Heidi Klum looked close to tears when the young singer she gave her golden buzzer to was cut from America’s Got Talent on Wednesday night’ show.
Angel-voiced Angelina Green, 13, had to go up against powerhouse gospel act DaNell Daymon and Greater Works for the judges’ pick for the final spot in this season’s semi-finals – yet Heidi was the only act to back her.
Despite admitting that the gospel act ‘could not have done a better job’ with the Grease classic You’re The One That I Want, the supermodel remained loyal to the teen who she helped send straight through to the lives with her golden buzzer.
Bummed out: Heidi Klum looked close to tears when the young singer she gave her golden buzzer to was cut from America’s Got Talent on Wednesday night’ show
In her gushing praise of her favoured act, she said: ‘I have to stick with my golden buzzer, I have to stick with my Angelina,’ while already looking emotional at the decision that had to be made.
The other judges were full of praise for the youngster, with Simon telling her: ‘You’re a great girl, you’ve got great determination — I think you have a great future ahead of you.’
But when Howie Mandel cast the last vote and sided with Simon and Mel B – whose hair was blue after being pink the previous evening – in picking Greater Works, the talented teen saw her dream come to an end.
As the gospel act leaped onstage in excitement, the camera cut to Heidi who looked forlorn and close to tears at seeing the singer she championed going home.
Teen talent: Angel-voiced Angelina Green, 13, had to go up against powerhouse gospel act DaNell Daymon and Greater Works for the judges’ pick for the final spot in this season’s semi-finals – yet Heidi was the only act to back her
Her favorite: The supermodel sat stunned after her singer failed to advance
‘Angelina — my Angelina,’ she could be seen mouthing sadly.
Before the announcement, Angelina had been emotional when she said: ‘I’m very grateful to have gotten here and perform in this beautiful theater!
‘And I really wanna show my voice to the world — I’m just so grateful for everything and everyone who has been supporting me. I couldn’t be here without you guys.’
Feeling grateful: Angelina earlier told the judges that she was grateful for the opportunity
DaNell, meanwhile, had insisted before the decision: ‘I believe we have more to give. Hopefully we can continue to move on.’
Both acts were earlier joined by mind reader Colin Cloud, from Harthill, Scotland, in facing an instant online vote for the Dunkin’ Save spot for the sixth place in the semis.
Colin had grabbed the attention with a bizarre performance in which he claimed to solve the murder of Simon Cowell before it happened, getting Mel B to stab him in the chest with what turned out to be a rubber knife rather than a real one.
Next round: DaNell Daymon and Greater Works advanced to the semifinals
The judges warned him Tuesday that it was too long and too complicated, with Howie admitting afterward that ‘everything was confusing me’.
Viewers were apparently more forgiving and endorsed Colin.
‘I am astonished,’ Colin admitted after the closest vote of the season.
Powers of deduction: Colin Cloud after solving the murder of Simon Cowell before it happened advanced to the finals
‘Last night everyone on this stage was insanely brilliant and I knew that the pressure was on so all day I’ve been stressing. I am honestly delighted — thank you, thank you, thank you.’
Earlier, five other acts had been sent through automatically thanks to votes from Tuesday night’s live performances — and seeing some of the judges’ favorites going home.
Those sent home included plus size dancer Oscar Hernandez, who Howie called ‘important in this day and age,’ and human projection act Oskar & Gaspar who Simon called ‘unique’ and ‘brilliant’ and Howie insisted: ‘This is what America should vote for.’
Blue hair: Mel B came out with new blue hair for the results show
Mel had seemed obsessed with the Oskar & Gaspar act for a different reason, however — and was shown the previous night roaming backstage in the hunt for the ‘guy with the shirt off’ who had stood onstage for the images to be projected on his body.
After finally coming across him, now in a white robe, she told him and his female co-performer: ‘You both did a beautiful job.’
After shaking their hands, insisting ‘ladies first,’ she then smiled during an awkward silence that followed — before patting his chest and saying: ‘Oh that’s it, really good.’
She’s single: The judge was shown flirting with her pink hair the night before with a contestant
‘Why are you filming me, it’s a private moment,’ she pretended to complain to the cameraman as she walked off.
Acrobatic dance act Diavolo was the first to be sent through, sending home Oskar & Gaspar, with host Tyra Banks flirting heavily with Diavolo’s French choreographer Jacques Heim.
