This week marked the start of the America’s Got Talent season 15 semifinals. Of the semifinalist acts who performed Tuesday night, America was only able to vote 5 into the finals; the other 6 acts were sent home and eliminated from the competition.
So what happened during the live AGT results show on September 9? Read on to learn who was voted off and who made it through to the finals.
BEWARE OF SPOILERS BELOW. This article will be updated live as the episode airs.
‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 15 Episode 20 Recap
For part 1 of the AGT season 15 semifinals, 11 semifinalist acts performed in the hopes of advancing into the finals. The acts performing on September 8 for America’s votes were Dance Town Family, Double Dragon, Malik Dope, Shaquiera McGrath, Spyros Brothers, Alan Silva, Broken Roots, Roberta Battaglia, Archie Williams, Brandon Leake, and Thomas Day. Day returned as a Semifinals Wildcard after missing the quarterfinals while he and his mother recovered from COVID-19.
Archie Williams, Alan Silva, and Malik Dope were the first three acts brought forward, falling in the middle of the pack after America’s votes. Throughout the episode, viewers could vote for the Dunkin’ Save to determine which of the 3 acts would make it through to the next round.
The Spyros Brothers and Dance Town Family were up for the first finals spot of the season. Based on America’s votes, neither act made it through to the next round and both were eliminated.
The first act voted into the finals was Broken Roots; Double Dragon were unfortunately sent home.
When Brandon Leake and Thomas Day stepped forward, only one spot was up for grabs. The second spot of the night went to spoken word poet Brandon Leake, and singer Thomas Day’s time on AGT came to an end.
Shaquira McGrath and Roberta Battaglia, two singers with drastically different voices and styles, were up next for deliberation. America voted to send Roberta Battaglia to the finals, and the 11-year-old thanked America for voting through tears of joy and gratitude. McGrath was unfortunately sent home.
The fourth act that made it into the finals, voted through by the Dunkin’ Save live voters watching at home, was Alan Silva. This meant that the judges would have to choose between the other two on-the-cusp acts, Archie Williams and Malik Dope, giving the 5th finals spot of the night away to one of those two incredibly talented acts.
The Judges Were Split in Their Decision About Which Act to Send Through to the Finals
With only one finals spot left for the night, it was up to the judges to decide. Sofia Vergara struggled to say her choice out loud, but ultimately gave her vote to Archie Williams. Howie Mandel voted for Malik Dope, leaving Heidi Klum to break the tie.
Klum said that after Williams had so much of his life taken from him, she wasn’t going to take anything else away and gave him her vote, sending Archie Williams through to the finals and Malik Dope home.
Next week, the 11 acts that will compete for the final 5 spots in the finals are Voices of Our City Choir, Brett Loudermilk, Celina, Kenadi Dodds, WAFFLE Crew, Max Major, Bad Salsa, Daneliya Tuleshova, Bello Sisters, Cristina Rae, and Jonathan Goodwin.
New episodes of America’s Got Talent season 15 air live on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.