America’s Got Talent: The auditions come to a close as the judges introduce a ‘wildcard’ vote

America’s Got Talent: The auditions come to a close as the judges introduce a surprise ‘wild card’ vote for the last act to move on

The auditions for Season 17 of America’s Got Talent came to a close on Tuesday, with the judges introducing a surprise ‘wild card’ vote.

All told, judges Simon Cowell, Sophia Vergara, Howie Mandell and Heidi Klum had the daunting task of narrowing the 138 acts they said yes to… down to 55. 

The task was so daunting that they ultimately decided on a ‘wild card’ vote, with fans tasked with voting for one of four acts to be the final one to go through, with fans able to vote at NBC.com/agtvote.

Surprise: The auditions for Season 17 of America's Got Talent came to a close on Tuesday, with the judges introducing a surprise 'wild card' vote

Surprise: The auditions for Season 17 of America’s Got Talent came to a close on Tuesday, with the judges introducing a surprise ‘wild card’ vote

Narrow: All told, judges Simon Cowell, Sophia Vergara, Howie Mandell and Heidi Klum had the daunting task of narrowing the 138 acts they said yes to... down to 55

Narrow: All told, judges Simon Cowell, Sophia Vergara, Howie Mandell and Heidi Klum had the daunting task of narrowing the 138 acts they said yes to… down to 55

Vote: The task was so daunting that they ultimately decided on a 'wild card' vote, with fans tasked with voting for one of four acts to be the final one to go through, with fans able to vote at NBC.com/agtvote

Vote: The task was so daunting that they ultimately decided on a ‘wild card’ vote, with fans tasked with voting for one of four acts to be the final one to go through, with fans able to vote at NBC.com/agtvote 

After the auditions ended, the judges went to Simon’s house to deliberate over which act would make the cut, and while Sofia was not able to attend, she sent over her notes with host Terry Crews.

‘There are so many great contenders,’ Howie said.

The six golden Buzzer winners – saxophone player Avery Dixon; singer Sara James, 30, from Poland; 11-year-old singer Maddie Taylor Baez; Lebanese all female dance crew Mayyas; singer Lily Meola; and Chapel Hart group who got the group golden buzzer all would be going straight to the live show.

Simon: After the auditions ended, the judges went to Simon's house to deliberate over which act would make the cut, and while Sofia was not able to attend, she sent over her notes with host Terry Crews

Simon: After the auditions ended, the judges went to Simon’s house to deliberate over which act would make the cut, and while Sofia was not able to attend, she sent over her notes with host Terry Crews

So many: 'There are so many great contenders,' Howie said

So many: ‘There are so many great contenders,’ Howie said

Fans also got to see the video calls each judge did with their Golden Buzzer contestant and their families during their watch parties. 

‘There are so many talented acts that could win this year,’ Simon said.

‘The stakes have been raised,’ Terry said.

Video call: Fans also got to see the video calls each judge did with their Golden Buzzer contestant and their families during their watch parties

Video call: Fans also got to see the video calls each judge did with their Golden Buzzer contestant and their families during their watch parties

Simon: 'There are so many talented acts that could win this year,' Simon said

Simon: ‘There are so many talented acts that could win this year,’ Simon said

The judges battled it out for their favorites among the other contestants to go on to the live show.

‘These are people’s lives,’ Howie said.

After they agreed on 54 acts, Simon suggested they let the audience choose the final spot out of four contestants. 

Battled: The judges battled it out for their favorites among the other contestants to go on to the live show

Battled: The judges battled it out for their favorites among the other contestants to go on to the live show

Choose: After they agreed on 54 acts, Simon suggested they let the audience choose the final spot out of four contestants

Choose: After they agreed on 54 acts, Simon suggested they let the audience choose the final spot out of four contestants

The four wild card acts are singers Ben Waites and Debbii Dawson, sword swallower Auzzy Blood and comedian Jordan Conley, with voting open from now until 7 AM on Friday, August 5.

