‘America’s Got Talent’ final live cuts recap: The contestants get desperate for the last spots

With the last week of live rounds before the remaining acts move on to the semifinals, the last 12 acts put it all on the line on “America’s Got Talent.” With all the decisions left up to the American voting public, there was no room for error, but some were still reaching for the middle.

Despite the stiff competition for the last remaining spots, the first half of the night was relatively uneventful. Compared to last week where technical difficulties and feuds amongst the judges ruled, it was a rather run-of-the-mill performance as acts like the the Greater Works gospel choir took the stage. The group started things off strong and delivered yet another flawless outing on the “AGT” stage. Although no one had criticism for them, they made sure to innovate for the live rounds and turned things into more of a performance and spectacle, and the judges took notice.

Also innovating on Tuesday were Junior and Emily. The dancing brother and sister duo crawled up from a bad neighborhood and brushes with crime to make their way to the top. Last time, judge Simon Cowell got on them about their choreography and its lack of originality. Taking that note to heart, they delivered in a huge way and ended up winning over the ice-cold judge. He called it, “The most powerful and dynamic performance we’ve seen so far.”

From there, Final Draft took the stage followed by Oscar Hernandez. The first sang, the second danced and both performances were great. However, the judges clearly wanted to prepare them each for the possibility that America won’t find what they do worthy of a million dollars and a show in Vegas. Not to say they’re not talented or impressive, but the time has come to thin the herd.

A more puzzling act came in the form of the master of deduction Colin Cloud. The Scottish mentalist studied forensic investigation and uses those skills to make impressive predictions on stage. It’s unlike any other act on the show, but what he…

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