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My Review of America’s Got Talent Semis – Next 5 in Top 20

I posted the videos from AGT Semis part 2 and all the music from AGT semis part 2.

Tonight they announced which 5 of these 10 AGT semifinalists will be going on to the AGT top 20. To me the only real shocker is the Zooperstars. I was also sad to see Jonathan Arons in the bottom 5, but other than Zooperstars I don’t see an act that he should replace. See below for my full review of the AGT top 40 acts.

5 Acts Going to the AGT Top 20
Queen Emily – She’s the queen. I think we all realized that she’d make the AGT top 20. A wonderful talent, a wonderful stage presence and a wonderful story. She’s just wonderful.
Paul Salos – I must admit that I’m not a huge Frank Sinatra guy, but this guy seems to do him pretty well. Maybe someone who knows Sinatra better than I should judge.
Wright Kids – There’s something nice, unique and innocently wonderful about this act. I think bluegrass music will be better for them, but let’s hope they choose some of the more modern bluegrass music that will be more popular with America.
Daniel Jens – I wonder how long he can last as a military man. He has a nice voice with moments of pure greatness, but also has moments where you just wonder if he should really be on the show.
Zooperstars – I always knew that the Hoff and Sharon Osborne were delusional, but there is just something deeply wrong about putting this act through over BBDC. It’s not even really a competition when you consider which one has more talent. It’s not even close and I feel very bad for BBDC. Piers was dead on with his decision. Too bad Sharon and the Hoff really screwed it up for BBDC.

5 Acts Getting Sent Home
Jonathan Arons – I can see why America didn’t keep him on the show, but he was very entertaining. The guy also has guts to go on AGT with a trombone. Probably the first and last one to do that and actually get compliments from the judges.
Beyond Belief Dance Company – Very unfortunate that we’re not going to see them again, but yet we’ll have to see Zooperstars do more or less the same routine again that we’ve already seen. What a pity. Sharon and the Hoff are fools and I’m sure they’ll later regret this decision.
Kazual – I hope the guy in this group that is a great lead will come back next year as a soloist and really knock it out of there. His voice was really great, but the group as a whole was just so so.
Slippery Kittens – Not my thing. Glad their gone. I did find it unique that such a riska act came from Salt Lake City. I think you can quickly say…not a mormon.
George the Giant – I liked a couple things he did in the beginning, but his performance in the end deserved to be sent home.

Check out the video of the actual announcement:

Most of these seemed really obvious except for Zooperstars and that was just Sharon and Hoff trying to make good television?

September 3, 2008 I Written By

Songs from America’s Got Talent Semifinals – Part 2

The second episode of the live performance semifinals was broadcast from Los Angeles, California on August 27, 2008. Below you’ll find a list of all the music that was performed on the live America’s Got Talent performance of these 10 contestants and their previous performances on America’s Got Talent.

If you’re looking for the video of their performances, you can find it here. Otherwise, you can look through America’s Got Talent music.

Acts that performed include:

* Beyond Belief Dance Company
o General: 22 member dance troupe from Mesquite, Texas.
o Preliminaries, Week 3: Danced to “Fashionista” Jimmy James - Jamestown - Fashionista. Morgan disliked the group’s outfits and makeup, but loved their performance.
o Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Danced to “Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna. Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Don't Stop the Music
o Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through
o Semifinals (Part 2): Performed to “When I Grow Up” by the Pussycat Dolls The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up - Single - When I Grow Up

* Paul Salos
o General: Frank Sinatra style singer/performer
o Preliminaries, Week 3: Sang “Fly Me to the Moon” Frank Sinatra - Nothing But the Best - The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered) - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
o Las Vegas Callbacks: Performance was not shown. Passed through
o Semifinals (Part 2): Sang “My Way” Frank Sinatra - Nothing But the Best - The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered) - My Way

* Kazual
o General: A cappella barbershop quartet style group
o Preliminaries, Week 7: Passed through
o Las Vegas Callbacks: Performance was not shown. Passed through
o Semifinals (Part 2): Sang “Can You Feel It” by The Jackson 5 The Jacksons - The Essential Jacksons - Can You Feel It. They were heavily criticized that, besides the main lead singer, the others did not have solo quality voices and the group should stick to the other three backing up and harmonizing with the lead singer.

* Zooperstars
o General: Oversized animal mascot versions of various sports celebrities, already a popular act at various minor league baseball games and other sporting events.
o Preliminaries, Week 5: Performed to “Tootsee Roll”. 69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll - EP - Tootsie Roll
o Las Vegas Callbacks: Performance was not shown. Passed through
o Semifinals (Part 2): Performed to “Macho Man” Village People - The Casablanca Records Story - Macho Man and “Y.M.C.A.” Village People - Disco Gold - Y.M.C.A. by The Village People, including having one of the members swallow a second performer into the costume.

* The Wright Kids
o General: Three children who played the guitar, mandolin and upright bass. Bluegrass group
o Preliminaries: Performance was not televised
o Las Vegas Callbacks: Only shown briefly in a montage. Passed through
o Semifinals (Part 2): Sang “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees The Monkees - The Best of the Monkees - Daydream Believer

* Jonathan Arons
o General: Trombonist and dancer
o Preliminaries, Week 1: Performed to “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer. Donna Summer - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer - Bad Girls
o Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performed to “Car Wash” by Rose Royce. Rose Royce - Pure Funk - Car Wash
o Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through[49]
o Semifinals (Part 2): Danced and performed to “Let’s Groove” Earth, Wind & Fire - Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits - Let's Groove and “September” Earth, Wind & Fire - Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits - September by Earth, Wind and Fire

* Daniel Jens
o General: Singer/guitarist who had just returned from active duty in Iraq.
o Preliminaries, Week 7: Performed “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain. Edwin McCain - Misguided Roses - I'll Be
o Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): sang Michael Buble’s “Home” Michael Bublé - It's Time - Home. Forgot his lyrics halfway through.
o Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through
o Semifinals (Part 2): Sang “Every Breath You Take” by The Police Every Breath You Take

* Slippery Kittens
o General: A group of high-energy burlesque strippers comprised of mothers.
o Preliminaries, Week 1: Passed through
o Las Vegas Callbacks: Performance was not shown. Passed through
o Semifinals (Part 2): Performed to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by The Andrews Sisters The Andrews Sisters - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

* Queen Emily
o General: Emily David, singer
o Preliminaries, Week 6: Sang “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin - The Best of Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools
o Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Sang “I’m Every Woman” by Whitney Houston. Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard (Original Soundtrack Album) - I'm Every Woman
o Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through
o Semifinals (Part 2): Sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross Diana Ross - Diana Ross: All the Great Hits - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

August 28, 2008 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Semis – August 27, 2008

Tonight’s America’s Got Talent Semis wasn’t nearly as captivating as last night’s America’s Got Talent semis. However, still quite entertaining to watch and one or two that should make it quite a ways. The following acts performed on this show: Beyond Belief Dance Company, Zooperstars, Jonathan Arons, Daniel Jens, Queen Emily, Paul Salos, Wright Kids, Kazual, Slippery Kittens, and George the Giant.

Here’s the video of their semi final acts:

**Click on the arrows on the side to skip to the next act.

Here’s a link to find all the videos of the America’s Got Talent semis.

Look for a full evaluation of tonight’s performances in the next couple days.

August 27, 2008 I Written By