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Piers, Sharon, and the Hoff are back criss-crossing the country in search of million-dollar talent.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon Pepper, GSNN

Host Nick Cannon
Judges David Hasselhoff
Piers Morgan
Sharon Osbourne
Announcer Joe Capitano
Creator Simon Cowell
EP Simon Cowell
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Scott St. John
Jason Raff
Georgie Hurford-Jones
Packager SYCOtv
FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
Airs 9p Tues & Wed, NBC
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Semifinals Round 1
August 4

Last time, the judges assembled a top 40 of talent, but EP Simon Cowell was not too pleased. He says that there was too much talent to be confined to a top 40, so he's sending in eight ringers from the audition phase to compete as the ultimate Wild Cards. Now 48 acts will compete over the next four weeks for your votes. Welcome to the America's Got Talent quarterfinals!

The Hoff says that you channel the opening night nerves into energy and jump, because it's now or never. But if he and the judges buzz you, it's game over. You can still vote for them, but their act will be cut short.

First up, it's Breaksk8 from Kokomo, IN. They say that it was amazing to hear that they're going through. To win America, there has to be a story behind the skates, says the Hoff. The routine they've set up tonight has to be the toughest they've ever faced. They've come at us with backing dancers and a salute to the late great King of Pop Michael Jackson. They'll be skate-dancing to "Smooth Criminal."

What they say: Piers' main complaint is that of his original assessment... the skates. "It's too slow! You don't travel anywhere." Sharon thought it was a great way to open the show. There was a long way to go. David says that they're good enough on their own.

What we say: It was a pretty decent way to start, but at the same time, all they need is each other. Also, there's no real progression. There has to be growth or the potential thereof if they're to survive.

Next is a little girl with a big voice, 14-year-old Thia Megia from Tracy, CA. She can't believe that she's at the studio and having her dreams come true. Piers says that she has to show America what she's all about if she's to win over America. She'll be singing "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus.

What they say: Sharon thinks that it's about time we saw someone who was "age appropriate". "I can't wait to see you grow on this show." David says she's a shooting star, saying she nailed it. Piers says it was brilliant.

What we say: The song choice was not memorable. The performance... even less so. She could be very vulnerable if other singers show up tonight.

Batting third are the Platt Brothers, acrobatic dancing mimes from San Diego. They've been performing together since they were little kids. Piers saw potential for a big act, but are they Vegas big? They decide to bring the biggest act that they can find performing a pop-lock sentai routine... which ends in "Wild Horses" by Natasha Bedingfield.

What they say: David says that they have to concentrate on physicality. Piers says that he doesn't know what their act is. It's unfocused and a bit messy. Sharon... agrees with both of them.

What we say: That was a big act. Coherent? No.

Fourth to play at TV City is the first of Simon's Wild Cards, Washington, DC's Diva League. They're doing kickball changes in 4-inch stilettos. Sharon: "Anything can happen." They're going to go glam-pire for tonight's program, dancing and synching to Rihanna's "Disturbia."

What they say: Piers... BUZZES. "Congratulations on the song choice, because that was quite disturbing." Sharon thought it was fun and entertaining, not rocket science. David agrees with Sharon.

What we say: And Simon brought this group back because....

Next up.. Seattle's Manuela Horn... the yodeling dominatrix. She says that this is very surreal to her. Not as surreal as a schizophrenic dancing dominatrix yodeler mother-of-two, but what the hell do I know. Tonight, she'll bring the two sides of the coin together, dedicating tonight's performance of PCD's "Dontcha" to all of the hardworking mamas out there.

What they say: BUZZ... BUZZ... BUZZ... Three buzzes.

What we say: This wasn't what brought her to the party, and she suffered for it. God did she suffer for it.

Time for a Kmart Kmoment with Jacksonville, FL's Grandma Lee. She used to travel, raise four kids, taught school, and at 62, she decided that comedy was her thing. Piers says she's funny, edgy, and has immaculate taste in men. (Rewind: "Everyone says Piers is the mean one, but I'd do him."). She goes on a routine about looking hot for her age, dating people on life support, blind dates with cataracts, Piers' boxers and David's codpiece.

