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‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale, Night 1: William Close Steals The Show (Again)

Wed, September 12, 2012 11:45pm EDT by Andy Swift 2 Comments
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The contestants brought their A-game to the penultimate episode of ‘AGT.’ Read our recap and tell us which act you’re voting for tonight!

With less than 24 hours until the America’s Got Talent season finale, the show’s remaining six acts took to the stage Sept. 12 in a final attempt to sway viewers’ votes. But who managed to wow the crowd — and who fell flat on their faces?

As it turned out, everyone kicked serious ass tonight. I’ll admit I had my doubts about a few of the final six acts before tonight’s episode, but after seeing each one of them give it their all, I’m convinced every one of them deserves to be in tomorrow night’s finale.

David Garibaldi and his CMYKs: This group has always kept the audience guessing until the final moments of each performance, and they did it again this week, eventually revealing a really cool painting of Albert Einstein. “This piece of art, I would hang in my home,” Howard Stern noted. And I would, too!

Tom Cotter: In a successful attempt to ruin every single Disney movie and nursery rhyme for the audience, Tom busted out a hilarious routine about how parents set bad examples for their kids. It was quick, it was clever, and Howard said it left him wanting even more — a statement I totally agree with.

The Untouchables: The pint-sized performers channeled all of their energy into a power-house routine set to Tina Turner‘s version of “Proud Mary,” which was appropriate, because I couldn’t be any prouder of them. Is it any wonder Sharon Osbourne gave them a standing ovation? Their energy wasn’t just palpable; it was infectious. I won’t sleep for days.

Joe CastilloAfter delivering a beautiful speech about how the sand he uses to tell stories is now telling his story, Joe went on to present his most fun show yet. By the time he was finished, Joe had made all of the judges — and a Barack Obama-looking Nick Cannon — out of sand, which Howard aptly noted as being “remarkable.”

William CloseTo borrow a word from Howie Mandel, William and his merry musical crew were “phenomenal” tonight. Their unlikely mashup of “Canon in D” and “America the Beautiful” was epic, and William’s new instruments looked like they came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book — in the best way.

Olate Dogs: Clearly drawing inspiration from The Artist‘s Uggie, the dogs came out dressed to the nines and put on their jazziest performance yet. There was wheelbarrowing, “car-poodling,” and more hind-leg-standing than some people manage on an average day. Sharon described the act as being “pure love on this stage,” and I totally agree.

Who do YOU think should win America’s Got Talent? Cast your vote below, then drop a comment with your reasoning!

— Andy Swift

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  2. ‘America’s Got Talent’ Semi-Finals: Has William Close Already Won?
  3. Kris Jenner ‘Doesn’t Have A Chance’ At Joining ‘America’s Got Talent’