Leaving no shadow of a doubt, viewers were in synch with the studio audience and “America’s Got Talent” judges after seeing The Silhouettes in action during this week’s Hollywood round.
The Denver-area dance troupe, led by Cedar Rapids native Lynne (Waggoner) Patton, has advanced to the semifinal round of the popular NBC television talent show. The 42 young dancers, ages 9 to 18, have their eyes on the $1 million prize, but their sleek, patriotic shadow dance to “God Bless America” captured judges’ and viewers’ eyes.
Twelve acts competed Tuesday and the semi-finalists were announced Wednesday. The Silhouettes were among the top three after viewer voting and the three celebrity judges voted for the fourth act advancing to the next round. Eight acts were sent home.
“That was just complete genius,” judge Piers Morgan said after The Silhouettes performed Tuesday night. “I loved it, absolutely loved it. That is a world-class act and I’m proud that you’re on our show.”
“That was just brilliant and I applaud you,” judge Sharon Osbourne added.
“Original, unique, wow — there’s no other word to describe you. You are worthy of your own show,” judge Howie Mandel said. “You are already stars.”
Patton, a 1983 graduate of Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, moved to the Denver area in 1987. She runs A Rocky Mountain School of Dance and Performing Arts in Arvada, Colo.
Watch the performance here: