SEMIFINALS GROUP TWO
All That: Flo Rida – “Good Feeling”
Sebastien “El Charro de Oro”: Agustín Lara – “Granada”
The Magic of Puck: Avicii – “Levels”
Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots: The Black Eyed Peas – “Let’s Get It Started”
Shanice and Maurice Hayes: Mariah Carey – “Anytime You Need a Friend”
All Wheel Sports: Pitbull – “Give Me Everything”
Tim Hockenberry: John Lennon – “Imagine”
The Untouchables: José María Vitier – “Tango Apache”
David Garibaldi and His CMYK’s: Wolfmother – “Joker & the Thief”
SEMIFINALS GROUP TWO
Since I am overseas at the moment… this is why this particular post is particularly late.
Just as I have done in the previous semifinals post I will simply post what I originally thought of the three acts that have made it through into the finals and what I would like to see happen.
But first the following acts that have made it through to the finals:
1: Olate Dogs
2: The Untouchables
3: David Garibaldi and his CYMKs
Wow… I have to say that even though I agree with the Top Three in some capacity or another… all the possibilities didn’t really match up. I mean this episode was literally up in the air in a lot of ways. So let’s start at the beginning:
Of the poll’s Top Ten… eight of them were in the first semifinal… that can not bode well. In fact the three that made it through to the finals placed third (William Close), fourth (Tom Cotter) and sixth (Joe Castillo). So within the Top Six, not too bad.
Looking at Katie’s impressions of the acts that participated in the first semifinal she notated who she thought was going to be going through and who might go through:
My Top Three:
1. Todd Oliver
3. Donovan and Rebecca
Who I Think Will Go Through:
1. Tom Cotter
2. William Close
3. Academy of Evil
She got two of the three acts right, but in her “top six” as opposed to her “top three”. Not too bad.
Last week I posted a poll that asked which of the four Wildcard acts would you want to make it through to the semi-finals. From that original poll:
- Andrew de Leon
- Todd Oliver
- Spencer Horsman
- Lindsay Norton
After watching last night’s episode Katie’s top four picks were:
- Todd Oliver
- Bandbaz Brothers
- Andrew De Leon
- Spencer Horsman
Interestingly enough three of the four acts appeared to have stepped up their game enough for Katie to place them in the top four. Lindsay however, was in the middle of the pack for Katie. Where was Bandbaz Brothers in the original poll? Oddly enough at the bottom of the poll.. interesting.
However, after seeing the results show we have a surprising change in the standings… America chose:
- Todd Oliver
- Andrew De Leon
- All That
- Sebastien “El Charro de Oro”
Now, Todd Oliver and Andrew De Leon appear to be “shoo-ins” from all different realms depending on which poll or post you look at, however, the other two… well to say that I was surprised is a bit of an understatement. So let’s look at how I think they will fair:
All That: What they pulled this week was inventive and fun to watch. The stripping wasn’t too bad either. What I like about this group is that there are ways to turn a group into a full one hour show. There is that much flexibility where they could dance a full group of seven or in smaller groups or even as individuals… This is going to be an interesting to see what else they could bring to the table after this though. I would love to see lots of layers of dance and the numbers of people dancing so we’ll see. In the end it would be largely dependent on what they bring onto the table come the Semi-Finals that would help decide how they will do.
Todd Oliver and Irving: Oh Em Gee. I am really liking this comedy act. Now that Todd Oliver has changed up his jokes and did something topical he is really drew my attention. One issue, he could create really slick jokes without having to be topical but it is nice to have that as a part of his repertoire. In fact the other comedians that have come through thus far had really good material and haven’t even touched the surface of current events. So I would be curious to see what else Todd and Irving could bring to the plate that would be entertaining, because right now I am not 100% sure he’d make it to the finals, but he could give others a run for their money as long as he stays on this upswing.
Andrew De Leon: I would have to agree with Katie when it comes to Andrew, I think he has a magnificent voice and a really good story to boot, but honestly with the talent as tight as it is this season and polished to boot I really don’t think that Andrew will stand a chance. Unless he brings something absolutely mind-blowing to the table during the semi-finals, I really don’t see him progressing any further. However, he has the natural raw talent and in all honesty he could come out on top in the end… he is a “diamond in the rough” and with time and training could really polish and shine down the road. And I intend to be towards the front row when he gets there. Side Note: Maybe he and Prince Poppycock could duet together… I’ll pay to see that!
