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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: 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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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

AGT Season 7 Wildcard Performances: A Night of Incredible Talent

This was a great night. Really, I wouldn’t mind having this whole group (minus one act…) be the semi-finalists. I think it was Howard who said it is amazing that the people who performed tonight were the ones that got cut! It’s going to be hard for me to decide who I think is going to stay and who is going to go — it really is going to depend on who’s calling in. With that, if there was an act you loved, make sure you call in and vote! There were a lot of great performances, and unfortunately, some of the stellar ones will be going home. Be sure to vote for your favorites in our poll. Here’s my thoughts from tonight:

Howard’s Pics:

Ben Blaque: I disappointed that he didn’t get through before now, because I feel like his acts are always daring, and different every time. It was another great act tonight, but unfortunately, a bit slow for some reason. He did deliver, however, and pulled off his stunt successfully. The judges and audience seemed to like him, but I wasn’t as impressed tonight as usual. I’m split on whether or not I think he’ll go through.

Spencer Horsman: Escapes are always exciting, and he definitely outdid his last performance (but really, was that hard to do?)  I knew he was going to get out in the end, but my breath was definitely being held until I saw him emerge from the tank. He outdid himself tonight, and I’m glad he had a chance to come back and redeem himself.

Todd Oliver and Irving: I wasn’t super impressed last time. His jokes really didn’t make me laugh. Right of the bat though, it was apparent that he took Howard’s advice to make it topical and relateable to the audience, and I think he hit it right on the head. The jokes had the audience laughing, and I was laughing out loud. His first joke was a zinger, and it continued on from there. He is probably my top pick. We’ve had ventriloquism, but this is different than what we’ve seen in the past. LOVED IT. If he doesn’t get through, I will be very disappointed. You could tell he was so excited about the response he got from the audience and judges.

Horse: Why did Howard bring this back? I hate this act, and I don’t think it’s worth 1 million dollars. Who in their right mind would ever pay for this act? I couldn’t hardly stand to watch it — if it wasn’t my responsiblity to watch it, I would have changed the channel. What shocked me even more was how much the judges loved it. For a show that is supposedly “family friendly”, this was far from it. Maybe I’m just old fashioned and lame, but I really, really hate this act (I can hardly stand to even call it that). Please America, don’t vote him through and let the more talented people through.

Sharon’s Pics

All That!: I’ll admit, I loved the projection behind them. I thought it was pretty cool. However, this wasn’t my favorite act of the night. They did a great job, but on a night where there were quite a few incredible acts, they didn’t quite match up.

Bandbaz Brothers: It goes without saying that this act is incredible. I’m still trying to figure out how they did what they did, and wondering how they didn’t get through in the first place. It was breathtaking, and I hope they’ll go through so we can see what else they can do!

Jake Wesley Rogers: His downfall last night ws in the song choice, so I hoped he would pick a better song tonight. And I think he did. But even with the better song choice, I think he was among the bottom tonight. He definitely has a killer voice, but I’m not sure if he’s what America is looking for right now. Howie and Howard were right on with his comments. It’s just not his time to be the winner of a AGT. There was a bit of a disconnect between him and the audience, but there are some better acts going on in this competition, and tonight especially.

Lindsey Norton: Originally, I really liked Lindsey. But, plain and simple, I’d be very surprised if she went through. On a night of thrill, danger, and excitement, her act fell short. That’s not to say she did a bad job. Because she didn’t. On the contrary, she did an amazing job. She is very graceful, and has so much talent. But much like All That!, it wasn’t super memorable, especially compared to other acts from tonight. The good news is, she is young, and I do think she has a good career ahead of her. It’s just not her time to shine.

Howie’s Pic

Andrew De Leon: Okay, here’s the thing. He has an incredible voice. His story is pretty neat. I, myself, was quite shocked when he stumbled in Las Vegas, costing him a trip to the Top 48. And tonight he once again showed that a strong, powerful voice he has. But I just don’t think he should go through, and I know I’m likely in the minority thinking that. There was just something about his performance that I didn’t really like. Maybe it was the song, maybe it was his outfit, I have no clue. He seemed to get a great response from everyone though, so I won’t be terribly surprised if he gets through. Sharon seems to think he is going to win now.

Jarrett & Raja: First time they performed? Loved them. Last time? Very disappointing. How did I feel after tonight? They were back, and better than ever. It was very entertaining, and was quite mind blowing. I’m so glad that they really made their act better, and they definitely redeemed themselves. They could go through, but I think there were a few acts that might push them out of that top four.

Sebastian El Charro: It was entertaining. I thought his outfit didn’t really fit his song, but I guess that is kind of his trademark, so whatever. He has a very, very powerful voice. He defintitely showed that he is dynamic and can sing more than just Latin music. We do have a few children-singers in the competition, which may hurt him. For some reason, none of the “traditional acts” from tonight really stood out to me as memorable, just because of the high level of excitement some of the other acts have. We’ll see though.

