AGT: All Season 16 Finalists Announced as Competition Narrows Down Lineup to 10 Acts
America's Got Talent is getting close to crowning a champion.
On Wednesday, following the second and final semifinal episodes of season 16, the last five finalists were announced after the overnight audience vote was tallied. Tuesday night's episode saw 11 acts perform, including a wild card selection by the judges. The wild card contestant was announced just before the start of the show and brought back after being eliminated in the previous round.
Three acts advanced to the finals based on fan votes and three acts, who placed third, fourth and fifth place in the voting, were eligible for the Instant Save with only one earning a spot to move forward in the competition. The fifth finalist of the night was saved by judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara.
After both weeks of semifinal results, there will be a total of 10 finalists.
Below are all the final acts competing for the $1 million prize and residency at Luxor in Las Vegas.
The Pennsylvania native, the 9-year-old opera singer and fan-favorite of season 16, didn't win the Instant Save but she was saved by the judges. Brinker became the first-ever contestant to earn the all-cast Golden Buzzer during her audition.
Cowell told PEOPLE about how he could see Brinker one day becoming the next face of opera music similar to how Underwood found massive success in country music after winning American Idol in 2005. "I didn't understand a lot about country music when I first met Carrie but you do know a star when you hear one and meet somebody," he said.
"I think [Victory] is a genuine, genuine star. I can see her making records, concerts, movies, everything. She's got something special about her. She is incredibly talented. She was fantastic on the audition show but she was outstanding tonight," Cowell added.
Brinker previously told PEOPLE: "I think I could win it all."
Klum's Golden Buzzer winner has impressed audiences all season with her quick change talents. "It was much different than other acts we have seen. There is a lot of magic, imagination and sparkles involved!" the judge told PEOPLE about the 25-year-old French beautician and her skills.
"It was so exciting to watch! It's an act that really relies on talent and timing, so I was amazed by the precision and the skill. One wrong move and the act wouldn't have worked," she said.
Northwell Health Nurse Choir
Mandel's Golden Buzzer winners have been praised by audiences for their vocal talents and their contributions amid the ongoing COVID pandemic.
The group of 18 New York nurses performed a moving rendition of "Don't Give Up On Me" by Andy Grammer during the semifinals and secured a spot in the finals. "Because of what we've gone through — and I mean the collective, everybody in the world — when you're traumatized, it makes you more emotional and I think as a planet, we've been traumatized and the reason that it's not totally devastating was because of [the nurses]," Mandel told PEOPLE about the current times.
"Traditionally, I don't really respond amazingly to choirs only because it's really hard to focus. But aside from who they are, what they are and what they do for a living, this [choir] was really good. Each individual solo was amazing. On any given year they still probably would have done really well," he said.
With dreams of becoming an indigenous pop star, the 30-year-old from North Carolina and a proud member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe continues to deliver powerful covers of the latest pop hits dominating the charts, including her semifinals performance of Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits."
Simpson previously competed in the 13th season of The Voice in 2017 on Miley Cyrus' team and finished in third place.
The Colorado comedian, 42, has won hearts with his humor and jokes about his life experiences including his cerebral palsy.
For the semifinals, Blue, who is a father of two, spoke about when he participated in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens on the para soccer team.
Before AGT, Blue won the fourth season of Last Comic Standing in 2006.
Vergara's Golden Buzzer choice, who won the Instant Save from the fans, ended his semifinal round on a high note with a stunning cover of Pink's "Glitter in the Air."
The Portland native, 30, has been consistent in each round following his memorable audition, during which he performed "Tomorrow" from Annie, a song which judge Simon Cowell called the "worst song in the world." Though Herrod was advised to "do another song," the contestant wowed the judges' panel with his soulful rendition and later changed Cowell's mind about the track.
Herrod, who was teaching music virtually to children during the COVID pandemic, earned his bachelor of music degree from Washington's Cornish College of the Arts and his master of music in jazz studies from Portland State University.
World Taekwondo Demonstration Team
Host Terry Crews' Golden Buzzer choice combined their martial arts discipline with showmanship and choreography for their semifinal performance.
Applauding the several members who practice taekwondo in South Korea and the U.S., Crews previously told PEOPLE, "The World Taekwondo Demonstration Team is the perfect mix of athleticism and showmanship! But even more than that is their commitment to culture, confidence and respect for themselves and others. So beautiful to witness their strength and see men and women demonstrating the power of martial arts together!"
The group was actually scheduled to perform during the Tokyo Olympics before the Summer Games were postponed a year due to the global pandemic in 2020.
The self-taught aerialist, 16, was called the "one to beat" by Cowell after his "gold medal-winning" semifinal performance, which was set to Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life." Vergara was also wowed, telling Bryant: "You're 16 years old, self-taught and no safety net," adding, "This was a gold level performance."
The Virginia teen is only in his second year of learning aerials after starting out in the backyard with a tree and a bedsheet.
The magician from Virginia, known for his storytelling abilities, continues to impress the judges and audiences with his interactive performances. For his semifinal performance, he asked for help from all four judges in his magic trick centered around his appreciation and love for his wife Kari.
His audition also touched the hearts of many when he spoke about his dedication to being a family man to their adopted son Xander.
The stand-up comedian has consistently made the judges laugh with her sets during the competition.
In earlier rounds, the Bronx native, 41, shared anecdotes from her life, including jokes about planning her wedding and previous dating life. In addition to her stand-up specials, she's also made appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The View and Chelsea Lately.
The 10 finalists will compete for the championship title on the two-night finale next week.
America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC.