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A Vegas Venue, a Seattle Church, and the Royal Variety Performance – AGT Alumni Update

We may be trucking through the off-season, but there’s been lots of news in AGT Land so far this month!

First and foremost, America’s Got Talent Live in Las Vegas was a huge success! There were some great throwbacks to the summer show as well as some new material from Darci Lynne Farmer, Angelica Hale, Preacher Lawson, and Light Balance, including a few collaborative performances! (Photo credit to Angelica Hale on Instagram.)

Her run is Vegas may be over (for now!) but Darci Lynne isn’t slowing down – she recently announced a series of shows in her hometown of Oklahoma City. Darci Lynne: Homecoming will be onstage at The Criterion on December 16-17 2017, and tickets are selling fast!

Seattle-area AGT fans have an upcoming treat of their own. Gold Creek Community Church’s annual Gold Creek Christmas show has a special twist this year: several Season 12 contestants will be performing, including singers Evie Clair, Kechi, and Christian Guardino, dancer Merrick Hanna, and dog act Patrick & Ginger! There are three performances scheduled over December 15-16, and tickets can be purchased here.

In other Season 12 alumni news, last week Colin Cloud announced his involvement in this year’s Royal Variety Performance. If you’re unfamiliar with the tradition check out the link, but the show is an annual tradition in Britain and is known for featuring a, well, variety of different performers from comedians to sideshow acts to West End stage show casts. (So basically everything we hope to see in the AGT live shows instead of an abundance of karaoke-style pop singers.) And just to give you an idea how prestigious the RVP is, a performance slot is the grand prize for AGT‘s own sister program Britain’s Got Talent. This year’s winner and representative is musician Tokio Myers, and in addition to all of the BGT champs some other alumni from AGT have participated in previous year’s performances.

The 2017 RVP is set to tape later this month and will be televised in Britain and other Commonwealth nations in December and January, but those living in America and other countries will more than likely be able to catch clips of the performances when they are inevitably uploaded to YouTube. And since I’m expanding this blog to cover BGT in the spring (and need some filler content between now and then :P) I’m planning to review the show here on Pure AGT next month! (Photo credit to Colin Cloud on Instagram.)

Finally, I’ve mostly refrained from posting about this since one of our sister sites pretty much has it covered, but AGT Season 5 alumnus Lindsey Stirling not only recently released a brand new Chirstmas album entitled Warmer in the Winter, she was officially announced as a Dancing With the Stars finalist earlier this week! The two-night Finale airs on ABC Monday November 20 at 8/7c and Tuesday November 21 at I believe 9/8c. (And I believe Lindsey also has a new music video coming out on her YouTube channel very soon!) You can check out one of her dances from this past episode below, and I’ll see you again soon with more AGT updates.

November 16, 2017 I Written By

I'm obssessed with the entertainment industry, especially offbeat and nerdy things as well as those that involve live performance. The only thing I love more than geeking out over the things that entertain me is sharing in my excitement with others who share the same passions. America may have talent, but Canada has an up-and-coming blogger who is ready to take the internet by storm!

AGT Alumni Updates and Should You Read Mandy Harvey’s “Sensing the Rhythm”?

Big week for AGT alumni! This coming Friday, November 3, Season 11 Champion Grace VanderWaal‘s debut album, Just the Beginning, will be released, as well as her new accessory line with Charming Charlie. (Photo from Just Jared Jr.)

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Amercia’s Got Talent: Live!” featuring Season 12 fan favorites Darci Lynne Farmer, Angelica Hale, Light Balance, and Preacher Lawson is happening in Las Vegas this weekend. The two initially planned performances sold out so quickly they added two or three more, and then those went fast as well, so they should get a good turnout. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending (though I did get to see Season 11’s Tape Face do his thing up here in Canada this past Saturday) but I’ll be sure to update with a roundup of social media, pictures, and any other fun stuff from the event next week! (Photo from Darci’s Twitter).

Lastly, I’ve been meaning to cover Mandy Harvey’s book Sensing the Rhythm, which was released about a month ago and is currently available in bookstores and online.

