‘America’s Got Talent’ episode 18 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 fourth 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 September 1 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: spoken word artist Brandon Leake, comedian Alex Hooper, acrobats Bello Sisters, vocalists Celina, Kenadi Dodds, Broken Roots, and Resound, cheerleaders C.A. Wildcats, dancers Divas & Drummers of Compton and Noah Epps, and puppeteers Lightwave Theatre Company.

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The five that advance from this quarter-finals round will join the acts the have already made the semi-finals: singers Archie Williams, Cristina RaeShaquira McGrath, Daniela Tuleshova and Roberta Battaglia, sword swallower Brett Loudermilk, twin sister entertainers Double Dragon, mentalist Max Major, dancers BAD Salsa, aerialist Alan Silva, choral group Voices of Our City Choir, dance group W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew, diabolo duo Spyros Bros, drummer Malik Dope, and daredevil Jonathan Goodwin.

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Below, follow along as we recap the results on “America’s Got Talent” Season 15 Episode 18 in our minute-by-minute blog.

8:10 p.m. – After the recap of last night’s performance show, Terry Crews brought together the 11 acts to reveal the three of them that would compete over the course of the house for the Dunkin’ Save and judges’ save. Those three acts are the ones that polled 4th, 5th and 6th in the overnight vote: Bello Sisters, Celina, and Resound.

8:12 p.m. – In the first glimpse of the live vote, Celina began with 36% support, Bello Sisters followed with 34% and Resound trailed at just 30%.

8:18 p.m. – Next, Terry announce the first act to place in the top 3 overnight and to move on to the semi-finals. Between Kenadi Dodds and Noah Epps, the semi-finalist act is Kenadi.

8:27 p.m.Alex Hooper, Lightwave Theatre Company and Broken Roots all came forward to hear which one of them would advance to the semi-finals. Of the three, that act is Broken Roots. Brought back as a replacement act and now they’re semi-finalists!

8:29 p.m. – Then, between Brandon Leake, C.A. Wildcats and Divas & Drummers of Compton, the act that advanced to the semi-finals is Brandon!

8:37 p.m. – As promised, we were treated to a special performance from AGT alums Duo Transcend featuring vocals by country star Cam. It was a treat to see the daredevils’ act choreographed alongside a singer’s voice because it showed the artistry in an act that typically focused more on technical ability.

8:41 p.m. – We also finally got to see Sofia’s ventriloquism when she sat down with Darci Lynne Farmer to compare their skills. In the bit, Sofia offered to perform with them as a duo act, but Darcis was not having it. I don’t think Darci was too impressed with Sofia’s act. Where’s that red X button?! To be fair though, the two of them are excellent at playing off of each other as comedic talents.

8:51 p.m. – Based on tonight’s vote in the Dunkin’ Save, the fourth act tonight to advance to the semi-finals is Celina! That means that the only chance for Bello Sisters and Resound to stay in the competition is to earn the support of the judges.

8:58 p.m. – In the judges’ vote, Sofia picked Bello Sisters, Heidi picked Resound, and so Howie had the deciding vote. With Howie’s vote, the act going on to the semi-finals is Bello Sisters.

NEXT WEEK: The first semi-final featuring performances from Shaquira McGrath, Malik Dope, Archie Williams, Alan Silva, Broken Roots, Spyros Bros, Double Dragon, Roberta Battaglia, Brandon Leake and a still to be named wild card act.

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