The America’s Got Talent 2021 semifinals began last night with the first group of 11 contestants performing for your votes. Tonight, five acts will move on to the finale! It’s a brutal elimination at this stage.
Here’s how the elimination will proceed: Three acts will advance automatically to the next round, but the 4th, 5th and 6th place finishers will vie for the final two spots. Fans can vote to save a favorite, while the judges–Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara–save an act from the bottom two vote getters.
Also tonight, AGT alum and comic Preacher Lawson and Dear Evan Hanson star Ben Platt perform.
Simon thinks there was ONE clear winner last night, but doesn’t name them.
THREE ACTS ARE IN DANGER AND IT’S A SHOCKER
Terry reveals the three acts in danger. JIMMIE HERROD . Michael Winslow. World Taekwondo Demonstration Team. WHAT WHAT WHAT. This is an absolute SHOCK. How are Jimmie and World Taekwondo, both Golden Buzzer acts, not sailing through to the final?
Vote for the act you’d like to save via the official AGT phone or or go to NBC.com/Vote
Next, Ben Platt sings “You Will Be Found” from the upcoming movie, Dear Evan Hansen. It’s the film version of the hit Broadway show, for which Ben won a Tony. A sublime performance from the singer. Looking forward to the film.
Next, it’s the Sonic break room or something.
More Results: Beyond Belief, Gina Brillon and Tory Vagasy take center stage. America has voted. The first act going through to the finals is…Gina Brillon! She’s literally in tears.
Amazing Shoji meets his hero Shin Lim
That kiddo magician, The Amazing Shoji wasn’t chosen for the Quarterfinals. But his videos got a ton of views. He loves Shin Lim, so Shin comes by to surprise him. Sweet. Shin says AGT inspired him to become a magician. Aw. This bit is so heartwarming.
Now, former AGT contestant, Preacher Lawson drops by to tell some jokes. His hair is new. He’ll be hosting the AGT Live show at the Luxor in Vegas.
More Results: Aiden Bryant, Korean Soul and Madilyn Bailey step forward. America has voted. The next act going into the finals is…Aiden Bryant. Finally, a result that is not a shock. Simon said the act he referred to earlier in the night was, in fact, Aiden. He calls the young hoopist “the one to beat.” I love it when Simon saves face, after an act he declares “the one to beat” fails. Simon backtracks like that all the time. He can’t ever be wrong.
More Results: Dustin Tavella and Peter Rosalita step forward. America has voted, The act going into the finals is…Dustin Tavella! Dustin says, “I feel kind of bad.” Also, I hope Peter doesn’t blame the flub on his demise. He just needs a few more years to mature into a good singer.
Instant Save Results!
The act America put into the finals is…Jimmie Herrod! Yay! “I don’t know what happened to America!” says Sofia, who chose Jimmie as her Golden Buzzer act.
One spot is left. The judges will choose between Michael Winslow and Taekwondo Demonstration. And after three votes, with Simon the deciding vote, World Taekwondo is through to the Finale. Michael Winslow is eliminated.
Heidi – World Taekwondo
Sofia – World Taekwondo
Simon – World Taekwondo
Interestingly, my prediction (and yours!) wasn’t too far off. I guessed that Jimmie, Taekwondo, Aiden, Dustin and Peter would go through to the finale. But Gina got a spot instead of Peter. However, I never imagined that Jimmie and Taekwondo would not be in the Top 3. Jimmie got the pimp spot, and effusive praise from the judges. Maybe he’s just too much for America. I don’t know.
But one thing is clear. Neither act is actually “the one to beat” after coming so close to elimination. In the early snapshot of the Instant Save vote, Jimmie was out front with 44% of the vote. But World Taekwondo was THIRD with on 25% to Michael’s 31%. NOT the one to beat. Simon has readjusted his prediction and now calls Aiden “the one to beat” and he may be correct. Just remember, that Shin Lim, who won AGT and AGT Champions did NOT get a Golden Buzzer!
Advancing to the Finale
Jimmie Herrod – America Saved
World Taekwondo – Judges Saved
Beyond Belief Dance Company
Michael Winslow – Eliminated from Instant Save