Sensing the Rhythm mostly covers Mandy’s life from around the time she lost her hearing to the present as of when the book was being written (a little less than a year ago from when I’m posting this in October 2017) though there are a few stories from her high school days and before peppered in. The book has an easy-to-follow, feel-good format with each chapter starting with an anecdote from Mandy’s life, followed by the lesson(s) she learned from the experience and advice to readers who may be facing similar challenges and does a great job at translating these takeaways to other situations people may be dealing with.  So while the stories mostly focus on her hearing loss and music career, the book overall is about overcoming adversity, and that’s a challenge virtually everyone in the world faces at one point or another.

Since the book was finished before her season of AGT began, there isn’t any juicy behind-the-scenes dirt on her experience competing on the show. However, we do get some interesting and insightful background information on her family and love life (SPOILERS: she’s married, so sorry to crush the dreams of all the people who ship her with certain other AGT contestants :P). These sections of the book are the most personal and raw of all; I was surprised she even opted to discuss some of the things she did, though I think they probably helped paint a more authentic picture of Mandy as a person, and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Mandy on AGT or are just curious to know more about how she was able to continue composing and performing music after losing her hearing.

That’s about it for now. I’ll be back next week with some AGT Vegas show coverage, so see you then! 😀

October 30, 2017 I Written By

I'm obssessed with the entertainment industry, especially offbeat and nerdy things as well as those that involve live performance. The only thing I love more than geeking out over the things that entertain me is sharing in my excitement with others who share the same passions. America may have talent, but Canada has an up-and-coming blogger who is ready to take the internet by storm!

America’s Got Talent 2010 Tour Dates and Locations

As you’ve probably heard on the show, the winner of America’s Got Talent will be going on a tour of the US. In the past, the winner has usually taken along a couple of the other finalists to perform with them. Plus, I’m amazed at the list of tour locations that they’re going to be performing. I’m from Las Vegas myself and The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is one of the nicest theaters in Las Vegas. It’s where Celine Dion performs. Seriously, that’s Big TIME!

Ok, enough of that chatter. You can see the full list of tour locations below or head straight over to ticketmaster to buy your tickets now.

October 1, 2010 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 2, 2010 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 3, 2010 – Fresno, CA – William Saroyan Theatre Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 6, 2010 – Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 7, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 8, 2010 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 9, 2010 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theatre – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 13, 2010 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 15, 2010 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland by AMC – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 16, 2010 – Minneapolis, MN – Northrop Auditorium – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 17, 2010 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 20, 2010 – Chicago, IL – Rosemont Theatre – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 21, 2010 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 22, 2010 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 23, 2010 – Columbus, OH – Veterans Memorial Auditorium – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 24, 2010 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 27, 2010 – New York City, NY – Beacon Theatre – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 28, 2010 – Richmond, VA – Landmark Theater – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 29, 2010 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
October 30, 2010 – Atlantic City, NJ – Trump Taj Mahal – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
November 3, 2010 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
November 4, 2010 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
November 5, 2010 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
November 6, 2010 – Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster
November 7, 2010 – Orlando, FL – Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre – Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster

You can also find the America’s Got Talent 2010 tour on Facebook and Twitter.

July 28, 2010 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 2009 Las Vegas Show – Planet Hollywood Casino

I’m incredibly excited that tickets for the America’s Got Talent 2009 Las Vegas show are on sale now. The show is going to be at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and I absolutely love that venue. I’ve been to a couple shows there and it’s a great time.

The biggest surprise is that last season’s America’s Got Talent winner only got 1 show in Las Vegas. This year’s AGT winner has 60 Las Vegas shows listed on ticketmaster. The America’s Got Talent Las Vegas shows start on 10/7/09 and run through 12/13/09. That’s a nice little run in Las Vegas.

Here are the details of the AGT Las Vegas show:
America’s Got Talent 2009 Live – Purchase Tickets
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Oct 7, 2009 – Dec 13, 2009

US $63.95 – US $103.95

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