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'America's Got Talent' recap: The 'first semi-finals'

'America's Got Talent' recap: The 'first semi-finals'

When "America's Got Talent" took a break for the Olympics at the end of July, the number of contestants had been cut down to manageable-to-remember 16.

Now, two weeks after its return, with tangential rounds devoted to YouTube "talents"and wild card picks, the show is back up to an overwhelming 24.

Now, over the next two weeks, "AGT" will cut the 24 down to six and the finals will well, finally begin. Host Nick Cannon referred to this week's episode as the "first semi-finals." This is just reality TV stringing-along an audience and we've all unfortunately grown to accept it.

First to the stage was Andrew De Leon, who sang...