John & Andrew, the salsa dancing duo from the San Francisco Bay Area, were eliminated last night from America's Got Talent.
The quarterfinals are divided up into 4 weeks, with 12 contestants competing each week, with 5 from each episode qualifying for the semifinals. Selection is based on audience votes, with the competition airing on Tuesday and results being announced on the following Wednesday, live (at least for the East Coast, the West Coast show is delayed by 3 hours).
John & Andrew competed in the second round of quarterfinals, against some stiff competition including magicians, singers, and an aerial acrobatics act. In a nail biter of an episode, John & Andrew were one of the last 3 acts remaining on stage, before they were finally eliminated. The official America's Got Talent even mistakenly tweeted out that John & Andrew had won (the tweet has since been deleted).
Although the pair were eliminated, they made it far in a competition seen by tens of millions of viewers, helping to spread awareness of salsa and same gender dancing. The two have a busy travel schedule, and should continue to perform together on the salsa circuit as well as compete together at the World Latin Dance Cup in December, where they are the current reigning champions in the Same Gender division (for 3 years in a row).
One salsa act remains in America's Got Talent, "Baila Conmigo" a Colombian-style salsa team based out New Jersey. The group has already qualified for the semi-finals, and will be returning to the stage in 3 weeks after the remaining quarterfinal rounds are completed.