Greater Works, the gospel choir largely from Tacoma, advanced to the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” on Wednesday.
They are one of seven acts that advanced Tuesday on the NBC talent show.
The results, based on public votes, were announced on the show Wednesday night.
In the end it came down to the judges to save them, choosing them over teen singer Angelina Green.
They seemed a sure thing on Tuesday night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
“Do you all love some gospel?,” host Tyra Banks asked the studio and television audience on Tuesday night. “Well, these singers are going to change the way you think about choirs.”
DaNell Daymon and his choir brought the judges and the audience to their feet with “You’re The One That I Want” from the musical “Grease.”
“Oh my God,” Mel B shouted. “That was electrifying.”
“I’ve never been to church,” said Howie Mandel, who is Jewish. “But I feel like I’ve been anointed, I’ve been born again and I feel like I want to pass the basket all over America and fill it with votes.”
“This is what we all need,” said Simon Cowell. “It was your best performance.”
“Who knew ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was a gospel song,” Banks said.
“We just took it and ran with it,” Daymon said.
If they win the grand prize, Greater Works will get $1 million and shows in Las Vegas.
About half of Greater Works’ 42 members live in the Tacoma area.
The next show is Tuesday at 8 p.m. There are now 21 acts left on the show.