‘America’s Got Talent’ episode 12 recap: Which five acts advanced to the semi-finals? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

“America’s Got Talent” entered the final phase of its unconventional season 15 on Tuesday with the first live performance show and Wednesday with the first live results show of the summer. In this quarter-finals round, which will consist of four episodes, 11 acts per night will perform for the judges. On the August 11 live show, judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara were joined by Kelly Clarkson who stepped in for Simon Cowell, who is recovering from surgery for a broken back.

Of Tuesday’s 11 acts that performed, only five of them will advance to the next round, the semi-finals. Those 11 acts were: Roberta Battaglia, the child singer with the grown-up voice and Sofia’s Golden Buzzer, two other singers Archie Williams and Shaquira McGrath,daredevil duo father and daughter Bello & Annaliese Nock, salsa dancers Simon and Maria, animal tricks act Pork Chop Revue, ukulelist Feng E, sword swallower Brett Loudermilk, entertainers Double Dragon, contortionist FrenchieBabyy, and stand-up comedian Michael Yo.

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Below, follow along as we recap the results on “America’s Got Talent” Season 15 Episode 12 in our minute-by-minute blog.

8:01 p.m. – Host Terry Crews announced that tonight we’re treated to two special performances from former winners, Mat Franco and Kodi Lee. Mat is the first magician to win the show and Kodi is the most recent winner.

8:09 p.m. – In the first set of results, Terry announced that the three acts who polled in the middle of the pack were Brett Loudermilk, Feng E and Double Dragon. Only one of those groups will advance based on the Dunkin’ Save to take place live for the next 30 minutes.

8:14 p.m. – Next up, Archie Williams, Bello & Annaliese Nock and Michael Yo were brought forward to learn their fate in the competition. Of the three, Archie is the act that made it into the semi-finals.

8:16 p.m. – In a glimpse of the live Dunkin’ Save vote it looked like Brett was ahead of Double Dragon by just two percent while Feng E was trailing by a significant margin.

8:21 p.m. – Returning to the AGT stage after winning in 2014, Mat performed a card trick with both Heidi and Kelly on stage as his assistants. In this act Mat made sure to stress that the tricks are “just coincidences,” so when he was able to match card decks perfectly after shuffling and isolating the cards from himself it was really just random coincidences, right? Heidi and Kelly were certainly amazed.

8:31 p.m. – Next, Terry brought forward FrenchieBabyy and Shaquira McGrath to hear their results. Of the two, the act to go on to the semi-finals is Shaquira.

8:33 p.m. – And between Roberta Battaglia, Pork Chop Revue and Simon and Maria, only Roberta advanced to the next round.

8:40 p.m. – Kodi made his triumphant return to the AGT stage tonight with another piano ballad performance, “Break My Heart Again.” What a treat for Kelly to get to hear Kodi perform live for the first time since she wasn’t here last season to see him ascend to his win.

8:50 p.m. – With only two spots left in the semi-finals, Terry announced that the winner of the Dunkin’ Save was Brett! That left Double Dragon and Feng E alive with only the judges to decide which of the two to save.

8:58 p.m. – After thinking it over during a commercial break, the judges each had to decide if they’d save Double Dragon or Feng E. Heidi voted for Double Dragon, Sofia voted for Double Dragon, Kelly voted for Feng E, and Howie voted for Double Dragon. That means Double Dragon advances to the semi-finals.

NEXT WEEK: The quarter-finals continue with performances by Terry’s Golden Buzzer act Voices of Our City Choir, Spyros Bros, Kelvin Dukes, Alexis Brownley and the Puppy Pals, BAD Salsa, Daneliya Tuleshova, BONAVEGA, Kameron Ross, The Shape, Vincent Marcus, and Jonathan Goodwin.

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