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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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The second set of auditions in New York City ramped up the weird on America's Got Talent, starting with zombies chasing girls. There were some true oddities that actually had some potential to be a real Vegas act, however.

Let's run it down...

Sharon Osbourne as a Judge

Enjoyable
The Smag Bros. - Bill and Pat started off with some talented wheelie work and it was really synchronized. The fact that they could do such a great job on a small and slippery floor was amazing. Anything attempting to crush a friend was worth watching.

Shemika Charles - In the preview she said that she was the world record holder, but we never got her story on the show. It's really pretty disappointing when you're the focus on the commercials, but given a five-second preview.

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The auditions on America's Got Talent continued to hobble along last night, this time in New York City, where the freaks were out in full force.

Just imagine how paranoid Howie must have really been paranoid about germs, as he emerged from a zorb. That was one of the highlights of an otherwise mediocre evening...

Unimpressed Host

Tomorrow's Contenders?
Snap Boogie - The street performer had the perfect sob story and the right song to fit his character (overcoming obstacles with the joy of dance). We've seen a lot of breakers, but I was genuinely impressed by his whole routine. I can see how he would increase his difficulty level for the following competition rounds.

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America's Got Talent remained Atlanta for night two of auditions yesterday, as the features of the best and some of the oddest of performers. Let's go over the children, bands and cavalcade of dance crews that hit the stage...

The Real Talent
Hershae Chocolatae - With the robe and wig Hershae was donning, I was afraid the performance would be really stupid. Luckily, the outfit was stripped off and I quickly turned happy watching the tinsel glimmering. The Macy Gray imitation came out of nowhere. I also didn't expect the dance moves. I would love to see her over the top persona on RuPaul's Drag Race performing a lip sync for your life.

The Fiddleheads - The bluegrass group was good, giving a bit of minor cross promotion for The Voice. I hope that the group could pick a better song to bluegrass-ify during the Las Vegas rounds or even the live shows.

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