“America’s Got Talent” is officially down to its top 10.
Here’s a breakdown of the 10 acts — including singers, comedians, a magician and a martial arts group — that have a shot at winning $1 million and a headlining show in Las Vegas.
The acts will perform in the “AGT” final on Sept. 14, and the show will crown its Season 16 winner on Sept. 15.
Northwell Nurse Choir
The Northwell Health Nurse Choir — an ensemble made up of 18 frontline nurses from New York — have advanced to the “AGT” finals. The group was a favorite from the start, earning the coveted Golden Buzzer from “AGT” judge Howie Mandel during the audition round, the Deseret News reported.
After performing Andy Grammer’s ”Don’t Give Up On Me” for the semifinal round, the choir placed in the top three in terms of viewers’ votes, automatically sending the group to the finals.
“This is America saying a big ‘thank you,’” Mandel said, according to USA Today.
“We came here with a mission to use the power of music to heal the world and we get to keep doing that,” said choir member Emanuel Remilus, according to USA Today.
During Brooke Simpson’s audition, “AGT” judge Heidi Klum told the singer she had “the whole package to be a real star,” the Deseret News reported.
Now, Simpson — who said she aspires to be “the first major indigenous pop star” — has advanced to the “AGT” finals.
“Growing up I didn’t have someone who looked like me to look up to, so I want to be that for the next generation,” Simpson said during her audition, which got a standing ovation from all four judges.
For the semifinal round Simpson, who is part of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe in North Carolina, performed Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits.”
The singer was one of the top three acts with the most audience votes, which pushed her through to the finals.
Josh Blue, a stand-up comedian from Denver, Colorado, also received enough votes from viewers to advance to the finals.
This marks the first time in “AGT” history that two comedians are in the finale, USA Today reported. A comedian has never won “AGT.”
Blue, who has cerebral palsy, initially won over “AGT” judges and fans by addressing misconceptions many people have about the condition. For the semifinal round, he did a routine about competing at the Paralympics.
During the quarterfinal round of the competition, Cowell told Blue he believed the comedian had a “chance of winning this whole thing,” the Deseret News reported.
Lea Kyle has been a big favorite on “AGT” this season. During her audition — which has been viewed more than 11 million times on YouTube — Kyle stunned all of the judges with her skills as a quick-change artist.
“I’ve never seen one better than you,” Mandel said at the time, while Cowell added that he was impressed by Kyle’s “amazing showmanship,” the Deseret News reported.
After the semifinal round, Kyle — who initially earned a Golden Buzzer from Klum — finished in the middle of the pack in terms of audience votes. Kyle ended up competing against 9-year-old opera singer Victory Brinker and the unicycle dance group UniCircle Flow for the Instant Save from viewers, USA Today reported.
When “AGT” revealed that Kyle won the Instant Save on Wednesday, Cowell told the artist she deserved a spot in the final, according to USA Today.
Since earning the Golden Buzzer from all four “AGT” judges, Victory Brinker’s audition has been viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube.
But after the semifinal round — where Victory performed the classic “Nessun Dorma” — the 9-year-old opera singer was in danger of being eliminated. Ultimately, the judges chose to push Victory through to the finals over the unicycle dance group UniCircle Flow, USA Today reported.
Aidan Bryant, a 16-year-old self-taught aerial artist, also secured enough votes to make it to the finals.
Bryant has said he took advantage of the COVID-19 lockdown to work on his skills.
“I have been practicing really hard,” he recently told Digital Journal. “I developed a lot of skills over the past year. I’ve used different apparatuses, I bought new ones, and came up with more moves on them and everything.”
After Bryant’s semifinal performance, Cowell told the aerial artist that he is “the one to beat,” according to The Progress-Index.
“I think you’re spectacular, and your story is amazing,” “AGT” judge Sofia Vergara added. “I’m so happy for you. Keep doing what you’re doing.”
Magician Dustin Tavella has consistently impressed “AGT” judges and fans with his ability to combine personal, heartwarming stories with sleight of hand and other tricks. Tavella’s semifinal act, which involved a story about little notes of inspiration his wife writes for him, secured him a spot in the final.
Gina Brillon is the other stand-up comedian who has made it to the “AGT” finals. The comedian is from New York and has shared her comedy through stories about her family, and Latina heritage.
Jimmie Herrod has been a favorite on “AGT” from the start this season. During his audition — which has more than 10 million views on YouTube — the 30-year-old singer from Portland, Oregon, earned a Golden Buzzer from “AGT” judge Sofia Vergara, the Deseret News reported.
During the show’s quarterfinal round, Klum told Herrod that he is “the million dollar act,” according to Oregon Live.
“You’re an artist who I see is headed straight for Broadway,” Cowell added.
Now, after performing “Glitter in the Air” by Pink for the semifinal round, Herrod has secured his place in the finals.
World Taekwondo Demonstration Team
The World Taekwondo Demonstration Team — an act Cowell said is “one of the most extraordinary things I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been on ‘America’s Got Talent’” — has advanced to the finals.
The martial arts team, whose audition has been viewed nearly 19 million times on YouTube, was initially invited to compete at the Olympics but was unable to because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Deseret News reported.
After a routine filled with high kicks and flips, the group now has a shot at winning the show.