Alaskans rock America's Got Talent Semi-Finals
Published: 08/30/2011 21:07:00
Updated: 08/30/2011 22:19:57
Anna Graceman of Juneau, and Landon Swank of Wasilla performed again Tuesday in the 2nd Semi-Final of NBC's America's Got Talent, both hoping to get enough viewer votes to advance to the Top 10 of the show. Of Tuesday's 12 acts, only 5 will advance based on viewer voting.
Landon, a magician from Wasilla who now lives in Las Vegas, performed earlier in the show with an explosive act that included the 3 celebrity judges. In a pre-performance interview Landon said that he had been preparing for what he called a "Real life version of Russian Roulette" with the help of his father since he found out he was through to the semi finals. His illusion included 4 crates, one containing Landon, rigged with explosives; 3 of which the judges detonated at random. Judge Piers Morgan called Landon's act an "incredible extravaganza and a brilliant illusion". When asked if he will survive his magic in the finals, Landon commented that it's up the viewers to get him there first.
Anna performed later in the show's lineup, bringing a new twist to Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home". Before her act, she said: "There are so many people that have a dream like this, and for me to be on this show is just amazing." Anna started the song calmly accompanying herself on the piano, but halfway through she kicked up the energy as she left her piano and performed the complex vocal remainder of the song flawlessly surrounded by pyrotechnics. Piers called Anna's act the best of the night so far, to which fellow Judge Sharon Osbourne agreed and added that Anna's voice really suited the song and that her performance was amazing. Judge Howie Mandel could only come up with one word: "Wow". When told that Motley Crue was watching, Anna responded "I hope they are saying that 'she rocked it and she did Amazing'".
Shortly after her performance aired live on the east coast, Anna was trending as one of the most discussed topics in the World on Twitter as praise poured in from fans and the judges alike.
Anna and Landon will learn their fate as a result of the viewer voting on Wednesday evening's broadcast at 8 PM. Viewers can vote for their favorite acts toll free by phone [1 (866) 602-4803 for Landon, 1 (866) 602-4807 for Anna] or via the America's Got Talent website at the link below.
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