CBS’ “Big Brother” came in second with 6.6 million viewers, while the “AGT” recap episode placed third with 6.2 million.
In the 18-to-49 demographic, “America’s Got Talent” earned a 2.3 rating, the show’s highest in the past four weeks and tops for the night.
Six “America’s Got Talent” semifinalists advanced to the finals during last night’s show: operatic singer Branden James, country singer Jimmy Rose, acrobatic duo The KriStef Brothers, Chicago Boyz acrobatic team, dancer Kenichi Ebina, and teen dance duo D’Angelo and Amanda.
With only D’Angelo and Amanda and 11-year-old singer Anna Christine left on the stage to face the judges for the last spot in the finals, the judges’ voting ended in a 2-2 tie. Howard Stern and Mel B voted for the singer, while Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel wanted to send the dancers through.
Host Nick Cannon then reported there was only half a percentage point separating D’Angelo and Amanda and Christine in America’s vote for the final spot in the finals before announcing the dancers had advanced.
Finally! After two seasons of beating the kids-should-be-allowed-to-be-kids drum, one of the “America’s Got Talent” judges – Stern – voiced what this viewer has been saying all along.
Stern pointed out that while the teen act of D’Angelo and Amanda and the pre-teen Christine dress like grownups and perform like grownups, they’re still kids and should be throwing a ball around instead.
It would be a wise decision for “AGT” to set an age limit for its contestants, like maybe 18. This would give kids with such enormous talent a chance to mature and would make it more likely that their being in the competition is of their own volition and not because a grownup pressured them.
Be that as it may, the “AGT” finals are now set and will get underway next Tuesday, Sept. 10.
True to form, America’s voting was puzzling, but not as sorely as it’s been in previous weeks.
Here’s the lineup for next week’s finals, which start on Tuesday and will air on KSL 5 at 8 p.m. in Provo.
1. Singer Cami Bradley
2. Singer Branden James
3. Operatic trio Forte
4. Comedian Taylor Williamson
5. Acrobatic duo KriStef Brothers
6. Dancers D’Angelo and Amanda
7. Shadow dance group Catapult Entertainment
8. Acrobatic dance team Chicago Boyz
9. Singer Jimmy Rose
10. Magician Collins Key
11. All-kid dance group Innovative Force
12. Dancer Kenichi Ebina