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The final set of the original 48 America's Got Talent performers gave us a mix of really good and really NOT good performances last night. After a very slow first hour, the show ended with one of the most awe inspiring routines in memory from Team iLuminate.

We grade it, and others, below.

Yellow Designs Stunt Team in Action

Kinetic King - The installation may have taken two days and nights for set-up, but I didn't get how being a kinetic artist would be the winner of the show. He did have unnecessary models and immediately the whole thing didn't work. I felt bad for him, but the fact that he still talked to Nick was admirable. My Grade: D+.

Zuma Zuma - The Kenyans were happy to fulfill their dreams and were willing to add elements to their performance, but they were totally different from their last two performances, including their better costumes. Their climbing skills were cool but they spent too much time transitioning between tricks while the others bounced in the background. My Grade: B+.

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Let's ignore the Smurf crossovers from last night's America's Got Talent results show and just focus on who moved on, okay?

Go POPLYFE!

Eliminations Part 1 - Ian Johnson, Summerwind Skippers, Purrfect Angelz - Johnson had a messy performance; he needs more time to mature. The Summerwind Skippers were good, but suffered from the fact that they went first in a show packed with several standout acts. They got lost in the shuffle of really good performances. There was nothing spectacular for the Purrfect Angelz; they fit perfectly for a NASCAR or even a wrestling match and maybe this exposure could book them a few extra gigs. I was happy to hear that none of them moved on. I wouldn't even want to see them during the wildcard acts.

Musical Guest - Stevie Nicks "For What It's Worth" - One day when I grow old, I hope I'm rocking like Stevie Nicks when I get old, still writing original music and booking gigs on America's Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars. Extra credit for her including Michael Grimm on her tour.

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This is the first week this season that America's Got Talent emphasized told us not to tru things at home. Got that, everyone who is about to break out the pole dancing, motocross, and juggling acts in your living room?

Come along as I play the role of judge and grade each performance...

AGT Judges

Summerwind Skippers - The routine started off pretty standard with some solo work, but the circular handoffs needed precision. The group jump was a cute transition. There were some good Double Dutch moments, but the lights were distracting and a smart way to cover up any mistakes. I'm sure that Piers would have buzzed them if he caught any mistake. My Grade: A-.

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After a night of mediocre performances Tuesday, the preview for last night clearly set the five performers up even before the eliminations took place.

There was nothing surprising about this week's America's Got Talent results except for the fact that America didn’t mind the more flamboyant efforts.

Let's break down how it all played out ...

AGT Results Show

Eliminations, Part 1: The Rhinestone Ropers, Thomas John, Silhouettes - The Rhinestone Ropers failed because they thought that an animal performance would have been dynamic, but after so many failed bird acts it was inevitable that they would be cut. The fact that there was no dog act this year should have signaled the Ropers not to try the horse. With two X's Thomas John's hopes were pretty slim.

The Silhouettes were through easily. Sure they may have pandered to the American theme, but I just hope that they will do shapes that could stand on their own without any projections to help America.

Guest Performance: Hot Chelle Rae "Tonight Tonight" - Is anyone else reminded of Michael Cera when staring at lead singer Ryan Follese? The performance wasn't here or there. At least the vocals weren't lip synced.

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Man, I'm sleepy.

That wasn't exactly the most exciting installment of America's Got Talent, as most acts in Las Vegas chose poor, boring songs. But a few still made a strong impressions, and all are graded below...

The Rhinestone Ropers

Attack Dance Crew - While Piers was hoping the performance was "fresh and exciting" it ended up being a flop. ADC added stunts causing their choreography to suffer. Howie called them "cheerleaders," and all that was missing from their transitions were the cheer claps. When the camera went overhead, the team wasn't perfectly aligned, the tricks looked sloppy, and the choreography was cliché. My Grade: C+.

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There were five strong performers on America's Got Talent last night. But only four made it through on the first night of eliminations. Let's go through each one and see if you agree with the results...

