'America's Got Talent' Quarter-final Results: Alan Silva, Max Major and Cristina Rae among acts in semi-finals

Of the 11 acts who performed on Tuesday night, only five eventually made it through to the hotly-contested semi-final round


                            'America's Got Talent' Quarter-final Results: Alan Silva, Max Major and Cristina Rae among acts in semi-finals
Terry Crews and Alan Silva (NBC)

'Americas Got Talent' just broadcast its third quarterfinal results show on Wednesday night (August 26) where all the 11 acts that performed on Tuesday night aimed to nab a spot in the semi-finals. However, only five slots were up for grabs, which meant the competition was tough and the stakes were high. The acts who were facing elimination tonight were headlined by golden buzzer-winning acts like dance group Waffle Crew and singer Cristina Rae.

Also hoping to pursue their dreams further were dance crews Bone Breakers and Dance Town Family, Brazilian aerialist Alan Silva, drummer Malik Dope, magician Max Major, stand-up comedian Usama Siddiquee and singers Annie Jones, Nolan Neal and Sheldon Riley. America's public had all of Tuesday night to make up their minds and vote up to 10 times for their favorite contestants, so now it was crunch time.

The AGT judges (NBC)

As the smiling host of the talent show, Terry Crews, reminded us, "Their future and their dreams are in your hands," he was joined tonight by three judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara, with Simon Cowell still on leave as he recovers from his unfortunate bike accident a few weeks ago. The first acts who were up for elimination were Alan Silva and Dance Town Family, and it was then revealed that the diminutive Brazilian aerialist with a big heart had managed to progress.

The relieved performer admitted that he was feeling a mix of excitement and nerves, and the happy Sofia Vergara declared that he definitely deserved this win, because he had already gone through a lot in his eventful career.



 

The next acts to be eliminated were singers Annie Jones and Sheldon Riley, who both lost to the ethereal singer Cristina Rae, who had charmed us all with her version of the classic song 'Hallelujah' on Tuesday night. When it was revealed that Rae had progressed, she let out a sigh of relief and a jubilant exclamation of "Hallelujah!" Heidi Klum noted that no one had sung the song the way that Cristina had, and that she still had goosebumps after that sublime performance.



 

The next act to go through was magician Max Major, who had wowed us on Tuesday night when he got us all to draw the same image with a pen and paper with a brilliant mentalism trick. The acts who fell by the wayside were contortionist dance crew Bone Breakers and comedian Usama Siddiquee. Sofia Vergara was pleased that Max had gone through, but encouraged him to go even bigger and better in the semi-finals since the competition was bound to get tougher.

Jon Dorenbos (NBC)

This meant that there were only two slots remaining, but before those winners were revealed, we were treated to a brilliant card reconstruction trick. This came courtesy of former NFL player Jon Dorenbos, who had previously finished in third place on Season 11 of AGT, besides appearing on 'America's Got Talent: The Champions'. There were also some entertaining segments where audience members got to ask the judges questions, and then the judges were quizzed on how much trivia they knew about Sofia Vergara.



 

Then it was down to the moment of truth, as the final two semifinalists were unveiled. At the start of the show, it had been revealed that the three acts who were up for the Dunkin Save were the Waffle Crew, Nolan Neal and Malik Dope. This meant that the American audience had up till the end of the show to cast their live votes and help one of these three acts progress.

As revealed during the midway portion of the show, Waffle Crew was just about edging it with a slight voting advantage. Waffle Crew kept that percentage intact and emerged as the winners of the audience vote. This meant that the judges then had to decide between Malik Dope and Nolan Neal. While Sofia plumped for Nolan, both Howie and Heidi felt strongly about Malik's originality and decided to send him through to the semifinals.



 

This meant that the semi-finals would now include Alan Silva, Max Major, Cristina Rae, Waffle Crew, and Malik Dope. The fourth quarterfinal will feature anther 11 acts who are all competing for the remaining five slots in the semi-finals, so make sure you tune in next Tuesday night for 'America's Got Talent' at 8 pm ET on the NBC network.

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