It was the toughest night of judging thus far, but the panel -- including special guest judge Laverne Cox -- had to pare down the competition to the seven performers who captivated them the most, and who showed the most potential for wowing America in the live rounds.
After years of choreographing cheer routines and dance performances, this enthusiastic entertainer brought all of his moves, charm and personality to the AGT stage with an energetic dance number set to "Bang Bang" that blew the judges' minds.
2. Celine Tam
This 9-year-old singer performed an amazing cover of Michael Bolton's iconic ballad "How Am I Supposed to Love Without You?" The little songstress with a big voice dedicated the song to her younger sister, Dion, and the flawless act earned the talented vocalist the coveted Golden Buzzer from the Orange is the New Black star, securing her a spot in the live rounds.
This hip hop dance group came into the Judge Cuts round facing a challenging setback after some of the members were forced to pull out by their parents, who wanted them to focus on their studies instead of chasing their dreams. But the dance crew didn't let that obstacle keep them from delivering a killer routine set to "Swalla" by Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign.
This L.A.-based dance troupe breaks new ground when it comes to group performances. While their astounding routine included some truly remarkable dancing, their use of moving sets, stunts and props firmly establishes them as a group of acrobatic daredevils with machine precision.
The brother-sister duo got their game faces on as they hit the AGT stage -- or at least a small, circular portion of it. Before the act even began, the powerful opening notes of Woodkid's 2012 hit "Run Boy Run" hinted at the high-octane entertainment the judges were in for. Billy and Emily hit the ground running as he lifted her sideways over his shoulders and began to quickly skate in a small circle as he raised her above his head while spinning -- and that was just the opening move. What they pull off for their grand finale is almost unbelievable.
6. Mike Yung
After decades as a subway singer, busking for change and performing every day, Mike Yung proved that he has what it takes to be a star with this soulful, raw, beautiful cover of Sam Cooke's 1964 classic "A Change Is Gonna Come."
7. Preacher Lawson
From the moment this young, energetic stand-up comic opens his mouth, you can tell he's got the infectious charm and shining personality of a real comedy legend -- and then you realize that he's got the material to make his stand-up dreams come true. Lawson's bit about being catfished on a date earned him a standing ovation from judge Simon Cowell, and some serious love from Mel B.