Last week, the musical acts hit a high note on America's Got Talent. This week, it was all about the dancers – both serious and silly – that earned the judges' stamps of approval.
Zuma Zuma, the second act of the evening, made hardheaded Piers Morgan a newfound fan of pole dancing.
"That is exactly the kind I enjoy," Morgan told the Kenya-bred men's group, who courageously jumped and flipped from pole to pole. "[This performance was] exuberant, vibrant. If you're having fun, so is the audience."
Fellow judge Sharon Osbourne admired the group's "great speed and enthusiasm," while Howie Mandel praised their performance for being "dangerous" and "exciting."
Three acts later, Sam B. took the stage. The stout male – clad in a bright gold sparkly jacket – didn't do much more than wiggle, jump and sandwich himself in between a handful of women. But for some reason, that performance, which took place in front of a neon, '80s-themed backdrop, was enough to win over the fans and (most of) the judges. (Watch a clip.)
After last week's disappointing acts on America's Got Talent, the judges seemed much more pleased with Tuesday night's performances.
Most of the acts – which included an extreme jump-rope team, a yo-yo act, and a couple who hooked wires to themselves and swung household objects from them – seemed to give their all this week. But it was the musical performances that won the judges over most.
Among the standouts: Poplyfe's rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Howie Mandel called the six-member group the "best act" of the night "so far." Sharon Osbourne called the performance "fantastic," and said, "You've got everything going for you." Even Piers Morgan complimented the group.
Tuesday night's taping of America's Got Talent brought out an eclectic group of acts, but among the variety – including a magician, comedian, juggler and female singer-songwriter whose appearance resembled Justin Bieber – only a small portion stood out for the right reasons.
Judge Piers Morgan, who used his buzzer four times during the night, seemed unimpressed with the majority of acts altogether. Although there were three acts that received negative feedback from all three judges, one in particular came off as especially disappointing.
Following a knife-slinging, gun-shooting audition in June that had the judges and the audience's jaws dropping, the cowboy-cowgirl duo Rhinestone Ropers came back with an anticlimactic performance that involved a lasso and their horse Lucky Joe.
"It's lovely and nice and it wasn't exciting," judge Sharon Osbourne said. "[It was] more like a kid's birthday party."
Although Piers Morgan put his buzzer to good use and even compared one of Tuesday's America's Got Talent acts to what "hell is like," the tough judge softened when it came to adorable Anna Graceman, 11, who performed Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."
"You sang it beautifully," Morgan said after Graceman received a standing ovation and the loudest applause of the night. Fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel also had nothing but praise for the talented young Canadian.
Some might call Steven Retchless a dancer, but the America's Got Talent contestant, who auditioned nearly naked in a pair of hip-hugging silver shorts and body glitter, had a more specific name for his art form.
"I'm a pole-fessional," he told judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel on Wednesday night's episode, which highlighted the show's auditions in New York City.
Retchless, 24, rocked his poll-dancing routine to Katy Perry's "E.T.," twisting and twirling – in black stilettos! – to the praise of Osbourne, who gave his performance a standing ovation.
He's got talent – and now a new bride.
Terry Fator, 45, who won the second season of America's Got Talent and stars in his own Las Vegas show, married his girlfriend Taylor Makakoa, 21, PEOPLE has learned.
They wed Wednesday afternoon at Las Vegas's Lily Of The Valley Chapel before their families. Makakoa, a model and actress, also stars as Fator's stagehand in his Las Vegas show at The Mirage.
After America's Got Talent winner Michael Grimm gave his now-fiancée something to sing about when he proposed to her on TV, the lucky lady says the couple have plans to celebrate – with some take-out.
"We're locking the doors and turning off the phones, and we won't be bothered by anybody else," his fiancé, Lucie Zolcerova, says. "We'll be ordering some pizza in."
Their plans may be low-key, but the proposal was anything but, as Grimm, 30, got down on one knee during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
This man really does love a woman.
Making good on a promise, America's Got Talent winner Michael Grimm proposed Thursday to Lucy Zolcerova, his girlfriend of nearly three years – during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Her answer: Yes.
Grimm, 30, a Mississippi blues singer who won $1 million – which he plans to use to buy his grandparents a house – revealed his plans to marry Lucy and that she was the inspiration for his performance of "When a Man Loves a Woman" during Tuesday's finals.
Talk about Grimm's fairy tale! In a surprise development, Michael Grimm – the Mississippi blues singer with the hard-luck backstory – was named the winner of America's Got Talent on Wednesday, besting favorite Jackie Evancho, the 10-year-old opera phenom with the preternaturally mature voice.
"I really thought Jackie had it in the bag," a still-in-shock Grimm told PEOPLE after winning the $1 million prize and top billing at the upcoming AGT tour, which will stop for a show in Las Vegas. "I was preparing my speech to leave. I couldn't believe I heard my name. I was trying to make sure that what I thought was going on was going on, you know? This is definitely an out-of-body experience. This whole journey has been, but especially now."
Judge Piers Morgan insisted Grimm's victory was well deserved: "Michael's genuine, he's sincere, he's very talented, he got better with every round, and [on Tuesday] night he gave the performance of his life. He'll have a huge career. I think he's like a young Van Morrison."
The top four acts took the stage for the final night of competition on America's Got Talent Tuesday, with one delivering a performance ultimately worth $1 million – and another inspiring a bit of controversy.
The sparks flew early when Piers Morgan used his buzzer to brand the operatic performance by colorful cabaret singer Prince Poppycock with a disapproving red X – a highly unusual move at this late stage. Fellow judge Sharon Osbourne scolded Morgan on-air for the move, and after the cameras stopped rolling, it was judge Howie Mandel's turn.
"I think he deserved your criticism," he told Morgan in a joint interview with PEOPLE. "But the X is like our middle finger. And he didn't deserve your finger."