The mob was orchestrated by an estranged father who'd recently separated from his wife, leaving his teen daughter as well. He then proceeded to miss her birthday and prom, and it looks like he basically checked out of her life completely for a while.
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., as judge Howie Mandel accurately predicted on Tuesday's performance show, won the competition and the show's $1 million prize. "I am the great predictor," Mandel quips.
Dance group Silhouettes came in second. Dance group Team iLuminate was third. Rock band POPLYFE came in fourth, but you'd never know it by the jubilation they were feeling after the show. The band members were still ecstatic over getting to perform with the legendary Stevie Wonder, an experience they'll take with them forever.
"I'll take it with me as well," Wonder told AOL TV on the post show press line. "They are a group that is committed to staying together and not letting anyone break them apart. I feel that's how we should be as a nation. I'm excited that they allowed me to be a part of their group."
Producers filled the air time with a pre-taped video segment featuring past auditions while things were corrected. By the time they were, the video segment showing insight into the Silhouettes had to be cut for time.
Those video segments usually feature touching stories about the acts, endearing them to viewers (and voters) in the process.
Will the Silhouettes lose votes and suffer because their segment wasn't shown?
A few weeks ago people were betting that singer Anna Graceman and dance team Miami All-Stars would have been shoo-ins for the finals, but poor choices they made on Tuesday's performance show led to either a strike or negative comments from the judges, which likely affected votes.
"The Miami All-Stars were still All-Stars, but they lost the 'Miami,'" offers judge Howie Mandel, referring to the group performing more like they were football cheerleaders in their last routine.
Mandel's fellow judge and nemesis Piers Morgan feels that America got it right in selecting the four finalists that they did. "These are the best four we've had," Morgan says. "I'm really pleased."
What should each act do to win next week? Give more of what they've already shown, or step outside the box and do things that they've never done before?
Therefore, Morgan striking acrobatic act Gymkana may have caused the performers' concentration to fail, which could have have contributed to one of the team's members catching fire when he jumped through a ring of flames.
Host Nick Cannon informed viewers at home (after a commercial break) that the Gymkana acrobat was okay thanks to his flame-retardant outfit.
Morgan quipped that by striking the act he was trying to end it early, thus potentially saving lives. But fellow judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne, as well as Cannon, say they wouldn't mind Morgan's buzzer being disconnected.
'America's Got Talent' Shocker! West Springfield Dance Team Advances to Finals Over Daniel Joseph Baker
When it came down to the judges voting on which act would advance, Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan voted for the dance team, making Osbourne's decision moot.
With superior dance troupe Miami All-Stars advancing it seemed like West Springfield might not make it.
Why did the judges vote the way they did?
"West Springfield Dance Team has hit a nerve with the trend of what young people are watching," Mandel says. "They also have had no time to put together [a new routine.] All the other [dance] team had three weeks. That's huge. I think it's easier to choose and perform a song than it is to choreograph and create a look."
'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Did Piers Morgan Buzz a Little Girl Because of Nick Cannon's Dare?
None of the six performers/acts from Tuesday night that received a dreaded red buzz from judges Piers Morgan (who gave five) and Howie Mandel (who gave one) are advancing to the semi-finals.
The lucky ones that did advance include dancer Beth Ann Robinson, bicyclist Matt Willheim, circus performers Gymkana and singer Kevin Colis.
Morgan pretty much sealed the fate of agile tumbler Breena Bell when he gave her a strike on Tuesday's show.
Why'd he do it?
It came down to Peachock and impressionist Melissa Villasenor for the fourth act of the night that would advance to the next round and, not surprisingly, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, who'd both given strikes to Peachock on Tuesday's show, stuck to their guns and threw their support to Villasenor.
AOL TV was on the post show press line to speak with the judges, Peachock and other ejected acts to get their reactions to the latest 'AGT' results.
