The live shows of “America’s Got Talent” 2017 continued Tuesday night on NBC with 11 acts performing during the Semifinals 2 episode. This week’s talented acts were once again dominated by singers, with Angelica Hale, Celine Tam, Christian Guardino, Kechi Okwuchi and Mandy Harvey being joined by mentalist Colin Cloud, acrobatic dancers Diavolo, a cappella group In the Stairwell, light-up dancers Light Balance, robot-popping dancer Merrick Hanna and animal act Pompeyo Family Dogs, the judges’ wild card pick.
Which acts did the “AGT” judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel — fawn over and which ones were they only lukewarm on? Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Americas Got Talent” Semifinals 2 recap and then sound off in the comments section about the reality TV show’s most shocking moments. Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.
9:00 p.m. – The show has begun! Which of tonight’s crop of 11 Semifinalists will advance to the Finals, joining last week’s winners Chase Goehring, Darci Lynne Farmer, Evie Clair, Preacher Lawson and Sara & Hero? We’ll all find out soon enough.
9:01 p.m. – “AGT” host Tyra Banks insists that nothing less than perfection will do tonight. Jeez, no pressure, Tyra.
9:02 p.m. – Celine Tam is up first tonight. Hope she didn’t get freaked out about Tyra’s message.
9:03 p.m. – OMG Celine is singing “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana.” This is so perfect for her. Best song choice I’ve seen so far in these Semifinals. And she’s nailing it! This girl is just 9 years old performing in front of this huge crowd and America. I need her confidence!
9:06 p.m. – Klum gives Celine a standing ovation! Cowell sends a nice message about Hurricane relief. He agrees with me that this was the perfect song choice. Mel B says the song was “way too musical theater” and gets promptly booed. Klum and Mandel are impressed and wish her well. Hopefully she does not get forgotten by the end of the show.
9:15 p.m. – Colin Cloud already seems more lively this time around. He acknowledges he looks like the evil twin of Neil Patrick Harris, so at least he’s self-aware. He wants to involve the whole audience this time. He previously asked people on Twitter for a celebrity, city and object, and printed out these tweets for the audience, all of which were randomized. He asks Cowell and Mandel to choose some of these handouts from the audience, and then Klum would choose one of the tweets. She picks “Ellen Rome Cheese.” He then shows his elaborate way in which he basically predicted Klum would choose this, which included going undercover and featuring these three words throughout. MIND BLOWN.
9:22 p.m. – All of the judges are blown away. Mandel says he has never seen anything like this in his life. Cowell says there’s a lottery coming up so he hopes to enlist his help. They are all clearly more impressed this week than they were back in the Quarterfinals, when he earned the Dunkin’ Save, and I will agree! He really stepped it up.
9:28 p.m. – Christian Guardino is next, also a Dunkin’ Save winner. He talks about sometimes getting nervous and losing some of his sight. Poor guy. Hopefully he nails this.
9:29 p.m. – He’s singing the classic “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye, a very resonant song given this divisive year in America. His belting is clear as a bell and even if he seems a bit nervous, this song suits him well.
9:32 p.m. – All four judges give Christian a standing ovation. Mel B says “that is how you kill it on ‘America’s Got Talent!’” Klum really wants to see him in the Finals next week, while Cowell says when you play it back and just listen to the vocals, it’s perfect. Christian sweetly adds that he hopes to bring everyone together through this song.
9:39 p.m. – Air Force a cappella group In the Stairwell is next up. They’re dedicating this song to armed forces at home and abroad.
9:41 p.m. – They’ve chosen Ed Sheeran’s song “Castle on the Hill.” Boy, a lot of Ed Sheeran covers this season, isn’t there? They sound so smooth together, and the song is appropriate for their brotherhood. And there’s a key change! These guys are truly a joy to watch perform. They clearly have so much fun with each other.
9:43 p.m. – And the judges are on their feet again! Mel B is visibly emotional, saying they just sound “incredible.” Also, she loves the cheesy choreography! I think we all do. Cowell says it was a genuine improvement over their previous performances. America loves the military and singing groups, so these guys are probably a no-brainer for the Finals, right? There’s still plenty of acts to go, though.
9:49 p.m. – Merrick Hanna is up next, the only kid left who isn’t a singing act! He says in his clip before his performance that he is obsessed with robots. I think that has been made clear.
9:50 p.m. – Merrick is doing his robot dance, popping and locking all over the stage. Oh! Now he’s flying! It’s cool to see him stepping it up. A lot of cool visuals here. He really feels like an act worthy of his own show.