Sandou Trio Russian Bar Picture

First elimination: Fearless Flores Family, Duo Aero or Snap Boogie? And the semifinalist is... Snap Boogie! It was obvious that Duo Aero was going to be eliminated after their old-fashioned route. Suspenders and polka dots are cool, but come on. The Fearless Flores Family probably outlasted their stay. If they performed in the Vegas rounds, the mom would have been in the sphere and the bar would have been raised even higher for the live shows; instead we got basically the same routine again.

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After months of auditions, we were finally down to the live quarterfinals on America's Got Talent. The first 12 contestants hit the stage last night, with jitters as high and song choices poor. Let's grade each hopeful, shall we?

Miami All-Stars - After sailing through to Hollywood, the troupe hit a roadblock: their music wasn't cleared. They had to change their routine in just a few hours. It started with six couples and I hoped it remained there. It looked like a confusing army of dance when everyone formed a rectangle. There were some dancers in the back that were behind a few steps. The group solved my gripe when the dancers moved to the sides and the women and men had their own solos. Their dancing and tricks were amazing; I'm a huge fan of the pot-stir and that one woman was stirring for a long time. My Grade: A-.

Those Funny Little People on Stage

Dezmond Meeks - The show isn't going to acknowledge that Dezmond auditioned for American Idol, so he had multiple chances to achieve his dream. Either way, the performance reminded of an outlandish Adam Lambert performance. I loved the chandelier dancer and the general incorporation with the James Brown style dancing. The arrangement wasn't the best and, as the first live singer, the audio wasn't balanced. My Grade: B-.

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Filling in the final 17 spots proved to difficult for the America's Got Talent judges last night.

It didn't help no female singers remaining were talented enough, while the only solo contemporary woman looked like Justin Bieber. Let's jump right into the Las Vegas auditions...

A Sexy Act

Magicians - I'm surprised Fig and Newton was considered top tier when Landon was much better. The 80s magician act was clumsy but funny. The Halls of Magic's snake charmer routine was good except for the bag attached to the snake. Landon auditioned with the folding silhouette, but did a slow paced levitating box this time.

I liked the calm nature of the routine and how he managed to lift a box with a woman in it. Seth Gabriel was the final act and when the poor cube went down; I worried. Then he did the most blatant WTF door passing by and you knew he walked away from the transition. Afterwards, Seth proceeded to question the girls about the cube mishap. I hope the blonde wasn't fired. Advanced: Landon Swank and Seth Grabel.

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Nick Cannon welcomed us to Las Vegas last night, where the 100 acts nervously awaited their fate.

Overall, 10 advanced directly to Hollywood: The Silhouettes, Lys Agnes, Professor Splash, The Rhinestone Ropers, The Fearless Flores Family (now with Mom in costume!), Melissa Villasenor, The Captain & Maybelle, Team iLuminate, Miami All-Stars, and Squawk Opera.

The rest? Time to battle for the judges' hearts and minds...

AGT Judges in Vegas

Danger Category: Charles Pecha decided to set his bottom half on fire, which was better than his one-man iLuminate juggling act. I liked the multiple uses of fire: twirling fire, juggling fireballs, and then proceeding to light him on fire.

Kevin Shelly, the underestimated board breaker, moved from wood to concrete, standing on katanas with blocks on his back. Unfortunately, the blocks didn't break, but it may have been more about the assistant not having enough swing. Frank Myers did an easy mind trick with Russian roulette in play. The performance was compelling, with a nice fake out at the end. Advanced: Frank Myers, Yellow Design Stunt Team, and Charles Pecha.

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With the Las Vegas rounds (thankfully!) looming, there were several great performers on America's Got Talent last night, as the show saved them in hopes they' be fresh in our minds....

On the America's Got Talent Scene

The Contenders
Fatally Unique - The team was well coordinated in the beginning, but I liked how they tried to have boxes to break out of. The members hit really hard and they were very similar to the crew Live in Color from America's Best Dance Crew. Hopefully, they could afford something better than cardboard boxes that fall over for the Vegas rounds.

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