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‘AGT: The Champions’: Duo Transcend speaks out on why finals performance was so emotional

Duo Transcend shared what that performance meant to them in a Facebook post.

Mary Ellen Wolfe and Tyce Nielsen, an acrobatic husband-and-wife team known by the name Duo Transcend, competed Tuesday night on the “America’s Got Talent” finals. Duo Transcend is one of 10 acts vying for the champion spot.
Duo Transcend is one of 10 acts that competed on the final round of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” Monday night.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Duo Transcend trapeze artists were visibly emotional after their performance on the final round of “AGT: The Champions” Monday night.

The daring routine had the Salt Lake-based performers moving below and above the trapeze bar, sometimes hanging upside down, sometimes doing flips and sometimes dropping dramatically. But the biggest feat of all is that both artists were blindfolded for the entire three minutes and 30 seconds.

After Monday night’s episode aired, Duo Transcend shared what that performance meant to them in a Facebook post, including a post that mentioned their producers that was later deleted.

The team’s new post read: “This routine was so important to us and we really didn’t know if it would go over well. We were overwhelmed when the routine was finished. No matter how we place next week we feel that we have already won in so many ways. Thank you!”

During last week’s episode, the husband-and-wife team put on a big circus-themed production, performing to “The Greatest Show” from “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack. The judges were so impressed that they pushed Duo Transcend through to the final round when the superfan voting failed to give the act enough votes.

But Monday night, all of that production was gone. The artists — who are one of 10 acts competing in the finals — chose to have the finals routine feature just the two of them. Blindfolded, the trapeze artists relied solely on touch — and their trust — to win the judges over once again.

And it worked.

“I think this was the best performance we’ve ever seen from these two. It was such a ginormous risk,” judge Simon Cowell told the pair following the performance. “It was so difficult what you just did. So dangerous. ... You want to be better, you’re pushing yourselves. I can see how much this means to you.”

NBC will air the results of “AGT: The Champions” on Monday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. MST.

Note: A previous version of this article included a Facebook post from Duo Transcend that has since been taken down.