America’s Got Talent eliminations: Why are Colin Cloud, In the Stairwell gone?

In the StairwellThe America’s Got Talent results show eliminated Colin Cloud, In the Stairwell, and more on Wednesday night … but why? Why take away some of our favorite acts? We’re going to do our best to figure that out in this article, much as we do every week once we make it to this stage in the competition.

Obviously, these are just our opinions here at CarterMatt, but we’re trying to think more in terms of what happened with America’s vote / the judges rather than just what we felt about a specific act.

Celine Tam – We didn’t think her doing a song from Moana was a bad move at all! It actually made Celine feel more like a singer her age than someone who was just up there to do ballad after ballad. Her problem this week was probably twofold: Being on the same show as Angelica Hale, and also having to start off the show. By the time everyone else performed, she was forgotten about by most of the audience beyond her core fan group.

Christian Guardino – We can say roughly the same thing about Christian here, with the one caveat being that he could’ve picked a better song that appealed more towards modern viewers. (Sure, we know we’ll get some flack for that after he performed a classic, but there was more that he could’ve done.)

Pompeyo Family Dogs – We don’t want to say that they shouldn’t have advanced to this stage because they are very good at what they did. The problem was just that you could tell that they didn’t have enough time to rehearse this routine. The dogs seemed thrown off by the outfits, and there were a lot of them that looked like they didn’t know quite what to do much of the time.

Merrick Hanna – He’s a great kid and a very talented dancer, but he just needs more time. There wasn’t much more he would’ve been able to do this season, but if he looks up to former champion Kenichi Ebina and similar acts, he may have an unstoppable dance/technology show in a few years.

In the Stairwell – Them not being up for the Dunkin’ Save was an enormous surprise, given their high level of performance (they were our favorite singing-related act save for Mandy Harvey this week) and also their story and military ties. We honestly don’t know what happened here other than them performing in a very competitive show and also them not having an individual connection with voters because of their status as a group. (Still, that didn’t hurt Light Balance.)

Colin Cloud – We do feel like Colin got hosed more than anyone, largely because him performing second on the show vastly screwed him over. It’s tough to advance as a non-singer when you aren’t fresh in people’s minds, and unfortunately the Dunkin’ Save almost always tend to favor singers. We’re not faulting the judges for choosing Diavolo, but we think that with the Dunkin’ Save, voters are picking the person that they like more so than a performance they just saw. That hurts people who don’t have a powerful story like a Kechi.

Which America’s Got Talent elimination were you the most upset about? Be sure to share in the comments!

Also, click here if you do want to see our full take on the results as they happened last night. (Photo: NBC.)

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