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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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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': 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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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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Sharon Osbourne Talks 'AGT,' Son Jack Being a Cop on 'Chelsea Lately' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 2nd 2011 5:44AM
Sharon Osbourne, 'Chelsea Lately'Sharon Osbourne really does love her job as a judge on 'America's Got Talent,' but she admits it can be a bit taxing at times. When pressed specifically if she ever asks what she is doing there on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), she admitted that it happens sometimes.

It's the variety, though, that keeps it fresh and interesting. "Could you imagine if it was just country singers?" Osbourne said. "One whiney country singer after another. I would go insane."

The pair then talked a little bit about Sharon's son Jack, in response to a story that's hit the press about him being a cop, or intending to become on. Sharon dropped the bomb that he's been a reserve officer for three years. How did the paparazzi miss that one? Is Jack not exciting enough to follow everywhere he goes like the rest of his family?

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Stevie Nicks Feared Piers Morgan Would 'X' Her

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 28th 2011 7:00AM
Stevie NicksIt's not just the amateur and semi-pro acts that appear on 'America's Got Talent' that fear they'll receive a dreaded, ear-piercing strike from trigger-happy judge Piers Morgan.

Musical guest Stevie Nicks confided to AOL TV that she, too, thought Morgan might give her a red X when she was performing on last night's results show.

Nicks was there to promote her upcoming tour (last year's 'AGT' winner Michael Grimm will open for her) and she sang two songs including one from her latest album 'In Your Dreams.'

Morgan not only didn't not buzz Nicks, he even gave her a standing ovation.

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Fighting Gravity (Black)Lights Up the 'AGT' Stage, Plus Results (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 28th 2011 2:18AM
Fighting Gravity, 'America's Got Talent'They may not have their names in lights in Las Vegas yet, but Fighting Gravity returned to the 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC) to remind us why their act was so mesmerizing. They finished third in Season 5, and proved they've still got tricks up their sleeves.

Each time we see Fighting Gravity on 'America's Got Talent,' we try to imagine what they would come up with a full production team and a bigger budget. The possibilities are just endless.

In the spirit of past 'AGT' greats, Stevie Nicks announced that last season's winner, Michael Grimm, is set to open for her on tour. She then did what Stevie Nicks does, and brought the house down with two separate performances. In all the fun, it was easy to forget that eight acts were up for elimination.

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Professor Splash Jumps Into 12 Inches of Water From Three Stories Up on 'AGT' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 27th 2011 1:51AM
Professor Splash, 'America's Got Talent'This season on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC), we've seen a lot more of the novelty acts making it through. That's because we've been treated to some of the most bizarre and impressive stunts in this category, like the lunatic who calls himself Professor Splash.

We use the word "lunatic" affectionately, because we know we'd have to be crazy to jump off a three-story building into a kiddie pool of water. But Professor Splash did it like it's no big thing, leaving the judges speechless and stunned.

"To watch a man bellyflop into 12" of water from that height," Piers Morgan said was "absolutely sensational."

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Will Steven Retchless Change Who He Is?

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 21st 2011 7:00AM
Nick Cannon and Steven RetchlessIt's not a given that there will be a "wild card" episode of 'America's Got Talent' so ejected acts can come back and try again to compete for the $1 million prize, but eliminated magician Landon Swank is reason enough to have one this year.

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.

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'America's Got Talent': Hot Chelle Rae Perform, Four Acts Move On (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 21st 2011 6:15AM
Hot Chelle RaeThe second round of quarterfinals is over, and while it wasn't as strong as the first round, there were still several acts deserving of continuing on.

Of the 12 that performed, only four would go on to the next round of 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC). But who would it be?

To pad the hour, we were treated to a great musical performance by Hot Chelle Rae on their huge smash single 'Tonight, Tonight.'

The other guest performance was from an acrobatic troupe called Traces, which could well be a future destination for male pole dancer Steven Retchless. It was breathtaking and something future contenders should pay close attention to.


As for the results, we're starting to see an interesting trend unfold on 'AGT' this season. While the show normally pushes forward more traditional fare like singing and dancing, that hasn't been as strongly the case this year. In fact, of the four singers this week, only one made it through.

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