Bad Boys are back

The Bad Boys of Ballet took this selfie backstage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City after performing on America's Got Talent. The group was eliminated on Wednesday, only be to saved by celebrity judge Mel B. Thursday. The group will now compete in the show's semifinals. (Facebook photo / August 21, 2014)

The Bad Boys of Ballet are back.

Just minutes after being eliminated from NBC's "America's Got Talent" Wednesday night, the Gambrills-based dance group got word from celebrity judge Mel B that she was using her power to save the act — something each judge can do for a favorite group that has been eliminated.

The notification from Mel B was done privately backstage and was not part of the telecast. NBC disclosed the four saved acts via social media on Thursday.

"Mel B came to us last night after the show and said she was picking us as her act to save because she felt we were too good to not continue in the competition," said Adrienne Canterna, the Linthicum native who leads the group.

"We screamed and cried," Canterna said. "We were seriously over the moon, because it was just minutes after we got cut."

The group was voted off the show in the quarterfinals, but thanks to Mel B, they will dance again live next Tuesday night in hopes of advancing toward the finals and the ultimate prize of $1 million.

"It has been such a roller coaster of emotions," said Canterna. "We were so high from our performance and then so low after being eliminated."

Canterna said she and the six male dancers that make up the Bad Boys were a little surprised to be voted off because of the standing ovations they received from Mel B and Heidi Klum for their performance on Tuesday night. Some of the acts that went through to the semifinals did not get a standing ovation.

Mel B "was so genuine and personal" when she visited the group backstage, Canterna said. "She said she loved our act so much because we brought ballet to a new audience."

"So," said Canterna as she took a break from a rehearsal, "we're back in the semis!"

Phil Turner writes the weekly "Linthicum" column for the Maryland Gazette. Contact him at turner595@gmail.com.