Quick-change artist Léa Kyle deftly moved on with the show after an apparent wardrobe malfunction stalled her semifinal act on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday. (Watch it below.)
Kyle, a 25-year-old from France, had earned a Golden Buzzer to the live rounds on her stunning “AGT” debut in June.
But her latest performance came with a hitch. About 25 seconds in, her skirt briefly refused to come off. Kyle has seamlessly mades clothes appear to fly onto her and disintegrate, so the gaffe came as a surprise. But with the swipe of an umbrella, the skirt vanished and she powered through to earn praise from judge Simon Cowell. He called it a “million-dollar performance,” Billboard reported.
Kyle has been one of the more popular contestants on NBC’s talent show, and had received nearly three times more YouTube views than the next closest performer on Tuesday.
And then there were 10. With the grand finale just a week away, Wednesday’s live episode of America’s Got Talent eliminated six more acts, revealing the official lineup of Season 16 finalists.
As always, those on the chopping block tonight were the acts that performed on Tuesday: vocal trio 1aChord, unicycle group UniCircle Flow, quick-change artist Léa Kyle, stand-up comedian Kabir Singh, the Northwell Nurse Choir, mentalist Peter Antoniou, opera singer Victory Brinker, dance group ChapKidz, acrobatic trio Rialcris, stand-up comedian Josh Blue and singer Brooke Simpson.
So, which lucky acts will be continuing on to next week’s two-part finals? Let’s get to the results…
ELIMINATED | 1aChord, Kabir Singh, Rialcris, ChapKidz, Peter Antoniou and UniCircle Flow
Wednesday’s dramatic results episode also welcomed back Deadly Games and Duo Transcend, a pair of fan-favorite acts from previous seasons. (You know, just in case this episode wasn’t stressful enough, why not throw in a potentially life-threatening routine for good measure?)
Read on for a complete breakdown of the Season 16 finalists, arranged alphabetically. Then drop a comment with the act(s) you’ll be rooting for next week.
The second live semifinals results show of America’s Got Talent Season 16 aired Wednesday, and once again, it was a shocker — maybe even more shocking than last Wednesday’s elimination night. For the second week in a row, two Golden Buzzer acts were in jeopardy, and one of them was actually 9-year-old opera prodigy Victory Brinker, who’d made history earlier this season when she received the series’ first-ever group Golden Buzzer from host Terry Crews and all four judges.
When Terry announced the three acts up for elimination — Victory Brinker, quick-change artist Lea Kyle (who was judge Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer pick), and Vegas-worthy unicycle stunt team Unicircle Flow — Simon Cowell admitted he was “shocked for a moment.” But then he added pragmatically, “You're fourth, fifth, and sixth, so you've done incredibly well. Two of you are going into the finals.”
Automatically going through to next week’s finals, based on America’s vote from Tuesday night, were the Northwell Health Nurse Choir (judge Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer act), former The Voice contestant Brooke Simpson, and former Last Comic Standing winner Josh Blue. Automatically going home were vocal trio 1accord, children’s dance troupe Chapkidz, and, less surprisingly, all three acts that were red-X’d by Simon during Tuesday’s semifinals performance show: comedian Kabir Singh, hand-balancers Rialcris, and mentalist Peter Antonio.
However, Chapkidz’s elimination was definitely another surprise, and Simon — who’d actually declared Chapkidz the all-around best performer on Tuesday — confessed that he was “absolutely gutted” that they weren’t going to the finals. He even argued, “I think we should have a wild card.”
Well, if there was a wild card at this late stage of the AGT game, certainly an argument could be made that it could to go to several semifinalists, including Victory, Lea, or Unicircle Flow. But after viewers’ real-time Instant Save vote, Lea — yes, that’s right, Lea, not Victory, even though Victory had started off with a slim lead— was the one that ultimately scraped through to the finals. Victory was of course then saved by the judges.
Lea Kyle is one of America's Got Talent 2021 finale hopefuls. The quick-change artiste has proved her mettle over the past few acts, and has provided judges Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel with enough reasons to deserve a spot in the finals.
However, fans, who were previously taken by her swift and delightful magic tricks that blended beautifully with fashion, are now done with the "terrible" act, which was apparently dotted with mistakes.
Fans miffed after spotting mistakes in Lea Kyle's act
Lea Kyle is a joy to watch on stage, and entertains like no other. However, this time her act fell flat for several viewers.