The Gambrills-based dance group Bad Boys of Ballet was eliminated Wednesday from NBC's "America's Got Talent" in the quarterfinal round.
The group, led by Adrienne Canterna of Linthicum, performed a 90-second dance set at Radio City Music Hall Tuesday night. They were the first of 12 acts to perform Tuesday, which heightened the attention and pressure on them.
Canterna and her group of six male dancers performed a fast-paced routine that showed off their energetic take on traditional ballet. And though they were good enough to receive standing ovations from the judges Heidi Klum and Mel B. on the show's celebrity judging panel, they did not get high praise from either Howie Mandel or Howard Stern.
Just 20 of the 48 acts that advanced to the quarterfinals made it on to the semifinals.
In an interview prior to the show, Canterna said the main goal of the group was to increase its fan base in the United States. The Bad Boys spend most of their time touring Europe, Asia, and Australia, and are hoping to develop more fans at home so they can tour in the United States.
"We want to break into the U.S. market because we are Americans," Canterna said. "The blessing of a show like this is the ratings are so high - the blessing is the exposure."
Even though the group will not continue on in the contest, Canterna said they gained new fans here at home.
"There are millions of people who watch this show and we really want them to become fans of ours and what we do," said Canterna. "It's important that they embrace us whether we win, advance or not."
Phil Turner writes the weekly "Around Linthicum" column. Contact him at 410-599-8568 or email@example.com.