Among the final acts to audition, Sofia Vergara was blown away watching a father and daughter balance themselves with no net on top of sway poles that almost touched the ceiling of the theater.

‘Are these guys going to catch her’ Sofia, 50, said when Angelina, the daughter, climbed on top of the moving pole.

Wild cards: The four wild card acts are singers Ben Waites and Debbii Dawson, sword swallower Auzzy Blood and comedian Jordan Conley, with voting open from now until 7 AM on Friday, August 5

Wild cards: The four wild card acts are singers Ben Waites and Debbii Dawson, sword swallower Auzzy Blood and comedian Jordan Conley, with voting open from now until 7 AM on Friday, August 5

Father and daughter: Among the final acts to audition, Sofia Vergara was blown away watching a father and daughter balance themselves with no net on top of sway poles that almost touched the ceiling of the theater

Father and daughter: Among the final acts to audition, Sofia Vergara was blown away watching a father and daughter balance themselves with no net on top of sway poles that almost touched the ceiling of the theater

Catch: 'Are these guys going to catch her' Sofia, 50, said when Angelina, the daughter, climbed on top of the moving pole

Catch: ‘Are these guys going to catch her’ Sofia, 50, said when Angelina, the daughter, climbed on top of the moving pole

‘I don’t know,’ Simon Cowell, 62, said.

The duo called the Nerveless Nocks had performed on AGT Extreme but couldn’t compete in the finals because the father Michelangelo had gotten sick. 

As part of their act, Angelina and Michelangelo did handstands on top of the poles and then switched poles with Angelina blindfolded.

‘No, no, no,’ Simon said.

The crowd gave them a standing ovation when they finished and slid down their poles upside down to the floor.

Nerveless: The duo called the Nerveless Nocks had performed on AGT Extreme but couldn't compete in the finals because the father Michelangelo had gotten sick

Nerveless: The duo called the Nerveless Nocks had performed on AGT Extreme but couldn’t compete in the finals because the father Michelangelo had gotten sick

‘That was intense,’ Sofia said. ‘I think that was spectacular and I think everyone was going crazy.’

‘You guys are fantastic,’ Heidi said.

The three judges voted them on.

The Nerveless Nocks were just one of the acts that compelled on the final night of auditions. 

Intense: 'That was intense,' Sofia said. 'I think that was spectacular and I think everyone was going crazy'

Intense: ‘That was intense,’ Sofia said. ‘I think that was spectacular and I think everyone was going crazy’

Emily Bland, 29, a front desk hotel clerk from Arkansas, was the first contestant of the night and did an improvisational lip synching act. 

At first, it appeared that she had a male voice but it turned out she was only lip synching and her husband was singing the song off stage.

‘I’m really confused,’ Simon said. ‘The first time I am going to vote question mark.’

Emily got three votes and moved on anyway.

Emily: Emily Bland, 29, a front desk hotel clerk from Arkansas, was the first contestant of the night and did an improvisational lip synching act

Emily: Emily Bland, 29, a front desk hotel clerk from Arkansas, was the first contestant of the night and did an improvisational lip synching act

Husband: At first, it appeared that she had a male voice but it turned out she was only lip synching and her husband was singing the song off stage

Husband: At first, it appeared that she had a male voice but it turned out she was only lip synching and her husband was singing the song off stage

Mind2Mind, a husband and wife mentalist act, did long distance mind reading. The wife Marina guessed from outside the studio that Sofia Vergara’s phone had a 39 % charge. 

Heidi then held an audience member’s memory in her hand as the husband James instructed her and then Marina guessed exactly what the message read.

‘That was unbelievable,’ Simon said.

‘That was spectacular,’ Sofia said.

All the judges voted them on.