‘I love your voice — I want to take it home with me,’ she told him backstage, with him kissing her all over her outreached arm after joking: ‘Fantastic, anytime — I’m ready.’
French choreographer: Jacques Heim thanked America for voting for Diavolo
As they celebrated being first through, Tyra again told him: ‘Talk to us in that beautiful French accent so every woman in America can swoon.’
‘I’m so happy for you because you are so original and so surprising every single time you step onto this stage,’ Mel told them, before confusing everyone by praising them in Armenian with the word for ‘incredible.’
Asked if she was Armenian, she replied after a pause: ‘No, but my hair and makeup team are.’
Second to be sent through was Kechi, the inspirational singer with severe third-degree burns over her body after surviving a plane crash that killed most of her schoolfriends, with four-piece singing group Final Draft going home.
Getting emotional: Kechi got emotional after learning she was advancing to the semis
She burst into tears at the decision, the tears streaming down her cheeks as she said: ‘I never even dreamt this far so I can’t believe it….’
Howie had been emotional at praising her the previous night, and after the news of her going through he again called her a ‘beacon of light and beauty.’
‘In movies, they always say, ”Go toward the light.” And I think America just did.
The host: Tyra Banks encouraged Kechi to keep dreaming big
The light: Howie Mandel said that viewers followed the light by voting for Kechi
‘They went toward the light and you’re the light.’
Young singer-songwriter Chase Goehring, who has been performing his own songs throughout the season, then joyfully hugged 56-year-old New York subway singer Mike Yung after they were both sent through, with Mike saying: ‘This is my partner y’all — peace!’
‘Well deserved, both of you guys,’ Heidi told them, adding: ‘We’re very, very lucky that we get to see both of you guys again. I don’t think you need any advice because you got here by doing what you do best, which is sing. Just keep doing what you’re doing.’
Singer and songwriter: Chase Goehring who sings and writes his own songs made it to the semis
Dog training and dance act Sara and Hero were the last to be sent through automatically, beating out Oscar Hernandez as well as dancing brother and sister act Junior and Emily Alabi.
‘I’m shocked — speechless!’ admitted Sara, who revealed she lives in her SUV with her three dogs just to be able to travel around and try to make it in show business.
Simon pretended that the dog in the act had even more amazing skills than dancing by joking: ‘I spoke to Hero after the show last night and I said to him, ‘;I have a feeling it’s going to be your night.”
Dog routine: Sara and Hero also advanced to the next round
Big support: Simon said he talked to Hero after his performance and urged dogs and cats to vote for them
‘I asked every dog and cat in America to vote, as well as every human. They listened. That was amazing last night — I’m thrilled for you.’
Along with the current hopefuls, season nine winner Mat Franco came back to the show for a magic trick that allowed two of the judges to have a sip of booze during the night.
He poured milk from a carton — then when he poured from it again it was orange juice, red wine, water, beer, and then lemonade, getting the judges to do a taste test of the drinks.
He’s back: Season nine winner Mat Franco returned for a magic act
‘Oh my God it’s really good,’ Simon insisted of the beer, while Mel complained about there being ‘no alcohol’ after Heidi beat her to the wine.
After Mat tore apart the carton to show there was nothing hidden inside, Tyra gushed: ‘I see why you have your own show now — dang! He is so amazing he now has his own theater named after him.’
Another magician, season 10’s Piff the Magic Dragon, also made a return, getting Heidi to hold his canine sidekick Mr Piffles and joking to the dog: ‘Don’t suckle.’
Good effort: Piff the Magic Dragon also returned for a new trick
He joked that since they ‘went down in flames in season 10’ they had given up on magic and instead taking up drawing, getting the judges to pick an animal, item of clothing, and city for Mr Piffles to pretend t draw while under a blanket.
He was supposed to draw a giraffe in underwear in Paris, and Simon looked confused when the giraffe instead had on a scarf, with the magician insisting: ‘Two out of three’s not bad.’
He then pretended to write the name Gene after Heidi picked it for the giraffe — having first crossed out an alternative spelling, Jean, when she corrected him.
So close: Heidi helped out Piff with his magic act that got two out of three tricks right
Piff’s assistant then jumped in the air and landed in the splits, with a confused silence at the end of the act before Tyra started speaking again.
Grace VanderWaal, 13, last September won season 11 of America’s Got Talent.
America’s Got Talent returns next week on NBC.
Celebration time: The show ended with the gospel group celebrating on the stage