Viewers may not have seen the last of Peachock, however. Piers Morgan shared that he's going to throw his wild card vote to the axed juggler.
The judges had to decide tonight between Swank and Smage Bros., the motorcyle stunt team, as to which act would make it through to the semi-finals. After judges Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne split their votes between the acts, it was left to judge Howie Mandel to break the tie -- and he chose the Smage Bros.
"I don't want to be the person responsible for sending someone home," Mandel sighed to AOL TV after the taping. Still, he feels he made the right decision.
But it's 'Those Funny Little People' that may stand the best chance of advancing to the next round. Why, you ask? The over-sized puppets managed to not only entertain with their homages to 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'It's Raining Men,' but, perhaps more importantly, the group, which was supported by judge Howie Mandel, truly got under the skin of judge Piers Morgan.
And while viewers watch 'AGT' to see the next million-dollar act get discovered they also tune in to watch the bickering between Morgan, Mandel and fellow judge Sharon Osbourne.
AOL TV was on the scene at the show's taping in Hollywood last night and spoke to the judges after the show about the funny big effect that 'Those Funny Little People' have on Morgan.
Mandel's friend was backed into by a woman, who turned out to be Leno's wife. She told him that her husband usually takes care of everything, at which point Leno suddenly remembered the story.
He told the guy, "I'll pay to fix your car. We'll get it done right. Go have a nice dinner on me. Take a date, your girlfriend or whatever."
Each of the show's three judges were allowed to bring back four acts, which likely meant that at least four routines weren't as likely to get a strike from Piers Morgan, who, let's face it, admits that he's wrong as often as Fonzie does.
"He was buzzing every act that wasn't his," Sharon Osbourne said after taping of Morgan's trigger finger. "That's very disrespectful to the artist. Unless I really think they should be buzzed, I won't do it."
Did Howie Mandel give Harmonica Pierre a strike because he was Morgan's candidate?
"I didn't buzz Pierre," clarifies Mandel, who tapped his 'X' button more to send a message to his fellow judge. (The plan was for Osbourne to hit hers, too.) "That was for Piers -- not Pierre. They took it off. As a joke, I thought Sharon would follow me. Then, she threw me under the bus -- on live TV! I hope it didn't throw Pierre."
The strike-happy Morgan got off to an early start rejecting groups when he gave an "X" to Cheer SF, the San Francisco-based cheer leading team. Iron Horse, Strongman, Ronith -- and even a girl in the audience named Lindsay, who sang a Tina Turner song during the commercial break -- also each received an "X" from Piers.
"Piers can suck it!" a friend of Lindsay's said after getting a hold of the warm-up guy's microphone.
"Fair enough," Morgan told TV Squad after taping. "If you dish it out, you've got to take it. That's fine. I like people who come back at me. It's good. It shows strength of character."
(Piers, we'll keeping this in mind when we ask you for a Larry King update, cool?)
As for why all the buzzer action tonight, Morgan says, "I thought it was necessary. A few of the acts looked pretty ridiculous. They were only there because of Howie Mandel. He's the 'Ronith' of judges."
Sharon Osbourne revealed on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' that she jokingly threatens to lick fellow 'America's Got Talent' judge Howie Mandel as a form of punishment. Mandel is a notorious germaphobe, and recently replaced David Hasselhoff as a judge on the talent show.
Regis Philbin tries to start trouble by suggesting that Osbourne should lick Mandel's head as a "friendly gesture." But little does Philbin know, Osbourne has already considered using her tongue as a weapon against Mandel. "Howie loves to talk. And when he talks and talks, I say, 'Howie, if you don't stop, I'm going to lick you,'" Osbourne said.
Watch the video after the jump.
O'Brien worked his way through a range of steel briefcases in a lightening round of the game show, revealing potential new careers as a "rare albino werewolf' in 'Twilight' and as an Animal Planet host eating bugs off Andy Richter's stomach.
Watch the video after the jump.