Nick Cannon, America's Got Talent

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More finalists, yes, but it's that Nick Cannon who keeps turning in the noteworthy performances on America's Got Talent!

While last week it was a hard-to-swallow introduction, tonight it was a bit of improv that Master Cannon mastered, when he was forced to ad-lib the show's closing seconds as he talked up next week's finale.

"We've got a whole load of incredible surprise guests for you..10 finalists, that million dollars is getting closer, it's coming…Monday night, not only is it the finale, but it's the premiere of The Jay Leno Show...

"And if you guys feel like I'm talking slow, it's because Piers is standing in front of the prompter!" he revealed.

Oh, Nick, you improvisational rogue!

Anyway, guess who's going to be facing off next week against the Texas Tenors, Fab FiveVoices of GloryKevin Skinner and septugenarian comedian Grandma Lee...

With the judges having thrown a bone to both Fab Five and Voices of Glory last week, the producers opted to make it a 10-act finale (rather than the previously planned eight), meaning America ended up voting five more acts into the finale last night.

Joining the party in Vegas will be the slam-happy Recycled Percussion, breakdancing contortionist Hairo Torres, baritone Lawrence Beamen, singer-guitarist Drew Stevyns and opera singer Barbara Padilla.

The judges seemed overjoyed by the voters' choices: David Hasselhoff used the word man approximately five times in congratulating Stevens, and Piers Morgan (before he stood in front of the teleprompter) said last night that people were going to remember where they were when they heard Padilla sing.

In case you didn't watch yesterday, you have another chance to mark that moment in time by catching a recap.

The winner of America's Got Talent will be announced Sept. 16. People reports that Susan Boyle is part of the "load of incredible surprise guests" on tap to perform.


Nick Cannon is just one of the Guys in Ties whose look we support.

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