Pop Goes The News — A Canadian act has been eliminated from America’s Got Talent.
On the episode that aired Tuesday night, acrobats Philippe Bélanger and Marie-Lee Guilbert dazzled the judges but failed to earn a spot on one of the live shows.
The Quebec City duo performed a balancing act in the second round of AGT, which was taped more than two months ago in Los Angeles.
Much was made on the show about the fact that Bélanger, 24, and Guilbert, 25, are exes.
Guilbert blurted out “No!” when judge Simon Cowell asked if there was a chance the two would get back together.
“That was a quick answer,” Bélanger noted.
After showcasing their impressive skills, Cowell said: “It was like watching a gold medal performance.
“It was terrific.”
Guest judge Ne-Yo called the chemistry between the two acrobats “deceiving.”
The judges, including Canada’s Howie Mandel, decided not to name the pair one of 36 acts that will compete for viewer votes.
The appearance was still a win for the ridiculously hot Bélanger, who appeared shirtless on AGT and displayed the waistband of his underwear — the Kontrol brand he operates with Guilbert.
Bélanger and Guilbert, who first auditioned for AGT in March, are no strangers to doing their act in front of big audiences.
Both trained at the École de cirque de Québec and performed in the KOOZA production of Cirque du Soleil beginning in 2012. They have also performed individually around the world.
Bélanger and Guilbert currently run Quebec-based Producorps, which offers a range of services for circus performers.
An acrobatic act from Quebec City, the Russian Bar Trio — consisting of Yves Gagnon, Marco Dieckmann and Christine Bédard — also made it to the second round of AGT, as did Toronto comedian DJ Demers and Montreal dance troupe Youngster.
Their fates will be determined in an upcoming episode.
Last season, the all-female dance pack DM Nation from Lévis, Que. made it to the live shows but failed to earn enough votes from viewers to go forward.
Though AGT boasts of a $1 million grand prize, the winner actually gets an annuity of about $25,000 USD for 40 years or a lump sum of around $200,000 USD after taxes.
Season 2 winner Terry Fater went on to sign a multi-million-dollar deal for a Las Vegas residency but other AGT winners have been far less successful.
Last season’s winner was British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, who is currently performing at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
During the 8th season of AGT in 2013, veteran Canadian stand-up comic John Wing made it to the semi-finals. B.C.-born magician Murray Sawchuck competed on Season 5 of the show.