Gymnastics group Gymkana from Maryland suffered a near tragedy as a ring of fire crashed down on to one of the performers. The accident had all the judges on their feet, gasping in horror along with most of the audience.
It was an unfortunate end to the dance team’s act. They started out well with a stunning and perfectly timed routine, but failed to impress Piers, who was booed for buzzing out the group early on in the act.
Then came the near-disaster, when one of the young male gymnasts caught the edge of the ring of fire, bringing the flames down on top of him as he crash-landed on the floor. The gymnast who had been holding on to the ring also suffered burns to the arm.
The accident left Piers Morgan in the difficult position of having to defend his buzzing of the act, by saying they were good but repetitive. He also remarked on the accident, saying, “obviously when you have someone lying on the floor with fire all over him, it’s not a good day at the office.”
Nick could not resist interrupting Piers to blame him for making the gymnasts nervous and possibly causing the accident by making them nervous with his early buzz. I have no idea whether Sharon Osbourne liked them or not. It was difficult to tell as she said,
“I was looking for the performance value from you and tonight I didn’t see that. But I thought you were tremendous.”
Is that good, then? Howie thought they were.
After being seen by paramedics, both injured gymnasts were declared fit with minor burns.
Anna Graceman dazzled was stunning as ever, even down to her costume. The spunky 11-year-old, in a pink and black tutu dress wowed with her own take on Mötley Crüe’s Home Sweet Home, earning herself a standing ovation from the audience and judges.
I wouldn’t be inclined to believeSharonthough, when she said her that her friends from the band were watching her performance, as she had called to let them know after she heard Anna would be singing their song. I don’t recall Sharon Osbourne and Mötley Crüe being on such great terms! But Anna’s performance was hailed the performance of the night by bothSharonand Piers.
Piers Morgan drew criticism for being a little buzzer happy last night, althoughhe remained unrepentant.
I did have to laugh, though, when he told pole dancer Steven Retchless that the only men who should be sliding down poles should be firemen.
Summerwind Skippers, who performed a routine to Britney Spears’ song Till the World Ends got Piers’ third buzz of the night. Had he forgotten this was semi-finals night and these acts had already been voted through before? Howie Mandel apologized to them for Piers buzzing them. But he had a point, I thought: they did make some mistakes this time around.
Piers Morgan was far more enthusiastic about another dance troupe, Fatally Unique. They deserve points for their Hannibal Lector costumes, and I thought there was a ton of energy in their performance, as didSharonand Piers. But Howie remained distinctly unimpressed.
Illusionist Landon Swank fromAlaskaonce again thrilled the judges, this time getting them involved in his daring stunt. Each judge had to select a button which was connected to a detonator, exploding one of four boxes suspended above the stage.
On a video link from inside one of the boxes, he said, “I’ve tried to predict which number you will pick and I’m locked into my decision.”
On Landon’s command the judges each triggered the detonators, explodingboxes1, 3 and 4.
Landon emerged intact frombox2. And to prove his skill, he then asked Piers to push the detonator for that box, which then exploded. So they could have blown him up. That blew Howie’s mind.
“Wow, absolute wow! Last time I was concerned because you came very close to killing yourself. This time I was concerned because we came close to killing you. My heart is pounding. That was amazing,” he said.
Piers andSharonalso loved the dangerous and exciting wild card act.
Audience favorite Landau Eugene Murphy divided the judges when he sang I’ve Got the World On a String. An audience member yelled out that Piers was evil for sayin g that was not his best performance. But it wasn’t really, was it?
Kinetic King had the judges donning goggles for his eye-popping and sensational performance they all loved.
So those were your performers from last night? Can you be as good as Landon Swank and predict the results? Who is going through tonight to the next stage ofAmerica’s Got Talent?