'America's Got Talent' Season 14: Fans upset as wildcard entry Ansley Burns heads to the semifinals while Sophie Pecora goes home
The bottom three contestants were wildcard entry Ansley Burns, Golden Buzzer winner Sophie Pecora and high-kicking dance team The Emerald Belles. Luckily one act could be saved through fan votes on Twitter
After Tuesday night's first round of live quarterfinals, 'America's Got Talent' season 14 returned on Wednesday night with the results.
Out of the 12 acts that performed on Tuesday night, only seven moved on to the live semifinals. While audience and viewers waited eagerly to see if their favorite contestants made it through, Terry Crews revealed the acts that were in the bottom three and faced elimination.
The bottom three contestants were wildcard entry Ansley Burns, Golden Buzzer winner Sophie Pecora and high-kicking dance team The Emerald Belles. Luckily one act could be saved through fan votes on Twitter.
At the end of the episode when voting lines were closed and votes tallied, it was revealed that 13-year-old Burns was saved by fans and moved on to the semifinals. Pecora and The Emerald Belles were eliminated.
Burns was quite a controversial contestant after she was stopped midway by Simon Cowell during both her performances in the audition round and the judge cuts. Due to the major fan base on Twitter that was disappointed when she was eliminated, Burns was brought back as the first wildcard entry this season. Performing a cover of Leann Rimes' 'Swingin' during the quarterfinals, Burns' performance still wasn't better than Pecora's original song 'Happy in LA'.
The results left many fans disappointed. Most people online claimed Pecora rightfully deserved the spot because of her talents. Many felt that though Burns had a good voice, Pecora outshone her. From her audition performance till the live quarterfinals, Pecora has sung original songs composed and played by her on the guitar.
She also received a golden buzzer from Brad Paisley during the judge cuts, whereas Burns was eliminated. Several fans on social media shared that this is why viewers should not be allowed to vote so early in the competition because "they just vote for someone they like and not for the ones who actually deserve it".
"The wrong pick. Sophie wrote her own songs. That’s more talent than Ansley. That’s what happens when the public votes. Just like 'Dancing With the Stars'. Not fair!!!!" wrote a fan on Twitter. Another fan said, "I did not save her thank you very much! How I see it as Sophia is the artiste and Ansley is the kids bop version of Sofia's songs. Ansley is sweet, but I’d rather buy Sophia’s song. Just saying."
One fan added, "Tragic...she shouldn't have made it past auditions, sorry to say, she stole a spot from someone way more deserving." Though Pecora has been eliminated, we're pretty sure this is not the end of the road for her since her music career has just begun.
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