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Clint Carvalho and Extreme Parrots advance on America’s Got Talent

Novelty acts seemed to have the upper hand on “America’s Got Talent” last night (Aug. 15), after the judges winnowed 12 acts picked from YouTube to four. They’ll move on to the semi-finals. The most curious was a bird act.

Perhaps reflecting the eccentricities of the judges, Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, the acts chosen to advance were varied and… well, strange.

Clint Carvalho and his Extreme Parrots proved too hard to pass up. How often does a bird act make it on these shows. But his parrots were pretty extreme. One flew from the top of a building into the studio and landed on Clint’s arm. They’re headed straight to Vegas.

The 12 acts were brought on stage in three groups of four and competed against each other for one of the four slots. Among the other acts advancing were dance troupe Academy of Villains, singer/songwriter Bria Kelly and The Magic of Puck, a magician act.

The evening’s special guest was U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, who won two gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics. She wore skin-tight pants and heels with her gold medals around her neck. She drew a standing ovation when she was introduced by host Nick Cannon.

Pop duo Karmin provided entertainment with performances of a mash-up of hit “Brokenhearted” and their latest single “Hello.”

Those eliminated last night included Cast in Bronze, Reverse Order, 7 in Unison, Rudy Coby, Eric Buss, Melinda Hill, Romeo Dance Cheetah and Drew Erwin.

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