Cristin Sandu:  I thought it was unfortunate that last time, his act kind of failed him, so I was very excited that Howie brought him back. fire was awesome, I was very nervous when the metal started to fall, and my heart dropped when he fell. Not only because there was fire. It was a great act, and I feel bad for him because he probably won’t go through, but it was exciting and if it was up to me, he’d be back, because i think he has a lot of potential. I think what Sharon said about how he escaped it all was really amazing.  I think that a lot of people will hold it against him that he fell this time, and the last, so I don’t think he’ll go through. But he definitely has done some amazing things during his time on AGT.

 

The Best of the Best:

Todd Oliver and Irving

Bandbaz Brothers

Andrew De Leon

Spencer Horsman

Not Sure of Their Fate

Jarrett and Raja

Ben Blaque

Sebastian El Charro

Lindsey Norton

All Good Things Must Come to an End:

Jake Wesley Rogers

Horse

Cristin Sandu

All That!

August 21, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is a journalism student at Brigham Young University in her senior year. She is originally from Littleton, Colorado, and hopes to move back there after graduation. Reality television is her favorite to watch, and has enjoyed writing about America's Got Talent and A Chance to Dance. She is a stay-at-home-mom who enjoys writing (especially blogs), cooking and sewing (while spending far too much time on Pinterest finding inspiration) and being outside with her husband and son.

AGT Final Top 48 Performances Commentary – 7/24/2012

I think that many of the best were saved for the last. There were quite of a few acts I really enjoyed, and I’m at a loss for who I think is absolutely staying. I guess it comes down to separating the really good acts, from the spectacular ones. I like to think that my predictions are usually pretty accurate, but tonight, I’m not so sure if I’ll be guessing the correct ones. With that, here’s my thoughts and power rankings on tonight’s performances:

David “The Bullet” Smith: This act was interesting in the auditions. Definitely dangerous. But I always have wondered, what more can he do? Sure he can fly through the air, but there’s only so much you can do with that. I felt like the cheerleaders were a little ridiculous, and the fireworks just were there to make the act seem cooler, but in the end, it was pretty much the same act we saw when he auditioned. I do not think he should go forward after tonight.  The cannon cam was pretty neat though.

All That!: They were cool, but not as good as some of the other dance acts, which, as we’ve been told time and time again, is the hardest category this year. I like the shirt colors. They looked like they were having a lot of fun up there though. I did enjoy them but we will see how they fare against some other acts tonight. It sounded like this was going to be a tough night to be performing in.

Ulysses:  I was shocked when he got through initially, and I’m going to be even more shocked if he gets through tonight. He’s a nice guy…but that’s not what this show is about. I think the triple X’s from the Judges says it all. And the dancers? It’s like they were trying to take away from his badness.

Joe Castillo, Sand Artist: What this man does is very powerful, and he does it with such zest.  I’ve been excited to see his performance tonight, and I wasn’t let down. I loved the images he created, and I feel like the possibilities are endless for his act. This act is something that should be appreciated, and I hope people who do appreciate it will take the time to call in and vote.

Eric & Olivia: An any other night of the Top 48, I think they would have had a good chance. However, tonight, the competition was tough, as I already mentioned. Olivia has a good voice, there is no denying that, but I really don’t think they will get through to the next round. Even though they were good, there were even better performances tonight that I think will push them out of the competiion.

Eric Dittelman: It blows my mind how he does this. My husband is convinced he has an ear piece in his ear, but I feel like they would have discovered that by now. Who knows. I love it though, and I’m curious to see what else he can do. It seems like it could be a bit repetitive after awhile, but I do like how he switched it up tonight with the mock “Deal or No Deal”. I’m not sure how he did it. It seemed more like he predicted the future though, rather than reading their minds. My friend suggested that maybe he gave the case to the most attractive girl, betting that Howie would pick her in the end. I really hope he goes through.

Horse: I’m sorry, but I hate this act. Ever since I first saw it, I was disgusted. I don’t think he deserved to even make it to the initial auditions. This isn’t a talent, no matter how much he, or the judges, want to believe it. Acts like this just get through to get a rise out of the audience, that I am sure. Maybe I’m missing something, but could someone please tell me what the allure of this act is?

Lindsey Norton: Here’s the thing — I really like her. I think she’s an excellent dancer. However, I’m not sure if I want her to go through. There are SO many dance acts in this competition, and quite a few seem similar to this. The audience seemed to love her though, and maybe what she does is different from everyone else. It was very beautiful, and she has a great presence about her.

Olate Dogs: Well, Britain’s Got Talent just had a dog act win, maybe AGT will too. I think this act is so much fun, and definitely sets it self apart from the other groups. I was watching the show with quite a few family members tonight, and everyone, from my nephew who is almost 2, to my grandparents, were loving it. I’d love to see something so different from the typical singing/musical act win this year, and I think the Olate Dogs could be major contenders in the competition.