Memory: Heidi then held an audience member's memory in her hand as the husband James instructed her and then Marina guessed exactly what the message read

Memory: Heidi then held an audience member’s memory in her hand as the husband James instructed her and then Marina guessed exactly what the message read

Outside: Mind2Mind, a husband and wife mentalist act, did long distance mind reading. The wife Marina guessed from outside the studio that Sofia Vergara's phone had a 39 % charge

Outside: Mind2Mind, a husband and wife mentalist act, did long distance mind reading. The wife Marina guessed from outside the studio that Sofia Vergara’s phone had a 39 % charge

Aubrey Burchell, 21, a Target employee from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, went next. She sang Call Out My Name by The Weeknd.

Simon and the whole audience gave her a standing ovation when she finished. Aubrey broke down crying.

‘You really have a fantastic, fantastic voice,’ Heidi said.

‘The fact that you made that song your version was genius,’ Simon said. ‘I really do believe we are just witnessing somebody’s career about to skyrocket, potentially.’

All the judges voted her on.

Target: Aubrey Burchell, 21, a Target employee from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, went next. She sang Call Out My Name by The Weeknd

Target: Aubrey Burchell, 21, a Target employee from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, went next. She sang Call Out My Name by The Weeknd

Broke down: Simon and the whole audience gave her a standing ovation when she finished. Aubrey broke down crying

Broke down: Simon and the whole audience gave her a standing ovation when she finished. Aubrey broke down crying

Acrobatic gymnast duo called The Lads went next. Tiago and Jack stripped off their shirts on stage and demonstrated their strength by doing one handed handstands on top of each other.

‘I thought it was amazing,’ Sofia said. ‘It was perfect.’

Howie wasn’t impressed.

‘I didn’t find it that original,’ Howie said.

Simon also said their act was a little slow.

‘I’m going to have to say no,’ Simon said.

Sofia and Heidi said yes but despite the audience screaming Howie gave them a no.

Lads: Acrobatic gymnast duo called The Lads went next. Tiago and Jack stripped off their shirts on stage and demonstrated their strength by doing one handed handstands on top of each other

Lads: Acrobatic gymnast duo called The Lads went next. Tiago and Jack stripped off their shirts on stage and demonstrated their strength by doing one handed handstands on top of each other

Yes and no: Sofia and Heidi said yes but despite the audience screaming Howie gave them a no

Yes and no: Sofia and Heidi said yes but despite the audience screaming Howie gave them a no

Penny Starr Sr., an 88-year-old dancer from Palm Bay, Florida, took the stage. She told the judges she had six husbands but that they were all dead.

 Penny did semi-striptease for her act. The judges voted her on.

Next, a man wearing a cow mask called Mr. Moo Shakes got on stage and played drums on buckets to the song Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot.

Heidi wasn’t impressed. Sofia said it was a lot of fun and gave him a yes. Howie gave him a yes.

‘My son Eric is going to love you,’ Simon said, voting him on.

Penny: Penny Starr Sr., an 88-year-old dancer from Palm Bay, Florida, took the stage. She told the judges she had six husbands but that they were all dead

Penny: Penny Starr Sr., an 88-year-old dancer from Palm Bay, Florida, took the stage. She told the judges she had six husbands but that they were all dead

Strip: Penny did semi-striptease for her act. The judges voted her on

Strip: Penny did semi-striptease for her act. The judges voted her on

Moo: Next, a man wearing a cow mask called Mr. Moo Shakes got on stage and played drums on buckets to the song Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot

Moo: Next, a man wearing a cow mask called Mr. Moo Shakes got on stage and played drums on buckets to the song Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot

Drummer: Heidi wasn't impressed. Sofia said it was a lot of fun and gave him a yes. Howie gave him a yes

Drummer: Heidi wasn’t impressed. Sofia said it was a lot of fun and gave him a yes. Howie gave him a yes

Moving on: 'My son Eric is going to love you,' Simon said, voting him on

Moving on: ‘My son Eric is going to love you,’ Simon said, voting him on

Bay Turner, 25, a singer from Houston, Texas, told the judges he worked during the day as a legal assistant. He said a recent surgery damaged his vocal courts but he has been working to restore his voice. He sang Calum Scott’s song Biblical for his audition.

