‘America’s Got Talent’ episode 16 recap: Which five acts advanced to the semi-finals? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

America’s Got Talent” continued the final phase of its unconventional season 15 on Tuesday with the third live performance show and Wednesday with the results of that show based on audience votes. In this quarter-finals round, which consists of four episodes, 11 acts per night will perform for the judges. On the August 25 live show, judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara were alone on the panel while Simon Cowell remained absent while recovering from surgery.

Of Tuesday’s 11 acts that performed, only five of them will advance to the next round, the semi-finals. Those 11 acts were: Simon’s Golden Buzzer act dance group W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew and Heidi’s Golden Buzzer act singer Cristina Rae, aerialist Alan Silva, dance crews Bone Breakers and Dance Town Family, drummer Malik Dope, magician Max Major, stand-up comedian Usama Siddiquee, and singers Annie Jones, Nolan Neals, and Sheldon Riley.

The five that advance from this quarter-finals round will join the acts the have already made the semi-finals: singers Archie Williams, Shaquira McGrath, Daniela Tuleshova and Roberta Battaglia, sword swallower Brett Loudermilk, twin sister entertainers Double Dragon, dancers BAD Salsa, choral group Voices of Our City Choir, diabolo duo Spyros Bros, and daredevil Jonathan Goodwin.

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Below, follow along as we recap the results on “America’s Got Talent” Season 15 Episode 16 in our minute-by-minute blog.

8:11 p.m. – After a recap of last night’s performances, Terry Crews announced the acts that scored in 4th, 5th and 6th in the overnight vote and would be competing tonight for the Dunkin’ Save and judges save: W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew, Malik Dope and Nolan Neal.

8:15 p.m. – In our first glimpse of the Dunkin’ Save live vote, W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew was ahead with 36% of the vote, followed by Nolan with 33% and Malik with %32, making a close race for tonight’s final two spots in the top five.

8:16 p.m. – Next Terry brought forward Alan Silva and Dance Town Family to hear their fate. Of the two, Alan advanced to the semi-finals!

8:22 p.m. – In the next set of results, Terry pitted Annie Jones, Sheldon Riley and Cristina Rae against each other. Of the three, only Cristina advanced to the semi-finals.

8:25 p.m. – That left only one spot between Bone Breakers, Max Major and Usama Siddiquee. From that group, the semi-finalist is Max.

8:28 p.m. – For a bit of fun and a break from the results, the three judges took questions from fans. Howie was asked if he’d ever try out on the show to which he said no because he’s more suited for “World of Dance.” Terry was able to tell us the story of how he taught himself to pop his chest when he was 13. Another fan asked if any of them have a talent they could show on the fly and after Sofia did something weird with her eye (seriously, I couldn’t even tell what she did) he gave her his makeshift Golden Buzzer! Finally, Ed O’Neill surprised Sofia with a question of his own: how did she get her dream job of sitting the entire time.

8:38 p.m. – Series alum and “The Champions” contestant Jon Dorenbos came to the show tonight for a special card trick performance. He began with an entire deck of cards spread out, each cut into quarters. He then had the three judges and Terry each choose a random card from their own decks, taking one piece of each of those cards and magically assembling them together into one new card.

8:50 p.m. – The fourth act this week to make the semi-finals as determined by the Dunkin’ Save is W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew!

8:57 p.m. – With only Malik Dope and Nolan Neal left to hear of their fate, the judges each had to select one to become a semi-finalist. Heidi voted for Malik. Sofia voted for Nolan. That means it came down to Howie’s vote and he picked Malik to move on to the semi-finals!

NEXT WEEK: The final quarter-finals performance show with comedian Alex Hooper, acrobats Bello Sisters, vocalists Celina, Kenadi Dodds, Thomas Day, and Resound, cheerleaders C.A. Wildcats, dancers Divas & Drummers of Compton and Noah Epps, puppeteers Lightwave Theatre Company, and spoken word artist Brandon Leake.

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