The quarterfinals continued on AGT last night, and 12 more acts took their shot at impressing the judges and viewers at home. Season 7 is proving to be the performers' kryptonite, leaving a wake of missed opportunities and merciless judges' comments. Howie and Howard got along slightly better this week, but it was mostly their dislike of act after act that united them. Even the show's Twitter fans were quick to voice displeasure, but they also had very clear ideas of who should advance to the next round. Let's take a look at some of the favorites.
Most surprising: The Illest wordsmiths
Wordspit the Illest is already making history as the most original band in AGT's seven seasons, but last night they made a controversial choice, performing their own song instead of a cover. This went down famously with Howard Stern, but Howie and Sharon felt it was a huge misstep on a show that's essentially a "popularity contest" (Howie's words). But let's not forget that just a few acts earlier, Howie criticized Inspire the Fire for being "too 'Glee.'" Well, Howie, which one do you want?
If your parents made it to the finals just the year before, you know you'll have solid intel on how to impress America. But that alone doesn't account for the brilliance of the Untouchables, the kids' dance group that's leveling acts twice their age. These talented dancers haven't missed a step since the first round, and we'd be shocked if they didn't make it to the next.
Last week, we watched seasoned comedian Tom Cotter blow away the rest of the night's competition, and this week, another talented -- but untested - young comic took his turn on the big stage. Jacob Williams, 23, is shy and gangly, but it's all part of his charm. If this new kid on the comedy block can sharpen his writing, we'll have AGT's first real battle of the funnymen.
The electric company
Usually AGT goes for different things, but there's really only so much of that to go around. Lightwire Theater is colorful dancing in the dark and, yes, we saw a similar act in Team iLuminate last year, but Lightwire's tight and talented act can't be denied. On a fairly humdrum night, these electric performers had audience members on their feet.