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America’s Got Talent: Simon Cowell casts deciding vote to send singer Victory Brinker to finals

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Simon Cowell cast the deciding vote Wednesday to send young opera singer Victory Brinker to the season 16 finals of America’s Got Talent.

The 61-year-old judge and executive producer voted for nine-year-old Victory over UniCircle Flow at the end of the one-hour results episode on NBC.

Victory was one of the five acts selected to advance to the finals to compete for the $1 million prize and the chance to headline a show on the Las Vegas strip.

Deciding vote: Simon Cowell cast the deciding vote Wednesday to send young opera singer Victory Brinker to the season 16 finals of America's Got Talent

Deciding vote: Simon Cowell cast the deciding vote Wednesday to send young opera singer Victory Brinker to the season 16 finals of America’s Got Talent

The show opened with host Terry Crews, 53, revealing that the three acts in danger of going home were Victory, quick-change artist Léa Kyle, and UniCircle Flow.

Simon said he was shocked to learn that these were the acts that were on the line. He reminded them that being in 4th, 5th and 6th place on the show was still a great accomplishment and that two of them were going into the finals.

Terry encouraged the audience to vote for their favorite act and announced that per AGT rules that three acts would go straight on to the final and a total of six acts would be going home.

Former AGT contestants Duo Transcend and Deadly Games performed a combined acrobatic and knife-throwing act at the same time to entertain the audience.

Young singer: The nine-year-old opera singer reacted as she made the finals of the NBC show

Young singer: The nine-year-old opera singer reacted as she made the finals of the NBC show

In jeopardy: Lea Kyle, UniCircle Flow and Victory were in danger of elimination with only two of the three moving on to the season 16 finals

In jeopardy: Lea Kyle, UniCircle Flow and Victory were in danger of elimination with only two of the three moving on to the season 16 finals

Both of the acts will be starring in the AGT Live show in La Vegas at Luxor.

‘We are so proud,’ said Alfredo Silva of Deadly Games after his thrilling knife-throwing act. ‘We can’t wait to start.’

Northwell Health Nurse Choir was then told they were the first act through to the finals.

Fan favorites: Deadly Games and Duo Transcend performed a thrilling routine together

Fan favorites: Deadly Games and Duo Transcend performed a thrilling routine together

Hanging on: Duo Transcend thrilled the audience with their acrobatic routine

Hanging on: Duo Transcend thrilled the audience with their acrobatic routine

Knife throwing: Deadly Games lived up to their name with some dangerous knife throwing

Knife throwing: Deadly Games lived up to their name with some dangerous knife throwing

Howie Mandel, 65, was the first to congratulate them and then also thanked them for coming on the show.

‘Most of the time I have advice, but I just want to say thank you,’ said Howie. ‘I want to thank you for what you do and this is America saying a big thank you.’

They all hugged each other and were so happy they were going to the finals.

First through: Northwell Health Nurse Choir was then told they were the first act through to the finals

First through: Northwell Health Nurse Choir was then told they were the first act through to the finals

Longtime judge: Howie Mandel, 65, was the first to congratulate the nurses choir and then also thanked them for coming on the show

Longtime judge: Howie Mandel, 65, was the first to congratulate the nurses choir and then also thanked them for coming on the show

Heidi Klum, 48, also thanked them and told them to ‘keep up the amazing work that you do.’

Terry then announced that because AGT had more than three billion views on YouTube and because their YouTube channel recently surpassed 20 million subscribers that YouTube sent them an award to celebrate.

Simon accepted the award and then thanked NBC.

YouTube milestone: Terry then announced that because AGT had more than three billion views on YouTube and because their YouTube channel recently surpassed 20 million subscribers that YouTube sent them an award to celebrate

YouTube milestone: Terry then announced that because AGT had more than three billion views on YouTube and because their YouTube channel recently surpassed 20 million subscribers that YouTube sent them an award to celebrate

‘They were the people who bought this show when we couldn’t sell it,’ said Simon. ‘So I dedicate this to you.’

They also played a game where the judges had to guess the name of an act based only on their sounds.

‘I haven’t got a bloody clue,’ Simon said while listening to one of the acts.

