americas got talent judges howard stern 'America's Got Talent' kicks off Las Vegas weekIt’s time for the “America’s Got Talent” judges to whittle the 100+ acts they put through from the auditions to the 48 semi-finalists.

The judges immediately put the acts into Judges’ Favorites (who get to go first) and the Stand-Bys (who perform second for any remaining spots). There are also some acts that are in neither group and are going home right away, plus three acts get sent straight through to the live shows, leaving 45 slots. Those three acts are the Olate Dogs, the human cannonball David Smith and the weird homemade harp thing guy William Close.

The categories are divided thusly:

: The All Wheel Sports stunt team, the American BMX stunt team, the New Guard America drill team, balance artist Cristin Sandu and crossbow artist Ben Blaque.

Female Singers: Mary Joyner, Roxy Doll, Brianna Price, Cecilia Detwiler, Luna and Nikki Jensen.

Dance Groups: Funk Beyond Control, All That!, Loyalty and 787 Crew.

Novelty: Horse, All Beef Patty, Joe Castillo, Todd Oliver and Irving, Light Wire Theater and Aurora Light Painters.

Classical Singers: Simply Sergio, Luiz Meneghin and Andrew De Leon.

Quite a few of the acts really blew it – they were unprepared, or their nerves got their better of them, or their act had not advanced at all since the last time they performed. We thought maybe the show would do some narrowing tonight, but guess we’ll have to tune in probably Wednesday for that.

What did you think of the first night of Las Vegas week on “AGT”?

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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."