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America’s Got Talent Season 8 – Live Shows: Week 1 & Week 2

LIVE SHOW MUSIC – Week 1
Anna Christine: Nina Simone – “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Stereo) - The Best of Nina Simone

tellAvision: Labrinth and Emeli Sandé – “Beneath Your Beautiful” Beneath Your Beautiful (feat. Emeli Sandé) - Beneath Your Beautiful (feat. Emeli Sandé) - Single

American Hitmen: Joe Cocker – “With a Little Help from My Friends” With a Little Help from My Friends - Joe Cocker: The Anthology

Fresh Faces: Icona Pop – “I Love It” I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) - Iconic - EP

Aaralyn and Izzy: Aaralyn and Izzy – “Steppin’ in Dog Poop”

KriStef Brothers: Bryan Adams – “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - The Best of Me

Hype: Jane Monheit and Michael Bublé – “I Won’t Dance” I Won't Dance - I Won't Dance from Taking a Chance On Love - Single

Branden James: Josh Groban – “You Raise Me Up” You Raise Me Up - Closer

LIVE SHOW MUSIC – Week 2
Ciana Pelekai: Emeli Sandé – “Next to Me” Next to Me - Our Version of Events

Alexandr Magala: Alex Clare – “Too Close” Too Close - The Lateness of the Hour

Struck Boyz: Flo Rida – “Club Can’t Handle Me” Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) [From / Justin Bieber – “Beauty and a Beat” Beauty and a Beat (feat. Nicki Minaj) - Believe (Deluxe Edition) / Usher – “Scream” Scream - Looking 4 Myself (Deluxe Version)

Kid the Wiz: Chris Brown – “Fine China” Fine China - Fine China - Single

Forte: West Side Story – “Somewhere” Somewhere (West Side Story) - At the Movies

Marty Brown: Shania Twain – “You’re Still the One” You're Still the One - Come on Over

The Aquanuts: Rihanna – “Diamonds” Diamonds - Diamonds - Single

Tone the Chiefrocca: Tone the Chiefrocca – “B-Double-O-T-Y”

July 31, 2013 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Season 7: Semifinal Music List (Round Two)

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”

September 9, 2012 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Season 7: Second Semifinals Top Three

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
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America’s Got Talent Season 7: First Semifinals Top Three

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:

Last week I posted a poll asking our reads whom their Top Ten acts were

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
2. Dittleman
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.
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August 30, 2012 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Season 7: Semifinal Music List

SEMIFINALS GROUP ONE
Andrew De Leon: Franz Schubert – Ave Maria Ave Maria - Piano (Franz Schubert) - Ave Maria - Piano (Franz Schubert)

Donovan & Rebecca: Angus and Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane Big Jet Plane - Down the Way (Bonus Track Version)

Edon: One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful What Makes You Beautiful - Up All Night (Deluxe Version)

Turf: Chris Brown – Yeah 3x Yeah 3X - Yeah 3X - Single

Bria Kelly: P!nk – Perfect F**kin' Perfect - F**kin' Perfect (Perfect) - Single

Joe Castillo: The Youngbloods – Get Together Get Together - The Best of the Youngbloods

William Close: Muse – Starlight Starlight - Black Holes and Revelations

Academy of Villains: Skrillex – Cinema and One Republic – Secrets Secrets - Waking Up (Deluxe Version)

August 29, 2012 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Season 7: Choose your Top 10

August 23, 2012 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Season 7: WildCard Auditions Top Four!

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.

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Ukraine’s Got Talent: Alexander Shtifanov – Juggling / Bartending

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
and
GeoDaSilva – I’ll Do You Like a Truck

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America’s Got Talent Season 7: YouTube & WildCard Music List

YOUTUBE AUDITIONS
Reverse Order: Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl I Kissed a Girl - One of the Boys
Rudy Coby: Devo – Puppet Boy Puppet Boy - Shout
7 in Unison: Peggy Lee – Fever Fever - The Best of Peggy Lee
Drew Erwin: Natalie Imbruglia – Torn Torn - Left of the Middle
Eric Buss: The Blue Danube The Blue Danube - Strictly Ballroom Series: Strictly Viennese Waltz
Romeo Dance Cheetah: The Darkness – I Believe in a Thing Called Love I Believe in a Thing Called Love - Permission to Land (Bonus Track)
The Magic of Puck: Pitbull, T-Pain, Sean Paul – Shake Senora Shake Senora (feat. T-Pain & Sean Paul) - Planet Pit (Deluxe Version)
Bria Kelly: Miranga Lambert – Gunpowder & Lead Gunpowder & Lead - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Cast in Bronze: Mykola Leontovych – Carol of the Bells Carol of the Bells - Joy to the World
Academy of Villians: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Bohemian Rhapsody - Classic Queen & Remy Ma – Whuteva Whuteva - Most Anticipated

WILDCARD AUDITIONS
All That!: Nuttin But Stringz – ThuNder Thunder - Struggle from the Subway to the Charts
Jake Wesley Rogers: Lady Gaga – The Edge of Glory The Edge of Glory - Born This Way (Bonus Track Version)
Sebastien “El Charro de Oro”: Frank Sinatra – New York New York Theme from New York, New York - Nothing But the Best - The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered)
Andrew De Leon: Il Divo – Regresa a mi or the Tony Braxton version Regresa a Mí (Unbreak My Heart) - Il Divo

August 22, 2012 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Season 7: YouTube Auditions Top Four!

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.

Since there is a Wild Card show coming up next week, tonight’s poll is going to be a little different:

August 15, 2012 I Written By