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'America's Got Talent' wins night's ratings, recap, predictions

Howie Mandel attends 'America's Got Talent' season 9 post show red carpet event at Radio City Music Hall on July 30, 2014 in New York City.
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NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” got another ratings win on Tuesday night, attracting 8.94 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnight ratings. The show has been a ratings winner for the network for several recent summer TV seasons.

A rerun of CBS’ “NCIS” place second for the night with 7.79 million viewers, while ABC’s airing of “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock” pulled in 7.16 million for third place.

In the all-important 18-to-49 demographic, “America’s Got Talent” was the winner with a 2.0 rating, while “CMA Music Festival” finished second with a 1.8 rating.

Recap

The second round of “America’s Got Talent” live shows was a mix of the good, the bad, and the eh.

The Good

Lassoing cowboy Loop Rawlins gave a high-energy performance that included fire and an impressive display of rope work.

Although it may be hard for some to see two men dancing together, salsa dancing John and Andrew is going to be a hard act to beat. The pair – right down to Andrew’s Prince-like smirk at the end of each routine – is obviously talented and knows how to entertain a crowd.

Aerial Animation’s gymnastics, acrobat, animation mixture are both innovative and entertaining, which make for a winning combination.

The balancing act of Andrey Moraru was impressive, even though he makes most men feel inferior and has our wives wondering why we don’t look like this physical specimen.

The Bad

Hands down, the worst “America’s Got Talent” act of the night was the roller-skating Juan Carlos. The introductory segment was more entertaining than the performance.

Celebrity judge Howard Stern had it right when he said it was wrong that Juan Carlos had made it this far into the competition while more talented acts were sent packing.

Mat Franco’s magic act was uninspiring, suspicious, and a flop. While the magician had judge Heidi Klum put her finger into the deck of cards, there was an ill-disguised sleight of hand that went down. After reviewing the exchange in slow motion on the DVR, it seemed like something fishy took place during the exchange of the card from Franco to Klum.

And the card that appeared in Howie Mandel’s back pocket? Let’s just say Mandel’s acting surprised was less than convincing.

Teenage singer Jaycob Curlee was obviously swallowed up by nerves, as was the musical trio of Livy, Matt and Sammy. Not to mention poor song selections.

While the all-girl dance group Hart Dance Team was full of energy, its choreography and talent were ill suited for the bright lights of Radio City Music Hall.

The Eh

Pre-teen singer Mara Justine is obviously talented, but her performance Tuesday night was more community theater talent night-ish than Hollywood spotlight-ish. It’s always disconcerting when a child acts like an adult. It reeks of adult coaching and intervention.

Comedian Darik Santos did a great Emo Phillips impersonation, but his jokes were on par with what you’d find on Laffy Taffy packets.

Opera signing duo Acte II? Eh.

Predictions

Based on personal preference and assumptions of how the audience voted, here are this week’s “America’s Got Talent” predictions about which acts will advance during tonight’s results show:

· Loop Rawlins

· John and Andrew

· Aerial Animation

· Mara Justine

· Mat Franco

The “America’s Got Talent” results show airs Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on KSL in Provo. A recap episode will broadcast prior to the results show at 7 p.m.