Sebastien “El Charro de Oro”: There is sure an abundance of younger kids in the Top 48 this year, hasn’t there? I think this was one of my favorites though, probably because he’s so dang cute. I kind of felt like I was being serenaded in a Mexican restaurant, but that’s okay, because I love when that happens! He has a great voice. I thought the rose at the end was rather classy though. My grandma commented that this little boy sounded like a full grown man — I have to agree. He definitely has an old soul, as Howie said. Was he the best of the night? I don’t think so. But he was adorable!

Unity in Motion: I really, really loved these girls. I feel like dance fans will have difficulty voting between them and Lindsay Norton tonight. They are definitely one of the best dance acts in the competition, and I hope they go through.

William Close:  Another home run act for the night. I love the instruments and vocals that were added to the performance. It was just an over all awesome act. It’s so different from a typical musical instrument act, and he seems to do with it such class and precision. He got a standing ovation, from the audience and the judges. I imagine that it takes a lot of time and talent to play the earth harp. It seems like the judges have already deemed him the winner, what does everyone think?

Staying:

1. William Close

2. Joe Castillo

I could see any of these staying:

3. Eric Dittelman

4. Olate Dogs

5. Unity in Motion

6. Lindsey Norton

I think they are going home, but it could be a surprise: 

7. Sebastien

8. All That!

9. Eric and Olivia

10. David “The Bullet” Smith

Definitely Leaving: 

11. Horse

12. Ulysses

July 24, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is a journalism student at Brigham Young University in her senior year. She is originally from Littleton, Colorado, and hopes to move back there after graduation. Reality television is her favorite to watch, and has enjoyed writing about America's Got Talent and A Chance to Dance. She is a stay-at-home-mom who enjoys writing (especially blogs), cooking and sewing (while spending far too much time on Pinterest finding inspiration) and being outside with her husband and son.

America’s Got Talent Season 7: Fourth Quarterfinals Music List

David “The Bullet” Smith

All That
- Ram Jam: Black Betty Black Betty - The Very Best of Ram Jam

Ulysses Singer
- “American Bandstand Tune”

Joe Castillo

Sebastien “El Charro de Oro”

Eric Dittelman

William Close
- The Who: Love Reign O’er Me Love Reign O'er Me - Quadrophenia (Remastered)

Unity in Motion
- Requiem for a dream

Eric & Olivia
- Taio Cruz: Dynamite Dynamite - Rokstarr

Olate Dogs

Lindsey Norton

Horse

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America’s Got Talent 2012 Las Vegas Auditions Part 1

In case you missed or want to watch again some of the acts from the America’s Got Talent 2012 Las Vegas auditions, we’ve embedded them below. Over 100 acts went to AGT Las Vegas. Which ones were your favorites?

All Beef Patty
All Beef Patty brings her powerful voice and unique style to the Las Vegas stage.

All That!
All-male clogging group All That! brings their lightning-fast clogging to the AGT stage in Vegas.

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June 27, 2012 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Seven 7: Vegas Week

This week there are three days of America’s Got Talent at 8:00pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

At the top of Vegas Week the judges have separated the acts into two primary groups:
- Judges Favorites: are the acts that the judges believe have the best chance to succeed on the live shows
- Standbys: are the acts the judges are unsure about and will see them if there are slots available after the Judges Favorites have gone through

Anyone whose name is not found under the two groups mentioned above they would not perform in Vegas and would be going straight home that day. The catch is with that though is that some acts that do not have a chance to prove their worth at all while there will be some others that were given a free pass to the Live Shows in New York. The acts that we will definitely see in the Live Shows include:
- William Close: Earth Harp
- Olate Dogs: Dog Act
- David “the Bullet” Smith: Human Cannonball

While the Judges Favorites are performing the Standbys are required to sit in the audience and watch what happens. What I found to be interesting is that people are crumbling left and right. I am not used to seeing that for America’s Got Talent, but a major part of that could be how the show is being edited to evoke maximum drama within a one-hour show.

On Wednesday / Thursday I will post who made the Top 48 Acts (well now 45 since 3 acts got a free pass to New York) that are moving on to the Live Shows in New York, I will also attempt to breakdown who came from which group / category so we can see how they all panned out.
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June 26, 2012 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 2012 Week 3 Videos

In case you missed or want to watch again some of the acts from week 3 of America’s Got Talent 2012, we’ve embedded them below. Which ones were your favorites on last night’s show?

Alesya Gulevich the Hula-Hoop Artist
Alesya Gulevich spins 25 hula-hoops around her body at once.

All That
All That is an all-male clogging crew from South Carolina who brings the crowd to its feet.

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May 29, 2012 I Written By