Along with Jones, whose impressive close-up magic didn't earn him enough popular support to stay in the game, New York City-based subway busker Mike Yung was also eliminated, along with DaNell Daymon and his gospel choir, Greater Works.
In one of the night's most shocking moments, singers Johnny Manuel and Yoli Mayor were called to the front of the stage, where Banks revealed that neither of them would be moving on. Both singers had been two of the season's most lauded, and judge Simon Cowell was left stunned by the surprising eliminations.
"I don't normally say this in the semi-finals, and it's going to sound like a cliché, but I don’t mean it this way, but no one is going to leave here tonight a loser," Cowell said. "I'm disappointed that neither of you are going to [move on] but you could not have done any more, and that's the most important thing. You can walk out with your heads held high."
One of the night's other truly surprising eliminations came when rollerblading brother and sister daredevils Billy and Emily England got the axe, despite a flame-throwing, pulse-pounding performance unlike anything on AGT before.