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

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

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: Music List

Since there are three nights in Vegas I will put all the music onto the same post and update it as each day goes by:

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close Feel So Close - Now That's What I Call Music, Vol. 42
Jessie J – Who You Are Who You Are - Who You Are (Platinum Edition)
Flo Rida – Good Feeling Good Feeling - Now That's What I Call Music, Vol. 42

Music Sung by Female Vocalists:
Leona Lewis – Footprints In The Sand Footprints In the Sand - Spirit (Deluxe Version)
Amy Winehouse – Valerie Valerie - Back to Black: B-Sides
Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues Folsom Prison Blues (Live) - The Essential Johnny Cash
Martina Mcbride – Do It Anyway Anyway - Anyway - Single
Jewel – You Were Meant For Me You Were Meant for Me - Pieces of You
Sheryl Crow – If It Makes You Happy If It Makes You Happy - The Very Best of Sheryl Crow (Digital Version)
Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want You Can't Always Get What You Want - Let It Bleed

Music used by Dance Groups:
Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On Get Ur Freak On (LP Version) - Miss E...So Addictive
Avant – Graduated Graduated - The Letter
Mims – Move If You Wanna Move (If You Wanna) - Move (If You Wanna) - Single
Far East Movement – So What? So What? - Free Wired

Music used in Novelty:
Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats Before He Cheats - Some Hearts
Michael Buble – Feeling Good Feeling Good - It's Time
Pilot – Oh Ho Ho It’s Magic Magic - From the Album of the Same Name or Selena Gomez – Magic Magic - Radio Disney Jams 12

Music Sung by Classical Vocalists:
Il Volo – O Sole Mio 'O sole mio - Il volo
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto – La donna e mobile (here is the “Three Tenors” versions )
Rachmaninoff Op. 21 No. 7 – Zdes Khorosho (How fair is this spot) 12 Songs, Op. 21 (Excerpts): No. 7 - Zdes' Khorosho [How Fair This Spot] - Rachmaninov: Songs

Music sung by the Vocal Groups
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World What a Wonderful World (Single Version) - Louis Armstrong's All-Time Greatest Hits
Ray Charles – Let The Good Times Roll Let the Good Times Roll - Ray Sings, Basie Swings
The Ronettes – Be My Baby Be My Baby - Be My Baby: The Very Best of The Ronettes

Music used by Youth Acts
The Jackson 5 – Blame It On The Boogie Blame It On the Boogie - Destiny
Gloria Estefan – Turn The Beat Around Turn the Beat Around - Greatest Hits Vol. II
David Guetta – Without You Without You (feat. Usher) - Nothing But the Beat

Music sung by Male Vocalists
Johnny Rivers – Secret Agent Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers: Greatest Hits
Tom Petty – Free Falling Free Fallin' - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris Iris - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - The Singles
George Strait – The Chair The Chair - 50 Number Ones
Paul McCartney – Maybe I’m Amazed Maybe I'm Amazed - Wingspan: Hits and History

Music played during Eliminations
Ludwig van Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor Op.27/2 - 1st Movement 'Moonlight - Classical Moods - 100 Top Classical Favorites of All Time
Jordin Sparks – No Parade No Parade - Battlefield (Deluxe Version)
Coldplay – Fix You Fix You - X & Y

Music sung by the Vocal Groups
Young The Giant – Cough Syrup Cough Syrup - Young the Giant
Christina Aguilera – Fighter Fighter - Stripped
Frank Sinatra – New York, New York Theme from New York, New York - Nothing But the Best - The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered)
Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes Blue Suede Shoes - The Dance Album or the Elvis Presley version Blue Suede Shoes - The Essential Elvis Presley (Remastered)
Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - The Essential Bob Dylan or the Elvis Presley version Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Walk a Mile In My Shoes: The Essential '70s Masters

Music used by the Youth Acts
James Brown – Get up offa that thing Get Up Offa That Thing - Golden Legends: James Brown Live
Adele – Turning Tables Turning Tables - 21

Music used by the Aerialists/Acrobatics Acts
Lady GaGa – Marry The Night Marry the Night - Born This Way (Bonus Track Version)

Music used in the Dance Groups
The Isley Brothers – Who’s That Lady Who's That Lady - It's Your Thing: The Story of the Isley Brothers
The Turtles – Happy Together Happy Together - Happy Together
Martha & the Vandellas – Dancing in the Streets Dancing In the Streets - Doo Wop Golden Oldies Vol 1