‘That was really good, Bay,’ Simon said. ‘I think people are going to like you, Bay.’

‘That was so powerful,’ Howie said.

All the judges voted him on.

Bay: Bay Turner, 25, a singer from Houston, Texas, told the judges he worked during the day as a legal assistant. He said a recent surgery damaged his vocal courts but he has been working to restore his voice. He sang Calum Scott's song Biblical for his audition

Bay: Bay Turner, 25, a singer from Houston, Texas, told the judges he worked during the day as a legal assistant. He said a recent surgery damaged his vocal courts but he has been working to restore his voice. He sang Calum Scott’s song Biblical for his audition

Really good: 'That was really good, Bay,' Simon said. 'I think people are going to like you, Bay'

Really good: ‘That was really good, Bay,’ Simon said. ‘I think people are going to like you, Bay’

Later in the taping, Simon took a moment to say Happy Birthday to Terry Crews and a crew member bought out a cake with Terry’s face on it.

Waffle, a five member group from Japan, did a double dutch routine. They did flips all while jumping rope to Earth Wind & Fire’s song Let’s Groove Tonight.

‘I loved it,’ Simon said. ‘I liked everything about it.’

‘You guys are so perfect, so in sync,’ Sofia said.

All the judges voted them on. They got three yeses because Howie was not at the show.

Double dutch: Waffle, a five member group from Japan, did a double dutch routine. They did flips all while jumping rope to Earth Wind & Fire's song Let's Groove Tonight

Double dutch: Waffle, a five member group from Japan, did a double dutch routine. They did flips all while jumping rope to Earth Wind & Fire’s song Let’s Groove Tonight

Yes: All the judges voted them on. They got three yeses because Howie was not at the show

Yes: All the judges voted them on. They got three yeses because Howie was not at the show

Neguin from Brazil break danced and flipped himself in the air for his audition.

‘I thought the routine was amazing, Simon said. ‘You are super, super talented.’

The judges voted him on.

Nequin: Neguin from Brazil break danced and flipped himself in the air for his audition

Nequin: Neguin from Brazil break danced and flipped himself in the air for his audition

Talented: 'I thought the routine was amazing, Simon said. 'You are super, super talented'

Talented: ‘I thought the routine was amazing, Simon said. ‘You are super, super talented’

Unreal Crew, a five member dance crew from India wowed the judges with a dance routine.

‘It was perfection,’ Sofia said.

‘I loved it,’ Heidi said.

The judges voted them on.

Unreal: Unreal Crew, a five member dance crew from India wowed the judges with a dance routine

Unreal: Unreal Crew, a five member dance crew from India wowed the judges with a dance routine

Voted: The judges voted them on

Voted: The judges voted them on

Camille K., 16, from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, played the guitar and sang Let’s Fall In Love for the Night by Finneas for her audition. Simon stopped her and asked her to sing an original song instead.

The audience gave her a standing ovation when she finished.

‘The word beautiful comes to mind,’ Simon said.

‘Absolutely amazing,’ Heidi said.

The three judges voted her on.

Camille: Camille K., 16, from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, played the guitar and sang Let's Fall In Love for the Night by Finneas for her audition. Simon stopped her and asked her to sing an original song instead

Camille: Camille K., 16, from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, played the guitar and sang Let’s Fall In Love for the Night by Finneas for her audition. Simon stopped her and asked her to sing an original song instead

Standing: The audience gave her a standing ovation when she finished

Standing: The audience gave her a standing ovation when she finished

Beautiful: 'The word beautiful comes to mind,' Simon said

Beautiful: ‘The word beautiful comes to mind,’ Simon said

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