Eliminated Contestants Say Goodbye To ‘AGT’…For Now, At Least
America’s Got Talent returns tonight with 12 more acts fighting for a place in the semi-finals. But before this next group takes the Dolby stage by storm, last week’s eliminated contestants have some parting words for their fans.
The PAC Dance Team, Flau’jae, Mochi, Lord Nil, and the Human Fountains each made a video to say goodbye, reminisce on their AGT experience, and thank their fans for the support they showed them throughout the season.
It’s possible not all of these farewells will turn out to be final, though. With 22 spots in the semi-finals and only seven acts advancing via the three quarter-final episodes, we’re going to have one more wildcard act chosen by the show. As the Human Fountains know, having your act selected as a wildcard after being eliminated is a big deal, and while I don’t think lighting in going to strike twice in that department for them, I do think a couple of last week’s other cuts could be serious contenders for that spot.
Of those eliminated last week, the most obvious wildcard pick would be Mochi. Despite not winning the Dunkin’ Save vote or beating Junior New System in the judges’ choice tiebreaker, there’s clearly a lot of love for the diabolo artist in the AGT community. The crowd at the Dolby on Wednesday night seemed to be gunning pretty hard for him to make it through, and many fans have made it clear they were unhappy with this cut, with some even starting a petition for Mochi to return to the show. Fans of Season 11 magician Steven Brundage had a petition made in his honor after his Judge Cuts elimination, and he ended up a quarter-finals wildcard who just barely missed out on making the final episode of the season, so if the petition gains enough traction it could inspire the producers to have Mochi come back.
Another act I could see as a possible wildcard is Flau’jae. She was the only rapper to make the live shows, and was also a Golden Buzzer. It’s possible the show could bring her back for another round to see if she takes Mel B’s advice and challenges herself more as an artist.
While the semi-finals wildcard slot may seem pointless to some, since I don’t think any of the past picks have ever advanced to the finals (though it’s not unheard of with quarter-finals wildcards) it’s nice to see acts get another chance to perform for a huge audience on live TV. I’ll be keeping an eye out for other possible choices for the last wildcard in the next couple of weeks.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.