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The last five spots in the finale are up for grabs. And it’s not going to be easy.
The second group of semifinalists hit the stage on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday. And the competition is stacked with the best of the best, including three Golden Buzzer winners.
“This is the last semifinal,” judge Howie Mandel said. “Make it or break it.”
Daredevil Jonathan Goodwin “put it all on the line … literally.”
After barely sneaking through to the semifinals by way of the judges’ save, Goodwin pulled out one of the “scariest stunts” in his book to assure a finale spot.
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“America’s Got Talent” daredevil Jonathan Goodwin (Photo: Chris Haston/NBC)
Goodwin attempted to ride a zip line suspended 60 feet in the air to a crane 80 feet away holding on only with his teeth. To raise the stakes, Goodwin lit the zip line on fire, bound his hands behind his back and secured a padlock that stopped him midway.
In order to make it to the other side, Goodwin had to free his hands, unlock the padlock around his waist and ride to the other side before the flames burned through the ropes and sent him plummeting. He made it in the nick of time.
“You have to be a little cuckoo in the head,” Sofía Vergara said, adding that it was one of her favorite acts he’s done. Mandel called the stunt “terrifying.”
“My heart it still pounding,” he said. “I think you are worth a vote to the finals.”
The field was once again dominated by singers, including Kenadi Dodds, Celina Graves, Daneliya Tuleshova and Voices of our City Choir. But one of the most memorable singing performances came from Cristina Rae.
Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer winner dedicated an emotional performance of Cynthia Erivo‘s “Jump” to her son, Jeremiah, who she hopes to provide a home by winning “AGT.”
Mandel labeled her the top singer in the competition. “In the category of singing, you are the one to beat. I think your voice is pure, it’s powerful, it’s entertaining,” he said.
Vergara said Rae gave her “goosebumps.” Klum said she’s formed a “special bond” with Rae and hopes she wins it all.
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In total, 11 acts performed during Tuesday’s semifinals, mainly from Universal Studios Hollywood’s soundstage, theme park and the famed back lot.
Two acts joined via satellite from the other side of the world due to pandemic travel restrictions. The acrobatic trio Bello Sisters stunned the judges from Germany with incredible feats of strength.
“That hurt, watching you girls,” Klum quipped. “You are always beautiful to watch. You create these human sculptures.”
Mandel added that he was “beyond impressed” that the sisters were able to hold up hundreds of pounds in each other’s body weight. “I can’t lift 240 pounds,” he admitted.
Duo Bad Salsa wowed from a Bollywood-inspired stage in India with their fast-paced, high-flying dance routine. “I mean, this is one of the shows I enjoy the most,” Vergara exclaimed.
The second round of semifinalists includes Rae, Dodds, Graves, Tuleshova and Crews’ Golden Buzzer winner Voices of our City; Goodwin; Bello Sisters; Max Major (magician); BAD Salsa (salsa duo); Brett Loudermilk (sword swallower); and dance group W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew (Cowell’s Golden Buzzer winner).
Fans can vote up to 10 times for each act on NBC.com/AGTvote, the “America’s Got Talent” app and through Xfinity Voice Remote. The first finalists will be revealed during Wednesday’s results show (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT).
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