At the end of the day, not four but five acts managed to survive the "America's Got Talent" results show Wednesday night – on which Cher Lloyd and the cast of Broadway's "Once" performed, but a promised clip of Justin Bieber's new video "As Long as You Love Me," failed to be aired, much to the Bieb's tweeted dismay.
Four made it through to the semifinals, as expected, but then judge Sharon Osbourne picked one more quarterfinalist to return as a wild-card act. That meant some very worthy contenders were sent home, though it's pretty easy to imagine that some of those too may return as wild-card contenders.
So who made it through?
The remarkable dog act Olate Dogs, whose good fortune prompted yet another standing ovation from Osbourne. "I cannot wait to see you perform again," she said. "I'm so excited."
Earth harp musician William Close, whom Howie Mandel called the "most marketable" act in contention this season, whatever that means.
Sand/light artist/storyteller Joe Castillo, who Howard Stern said was not only a talented artist and "uplifting" storyteller but also "a guy with a heart." At Stern's urging, Castillo ditched his trademark beret, tossing it to the judges. Now if only he'd lose that vest.…