August 29, 2012 07:21 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
The audience was treated to some truly spectacular performances on last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent. Highlights included Tom Cotter’s college comedy, Rebecca once again lifting Donovan, William Close playing a new instrument (his wife) and Joe Castillo’s sandy campaign for world peace. Sadly, all but three acts will have to leave after tonight’s episode.
It’s a results episode, so you know what that means…filler! Tonight’s filler comes in the form of comedian Steve Harvey. He shares his impression of each of tonight’s semifinalists. There’s a few funny moments, but honestly, I’d rather watch Tom Cotter again.
The first acts to take the stage for the results are Turf, Joe Castillo and the Scott Brothers. Of these three, Joe Castillo is clearly the most deserving. America must think so too, because he’s been voted through! Nick asks how it feels to be in the top 4 and Joe’s clever response? Sandtastic! Oh, and he has berets for all the judges so that they can be super artsy too. Howard Stern in a beret is…interesting…
Next on stage? Andrew de Leon, William Close and Academy of Villains. All three are talented and all three have huge fan bases, so it’s hard to say who will make it through. Howie’s pretty bummed, because they also happen to be his three favorite acts. He can’t stand the thought of any of them leaving before finals. Turns out that America made the right choice again, because William Close is in the top four!
Nick calls Donovan & Rebecca, Todd Oliver and Edon to the stage. I found Donovan & Rebecca to be the most entertaining of the three, but America seems to have favored Todd Oliver and his trusty canine friend, Oliver. I’m going to be pissed if William Close or Joe Castillo are bumped from the finals in favor of this guy.
The guest artist tonight is hot band Neon Trees with their hit Everybody Talks. They’re actually pretty good live! But Tyler Glenn really needs to find some new clothes…that animal print jacket just isn’t cutting it.
And finally, it’s time to round out the top four: Bria Kelly, Tom Cotter and Dittelman. As adorable as Bria is, it’s probably down to Tom and Dittelman. My fingers are crossed for Tom Cotter, because I just don’t get all the Dittelman hype. And…Tom Cotter’s through! Good choice, America.
We have our top four, but only three can continue on to the finals. I’m not that big on Todd Oliver, but I have to admit that all four guys are talented. One by one, we learn who we can expect to see again. First, William Close. Second, Tom Cotter.
There’s only one spot left and it’s judges’ choice. Todd Oliver and Joe Castillo tell the judges why they should continue on. Todd provides some sappy oratory about how his dog has his heart and hearts all across America. Joe instantly makes himself a lot less likeable when he subtly insults Todd. Howard feels Joe has already peaked, so he chooses Todd and Irving. Sharon makes an interesting observation: Joe could be paired with William Close for a true spectacle. She chooses Todd, so Howie is the tiebreaker. After some hassling from both Sharon and Howard, Howie decides to go for originality.
Three acts may have gone through, but the semifinals are only half over! America will have some tough choices to make again next week, with Tim Hockenberry, All Wheel Sports, The Untouchables and several other excellent acts going head to head. Get ready for some spectacular performances!
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