Sebastien “El Charro de Oro”: As I have mentioned before I have never been a fan of children on this show… I really don’t like the idea of a pre-teen or younger having a full one hour show revolve around them. That being said Sebastien is rather entertaining and I am curious to see what else he could bring onto the table, however, he still has a lot of growing and polishing to do. I am curious to see how far he can go but I would be surprised if he makes it to the Finals.
We’ve seen a few juggling acts on America’s Got Talent, but honestly juggling hasn’t been able to catch my interest… til now. From Ukraine’s Got Talent we have Alexander Shtifanov with his own little juggling act:
The music in the above video includes:
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
GeoDaSilva – I’ll Do You Like a Truck
Reverse Order: Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl
Rudy Coby: Devo – Puppet Boy
7 in Unison: Peggy Lee – Fever
Drew Erwin: Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
Eric Buss: The Blue Danube
Romeo Dance Cheetah: The Darkness – I Believe in a Thing Called Love
The Magic of Puck: Pitbull, T-Pain, Sean Paul – Shake Senora
Bria Kelly: Miranga Lambert – Gunpowder & Lead
Cast in Bronze: Mykola Leontovych – Carol of the Bells
Academy of Villians: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody & Remy Ma – Whuteva
All That!: Nuttin But Stringz – ThuNder
Jake Wesley Rogers: Lady Gaga – The Edge of Glory
Sebastien “El Charro de Oro”: Frank Sinatra – New York New York
Andrew De Leon: Il Divo – Regresa a mi or the Tony Braxton version
This might be the first real “miss” that Katie has made with her Top Four predictions from last night’s episode.
She originally chose:
1. Academy of Villains
2. Drew Erwin
3. The Magic of Puck
4. Bria Kelly
However as we saw from tonight episode, Drew Erwin lost out in the judges decision for Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots and honestly I could understand why.
After watching all the acts again below are my thoughts as to whom is a legitimate “Million Dollar Act” and how far I would like to see them go in the competition.
The Magic of Puck – Magic Act
I really liked how he worked the intimate magic trick into a stage audience like last night. More often than not you could figure out where the trick happens when it comes to these hanky magic tricks, but I couldn’t see anything here! I was far too mesmerized seeing the handkerchief going back into his pockets, hands, pants, etc. I might have been more impressed if it snuck up a pant-leg or something, but I do understand that there are limits to where a hanky can roam. So we’ll see… I haven’t had a chance to see his YouTube audition so I do not know his variety as of yet, but for a magic act… if he could pull off the larger illusions as well as the intimate tricks then I say he has a very strong shot at being at the top.
Academy of Villains – Dance Troupe
There aren’t a lot of dance troupe that struck me as a “Million Dollar Act”, but dammit this one is almost making me eat my words. They were in my opinion the most well developed of the acts from last night’s episode. It would be interesting to see how they fare in the Semi-Finals when up against acts that have performing for a while. I love how it isn’t just about the dancing, there is quite a bit of artistic work at the beginning that really stretched their comfort zone a bit. Hopefully they will make it thru to the Finals, but up against really strong talent? I’m not sure.
Bria Kelly – Singer
I was not all that impressed with her singing, and I feel like a broken record for saying this but it takes a lot for me to be impressed enough with a vocalist to consider them a “Million Dollar Act” I will agree that she was one of the stronger acts in the YouTube auditions, but I highly doubt she would go past the Semi-Finals.
Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots – Novelty / Animal Act
For some reason this act screams out novelty to me… so I have no idea what to make of it. Yes it was cool what he did and I do want to see more, but at the end of the day is it enough? I’m not sure… the jury is definitely out with this one.
While trolling the internet earlier today, one article from BuddyTV caught my attention. In fact it caught my attention so much that I had to look for the tweets in question myself:
From the Howard Stern Show:
Then again, Sharon had to respond:
According to the article this is all news to NBC:
This potential news seems surprising for NBC, as Entertainment Chair Robert Greenblatt said, “This is coming out of context and sort of spontaneously, and we don’t even know what’s going on. And it’s probably much ado about nothing.” Greenblatt had no other comments on the matter at the time.
What do you think? Should Sharon leave? And if she does… who would you like to see replace her?