking snubs.

8:08 p.m. – Following the run down of the highs and lows from last night’s performance show, Terry gave us the names of the three acts competing for the Dunkin’ Save spot. Those three acts were the ones that placed 4th, 5th and 6th in the overnight votes: Light Balance Kids, Ndlovu Youth Choir and Robert Finley. Voting opened for a window of 30 minutes.

8:11 p.m. – At the start of the voting window, Light Balance Kids had an early, but slim lead with 39% of the vote, followed by Robert Finley with 37% and Ndlovu Youth Choir coming up third with 24%.

8:13 p.m. – Kodi Lee and Greg Morton were up first to hear their results of the vote. Between the two, it was Kodi that advanced straight to the semifinals, leaving Greg just short.

8:15 p.m. – As a reprieve from the stress of results night, alums Preacher Lawson and Darci Lynne Farmer were on set for a comedy bit about how Preacher lost to Darci Lynne twice in the last few years. It was a great opportunity to see Darci Lynne out of her element and Preacher squarely in his.

8:25 p.m. – While the comedy package may have insinuated otherwise, Preacher made his way to the stage to remind us just how funny he can be in his standup. Tonight his set focused on the frustration of losing in season 12, like poking good fun at Darci Lynne for beating him without ever opening her mouth (get it?!). He transitioned those bits into memories of his childhood and how strict his mom was with her rules for her children.

8:31 p.m. – Then Darci Lynne came out with Petunia to show us exactly why she was the one that could beat Preacher in season 12 and why she deserved a spot to return for AGT Champions. Darci Lynne threw shade right back at Preacher in her own performance, playfully evening the score between the two.

8:40 p.m. – Next Terry brought Eric Chien, Ansley Burns and Benicio Bryant forward to name only of them as a finalist. And that act was Benicio!

8:43 p.m. – The last three to hear their results were Jackie Fabulous, the Messoudi Brothers and Tyler Butler-Figueroa. Of the three it was Tyler that polled in the top three overnight!

8:50 p.m. – After 30 minutes of voting the act that earned a majority of the live votes to win the Dunkin’ Save was Light Balance Kids!

8:57 p.m. – That left both Ndlovu Youth Choir and Robert Finley as the options of the judges to save. Gabrielle was the first to cast her save vote. She chose Ndlovu. Julianne chose Ndlovu. Howie was next, choosing Robert. Simon had the deciding choice and he gave the place in the final to Ndlovu Youth Choir!

SEMIFINALISTS: Kodi Lee, Benicio Bryant, Tyler Butler-Figueroa, Light Balance Kids, Ndlovu Youth Choir

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‘America’s Got Talent’: The last semifinalists are set. Here’s who made the cut

“America’s Got Talent” is off to the semifinals!

The last semifinalists were revealed during Wednesday’s results episode, following “one of the most exciting live shows I’ve ever been apart of,” Howie Mandel said.

But the power to decide who moves forward is not in the judges’ hands. It is entirely up to fans around the world, who vote for their favorite acts.

Here’s what happened:

The fans’ picks

The five acts that received the most votes automatically advanced.

Detroit Youth Choir, Terry Crews’ golden buzzer pick, was the first act to move forward. After giving a thumbs up, Simon Cowell agreed that they were “one of the highlights” of Tuesday night’s performances.

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Opera singer Emanne Beasha, another golden buzzer winner, also moved forward.

“I don’t love opera, (but) there is no denying how brilliant an artist and how much talent you have,” Mandel said. “You are like the Mona Lisa of talent.”

It looks like there is room for two magicians in the semifinals. Eric Chien and Dom Chambers both advanced after going head-to-head Monday.

“We all fell in love with you doing exactly what you do best, which is bring currency, relevancy and up-to-date magic to the masses,” Gabrielle Union said to Chambers. “There is a world for both you and Eric Chien to both succeed.”

Teen singer Benicio Bryant was also safe.

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The face-off

Comedian Jackie Fabulous, dog act Lukas & Falco and guitarist Marcin Patrzalek finished in the middle of the pack and were on the brink of elimination.

