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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: What the Four Finalists Need to Do in Order to Win

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 8th 2011 7:00AM
Il Divo on 'AGT'The four acts competing for the $1 million prize in next week's 'America's Got Talent' finals are: Singer Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., music band POPLYFE, and dance groups Silhouette and Team iLuminate.

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?

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Did POPLYFE Dance and Sing Their Way Into the 'AGT' Finale? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 7th 2011 2:07AM
POPLYFE, 'America's Got Talent'The top ten acts on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC) certainly gave America something to think about. With only four of them moving on to next week's finale, they weren't making it easy to pick which ones deserved it most. At the most, I'd say two acts completely blew it this week and two acts failed to improve.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

The first misfire came when Lys Agnes once again abandoned the opera style that made us love her and tackled Aerosmith's 'Dream On.' Her voice sounded all kinds of weird in the lower register and it never really recovered.

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'America's Got Talent' Results: Which Four Acts Made It Through? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 14th 2011 2:01AM
Anna Graceman, 'America's Got Talent'This week saw twelve acts perform on 'America's Got Talent' (Wed. 9PM ET on NBC), but only four could go onto the semifinals. The acts were as varied as they were talented, including two that irritated Piers Morgan to no end: 'Those Funny Little People' and comedian J. Chris Newberg.

But the judges were united in their support of 11-year old singing phenom Anna Graceman, who wowed again with her rendition of Louis Armstrong's 'What a Wonderful World.'

Also a hit with the judges were the dangerous acts Fearless Flores Family and Sandou Trio Russian Bar, and dancers Snap Boogie and the Miami All Stars. But who got through?

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Top 5 TVR Clips of the Week: Ben Bailey's Bathroom Break, Padma's Potato Skins, New 'AGT' Phenom & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jun 25th 2011 6:00PM


This week's five best clips collection features both the stuff of nightmares (hearing your name called at an awards show when you're in the bathroom) and what dreams are made of (Padma somehow making a potato skins recipe sexy).

We saw 'America's Got Talent' find its latest child phenom, Sharon Osbourne continue to horrify daytime television audiences and Jason Segel share his shameful weight loss secrets with America.

Check out the videos after the jump and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.

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11-Year Old Anna Graceman Sings Her Heart Out on 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 22nd 2011 3:13AM
Anna Graceman, 'America's Got Talent'One of the things that never ceases to amaze us on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC) is how astonishingly talented some kids are. Eleven-year old Anna Graceman didn't look like a superstar when she walked out on stage, and she didn't even sound like one after her performance.

But when she sat behind that piano and belted out Alicia Keys' 'If I Ain't Got You,' it was a moment when you stand up and take notice. Like Jackie Evancho wowed people with the maturity of her opera voice, Graceman does it with a more contemporary pop sound.

So authentic and believable was her vocal performance, it was a little jarring when she came up to talk to the judges and there was just a little girl standing there. It's the kind of raw talent we don't want to wait until she's old enough for the likes of 'American Idol' to see. We want more now, and luckily so did the judges, sending her to Las Vegas and the next round.

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