Sep 12, 2013
07:22 AM
Arts & Entertainment

'America's Got Talent' Over for Catapult, Connecticut's 'Living Shadows' Dance Troupe

'America's Got Talent' Over for Catapult, Connecticut's 'Living Shadows' Dance Troupe

Esteban L. Hernandez/Register Citizen

Catapult rehearsing in August in Torrington.

With six spots left up for grabs on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Catapult Entertainment was the last act to learn that it had been voted off the show during Wednesday night’s live results show at Radio City Music Hall.

Catapult, the shadow dancing group that rehearses in Torrington and is led by Adam Battelstein of Kent, was one of the last two teams, with its fate decided by viewers' votes. Catapult was one of 12 teams that performed Tuesday night, with only six spots in the finals available.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported us through this journey," Catapult posted on its Facebook page. "This is certainly not the end for Catapult. This is a beautiful new beginning. Here's to the next chapter!!"

Catapult had wowed judges and viewers previously with a performance that served as a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown. Howard Stern called it one of the best in the show’s eight-season history.

In past weeks, Howard Stern voted several times for one of his favorite acts throughout the entire season, Catapult, saying what they have done is “remarkable. We need you. You are an important act. There is no way I can say no to you.”

The season’s winner will be crowned Sept. 18. Winners receive $1 million and a chance to headline a show in Las Vegas.

Thousands of performers auditioned for the show, with Catapult among 60 that advanced to the live rounds.

The group is led by Battelstein, who previously toured with Washington, Conn. dance group Pilobolus, and as a solo artist. The group trains at the former home of the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts on Water Street in Torrington.

“America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC at 9 p.m.

This story was adapted from one published the Register Citizen online.

'America's Got Talent' Over for Catapult, Connecticut's 'Living Shadows' Dance Troupe

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