Fan-favorite "AGT" alums Deadly Games return -- plus, Howie Mandel reads fan tweets after he criticized one of the acts on Tuesday's show: "You are an idiot."
After three weeks of competition, "America's Got Talent" was ready to round out the Top 21 acts that would advance to the semifinals, kicking off with next week's show.
A dozen acts took to the stage Tuesday night, but only seven would advance. Would it be the right seven, though? We made our predictions and then assumed America would simply read our post and vote accordingly but you've disappointed us before.
Maybe you fell in love with Gonzo's tambourine mastery. Maybe you went out and bought a giant hoop so you, too, could spin around in a circle and create art in the rain like Matthew Richardson. We get dizzy just thinking about it.
"AGT" favorites Deadly Games came back with Las Vegas act Celestia and showed us what an exciting acrobatics and danger act can look like when it's polished and clean, which really makes us which the opera singing knife throwing disaster couple had been performing this week, just as comparison.
The judges certainly had some controversial takes on the performances last night. Howie actually read out some of the tweets he got during the broadcast that trashed him and his criticism of one act.
Read on to find out who it was, and who moves into the semifinals!
Who do I think I am? you ask. Well, I spent nearly a decade of my life sweating and bleeding to the music as a dancer. From a young boy learning a shuffle-ball-change to performing with the St. Louis Ballet Company, I experienced the ups and downs of one of the most difficult physically demanding sports on the planet. During this time, I was also a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as a gymnast, writer and cartoonist. I had a lot more energy in my younger years. And I've spent the last sixteen years analyzing and critiquing reality competition shows for various media publications. I've got this.
What was exciting about this performance was how real and dangerous it felt throughout. Deadly Games was actually one of the tamer portions as it was the man on the outside of a giant hamster wheel who almost fell trying to do a jump rope trick and stumbled at another point.
But the imperfection somehow only makes it all the more impressive that they were able to recover and keep it moving. This is the kind of danger act that, while not entirely unique, can be exciting to watch.
Howie got a head start on this during the recap of the episode, reading aloud some of the tweets he got immediately after he trashed Benicio Bryant's original song. Let's just say the judges weren't the only ones who disagreed with him.
"'You are an idiot.' 'You don't know talent.' All my followers hate me," he read before turning to the camera and saying, "Hey, Fandels, don't be so mean to me. I'm just a human being, like you."
First of all, he calls his fans Fandels? That's ... adorable. Second, they're right, though.
In the actual segment, though, the judges and Terry were treated to kind tweets from the show's fans, including someone who suggested each of Terry's pecs should get its own Twitter handle and declaring that one of them is a snack ... and it may not be who you'd guess!
There was a darker side, though, when it came time to read feedback Julianne got on her curly-haired look earlier in the season. Let's just say comparisons to Cabbage Patch Kids and ramen noodles are not compliments ... at least we think they aren't!
As usual, the 6-7-8 slotted acts have to sweat it out in a whole different way, knowing that one of them will be saved by an insta-vote from America and the other by the judges.
Sure, it's just extra filler, but it also allows the chance for the 8th place finisher in the initial votes to advance while a sixth place finisher may go home.
In other words, sometimes it's absolutely maddening and we find ourselves sweating as much as the contestants sitting in that holding room.
This week, the three acts in danger were Jackie Fabulous, Lukas & Falco and Marcin Prtzalek, which just goes to show that you were all clearly watching a very different show than we were. Marcin was our top pick of the night, but his cerebral guitar playing clearly didn't resonate.
In order for us to be one hundred percent accurate, we need Lukas & Falco to go. Jackie probably has America's vote, and we know Simon will go with the dog act, so this could be a tough one.
The first pairing Terry created should have been obvious, but we were honestly sweating it a little when Gonzo was standing next to Detroit Youth Choir. Did America embrace the madness as Howie had Tuesday night?
We had Gonzo dead last in our rankings, and thankfully America agreed enough in that it was Detroit Youth Choir that became the first act to advance on the night. But we did love the dramatic pose Gonzo struck for the big reveal that his journey was over.
Next to face the music were Berywam and Emanne Beasha. Now, this one was perhaps a little tighter, but we had Berywam just missing out and Emanne Beasha second-best on the night. The judges declared her on her own planet compared to everyone else, so of course she had to move on.
Then, it was time for the awkward three-person result where Terry awkwardly advances one and makes the other two stand by while they celebrate. This week it was Matthew Richardson, Dom Chambers and Eric Chien. Now, our rankings say Matthew came up short. What did you say?
First of all, you said you wanted to see more from Eric Chien, which just proves that Simon was wrong and great close-up magic is still cool. Did he forget who the reigning champion of this show (and "Champions") was?
After sweating it out while Julianne and Simon argued over whether or not Eric should "go big" in the next round (he should not), it was time for Dom Chambers to relax as his magic was enough to wow America, too.
Finally, it was down to Benicio Bryant and MacKenzie. Seriously, this could only go one way, right? MacKenzie is a good singer, but Benicio Bryant has that mysterious "it" factor that's undefinable.
Rounding out the Top 7, it was time to get the results of the Dunkin' Save. Earlier in the show when we got a peek at the live voting, Jackie Fabulous was running away with it.
In order for us to have a perfect night, we needed Lukas & Falco to get eliminated here, but by this point, we were starting to think that maybe Marcin was just too esoteric and America didn't get what he does at all.
As expected, Jackie Fabulous took America's vote, and the judges were looking at choosing between a feel-good dog act and an intricate guitar virtuoso. Which one is more marketable and palatable to the masses?
So yeah, we pretty much said goodbye to our perfect record, and our top act of the night. But then, both Howie and Gabrielle took notice of Marcin's brilliance and suddenly we were as nervous as the acts were.
But the real shocker was when Simon also threw his support behind MarcinPatrzalek and gave us a perfect 7-for-7 night. Sure, he didn't do it because of our predictions last night, but we can pretend he did.
Next week also introduces another wild card act into the semi-finals and we have a feeling Simon was already lobbying hard for Lukas & Falco to come back. Who will it be?
"America's Got Talent" airs Tuesdays and Wedesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.