By Olivia Ignacio
6:45 AM EDT, July 12, 2012
Tonight, we have the results for last night's quarterfinals show.
Twelve acts performed and a mere four will advance to the next round. America's votes will decide the first three acts to advance then the judges get to choose the fourth.
We jump right into it. Nick calls singer Tim Hockenberry and contortionist Turf onstage. Hmm. The fact that these two acts got called at the same time is puzzling because they're both judges' favorites, and usually when two acts go onstage, one goes home.
Maybe the producers are just pulling our legs and both of them are actually moving on -- yes! They've both made it. That was pretty sneaky, producers.
After the break, we're shown footage of Howie playing pranks on a few of tonight's contestants. Then suddenly Gavin DeGraw is onstage singing a song from his new album. Yes, he's wearing a hat.
Then Nicks asks Lisa Clark Dancers, The All Ways band, Big Barry and the Aurora Light Painters to join him on stage. This grouping is strange too because frankly, they all did badly last night.
Nick makes it sound like one of the acts will advance to the next round, but then after what seems like a five-minute pause, he says, "No one." Gah! Enough with the cruel tricks, producers.
Next to walk onstage are comedian Tom Cotter, martial arts dancers LionDanceMe and Hawley Magic. Tom Cotter killed it last night with his stand up; he was only one of the three acts the judges weren't critical towards. No surprises here -- he's through to the next round.
Then the cast of the show 'Traces' performs an Olympic-inspired dance. Note to self: get tickets for 'Traces' next time I'm in New York. They're awesome.
Among other amazing things, the acrobats actually jump and flip through small hoops that get taller and taller.
The remaining three acts are archer Ben Blaque, acrobats Donovan and Rebecca and 14-year-old singer Danielle Stallings. Nick announces that based on America's votes, Ben Blaque will be going home. Then from the remaining two, the judges get to choose who will advance. This one's a toughy.
"Danielle, I think you're remarkable," Howard says. "I don’t think it's your time yet. I think it's Donovan and Rebbeca's time."
Sharon decides to put Danielle through. Howie goes with Donovan and Rebecca, so they're advancing. It's a good choice, I think; Donovan and Rebecca clearly have a better chance at headlining a Las Vegas show on their own (if you haven't seen their act, you should really check it out online), but oh god ... Danielle is crying and it makes me feel terrible.
Talk about a bittersweet ending. Next week, 12 more acts will perform to be weedled down. See you then.
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