Warning: spoilers ahead for the results episode of the third round of America's Got Talent's quarterfinals on August 25!
The final round of quarterfinals for America's Got Talent Season 16 featured some of the most talented acts who made it all the way from the auditions, but only seven of the twelve were going to be able to advance to the semifinals. Five unique acts had to be cut, and one of them was the particularly memorable dancer/video game enthusiast Keith Apicary. His memorable act wasn't enough to get the votes to beat the likes of World Taekwondo Demonstration Team, Léa Kyle, and more, and he has actually shared what he thinks messed him up in his final performance before Simon Cowell's harsh comments.
The performer, whose real name is Nathan Barnatt but who went by his "Keith Apicary" character for AGT and while speaking to CinemaBlend and other outlets following his big quarterfinals performance, ended his AGT run on an act that was full of energy that had the crowd and even some of the judges on their feet, although Simon Cowell hit his buzzer a minute into his dance number. When I asked Apicary if he fed off the energy of the crowd or just felt their reactions after he finished, he explained:
Keith Apicary had a lot going for him in his performance, with the crowd loving what he was doing and getting to perform to his own song, but there was a problem he encountered that wasn't a factor in his audition: choreography. While planning out the moves helped him hit some of his bigger moves, including his finishing flip, on cue, he just feels that he does better when he doesn't have to follow choreography. Unfortunately for him, getting this far in AGT means higher production value, which means the crew knowing what he's going to do.
To his credit, however, Keith Apicary didn't miss a beat even when Simon Cowell buzzed him, with confetti flying around and the big flip still to hit. Even if his performance to "No Kiss You" was ultimately his final one as an America's Got Talent competitor, he certainly went out with plenty of spectacle and doing the best he could to get through it to his big finish.
Simon Cowell did have some harsh comments for him once the act ended, however, which was a contrast from how Cowell responded to his act in the auditions, with an act that was similar but on a smaller scale. After all, Keith Apicary added some more gymnastic moves that combined with good old-fashioned slapstick, which none of the other quarterfinals acts did on the night. Apicary shared his reaction to Cowell's critiques, saying:
It's hard to blame Keith Apicary for disagreeing with Simon Cowell, since he believes that he did his best. And hopefully knowing that the other judges and the crowd were on his side in loving his performance will help soothe the sting of elimination. Plus, no dance act has ever won America's Got Talent, even despite some stellar originality. He did explain that even though he hasn't gotten as much recognition as he wishes in his life, he still has big goals:
Will Keith Apicary ever be like Kramer of Seinfeld fame? Only time will tell on that front, but making it as far as the AGT quarterfinals is something to be proud of, especially without the benefit of a golden buzzer to guarantee that he would be advanced it to this stage of competition. Plus, the AGT stage gave him a big platform to show off what he can do, so his musical and dancing talents have reached a much larger audience than if he'd never taken the chance on the show. Take a look at his final performance:
Also eliminated in the final round of quarterfinals were the frightful (in a good way) Klek Entos, family music group The Curtis Family C-Notes, singer ANICA, and wildcard-winning singer Storm Large. The acts who earned a spot in the semifinals are golden buzzer winners World Taekwondo Demonstration Team and Léa Kyle, balancing brothers Rialcris, dance group ChapKidz, singer Brooke Simpson, vocal gymnast Michael Winslow, and unicycle group UniCircle Flow. See which acts will make it to the finals when the semis of America's Got Talent Season 16 begin on Tuesday, August 31 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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