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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Should Piers Morgan's Buzzer Be Silenced?

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 31st 2011 7:00AM
GymkanaTake it from someone who's sat in the audience at 'America's Got Talent' -- the judges' buzzers sound even louder in person. So when trigger-happy judge Piers Morgan hits that red "X" button performers can understandably become rattled.

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.

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Fire Accident Halts One 'America's Got Talent' Semi-Finals Performance (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 31st 2011 2:25AM
'America's Got Talent'Danger acts have been doing very well on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC), but the more times you see them, the greater the risk of something going wrong. Especially on live television. It happened this week during Gymkana's fire ring act, though we can thankfully say no one was injured.

It certainly didn't look good for a moment there, with one of the gymnasts lying under the ring of fire, but he insisted he was okay. Unfortunately for them, though, the accident shut down their act mid-performance and likely ended their shot at the grand prize.

But it was a much better night for some of the other acts in this final round of the semi-finals. Of twelve acts, only five will make it into the finals, and with so many rock-solid acts this season, the tension couldn't have been higher.

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'America's Got Talent' Shocker! West Springfield Dance Team Advances to Finals Over Daniel Joseph Baker

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 25th 2011 10:50AM
Daniel Joseph BakerWe'll never know if Sharon Osbourne would have voted for West Springfield Dance Team, a team she championed, or singer Daniel Joseph Baker, a young man she supported, on 'America's Got Talent's' results show.

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."

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EXCLUSIVE: 'America's Got Talent' Books Nicki Minaj, Susan Boyle, Queen Latifah, Jackie Evancho & More to Perform

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 25th 2011 8:30AM
Jackie EvanchoWe've got some time before the last five finalists of 'America's Got Talent' are announced, but AOL TV can exclusively reveal the musical performers that will be stopping by for the rest of the season.

Tony Bennett with Queen Latifah, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, David Guetta with Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida, Def Leppard, and Cirque du Soleil 'Iris' are set to perform on the popular talent competition series.

Also appearing will be last season's winner, Michael Grimm, and first runner-up, Jackie Evancho.

'AGT' executive producer Jason Raff gave us scoop on what he hopes these acts will bring to the show -- both on and off screen.

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Demi Lovato Performs 'Skyscraper' on 'AGT' Results Show (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 25th 2011 1:26AM
Demi Lovato, 'America's Got Talent'It was a tense results show, as usual, on 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC). But at least five acts out of the twelve are moving on this time, instead of four like in the previous round. We'd tell you how much that improves their odds, but we'll leave that math up to the Kinetic King.

To break the tension, Demi Lovato was on hand with her new single 'Skyscraper.' While she showed a lot of great stage presence and confidence, her vocals seemed to betray her nervousness a little bit at times. All in all, though, she gave a very commanding performance.

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: J Chris Newberg on His Piers Morgan Roast

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 18th 2011 12:00PM
J Chris Newberg
Singer/musician J Chris Newberg, who brilliantly roasted 'America's Got Talent' judge Piers Morgan on Tuesday's Wild Card show, was reminded of an old show biz adage when he failed to advance to the semi-finals in last night's results program.

"Dying is easy, comedy is hard."

Newberg's act seemed like a shoe-in to continue on in the competition since Morgan's been giving Simon Cowell a run for his money as the reality competition series judge you love to hate the most.

Morgan gave a strike to four different acts on Tuesday's show (including one, not surprisingly, to Newberg) while fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel refrained from giving any.

While Morgan himself couldn't help but laugh at a few of the digs, is it possible that Newberg went too far in his opening remark?

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'America's Got Talent': Colbie Caillat Performs, Four Wild Cards Move On (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2011 12:43AM
Colbie Caillat, 'America's Got Talent'It was an eclectic wild card round on 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC), but only four acts are going to move onto next week's semifinals. To lighten the festivities we got a very beautiful performance from the cast of 'Les Miserables,' and Colbie Caillat lit up the stage with her song 'Brighter Than the Sun.'


As it turned out, though, these were the only musical acts to have a great night, as none of last night's vocalists made it through to the next round. America sent through the creepy West Springfield Dance Team, illusionist Landon Swank and in a surprise vote, The Kinetic King. While his act is pretty unique, we're not sure it's Vegas material.