What they say: David says she's going to Vegas standing up. She's funny and she's got talent. Piers says she's given it everything she's learned. Sharon wants to know who was better.. Piers or David.

What we say: I honestly hope that Grandma Lee doesn't kick off before the semis. She's got that timing thing down pat.

Halfway there, halfway home... Mosaic is next out of Vegas. You remember them as the champions of MTV's Top Pop Group. They were good, but not great, says David. Next 90 seconds could be the decider as they perform "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder.

What they say: David thought that it started a little light, but they kicked it into high gear at the end. Piers says it was NEARLY very good, but a cappella is a tough market to crack. Sharon thought it was too much to take in to start, but it ended on a high.

What we say: as an alumnus of a cappella group, it's going to be hard for me personally to remain objective... so I'm not even going to bother. That was terrific! Seriously, nice changeup. There's a growth there from progression to progression, and they have nowhere to go but up.

Next... who wants to see some dunking? Here comes Acrodunk from Houston. Piers says that they have to come bigger, harder, and better. If they miss once... buzz. Can they make it happen? It's flight time...

What they say: Sharon says that they're great, but how can they do this in Vegas? David says that they were awesome, but they have to keep it different all the time. Piers says it was one of the most extraordinary acts he's ever seen. They've made it theatre.

What we say: They make the big finish. They make the big start. They make the act work. But can it sustain Vegas?  Doubt it.

Arcadian Broad from Orlando is up next. A few weeks ago, he was performing at school. Now he's at TV City. He would always be teased about dancing, but Sharon says he's got determination and passion. He's adding a new element to his acts. It's his moment. The element... his playing the piano. Then he dances to Kenny Loggins' "Footloose".

What they say: David says that he's come a long way. Piers doesn't want him to play the piano ever again. Sharon says that he showed us a different side of him and it was brilliant.

What we say: He's a great pianist... he's a great dancer. Unfortunately it was the dancing that got him to the party. He just should've stuck to that.

Next up... Drew Thomas Magic from Orlando. Since he was a kid, he wanted to be a magician. He's doing what he loved as a kid as an adult. Sharon says that it's hard coming up with newer and better tricks, but that's something that he's going to have to do. Drew had issues in rehearsal. Hopefully, he's resolved them. His act will mail three chicks to the Hoff. He ends up sending himself to the judges and the three chicks to the outside of the box.

What they say: Piers says he's representing every magician in America because as far as this show is concerned, magicians are underrepresented. Sharon agrees, saying that he's got to step it up. David's criticism: you turned the girls into guys.

What we say: It's newer, it's better. He's got the chops, but now he has to take it up to the next level. I'm confident he can.

Next is Kevin Skinner, a chicken catcher from Lakefield, KY. He's never been outside of Kentucky, and he thinks that it's amazing to be in Hollywood. David says that Kevin is the real deal. He has no idea how good he is, and that makes him special. We'll find out how good he really is when he sings "To Make You Feel My Love" by Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, and anyone else who covered this song.

What they say: Sharon calls him honest, special, and genuine. David says that he's full of heart and that he believes every word of it. Piers says it's the performance of the night.

What we say: It's about as tender as it gets from this guy. He's a standout performer giving a standout performance. He really should've kept the hat, though. But still, bravo.

And batting cleanup at TV city is another wild card, Lake Houston Dance from Houston. You remember them from the afro-wigs they wore in their audition. Unfortunately, they were cut at the airport. But they're good enough for a second chance. They have to be GREAT, though, if they are to survive. Hoping to get a ticket, they'll be dancing to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun".

What they say: David is glad they came back, calling cutting them "the biggest mistake of their lives." Piers begs to differ, saying it was not as good as the audition. Sharon says she loved the song choice, but it was just all too much.

What we say: It gets clunky at the end. Not as clean as the audition, and not good enough to beat some of the other dance crews that actually showed up tonight.

So here's what we're dealing with...

Headliners: Grandma Lee, Mosaic, Drew Thomas Magic, Kevin
Opening Acts: Breaksk8, Acrodunk, Arcadian
Tending Bar: Thia, Platt Bros., Diva League, Manuela

But it's not about me. It's about you and your votes. We'll see what they did tomorrow as well as performances from season 2 winner Terry Fator and the host's wife.


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