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On the Scene: 'America's Got Talent' Names 5 Final Finalists

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 2nd 2010 8:03AM
The last five acts have been chosen as the finalists in 'America's Got Talent.' They include the physics-defying Fighting Gravity, magician Michael Grasso, stunt bicyclist Jeremy Vanshoonhoven and judges' favorite Jackie Evancho, the pint-sized opera singer.

Studio One Young Beast Society was selected as the last finalist by the judges over singer Alice Tan Ridley. Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne voted for the young dance group first making judge Howie Mandel's selection a moot one.

"I am so thrilled," Mandel told TV Squad after taping. "I love not being part of that decision. I don't want to be responsible for sending anyone home. Tonight, I got to sit back and be like the audience. At this point in the competition, all the talent is worthy of going through." (Mandel says he'll save what his choice would have been for his memoir.)

"There was no shadow of doubt in my mind," Osbourne said as to why she picked the dance troupe. "Alice has a really good fan base. She's popular. Her life will change for the better."

Ridley made a unique plea to the judges before they made their choice. Pick me because I'm old, she essentially said.

"Well, it wasn't funny," Ridley says. "It's the truth!"

Alice Tan Ridley"She has a great personality," says host Nick Cannon. "She'll do wonderfully in this business."

"She's definitely broken out of the subway," Morgan says. "She'll definitely get work. The future is going to be pretty rosy for her."

"I hope that I'm out of the subway," Ridley says. "I don't know for sure. I hope this is a beginning. I have my fingers crossed and I have faith."

There's buzz that Ridley could be bound for a role in a production of the musical 'Chicago.' Playing perhaps the role of Mama Morton that won Queen Latifah an Oscar nomination? "Maybe, who knows?" she hedges.

It appeared as if either Fighting Gravity or Vanshoonhoven were going home because Cannon said that "one" of the two acts would be advancing. He then shocked the audience and the judges by saying that both were going through.

"I thought this is just wrong," Mandel says of his reaction before Cannon's announcement. "Both deserved to go through."

"I was totally shocked," Osbourne says. "They do this to throw us off and it worked. I thought there had to be a mistake. The producers here keep us on the edge of our seats."

"That was a torturous moment," Morgan says.

Morgan is pleased with the results; he's gone on the record as saying he wants diversity among the finalists and that's what last night's results produced. "It was exactly how I wanted it to end. I applaud America's fine judgment," he says.

Nathaniel KenyonAfter taping Nathaniel Kenyon chatted with former host Jerry Springer, host of the game show 'Baggage,' who made a guest appearance on last night's show. Springer thinks it'd be a great idea if Kenyon came along with the winners on tour even though he's not going to the finals.

"I would love to go on the tour," Kenyon responded when asked what he thought of the idea. "This is a beginning for me. Getting used to being on a huge stage even more is something I would love. I hope this is just the first chapter of the book that will be my career. I learned so much being on the show. This was an awesome opportunity."

Kenyon, who is the older brother of four younger sisters, is hoping to make his mark in show business so he can help provide for his family. Does he feel like the head of the household? "To an extent," he says. "My parents got divorced six or seven years ago. After that, my mom, my sisters and I moved to Georgia. My dad stayed in Massachusetts for work. He's here at he show and tries to come down to Georgia. [He] stays involved [but] across the country it's hard to see us all the time. It definitely gives a sense of responsibility for me."

As for the finalists, Osbourne has three pieces of advice: "Focus. Focus. Focus. There's nothing more important in their lives than this show. They have to concentrate and focus."

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Alice came VERY close to making the top 10.I thought she sounded beautiful performing I Have Nothing. She's going to get a lot of offers from everybody in the entertainment business!

September 03 2010 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dawn morrise

I would love a chance to be a part of the audience and win free tickets to the LA show on october 7, 2010. Due to financial constraints, I rarely ever leave the house. I have enjoyed watching the show on TV, but it would be an experience of my life to be in the audience and see the show live.

September 15 2010 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@Cleatta Morris: How funny that you correct someone for getting a name wrong, when you yourself can't get the act (Defying Gravity?)Fighting Gravity right? Your a joke

September 02 2010 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Vic's comment

lol your? Perhaps you're... ah... the internet.

September 03 2010 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why can't you get the name of the act right?

September 03 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First, it's Ridley, not Gidley. Second, that was the lamest thing I've ever seen. This woman has the talent to make the top three if not win it outright. Instead of doing the right thing, Pierce and Sharon picked a teen dance group because there are just so many good singer (gimme a break!). If I bother to watch the finals, I'm voting for Defying Gravity.

September 02 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Rose's comment

I previously pointed out the Gidley remark... The author or editors clearly took the time to delete my remark, but not to edit their actual story. Awesome TV Squad... the AOL merger has made you nothing if not... interactive and loveable...

Btw, as long as we're being picky... who's Pierce? Surely you don't mean Piers Morgan? :)

September 02 2010 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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