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Seth Grabel Brings Out Kid Versions of the Judges on 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 17th 2011 12:51AM
Seth Grabel, 'America's Got Talent'Magician Seth Grabel knows what America likes. Kids are adorable, and he incorporated them into his act in a fun way on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC). With a 'Back to the Future' theme, Grabel made a DeLorean appear on the stage, claiming it was from the past.

To prove it, he opened it to reveal three adorable youngsters dressed up like Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel. But the best moment of the act came when Piers asked the Li'l Sharon Osbourne what her name was.

"Hello darling," Li'l Sharon replied, to tremendous applause and a standing ovation from Mrs. Osbourne herself.

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Did Piers Morgan Buzz a Little Girl Because of Nick Cannon's Dare?

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 11th 2011 7:00AM
Breena Bell The audience at home mostly has the final say on whether or not an act progresses to the next round on 'America's Got Talent,' but a strike ("X") from the judges is still pretty much the kiss of death for a competitor.

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?

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Rebecca Black performs 'Friday' on 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 11th 2011 2:10AM
Rebecca Black - America's Got TalentMost contestants on 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC) can only dream of having the kind of overnight success that singer Rebecca Black has enjoyed thanks to her earworm single 'Friday' -- but does she actually have talent?

The jury's still out on that one, and there was nothing particularly spectacular about her vocals on stage, but the kid seems determined to have her 15 minutes of fame no matter what the haters say, and if people keep buying, Black will keep selling.

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Real Glee Club Brings Fireworks to 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 10th 2011 12:20AM
America's Got TalentIt obviously takes a lot to light Howie Mandel's night like the Fourth of July on 'America's Got Talent,' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC) because apparently a Glee Club full of snazzily dressed teenagers dancing around to Katy Perry just doesn't cut it.

And sure, maybe towards the end, the group was getting a little -- dare we say it? -- pitchy, but those dance moves and harmonies were nothing to sniff at -- they used pyrotechnics, for crying out loud!

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British Tabloid Simultaneously Reports Existence of New Piers Morgan Show and Says It's on Hold

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 5th 2011 5:10AM
Piers MorganThe phone-hacking scandal that's engulfing News Corp.'s assets in the U.K. is threatening to take down another high-profile figure.

The British tabloid 'The Daily Star' is reporting that 'America's Got Talent' judge Piers Morgan may have lost out on a new show he's been developing for CNN.

According to the report, CNN executives have put the the breaks on the new show, as new hacking allegations continue to mount against the former British tabloid editor.

However, a spokesperson for Piers Morgan is pushing back on the story, telling AOL TV that there never was a new show in production, and that 'Piers Morgan Tonight' is not jeopardy.

Sources told the 'Star' that the news-based program would have run in tandem with Morgan's nightly CNN chat show, 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' and that its development was part of the deal he signed back in September 2010 when he took over for Larry King.

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Piers Morgan Plans to Bring Back Charles Peachock

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 4th 2011 7:00AM
'AGT' Week 10 ResultsDespite getting strikes from two thirds of the judging team on 'America's Got Talent' juggler Charles Peachock made it into the Top Five on last night's results program.

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.

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Maroon 5 'Moves Like Jagger' on 'America's Got Talent' Results Show (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 4th 2011 1:05AM
Adam Levin & Maroon 5, 'America's Got Talent'Adam Levine took his act straight from 'The Voice' stage and onto 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC) when he and Maroon 5 entertained the crowd with their new single 'Moves Like Jagger.' It was a rock-solid performance, and a great way to remind people of Levine and 'The Voice.'

To keep the crowd excited on this tense elimination night, Jason Derulo gave the crowd a medley of his singles, but it was all just a distraction from the reality of the evening.

Of twelve acts, only four would move on to the semifinals.

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iLuminate Dance Troupe Earns Standing Ovation Closing Out 'AGT' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 2nd 2011 11:57PM
iLuminate, 'America's Got Talent'The final round of the quarterfinals on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC) brought twelve more acts before America. Being live television means things can go wrong, and the show started off with one of the worst mishaps an act has yet seen on the show.

The Kinetic King opened the show with a trick that simply didn't go off right. With the types of stunts he does, he basically gets one shot and if it doesn't work, it's all over.

The show wrapped, though, with iLuminate. With perhaps a slight nod to Fighting Gravity, this dance troupe incorporates darkness and lights on the dancers to create interesting visuals and illusions. It's certainly unique enough to be remembered and earned a standing ovation.

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