“This is the epitome of comparing apples and oranges,” Howie Mandel said after the reveal. “Each of you have something phenomenal to offer and America knows that.”

The three acts went head-to-head in a live voting round for the “Dunkin’ Save,” where fans had the opportunity to rescue only one performer.

Whoever received the most votes in a 30-minute flash round would move on. In the end, viewers saved Jackie Fabulous. Her response, “Thank you, America.”

But once again, Crews had a trick up his sleeve.

The judges were able to save one last contestant. Mandel, Union, Cowell voted to save Patrzalek, sending him through to the semifinals as well.


The four acts with the fewest votes – tambourinist Gonzo, beat-boxing group Berywam, aerialist wild card Matthew Richardson and singer MacKenzie – were eliminated.

Lukas & Falco were also sent packing.

Next week

“America’s Got Talent” will return Sept. 3 for the first round of semifinals (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT).

Next week’s performers include two golden buzzer winners – singer Kodi Lee and violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa; impressionist Greg Morton; singer Robert Finley; Ndlovu Youth Choir; singer Ansley Burns; dance group Light Balance Kids; acrobatic trio Messoudi Brothers; magician Eric Chien; singer Benicio Bryant; comedian Jackie Fabulous. There will also be a judges’ wildcard act that will be revealed next week.

A guest judge will also join the panel, a first for the “AGT” semifinals.

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The fans have spoken on “America’s Got Talent.”

The second round of semifinalists were revealed during Wednesday’s results episode, which doubled as Howie Mandel’s 10-year anniversary as a judge on the show.

His gift? A massive Sunset Boulevard billboard plastered with Simon Cowell’s face, reading, “Happy 10 Year Anniversary Howie.”

Mandel wasn’t impressed with the prank, just as Cowell wasn’t wowed by last night’s performances. “We have made some terrible decisions … as to who we selected,” Cowell snipped Tuesday.

But the power to decide who moves forward is not in the judges’ hands. It is entirely up to fans around the world, who vote for their favorite acts.

Here’s what happened:

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The five acts that received the most votes automatically advanced.

The first act to move forward was violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer-winner.

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“You had such a moment last night and I’m so thrilled you’re moving forward to the semifinals,” Cowell said to the emotional 11-year-old. “You have a God-given gift.”

Acrobats V. Unbeatable, recipients of Dwyane Wade’s golden buzzer, also moved forward.

“I said it last night: You guys had the best performance of the night and I still believe it right now,” Julianne Hough exclaimed. “Congratulations.”

Light Balance Kids, who Mandel said experienced technical difficulties during their act, also advanced, along with singer Robert Finley and comedian Ryan Niemiller.

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“It’s all in your hands now,” Cowell told Niemiller, before abruptly cutting himself off. Niemiller was born with a congenital birth defect in both arms.

“I didn’t mean that,” Cowell said. “You know what I’m trying to say. … Why do I do live TV?”

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The face-off

Singers Charlotte Summers, Chris Kläfford and Ndlovu Youth Choir finished in the middle of the pack and were on the brink of elimination.

The three acts went head-to-head in a live voting round for the “Dunkin’ Save,” where fans had the opportunity to rescue only one performer.

The rules? Whoever received the most votes in a 30-minute flash round would move on. In the end, Kläfford advanced.

America YOU saved @ChrisKlafford with the #DunkinSave. Relive this magical moment over and over again! #AGTResultspic.twitter.com/Njih8gTvI8

— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) August 22, 2019

But, host Terry Crews had another trick up his sleeve.

The judges were able to save one last contestant. Gabrielle Union and Cowell voted for Ndlovu Youth Choir to stay, while Hough and Mandel opted for Summers – a tie.

So the decision was ultimately up to America, again. The act that received the most votes would advance, Crews said. It was Ndlovu Youth Choir.

The judges have spoken and @ChoirAfrica is moving on to the Semifinals! 🙌 #AGTResults

— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) August 22, 2019

The four acts with the fewest votes – golden buzzer-winning rapper Joseph Allen, variety group Nick & Lindsay, contortionist Marina Mazepa and mentalist duo The Sentimentalists – were eliminated.