Music used in the Novelty Acts
Elvis Presley – Rubberneckin Rubberneckin' - Elvis At the Movies (Remastered)
Lady GaGa – Bad Romance Bad Romance - The Fame Monster (Deluxe Version)
Scott Joplin – The Entertainer The Entertainer - The Entertainer
Frank Sinatra – New York, New York Theme from New York, New York - Nothing But the Best - The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered)

Music used by the Dancers
Chris Brown – Yeah 3X Yeah 3X - Yeah 3X - Single
Chris Brown – I Can Transform Ya I Can Transform Ya (feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz) - I Can Transform Ya (feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz) - Single
Lil Wayne – I Am Not A Human Being Right Above It - I Am Not a Human Being

Music played during Eliminations
Leona Lewis – Alive Alive - Echo (Deluxe Version)
Coldplay – Fix You Fix You - X & Y
Christina Aguilera – Lift Me Up Lift Me Up - Bionic (Deluxe Version)
R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly I Believe I Can Fly - The R. In R&B Collection, Vol. 1

June 26, 2012 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Season 7: Last Chance Auditions Music List

Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night Ladies Night - Funk Essentials: Kool & The Gang - The 12

Tag Team – Whoomp There It Is Whoomp! (There It Is) [Radio Edit] - Whoomp! There It Is - EP

Hot Chocolate – Everyone’s a Winner Everyone's a Winner - Pop Masters: It Started With a Kiss

Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A. Party In the U.S.A. - Party In the U.S.A. - Single

Chris Brown – Beautiful People Beautiful People (feat. Benny Benassi) [Main Version] - F.A.M.E.

Adele – Rolling in the Deep Rolling in the Deep - 21

Carpenters – Superstar Superstar - Carpenters

Buck Owens – My Heart Skips a Beat My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection

Huey Lewis And The News – Hip To Be Square Hip to Be Square - Huey Lewis & The News: Greatest Hits

Nicki Minaj – Moment 4 Life Moment 4 Life - Pink Friday (Deluxe Version)

Dev – Dancing In The Dark In the Dark (Dancing in the Dark) - In The Dark (Tribute Dev) - Single

Salt N Pepa – Whatta Man Whatta Man (Salt-N-Pepa Featuring en Vogue) - The Very Best of en Vogue

Sara Bareilles – Gravity Gravity - Little Voice

Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want You Can't Always Get What You Want - Let It Bleed

June 19, 2012 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Season 7: Tampa Bay Auditions Music List

Bill Withers – Lovely Day Lovely Day - Menagerie
Jennifer Lopez – On the Floor On the Floor (CCW Radio Mix) - On the Floor (Remixes) [feat. Pitbull]
Enrique Iglesias – I Like It I Like It (feat. Pitbull) - Euphoria (Deluxe Edition)
Carly Rae Jepsen: Call Me Maybe Call Me Maybe - Call Me Maybe - Single
Luther Vandross – So Amazing So Amazing - Luther Vandross: Greatest Hits
Diana Ross – You Can’t Hurry Love You Can't Hurry Love - Diana Ross & The Supremes: Anthology
Drunken Sailor Lyrics by Great Big Sea Drunken Sailor - Great Big Sea
Bobby Darin – Talk to the Animals Talk to the Animals - If I Were a Carpenter
Jim Jamison – Baywatch Theme (I’m Always Ready) I'm Always Ready - Ripe!!!
Fred Astaire – Puttin On The Ritz Puttin' On The Ritz - The Irving Berlin Songbook
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful What Makes You Beautiful - Up All Night (Deluxe Version)
Tom Waits – Young At Heart Young At Heart - Orphans
Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher - Higher and Higher
Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got The World On A String I've Got the World On a String - Sinatra: Best of the Best

June 18, 2012 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 5: Wildcard Music

If you happen to know any of the missing music please let me know.


Kruti Dance Academy – Sivaji (The Boss): Suraj Hai Chanda Hai

Rudi Macaggi –

RNG – Lil Jon and LMFAO: Outta Your Mind Outta

Harmonica Pierre – Lady Gaga: Alejandro Alejandro

Michael Grasso –

Hot Shot Tap Dancers – Black Eyed Peas: Rockin to Beat Rockin'

Connor Doran – Westlife: You Raise Me Up You

Anna & Patryk – Sergio Mendes feat. Black Eyed Peas: Mas Que Nada Mas

Michael & Ashleigh – Rihanna: Rude Boy Rude

SwingShift SideShow –


LeAnn Rimes: Swingin’ Swingin'

August 22, 2010 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 5: Fourth Quarterfinal Group Music

Da Maniacs
– Blues Brothers: Soul Man Soul
– MC Hammer: U Can’t Touch This U

NU Covenant
– One Republic: Apologize Apologize

Anna & Patryk
– Christina Aguilera: Candyman Candyman

Lindsey Stirling
– Taio Cruz: Break Your Heart Break
– Kesha: TiK ToK Tik

Taylor Matthews
– The Script: The Man Who Can’t Be Moved The

– Ozzy Osbourne: Iron Man Iron

Prince Poppycock
– Ruggero Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba I

Strikers All Stars
– Bell Biv DeVoe: Poison Poison

August 4, 2010 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 5: The Results (Second Group)

Sorry for the tardiness… but better late than never, eh?

