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‘America’s Got Talent’ Wildcard Special: Who Earned the Final Spot?

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On Tuesday night, America’s Got Talent premiered a one-off special on Peacock, devoted to five acts who didn’t quite make it into the Season 16 live shows. One of those acts will be a wildcard in the Quarterfinals.

Each of the acts performed during the program, hosted by Terry Crews. It’s now up to fans to vote for which act they want to see move on to the next round of competition.

‘America’s Got Talent’ Wildcard Acts Perform

The five contestants up for the wildcard delivered some impressive performances in Tuesday’s special. Now it’s up to the fans to vote for their favorites on Twitter, by using the hashtag #AGTWildcard and including the contestant’s username. You can only vote once per act.

Voting is open until Friday at 7 a.m. ET. You can watch the full special for yourself on Peacock. You’ll probably notice that the special features a live studio audience. However, the judges weren’t present to give their opinions on these performances, so it’s all up to the viewers.

Dylan Zangwill

Dylan is a 14-year-old rock star who wowed the judges with his rendition of “Somebody to Love” by Queen, which he sang while playing the keyboard during auditions. For his wildcard performance, Dylan performed a gritty cover of “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals, while playing a Hammond organ.

You can vote for Dylan by tweeting #AGTWildcard and tagging @DylanZangwill.


Patrick Kun

This magician impressed the judges in his audition with a card trick that showed off some crazy sleight of hand. For the wildcard special, Patrick returned to the stage to perform a trick with Crews, using the cards signed by the judges during the auditions. He switched the cards with photos of the judges and even added Crews’ card to the mix.

You can vote for Patrick by tweeting #AGTWildcard and tagging @PatrickKunMagic.



Storm Large

During the auditions, this singer performed Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” earning unanimous approval from the judges. For her wildcard performance, Storm sang a slowed-down, powerful cover of “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick.

You can vote for Storm by tweeting #AGTWildcard and tagging @Stormof69.


Mike Goodwin

Mike is a stand-up comedian and former Army veteran who made the judges laugh with his audition routine, in which he joked about weird nursery rhymes. For his wildcard routine, Mike talked about how hard it was to look things up when he was a kid and couldn’t Google anything.

You can vote for Mike by tweeting #AGTWildcard and tagging @bowtiecomedy.


Matt Mauser

During the auditions, Matt performed an emotional cover of “Against All Odds (Take a Look at me Now)” by Phil Collins. He shared that his wife tragically died in the same helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. For his wildcard performance, Matt sang “The Way You Look Tonight.” He explained that it was the first song he and his wife danced to at their wedding, and it was also the last song they danced to together before she died.

You can vote for Matt by tweeting #AGTWildcard and tagging @MattMauser.


The act who receives the most votes from viewers will be the wildcard for the Quarterfinals. We’ll find out which of the five contestants won the final spot during the August 24 episode of America’s Got Talent. Voting is open until Friday, August 13, at 7 a.m. ET.

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