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Another 'America's Got Talent' heartbreak

September 8, 2011 - 11:30 AM
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A West Springfield dancer ripping off his face, zombie style. (video still)

It has been a tough season for local contestants on NBC's competitive variety show America's Got Talent. Falls Church amateur dancer Sam B was eliminated last month, and last night the West Springfield High School dance team got the boot.

With its previous performances, the team charmed judges Piers Morgan, Howie Mandel, and Sharon Osbourne with precise choreographed moves and costumes straight out of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. But the judges found the team's Tuesday night performance staid.

But, like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and pretty much every other televised talent show, the judges give opinions on-air, but call-in voters ultimately decide whether acts move on in the competition or go home.

In this case, America agreed with the judges: Last night the voting public chose to advance Silhouettes, a dance troupe that executes cool moves behind a big old curtain, to the final four, and send West Springfield back to Virginia.

Still, despite losing a final shot at a million dollars cash prize and the chance to headline a show in Vegas (how would that work if the winners are kids?) the team told show host Nick Canon that appearing on the AGT had been "amazing," and that the members were very grateful for the experience. Very classy, West Springfield.

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