The first semi-final round of “America’s got talent” kicked off on September 5 with 11 acts vying for the ultimate title. The performers stepped up their game this time, especially the gospel group DaNell Daymon and Greater Works whose performance had the judges in standing ovation.

It was a tough battle of talents during the three weeks of quarterfinal rounds in the hit reality competition. Some acts fell short and were eliminated, while some made it through the semi-finals. Out of the 11 performers that night, only five will go through the next round.

There were some performers who chose to sing original songs, while others sang covers of popular songs in the industry. Seven of the performers during last night’s episode of “America’s Got Talent” were singers, and the rest performed various acts such as magic, roller skating, and comedy.

Singing performances

Perhaps one of the best performances of the night was that of gospel choir DaNell Daymon and Greater Works. The group offered their stunning rendition of an Aerosmith hit, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” The act started as a solo singer, then gradually followed with the vocal blends coming from the choir group.

The notes and the rhythm increased as the song went on, with all the singers on stage in a perfect blend.

By the end of their theater-like performance, all the four judges stood up from their seats and gave them a standing ovation.

Meanwhile, subway singer Mike Yung chose a rhythm and blues song titled “Don’t Give Up On Me.” The song was originally performed by soul singer Solomon Burke in 2002. The song belonged to an album that has won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Yung is a 57-year-old subway singer whose story has captivated millions of viewers of his trending online videos. He has been singing in the subways of the Big Apple for several years before he graced the “America’s Got Talent” stage. During the quarterfinals, he offered a rendition of “Thinking Out Loud” By Ed Sheeran.

Roller skating duo

Another remarkable performance during the semi-finals was that of roller skating duo Billy England and Emily England. From their quarterfinals act, they stepped up their game by choosing a fire-inspired theme for the most recent act.

There was a dragon statue that blew fire on stage as they spun around in roller skates. The LED screen behind was turned into a fantasy world with flying dragons, while Billy lifted Emily and danced. The skating duo earned a standing ovation from all the judges – Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Simon Cowell.

The viewers can vote for their favorites until 7 a.m. EST on September 6. “America’s Got Talent” will hold its live results show for the first round of semi-finals on Wednesday night.