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Posted on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 : 10:15 p.m.

'America's Got Talent' re-cap: Saline resident's group Forte sails through semifinals

By Jenn McKee



Probably to the surprise of no one, Forte, a male opera-singing trio that features Saline resident and U-M grad Sean Panikkar, has survived the semi-final round of "America's Got Talent," and the group will be one of 12 acts competing (on September 10) for a spot in the show's finals (scheduled to air September 17).

The announcement regarding Forte's success came during the AGT episode that aired Wednesday, August 28. During the show, AGT judge Howie Mandel said of Forte, after the group learned it would advance, "I'm going to predict right now, I think these guys are going to win this entire competition."

Votes from viewers - earned after Forte's lauded performance of "Unchained Melody" on Monday night's episode - got the trio through the semi-finals, along with youth dance/gymnastics team Innovative Force; magician Collins Key; comedian Taylor Williamson; and singer Cami Bradley. Multimedia dance troupe Catapult earned a spot by virtue of the judges' vote.

Contestants sent home were rapper Tone the Chiefrocca; acrobat Red Panda; singer Jonathan Allen; dancers/acrobats Duo Resonance; comedian Angela Hoover; and singer Dave Fenley.

Next week, the September 3 episode of AGT will be another semifinal round of performances, followed by eliminations the following night, so Forte will not appear again until the September 10 episode.

Will Mandel's prediction hold? Time will tell.

Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.



Thu, Aug 29, 2013 : 5:12 p.m.

I agree with Howie. We have not seen a singing group or singer make to the number one spot in a long time. I agree with Howie, if Kneche does win? These men will. What hotness.


Thu, Aug 29, 2013 : 2:24 p.m.

FORTE - OMG you guys have to WIN IT ALL. I have NEVER heard such beautiful singing EVER. You guys are beyond GREAT. I hope and PRAY that everyone votes for YOU and only YOU. I have watched your video on the AGT over and over and over again can't get enough of you. GOOD LUCK to you and WIN IT ALL. Shirley

Elaine F. Owsley

Thu, Aug 29, 2013 : 11:29 a.m.

It has been a long, long time since a vocal group has thrilled me the way Forte does. I can't wait for their first recording. I haven't bought a record since records were called records!!