Emily Exton
August 18, 2010 AT 04:31 PM EDT

Acrobats Michael Lipari and Ashleigh Dejon were back for Wild Card round of America’s Got Talent last night. The duo gave a fiery, intense performance to Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” that also gave the audience and the judges a huge scare (those looks on Howie and Sharon’s faces!). Check it out below (performance begins at 1:40):

The studio fell silent, thinking that the unthinkable had suddenly happened, when — just kidding! — Michael and Ashleigh emerged from the depths of the stage for part two of their routine. Piers thought the stunt transformed the aerial act from “boring” to “magical.” Did their big drop stop your heart? Was it really the skill or drama that deserved the standing ovation?

Was the shock value alone enough to guarantee Michael Lipari and Ashleigh Dejon a spot in the semifinals? What other acts were you happy to see back last night?

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