Black dress: Heidi wore a little black dress with a large front cut-out

Black dress: Heidi wore a little black dress with a large front cut-out

They played the judges the noise of Simon blow drying his hair. Heidi and Sofia thought it was a vacuum, but Simon recognized the sound of his hairdryer right way. Terry said if he had hair he would have recognized the sound, too.

Terry then broke the news to both comedian Kabir ‘Kabeezy’ Singh and Colombian strength act trio Rialcris that neither of them would be moving on to the finals.

Sofia was shocked they both got voted off. She told them that even though they weren’t going to the finals, they did an amazing job just getting on the show.

Bad news: Terry then broke the news to both comedian Kabir 'Kabeezy' Singh and Colombian strength act trio Rialcris that neither of them would be moving on to the finals

Bad news: Terry then broke the news to both comedian Kabir ‘Kabeezy’ Singh and Colombian strength act trio Rialcris that neither of them would be moving on to the finals

Simon gave them ‘respect” for making it through to the semifinals.

Brooke Simpson, an indigenous pop singer, and ChapKidz Dance Crew from Fairfield California, stood on the stage together and heard their fate.

Terry then announced that only Brooke would be moving on.

Tough call: Brooke Simpson, an indigenous pop singer, and ChapKidz Dance Crew from Fairfield California, stood on the stage together and heard their fate

Tough call: Brooke Simpson, an indigenous pop singer, and ChapKidz Dance Crew from Fairfield California, stood on the stage together and heard their fate

Heidi told Brooke that while a lot of other acts crumbled under the pressure that she ‘showed them how it’s done!’

Brooke thanked her and told Terry that she was shocked she was going onto the finals.

‘You 100 percent deserved to be in the finals,’ Simon told her. ‘But I’m not going to lie, I am gutted for the kids who just left the stage. Absolutely gutted.’

The semifinalists: The semifinalists gathered on the stage during the results episode

The semifinalists: The semifinalists gathered on the stage during the results episode

Simon then announced ‘I think we should have a wild card.’

Terry then brought out the two remaining acts onto the stage – comedian Josh Blue and psychic comedian Peter Antoniou. Josh won and was sent on to the finals and Peter was sent home.

‘This is amazing,’ Josh said. ‘Thank you everybody.’

Voting results: Terry then brought out the two remaining acts onto the stage - comedian Josh Blue and psychic comedian Peter Antoniou - to reveal their fate based on viewer voting

Voting results: Terry then brought out the two remaining acts onto the stage – comedian Josh Blue and psychic comedian Peter Antoniou – to reveal their fate based on viewer voting

Howie was thrilled and repeated his contention that this was going to be the year of the comedian.

‘Two comedians now in the finals, never happened before,’ said Howie. ‘I am so excited. Get ready to laugh America.’

Simon told Josh to ”be even more naughty next week.’

When the results of the instant vote were announced, it was Léa Kyle who was saved by the audience.

Final two: When the results of the instant vote were announced, it was Léa Kyle who was saved by the audience leaving UniCircle Flow and Victory on the stage with one spot left in the finals

Final two: When the results of the instant vote were announced, it was Léa Kyle who was saved by the audience leaving UniCircle Flow and Victory on the stage with one spot left in the finals

Heidi was ecstatic for her Golden Buzzer pick and Simon told her she really deserved a spot in the finals.

For the final spot, it was decided by the judges who chose between UniCircle Flow and Victory.

Heidi and Sofia both voted for Victory, but Howie voted for UniCircleFlow because he said their act was original.

Vote cast: Sofia Vergara voted for Victory along with Heidi, but Howie backed UniCircle Flow

Vote cast: Sofia Vergara voted for Victory along with Heidi, but Howie backed UniCircle Flow

Simon then turned out to be the deciding vote.

‘I have to go with my heart, the act I am going to send through to the finals next week is Victory,’ said Simon.

America’s Got Talent will return next week for the season 16 finale on NBC.

Heart move: 'I have to go with my heart, the act I am going to send through to the finals next week is Victory,' Simon said

Heart move: ‘I have to go with my heart, the act I am going to send through to the finals next week is Victory,’ Simon said

Amazing voice: Victory advanced to the season 16 finals after Simon's vote and will perform again next week on NBC

Amazing voice: Victory advanced to the season 16 finals after Simon’s vote and will perform again next week on NBC

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