judges americasgottalent 290 'America's Got Talent': Drew Stevyns pulls it outTonight on “America’s Got Talent,”  the finalists include Barbara Padilla, Recycled Percussion, Hairo Torres, Lawrence Beaman and Drew Stevyns.

After a video recap of last night, we get right down to business with Footworkingz versus Hairo Torres. You know, before last night I would’ve said Footworkingz for sure. But now I say it’s Hairo. Footworkingz kinda blew it last night. And then… Hairo Torres is in the finals! Good for him.

There is now video of the judges’ decision from last week during the commercial break. Apparently the judges really did sit around and agonize over Voices of Glory vs Fab Five. Or the alternate theory is that this was pre-planned as a stunt and the judges had to sit there and “agonize” so that they had this footage to show us. Hmmm. Moving on…

…to the Orville Lounge segment. Sigh. Nick compares Jeffrey to “Beethoven meets Purple Rain.” I like that better than “Mozart meets Amadeus, Amadeus.”

Back to the results. Now we have Erik & Rickie and Jeffrey Ou. Really? Please let both of them be eliminated. Please. They are talented and cute, but not good enough to continue.  And then they both are. Nick Cannon sounds genuinely sad about it, which he probably is because he seems to have such an affinity for the child acts.

The next pairing is Mario & Jenny and Recycled Percussion. Well, based on last night, this should be Recycled Percussion, but based on the whole season I would say Mario & Jenny.  And then… Recycled Percussion has made it to the finals. No surprises there. They aren’t my cup of tea, but they were certainly one of the five best acts LAST night.

We now have the cast of “Jersey Boys,” which is awesome because it’s the music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. I love not only that era of music, but I love groups with names like that: Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels. Love ’em.

They perform “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” which alternately makes me think of Heath Ledger (RIP) singing to Julia Stiles or Denise Richards singing to Jesus. Hahahaha. That launches into “Walk Like a Man.” and “Tears in Your Eyes” and “Who Loves You.” Man, Frankie Valli had an amazing falsetto. The guy singing his part is very good, but not quiiiite in the Frankie Valley stratosphere.

Back to the results. Nick brings forth all 4 remaining acts, which are Lawrence Beaman, Drew Stevyns, the EriAm Sisters and Barbara Padilla. The first act advancing is Barbara Padilla. I get confused for a second because Nick said the act taking the FOURTH spot, but only Hairo and Recycled Percussion have gotten through so far, so she is the third. And I’m pretty sure they are taking 5 acts. Isn’t that what they said?

Now we have the last three acts for two spots. As long as the EriAm Sisters make it through, I’m happy. The next act through is… Lawrence Beaman. No surprises there, he’s pretty popular and he’s been good up until last night.

I’m sorry, Drew Stevyns. I liked your “Careless Whisper” last night, but I want to see the EriAm Sisters advance. And then… Drew Stevyns advances. Awwww. Booooo. Nothing against Drew, but I wanted to see the girls advance.

What did you guys think? Did the right 5 acts go home? I know I’m happier this week than I was last week.

So our Top 10 finalists, who are performing MONDAY NIGHT SEPTEMBER 14TH (don’t forget, it’s not Tuesday), are the Texas Tenors, Grandma Lee, Kevin Skinner, Voices of Glory, Fab Five, Hairo Torres, Recycled Percussion, Barbara Padilla, Lawrence Beaman and Drew Stevyns.  I am firmly rooting for the Fab Five and Barbara Padilla.

Right at the end of the broadcast, Nick Cannon gets a little flustered and goes, “And if y’all think I’m talking weird, it’s ’cause Piers Morgan is standing in front of the prompter.” HAHAHAHAHA. Awesome.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."