The first “America’s Got Talent” live results show of Season 13 came down to a nail-biting vote between dance group Junior New System and diabolo artist Mochi. Since two “AGT” judges (Simon Cowell and Heidi Klum) voted that Junior New System should advance to the Semifinals and the other two (Mel B and Howie Mandel) picked Mochi, that meant it all came down to America’s vote. Host Tyra Banks then revealed that America’s choice was Junior New System, which meant Mochi was eliminated from “Americas got Talent.”
“It’s breaking my heart watching you guys cry up there,” Heidi told both acts before making her decision to send through the group from the Philippines who dance in high heels. “I mean, there’s no reason to cry. Both of you guys are amazing acts. I love both of you guys, you know that. But I can only pick one and I have to always go with my gut. Who I don’t pick, please don’t be mad at me. I’m going to pick Junior New System.”
As for why Simon chose to advance Junior New System, he declared, “I could make a case for both acts. Guys, I think from the minute we first met you, you made a huge impact on us and the audience at home. It wasn’t your best night last night. Okay, I’ll tell you what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna vote for Junior New System.” Simon’s decision forced a tie which resulted in Junior New System prevailing because they received more votes from America.
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about Junior New System’s live Tuesday performance: “From the Philippines, the group of guys [makes] a name for themselves by ending all of their performances wearing heels. The other thing they did tonight was rely heavily on acrobatics and flips, but all of it together made the judges go crazy. Howie’s only criticism was that they don’t perform the entire thing in heels because for him that is the most interesting part of their act. Simon said that it isn’t just the heels but they also bring determination and energy that makes them worth watching.”
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