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[08/16/13 - 08:00 AM]
Four Acts Return to the Competition as Judges' Wild Card Choice on Aug. 20-21 "America's Got Talent"
Plus: comedian and "AGT" finalist Tom Cotter returns to the stage to perform on the Wednesday, August 21 live results show.

[via press release from NBC]

FOUR ACTS RETURN TO THE COMPETITION AS JUDGES' WILD CARD CHOICE ON AUG. 20-21 "AMERICA'S GOT TALENT"

Comedian and 'AGT' Finalist Tom Cotter Returns to Perform on Wednesday Live Results Show

NEW YORK - Aug. 16, 2013 - The competition on NBC's "America's Got Talent" heats up next week as another four acts move on to the semifinals, and four lucky eliminated top-60 acts are named the judges' wild card choice and given a second chance to win the $1 million prize.

Comedian and "AGT" finalist Tom Cotter returns to the stage to perform on the Wednesday, Aug. 21 live results show (9-10 p.m. ET/PT). Cotter was named runner-up in last season's finale.

Cotter currently performs in some of the best comedy clubs across the country and recently headlined "America's Got Talent Live" at the Palazzo Las Vegas. Before becoming the first comedian to ever reach the finals of "America's Got Talent," Cotter won the Seattle International Comedy Competition, the grand prize at the Boston Comedy Festival and was voted best stand-up at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival.

He has become a familiar face on shows such as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Last Comic Standing" and "Today." He starred in his own special, "Comedy Central Presents... Tom Cotter" and in the WE TV series "Two Funny."

"America's Got Talent" wraps up the quarter-final rounds on Tuesday, Aug. 20 (9-11 p.m.) where the last of the top 60 acts perform for America's vote. Four of those acts will move on to the semifinals to compete against American Military Spouses Choir, Anna Christine, Angela Hoover, Branden James, Cami Bradley, Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, Collins Key, Forte, Innovative Force, Jimmy Rose, Jonathan Allen, Kenichi Ebina, KriStef Brothers, Marty Brown, Taylor Williamson and Timber Brown.

The 12 contestants performing Aug. 20 are:
2Unique
Catapult Entertainment
D'Angelo & Amanda
Dave Fenley
Duo Resonance
John Wing
Melody Caballero
Ruby & Jonas
Sam Johnson
Selena Mykenzie Gordon
Sprice
Virginia State University Gospel Chorale

More information, including bios and social media contacts for each act, can be found at http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/contestants/.

Now in its eighth season, "America's Got Talent" stars celebrity judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howard Stern. With the talent search open to acts of all ages, "America's Got Talent" has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing performers from across the country.

"America's Got Talent" is produced by Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America. Cowell, Jason Raff, Sam Donnelly, Trish Kinane and Rob Wade are the executive producers.

For embeddable clips and full episodes from NBC shows, please visit NBC.com's official show site: http://www.nbc.com/americasgottalent/

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For information on open call and online auditions for season 9 of "America's Got Talent," please visit http://www.americasgottalentauditions.com/





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