The Top 10 finalists have been named for “America’s Got Talent” 2017, and the audience has had to say goodbye to a number of great acts. The second Semifinals results show featured the departure of singer Celine Tam, magician Colin Cloud, dancer Merrick Hanna, a capella group In the Stairwell, singer Christian Guardino and dog act Pompeyo Family Dogs.
Only Angelica Hale, Mandy Harvey, Light Balance, Kechi and Diavolo advanced to the Finals, which will air Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19 and 20, but fans are wishing there were more slots open. Which eliminated act from Semifinals 2 week do YOU think was robbed? Vote in our poll below. But first, let’s break down each of the eliminated acts and their journeys on “Americas Got Talent” 2017:
Colin Cloud – Magician
Cloud instantly impressed everyone with his audition, reading the minds of the audience and the judges. He pulled off a series of tricks with Howie Mandel and Mel B for his Judge Cuts, then did an elaborate staging of “the murder of Simon Cowell” for his Judge Cuts. He was up for the Dunkin’ Save, which he won and advanced to the Semifinals. For the Semifinals, Cloud stepped it up by doing an elaborate trick of predicting tweets and showing that he was in disguise as the judges went about their business earlier in the week. Much like the magician eliminated a week ago, Eric Jones, Cloud was not saved by the Dunkin’ Save and the judges did not pick him to advance to the Finals.
Christian Guardino – Singer
Guardino, the 17-year-old singer who was formerly blind, overcame his nerves when he auditioned by covering The Jackson 5’s “Who’s Lovin’ You.” Mandel was so impressed he hit his Golden Buzzer and Guardino advanced automatically to the live shows. In the Quarterfinals he went more contemporary by singing “Make It Rain” by Ed Sheeran. He became eligible for the Dunkin’ Save and America elected to send him through to the Semifinals. Finally, he performed “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye in the Semifinals but it wasn’t enough to prevent him from being instantly eliminated.
Merrick Hanna – Dancer
Hanna stunned with his interpretive robotic dance for his audition, clearly touching the hearts of the audience. For the Judge Cuts he performed with a park bench onstage and danced even faster than his audition. At the Quarterfinals he danced against an elaborate backdrop, and he sailed through from the public vote. Then at the Semifinals he added a flying portion, though it wasn’t enough to impress America and he was eliminated.
In the Stairwell – A Cappella Group
Air Force Academy group In the Stairwell delighted the crowd with their endearing interpretation of “Drag Me Down” by One Direction for their audition. They returned for Judge Cuts to sing the classic “Bye Bye Bye” by NSYNC. For their Quarterfinals performance they covered “Some Nights” by Fun and incorporated more choreography. Their final performance at the Semifinal stage was a cover of “Castle on the Hill,” but they were instantly eliminated.
Pompeyo Family Dogs – Dog Act
Dog acts have always been a hit on “America’s Got Talent,” and the Pompeyo Family Dogs were no exception. They jumped through hoops, balanced on their owners’ hands, jumped rope, and entertained the audience. They did not switch their act up through their stint on the show, but they did switch the themes each week, with a ranch theme at the Judge Cuts, a jungle theme at the Quarterfinals, and a winter theme in the Semifinals. While they were eliminated at the Quarterfinals, the judges decided to bring them back as their Wild Card act in the Semifinals, though they were instantly eliminated there, too.
Celine Tam – Singer
Nine-year-old Tam, obsessed with Celine Dion, expertly performed a song by her idol for her audition, “My Heart Will Go On.” For her Judge Cuts performance she sang Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and stunned guest judge Laverne Cox enough to press her Golden Buzzer. She performed Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston’s “When You Believe” at the Quarterfinals, and then sang “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” for her Semifinals performance. She then became one of few child singers eliminated this season.
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