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Jul272011

Twelve More Acts Take the Stage on 'America's Got Talent'

George Doyle/Stockbyte(LOS ANGELES) -- America's Got Talent began its third week of Hollywood performances on Tuesday night. A total of 12 acts returned to the stage in an attempt to earn viewers' votes. Here's a rundown of what happened:

-- Summerwind Skippers mixed dancing with jump roping, earning the approval of Piers Morgan, who said they improved upon their Las Vegas routine. Howie Mandel questioned whether he could watch their act for longer than a few minutes.

-- SH'Boss Boys, a trio of boys aged 5, 6, and 7, sang the Jackson 5 hit "ABC" in a classroom setting before transitioning into their own rap. Morgan preferred the rap portion of their performance, but Sharon Osbourne thought it was fantastic all around.

-- Entertainer Mauricio Herrera was buzzed by both Morgan and Osbourne as he sang Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" and Tom Jones' "Delilah." Morgan likened him to a bad hotel lounge singer. Osbourne simply didn't like his "galloping" on stage.

-- Illusionist Seth Grabel, wearing a straight jacket, was suspended in midair over a chamber-like structure with smoke rising from inside. His goal was to escape the straight jacket in 30 seconds or less. His trick climaxed with his assistants putting a confetti-type item inside a cannon. It was shot towards a water tank, where Grabel magically appeared. Osbourne said the act was very dramatic. Mandel praised Grabel for stepping up his game.

-- The young rock/soul band Poplyfe, led by a girl with powerful vocals, covered the Adele hit "Rolling in the Deep." Osbourne said the song selection was a big risk that paid off. Mandel called the band members "superstars."

-- Sixteen-year-old Ian Johnson made a few mistakes as he did yo-yo tricks in front of backup dancers. Morgan argued that no one will pay to see a yo-yo act in Vegas. Osbourne instructed Johnson to show more personality on stage.

-- Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., who works at a car wash in West Virginia, channeled his inner Frank Sinatra by crooning "Fly Me to the Moon." He received a prolonged standing ovation from the audience. Osbourne said she was proud of him for coming so far. Mandel suggested that Murphy could reach the finals.

-- Purrfect Angelz, an all-female dance troupe, went with Old West-style theme. Mandel compared them to Hooters waitresses, after which Morgan playfully told him to apologize. Morgan said the women didn't measure up to some of the other outstanding contestants on the show.

-- Twelve-year-old singer Monet delivered her rendition of "Home," from the musical The Wiz. Morgan predicted that it would be the last time we see her on the show. Osbourne hoped that America votes Monet through to the next round.

-- The male half of Captain & Maybelle swung a pan attached to a chain from his tongue, and lifted a teapot attached to a chain using his eyelids. His wife picked up the same pan using her nose. Morgan labeled them the "two most disgusting people in America."

-- Lys Agnes performed a famous selection from the opera Carmen. Morgan says he wasn't blown away by Agnes' version, but Mandel thought it was sexy.

-- Professor Splash ended the show with a bang, setting a world record by belly flopping into a children's pool from a height of 36 feet, seven inches. Osbourne and Mandel were both rendered speechless, and Morgan said it was the most "dangerous, stupid, incredible, thrilling, ridiculous thing" he's ever seen. The professor promised to "jump through fire into fire" if given the chance to perform again on the show.

Four of these acts will advance into the next round on Wednesday night. The America's Got Talent results show, featuring musical guest Stevie Nicks, airs on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

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