9:53 p.m. – Cowell insists there’s still more to come from Merrick and hope he makes it to the Finals. Mandel notes that Merrick’s journey from not being able to communicate to being on this stage and expressing himself is amazing. He’s a really charismatic performer, but he may be overshadowed by acts to come.
9:59 p.m. – As we enter our second hour, we have the amazing Mandy Harvey up next. She always makes me stop what I’m doing and just experience her artistry.
10:00 p.m. – Mandy is using sign language while singing another original song of hers, called “Release Me.” Her voice sounds like Amy Lee, so beautiful and serene. She draws you in with every word.
10:03 p.m. – Cowell compares Mandy to the first time he ever heard Adele sing! Wow, can’t get much better than that. Klum says this was her best performance yet and praises her for using sign language during the performance.
10:05 p.m. – Now for the judges’ wild card act, the Pompeyo Family Dogs. Originally eliminated in the Quarterfinals, the judges elected to bring them back for one more shot in the Semifinals. They have tough competition with Sara and Hero, but let’s see how they do after this commercial break.
10:11 p.m. – Looks like we’ve got a winter theme going on, with Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold” blasting. Wait, these dogs are really dressed up as penguins and polar bears?! This is too cute. And now they’re rushing towards the judges! Was this supposed to happen? I don’t think so. But they’re recovering now, with the dogs jumping through hoops, balancing on hands, jumping rope and climbing ladders.
10:14 p.m. – No standing ovation. Oh dear. Cowell says the whole thing was “insane” but would still give them his vote. They all agree that it was a chaotic performance but it was still enjoyable to watch. They may be in trouble of elimination on Wednesday.
10:20 p.m. – Acrobatic dancers Diavolo are next. You never know what to expect with these guys, but it’s always a great show.
10:22 p.m. – There’s a sphere, pyramids, a beautiful spacey backdrop that turns volcanic, I mean, this is a sight to behold. Now there’s a structure with holes and jumping and planets crashing in the background and it’s just glorious. These guys are so well-trained they look like they already have their own Vegas show. Move over, Cirque du Soleil.
10:25 p.m. – Klum proclaims Diavolo came to win, and that this was a million-dollar act! I agree! Mel B gives us her trademark catchphrase, “What just happened?!” Cowell is gobsmacked. Diavolo absolutely deserves a spot in the Finals. Get to work, America!
10:32 p.m. – Plane crash survivor Kechi is our next act, and she announces she’ll be singing “Don’t Worry About Me” by Frances. It’s been an emotional journey with Kechi. Hopefully she can build on her momentum.
10:33 p.m. – Kechi starts her performance a cappella and her voice has never sounded better. Angelic. Another great song choice tonight. This almost feels like an “American Idol” coronation moment. Mel B is in tears, and the crowd erupts in applause.
10:36 p.m. – The judge are on their feet, and Mandel is speechless. Mel B composes herself and tells her she’s “so special.” Cowell says this was her best performance yet and that she’s here with confidence. She is in it to win it.
10:43 p.m. – Light Balance is next, and they are surely hoping to not have another technical snafu like their Quarterfinals performance.
10:44 p.m. – Oh, good! Looks like we’ve got a live performance. I cannot get enough of this act. The rapidly changing lights on their bodies are mesmerizing, and it looks like a bunch of Transformers interacting with each other, with perfect choreography. In the best way!
10:47 p.m. – Another standing ovation! Mandel says this was a million-dollar act, and Mel B says she didn’t want it to stop. Me neither! I would absolutely buy a ticket to their show.
10:52 p.m. – Angelica Hale is our final act tonight, prime real estate considering it will be the last thing voters see before the end of the show. Hopefully it’s a showstopper.
10:54 p.m. – Angelica is singing “Without You” by David Guetta feat. Usher. This is a deceptively hard song to sing, with lots of extended power notes. The background music is a little too loud and she’s shaky at times but she’s still commanding the song. Just a reminder, she’s only 10 years old.
10:56 p.m. – Mel B says it wasn’t perfect, but she still owned it. Klum admits Angelica is her personal favorite! Cowell says he is often told in his personal life that she is special. Mandel says she made tonight even tougher to vote for.
10:59 p.m. – Banks asks Angelica to sing the word “vote” and obviously she kills it. She then attempts to do the same and gets booed by the judges. I know there’s a few “AGT” fans who would probably like to do the same.
11:00 p.m. – And on that note, the Semifinals performance show is complete. Vote vote vote! Only five acts are going through tomorrow to next week’s live Finals.
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