Summers was all sent packing.

“America’s Got Talent” will return Aug. 27 for the final round of quarterfinals. (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT)

Next week’s performers include two golden-buzzer winners – Detroit Youth Choir and opera singer Emanne Beasha – along with comedian Jackie Fabulous; singer Benicio Bryant; beat-boxing group Berywam; magicians Dom Chambers and Eric Chien; tambourinist Gonzo; dog act Lukas & Falco; singer MacKenzie and guitarist Marcin Patrzalek.

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“America’s Got Talent” judges Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell (from left) had a tough time narrowing down their choices this season. See who still has a chance to win it all and who got cut. Trae Patton, NBC Musician Kodi Lee, Season 14 winner Trae Patton/NBC Detroit Youth Choir, second runner-up Trae Patton, NBC Comedian Ryan Niemiller, third runner-up Trae Patton/NBC Dance troupe V. Unbeatable, fourth runner-up Trae Patton, NBC Singing group Voices of Service, fifth runner-up Trae Patton, NBC Opera singer Emanne Beasha, finalist Justin Lubin, NBC Singer Benicio Bryant, finalist Trae Patton/NBC Violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, finalist Trae Patton, NBC Dance group Light Balance Kids, finalist Trae Patton/NBC Ndlovu Youth Choir, finalist Justin Lubin, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Magician Dom Chambers Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Black-light artist Alex Dowis Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Singer Luke Islam Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Musician Chris Klafford Justin Lubin, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Guitarist Marcin Patrzalek Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Dog act Lukas & Falco Justin Lubin, NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Singer Ansley Burns Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Magician Eric Chien Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Comedian Jackie Fabulous Justin Lubin, NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Singer Robert Finley Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Acrobats The Messoudi Brothers Trae Patton/NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Comic Greg Morton Trae Patton/NBC Eliminated Aug. 14: Martial artists Bir Khalsa Trae Patton/NBC Eliminated Aug. 14: Singer Carmen Carter Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 14: Dance team Emerald Belles Trae Patton/NBC Eliminated Aug. 14: Singers GFORCE Trae Patton/NBC Eliminated Aug. 14: Musician Sophie Pecora Justin Lubin, NBC Eliminated Aug. 21: Singer Joseph Allen Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 21: Contortionist Marina Mazepa Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 21: Variety act Nick & Lindsay Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 21: Mental act The Sentimentalists Justin Lubin/NBC Eliminated Aug. 21: Singer Charlotte Summers Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 28: Aerialist Matthew Richardson Justin Lubin/NBC Eliminated Aug. 28: Musician Gonzo Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 28: Singer MacKenzie Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 28: Beatbox group Berywam Justin Lubin/NBC

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We were sweating these results more than any this past season on “America’s Got Talent” because there was so much talent, we knew we wouldn’t be on the same page as America.

Would they reward kid singers? Diversity? Acrobatic dance? Let’s just say, things got crazy in a huge way when host Terry Crews pulled out our bottom three acts at the top of the show and said one of them was moving on to next week’s finals.

Only 5 of the 11 acts that took the stage were going to advance, so already we were off to a terrible start. And it absolutely guaranteed that anything could happen. And anything did happen.

Fan-favorites were cut in devastating fashion as some of the night’s best acts were forced to stand side by side, knowing only one of them would go on. Did your favorite make it? Did ours? You’ll have to read on to find out.

But first, since this is an hour-long show, there’s some filler to get through, including the hilarius return of Piff the Magic Dragon and the world’s most impressive canine sidekick Mr. Piffles. Tokio Myers also returned, kicking off the show with an electrifying performance.

Who do I think I am? you ask. Well, I spent nearly a decade of my life sweating and bleeding to the music as a dancer. From a young boy learning a shuffle-ball-change to performing with the St. Louis Ballet Company, I experienced the ups and downs of one of the most difficult physically demanding sports on the planet. During this time, I was also a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as a gymnast, writer and cartoonist. I had a lot more energy in my younger years. And I’ve spent the last sixteen years analyzing and critiquing reality competition shows for various media publications. I’ve got this.

