With Piers Morgan unexpectedly caught in a blizzard, Sharon and Howie have all the power on the crazy first day. When Pierce arrives, enter The Kinetic King, Silhouettes, and... Those Funny Little People.
At first, it's not going well in Seattle. Then, talents emerge and Piers makes history by being the only judge who says "Yes" - twice in the same auditions. And one contestant has even written a special song for him.
The judges expect some bizarre auditions in New York, but how can you prepare for "snap boogie", a female sword swallower, a silvery male pole dancer, a pianist superhero and the biggest surprise they've ever had?
Piers says the 2011 Semifinals are the most talented ever. Part 1: Zuma Zuma, Beth Ann Robinson, Sandou Trio, Kevin Colis, Matt Wilhelm, PopLyfe, WSDT, Melissa Villasenor, Team iLluminate, Daniel Joseph Baker, Miami All Stars and Lys Agnes.
Howie says that the 2011 Semifinals part 1 was *the* best episode in the six years so far. Inevitably, 'Results' is heart-breaking. After 6 have been dropped, Piers says both the 5th and 6th *would* belong in the Top 10 - but only one can.