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Semi-Finals Begin on AGT

Tuesday August 23rd ushered in the first semi-finals competition on America's Got Talent. Twelve acts battled for a chance to travel to the next round, and eventually Las Vegas.

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    Melissa Villasenor Performs on the Semi-Final Round on America's Got Talent

    Tuesday was a night of standing ovations on America's Got Talent as the first night of semi-finals got off to a very strong start.

    "Wow, I don't think I ever stood up that much," says Piers Morgan, judge. "But you do it naturally. You stand up when you feel like it's been an amazing performance."

    Semi-Finals Begin on AGT

    [LA] Semi-Finals Begin on AGT
    Tuesday August 23rd ushered in the first semi-finals competition on America's Got Talent. Twelve acts battled for a chance to travel to the next round, and eventually Las Vegas. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011)

    The only LA contestant was Melissa Villasenor, who grew up in Whittier.

    "She's a local girl. She's incredibly talented, and no matter what happens, this has been a huge opportunity for her to be seen, and she will go on to do really well," says Sharon Osbourne, judge.

    "I listened to a lot of Brittney Spears when I was 12, and then I just heard her so much, because I love her so much," Melissa Villasenor recalls. "I started flowing out."