America's Got Talent: Gymkana Goes Down in Ring of Fire

08/31/2011 08:50AM



As the semi-finals continued on America's Got Talent Tuesday, aerialists Gymkana had a close call with a ring of fire.

Just moments before the gymnasts completed their high-flying act, a member's flip through a flaming hoop went awry when a foot caught. The burning hoop tumbled down on another member of Gymkana. Luckily, the performers appeared to come out unscathed.

But with or without the scary blunder, the act didn't sit well with the judges. Piers Morgan expressed his "sympathy" for the dangerous mistake but even before the mishap, he had buzzed the acrobats, calling their stunts repetitive.



Sharon Osbourne called the act "tremendous," but criticized the performers for lacking "personality" during the stunts.

However, judge Howie Mandel and host Nick Cannon defended the group, saying they were just shaken up by Morgan's early buzz.

The night wasn't a complete letdown. Anna Graceman and Smage Bros. returned to the AGT stage and were flawless once again.

After Graceman performed her rendition of Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home," Osbourne said the band would approve. Morgan called the act "the best performance tonight." And Mandel had few words for the 11-year-old prodigy, but his message said plenty: "Wow!"

The Smage Bros. had the judges and audience on the edge of their seats as they took their bikes and hopped over six family members who were lying in a row on the floor.

That, combined with many flips and other crazy jumps, had Morgan calling the act "unbelievable" and "incredible."

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