The wait is over for America’s Got Talent fans, as the semi-finals Part 1 commenced on Tuesday, August 30 and now, several contestants have been eliminated. Die-hard fans of the show are eagerly searching for terms like, “Who made it through tonight,” “America’s Got Talent semi-final results,” “America’s Got Talent 2016 semi-finals part 1,” and “America’s Got Talent last night,” so don’t go anywhere else, because we’ll tell you everything you need to know about who made it to the final round of AGT Season 11.
Fan favorites such as the Edgar Family Band, mime and prop-comic Tape Face, as well as opera singer Laura Bretan were on the fence and needed votes to get through to the semi-finals. Out of the 11 semi-finalists, only five made it through to the finals, while acts like magician Blake Vogt, the Edgar Family Band, comedienne Lori Mae Hernandez, school choir Musicality, knife-throwing duo Deadly Games, and Argentinian folk dancers Malevo were eliminated. Part 2 of America’s Got Talent 2016 semi-finals will take place next Tuesday and will air live.
America’s Got Talent Semi-Final Results
Here are all your favorite top five AGT contestants who made it to the next round:
#1 Grace VanderWaal
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Poised to become the next Taylor Swift, the first act to advance to the finals was Grace VanderWaal from Suffern, New York. The 12-year-old singer and ukelele player was proclaimed to be “the real deal,” by AGT judge, Heidi Klum. After her performance of an original song called, “Light the Sky,” judge Howie Mandel told Grace, “The world knows your name, the world knows your talent, and the world knows you can win this,” while Simon Cowell called her the “new generation.”
#2 Laura Bretan
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13-year-old opera singer Bretan left the AGT judges speechless, with a rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, “Pie Jesu.” She won ‘Judges Choice’ thanks to Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell and Mel B who voted for her.
#3 Jon Dorenbos
Magician Dorenbos progressed to the finals with his trick in which he made the judges throw a football at a map of the U.S.A, then revealed four quarters in a locked chest that represented the states hit by the judges’ footballs. Judge Howie Mandel stated that the Philadelphia Eagles footballer was a “jaw-dropping artist” and a good person who deserved to be on the show. Kudos to him!
#4 Sal Valentinetti
Jazz singer Valentinetti was Heidi Klum’s golden buzzer choice in season 11 of America’s Got Talent, and she is a huge fan of his voice. He performed “That’s Life,” by Frank Sinatra and advanced to the finals. Klum gave him her blessing and she stated that she is proud of him.
#5 Tape Face
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The New Zealand native, whose real name is Sam Wills, was chosen as the ‘Dunkin’ Save’ in the semi-finals, as he was saved by America’s votes. Judge Simon Cowell stated that, while he didn’t expect Tape Face to be America’s first choice, he was excited to see him advance to the AGT finals. Fellow judge and former Spice Girl, Mel B was visibly excited at his progress.