'America's Got Talent' 2021: All the Acts Through to the Grand Final

A variety of acts took part in the America's Got Talent semifinals, from singers and comedians to mentalists, acrobats, dance troupes and magicians.

Twenty-two acts competed in the semifinals across two weeks, hoping to secure a spot in the grand final and bring themselves one step closer to winning the $1 million prize.

Only five acts from each semifinal were guaranteed a spot in the final, which will take place on Tuesday, September 14, with the results show the following evening.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about the semifinal results and the acts heading to the grand final.

All the 'America's Got Talent' Semifinal Acts Through to the Final

Semifinal 1

To kick off the results show, host Terry Crews announced the three acts in sixth, seventh and eighth place. These acts were vulnerable for elimination but also stood a big chance of securing their spot in the America's Got Talent final.

Singer Jimmie Herrod, who was Sofía Vergara's Golden Buzzer act, found himself up for the Instant Save, alongside Terry Crew's Golden Buzzer act, World Taekwondo Demo Team, and voice artist Michael Winslow.

The decision on who out of the three acts would be through to the final was left to the public, while singer Ben Platt put on a spell-binding performance of "You Will Be Found."

After Platt's song, the three acts to have secured a spot in the finale after receiving the most public votes overnight were revealed. They are:

Comedian Gina Brillon

Gina Brillon was the first act to be announced as a finalist.

As her name was called, the comedian burst into tears, not believing the result.

Aerialist Aidan Bryant

Aidan Bryant's semifinal performance really blew away the judges and audience, with Simon calling Aidan the "one to beat."

Magician Dustin Tavella

Magician Dustin Tavella left viewers stunned with an emotional performance.

Simon was right to assume Dustin would make it through to the America's Got Talent final, with the magician sailing through to the next round.

Next came the results of the Instant Save Vote.

Singer Jimmie Herrod received the most votes from the public during the live show, meaning Michael Winslow and World Taekwondo Demonstration found their fate in the judge's hands. Unfortunately, only one act could be saved by the judges and sent through to the final.

As expected, the judges voted unanimously in favor to save World Taekwondo Demo Team, sending Michael Winslow home.

The acts from the first semifinal who did not make it through to the final are:

  • Beyond Belief Dance Company
  • Singer Tory Vagasy
  • Singing group Korean Soul
  • Singer Madilyn Bailey
  • Voice artist Michael Winslow
  • Singer Peter Rosalita

Semifinal 2

The second semifinal began with Terry Crews announcing that Victory Brinker, UniCircle Flow and Lea Kyle were the acts up for the Instant Save Vote. The public had approximately 20 minutes to vote for the act they wanted to see in the next round.

Meanwhile, Crews announced the five acts that would be sailing through to the final. They were:

Northwell Health Nurse Choir

Howie Mandel's Golden Buzzer Act took the audience's breath away with their performance of "Don't Give Up On Me" by Andy Grammer.

Brooke Simpson

The singer delivered a brilliant cover of "Bad Habits" by Ed Sheeran.

Josh Blue

Stand-up comedian Josh Blue had everybody laughing with his tale about the Paralympic Games.

The winner of the Instant Save Vote was quick-change artist Lea Kyle, in one of the "closest votes" that America's Got Talent has ever had, Crews told the audience.

The fate of Victory Brinker and UniCircle Flow was left in the judges' hands. Heidi and Sofia voted to save Victory Brinker and Howie Mandel voted for UniCircle Flow.

The decision was left to Simon and he ultimately chose Victory Brinker. The nine-year-old singer had delivered a beautiful rendition of "Nessun Dorma" from the opera Turandot the previous evening, convincing Simon to "follow his heart" and save her.

The acts who did not make it through to the final from the second semifinal were:

  • 1aChord
  • Kabir Singh
  • Rialcris
  • ChapKidz
  • Peter Antoniou
  • UniCircle Flow

Watch Ben Platt's AGT Performance of 'You Will Be Found'

During the first semifinal, singer and actor Ben Platt performed "You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen. The movie adaptation of the award-winning musical is set for release on Friday, September 24.

Platt stars as Evan—the role that won him a Tony award for best actor in the stage version. The film also stars Kaitlyn Dever, Julianne Moore, Amandla Stenberg and Amy Adams.

Shortly after his performance, Platt shared a video of the song on his Instagram Stories, writing: "Everyone & everything is terrifying, so I'm very grateful for the opportunity to sing this song. I hope it brings some comfort."

Fans were impressed. One tweeted: "Holy cr*p. @BenSPLATT and the choir/musicians' performance of "You will be found." Goosebumps. Tears. Music Magic. #AGT."

Another posted: "That was an incredible performance by Ben Platt #AGT."

Watch AGT Alums Duo Transcend and Deadly Games Deliver a Semifinal Routine

In the second semifinal, America's Got Talent alums Duo Transcend and Deadly Games teamed up for a nail-biting performance.

The act involved Duo Transcend performing jaw-dropping trapeze acrobatics, some with blindfolds on, while Deadly Games had audiences on the edge of their seats with knife-throwing and crossbow shooting.

America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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The America's Got Talent judges with the AGT Trophy Trae Patton/NBC