Tokio Myers & Stewart Copeland

Kicking off the show, it was fun to see Tokio back on the stage, but this performance lacked the excitement of most of his routines when he was a part of the competition. Perhaps it was being in accompaniment to Copeland, or the fact that the vocals were pre-recorded, making this little more than a glorified club remix, but it just wasn’t as exciting a way to open the show as we’ve seen from Tokio in the past.

Photo Booth Pranks

This one turned out to be pretty funny, as Terry joined Howie, Gabrielle and Julianne in tormenting “AGT” fans in a photo booth by having them do absolutely ridiculous things. They got one poor woman to imitate all the judges, while another went “lower” until she was on the ground. It’s remarkable how much people will follow instructions, no matter how ridiculous. And pretty damned entertaining, too.

Piff the Magic Dragon

As always, Piff brings incredible stage presence and humor to his performance, and we love how useless Mr. Piffles is as his dog sidekick. On top of that, the magic is always top-notch as well. In this case, he embedded Terry’s watch into a cake he’d already presented and handed off to an audience member. But mostly, he just makes everything look so fun!

Dunkin’ Save

As usual, the 4th, 5th and 6th place finishers were jumbled together and awarded extra torment as part of the Dunkin’ Save. Tonight, that meant light artist Alex Dowis, singer Emanne Beasha and comedian Ryan Niemiller.

We had Alex out of our Top 5, but the other two were in the mix so we’ll just have to see how America’s insta-save vote mixes things up. It’s hard to imagine Alex surviving against the other two from America or the judges, but stranger things have happened.

In the very early preliminary results, it looked like Ryan was off to a very start, followed by Emanne, with Alex trailing badly in third.

Top 3

To kick off the crucial battle for the Top 3, Terry brought up V.Unbeatable Chris Kläfford and Dom Chambers, which is interesting if you recall how we ranked things last night. For us, these were the bottom three acts.

That said, we also said it was a night of incredible competition and that 9 of the 11 acts really should have a shot at advancing. Our ninth place finisher was the dance crew from India, and that’s exactly who advanced as V.Unbeatable took the first slot into next week’s finals.

Guess America really loves the idea of throwing kids around.

Next, it was time for Lukas & Falco, Marcin Patrzalek and Detroit Youth Choir to sweat it out for a few moments. Honestly, even though we put Marcin in our Top 5 and DYC just missing out, we totally figured America would put the kid singers through and they did not disappoint.

Detroit Youth Choir gave V.Unbeatable a run for their money in the sheer volume and excitement of their celebration as they advanced to the finale.

That left Luke Islam and Voices of Service to battle it out for the final spot. We had Luke in 5th and Voices in 1st, and there was no way America wasn’t going to put through a group of military servicemen and -woman with true Voices of Service.

Dunkin’ Save Results

That left only the Dunkin’ Save finalists to round out the Top 5. Did Ryan hang on and win America’s vote? You bet he did. It looks like comedy lives on in “AGT” as Ryan Niemiller lives to laugha nother day.

That left Emanne and Alex to face the judges, and while it would seem Emanne should get the nod, they really did appreciate how unique Alex’s act is. So what did they do?

Julianne and Gabrielle threw their support behind Emanne, while Howie wanted to pay tribute to the originality of Alex with a vote. But it wasn’t quite enough, as Simon sent Emanne Beasha to join the other finalists moving on.

“America’s Got Talent” Finalists

  • Benicio Bryant (singer)
  • Detroit Youth Choir (vocal group)
  • Emanne Beasha (opera singer)
  • Kodi Lee (singer/pianist)
  • Light Balance Kids (light dance crew)
  • Ndlovu Youth Choir (vocal group)
  • Ryan Niemiller (comedian)
  • Tyler Butler-Figueroa (violinist)
  • V.Unbeatable (acrobat/dance crew)
  • Voices of Service (vocal group)

Who do you think will win it all? Our money is on Kodi Lee … or Voices of Service. It really is tough to predict this year!

“America’s Got Talent” Season 14 concludes next Tuesday and Wedesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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