A few weeks ago people were betting that singer Anna Graceman and dance team Miami All-Stars would have been shoo-ins for the finals, but poor choices they made on Tuesday's performance show led to either a strike or negative comments from the judges, which likely affected votes.
"The Miami All-Stars were still All-Stars, but they lost the 'Miami,'" offers judge Howie Mandel, referring to the group performing more like they were football cheerleaders in their last routine.
Mandel's fellow judge and nemesis Piers Morgan feels that America got it right in selecting the four finalists that they did. "These are the best four we've had," Morgan says. "I'm really pleased."
What should each act do to win next week? Give more of what they've already shown, or step outside the box and do things that they've never done before?
"It depends on the act," says judge Sharon Osbourne. "For the singers, it's all about the song choice. It's imperative. It has to be a song that people relate to, a love song, a song that makes you happy. (Note to Murphy: Consider Frank Sinatra's 'My Way.') With the dancers, they've got to have a concept that's different and they have to come up with something that we haven't seen before."
"It's all about choreography for the dance groups and song choices for the singers," concurs Morgan. "You do what your heart tells you and you hope that your heart gets it right."
The ejected acts walked the post-show press line, offering their well wishes to the final four and revealing some of their plans for the future.
"I'm going to continue to do what I love to do, performing and singing," says Graceman. "I'd be happy if any of the final four won. They're all very talented."
Breezy and Julian of West Springfield Dance Team say they won't be taking Osbourne's suggestion that they change the name of their group. "We're definitely keeping the name," Breezy says. "It shows where we come from and reminds people that we are just a high school dance team."
Joey and Anmarie of Miami All-Stars stand by their choice to do a football theme routine. "We love showing our boys' athleticism," Anmarie says.
"I'm pretty happy," says Landon Swank. "I performed more than any magician in the history of this show so that's definitely a good feeling."
Lys Agnes, who failed to make it into the finals, wasn't available for a post-show interview, but she has fans in Il Divo, who performed on last night's results show.
"I liked her voice," says Il Divo's David Miller. "I disagreed with Sharon when she said that last note wasn't on. [Lys] wasn't holding a single note. I thought it was very well done. She should keep going with it and follow her passion."