"America's Got Talent" has opened another platform for viewers to cast their votes. The show now will be counting votes sent via tweets using the hashtag #voteAGT followed by the act's name to help decide which contestants to go through to the semifinals. Only one vote per Twitter handle per voting window will be counted.
This marks the first time a competition series on broadcast network allows its audience to vote via Twitter. The show has previously opened voting by phone and online via NBC.com, Facebook, and zeebox; as well as using the NBC mobile application.
"America's Got Talent" season 8 is currently in its quarterfinals. Twelve of the remaining 60 acts performed live at in Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, July 23. Among the standouts were magician Collins Key who predicted Twitter hashtags from each judge, comedic hand balancing duo The KriStef Brothers who performed a routine about them being the last two circus performers on Earth, and classical singer Brenden James who covered Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up".
On Wednesday, four of these acts will be chosen to move on to the semifinals.