Anyway… since we already know who the four that were chosen were:
– Alice Tan Ridley
– Michael Grimm
– AscenDance
– Antonio Restivo
Which oddly enough is the same four as dictated by our un-scientific poll

The only addition is any music on the show:

Cirque du Soliel’s “Ka”

Train: Hey Soul Sister Hey,

America’s Choice
Group 1:
– Mona Sampath Dance Company
– AscenDance
– Ronith

Group 2:
– Cheer SF
– Iron Horse
– Alice Tan Ridley

Group 3:
– Michael Grimm
– Lil Chris
– The Strong Man

Judges Choice
Group 4
– Wreckless
– Antonio Restivo
– Hannibal Means

July 23, 2010 I Written By

Some Very Unhappy America’s Got Talent Viewers

Every season there’s always a number of viewers of America’s Got Talent that are angry that their favorite contestant was sent home in Las Vegas. This is normal. When you become a fan of someone and then you don’t get to see them anymore it’s a sad thing. However, this season it seems that America’s Got Talent may have gone too far. The comments I’m getting are streaming in with people that are more than just sad fans, but with viewers that are extremely upset over the choices.

Here’s a sample of the comments people have sent me (plus check out the ones I posted previously):

From Britton…
I have no contact or relations with anyone involved in this show. I am offended about the people tha. Went through to LA and the people that were left out! 2 come to mind that went through: the wailing banshee on the piano and the hand whistler???? Come on Vegas acts?!?! You sent the indoor kite flying kid home before theses “acts”? I will never watch this show again! You have ruined this show and it no longer will be on my tv. Good job guys! I liked this show too! Farewell!

From Hunter…
This season is the worst by far! The judges pick groups based on “talent” when the reality is, there is none! When they send a group of no good air band players and the woman with the red hair who cannot sing or play the piano there is something wrong! They send through the people who have NO talent and send home the ones that DO! You have lost a viewer America’s Got Talent. Its disappointing that such a great show has such terrible judges.

From Emy…
We are very disappointed with the selections this year & may give up on watching. You are passing up real talent for…..I don’t know what. Old ladies that are NOT entertaining. The last straw was the magicians. The ones you sent home should have stayed. The ones going to HW are…..not entertaining. Then tonight you broke our hearts by sending the homeless veterans home. OH…I the little guy with the huge voice but you kept the guy in all the robes. I think someone besides the judges is making the decisions believing they will help the ratings. They are wrong…you are losing us. Losing us even though there is nothing else to watch. Guess we’ll go for a walk. Tell the guys in charge to leave the judges alone. and quit putting the acts in categories’. If there’s 12 great dance acts then fine. That’s better than watching 3 great acts & 5 ridiculous ones. I know you’ve done that every year, but it seems to be worse this year. Believe it or not, I’m a very positive person…..but you’re giving me a headache.

Plenty more where this came from I’m sure. Just so it’s clear. I’m just a fan of the show like you. I’m as disappointed as most of you. It’s utterly shameful that they put “the wailing banshee on the piano” through to LA. I’m blaming Howie. Maybe we do want the Hoff back (j/k).

This said, I’m not boycotting the show, because there are still some incredible acts that are on the show. I’ll be watching those acts and no doubt America will have its revenge when we vote her off. If we don’t, then I’ll have lost all faith in America. Thankfully I’m not too concerned with this. Plus, we can all band together and turn off our TV sets when “the wailing banshee on the piano” hits the stage. I’d say hit mute, but…well you get the point.

Let’s hope the producers are listening. Can America vote someone out of Hollywood before she even performs?

July 7, 2010 I Written By

Reactions to America’s Got Talent Las Vegas Week

I’ve been getting a lot of messages from people about last night’s America’s Got Talent Las Vegas week decisions. I think that’s a very good sign for the show. If it’s completely quiet, then that means that people don’t care. Here’s some of the comments I was sent…

From Betty & Jerry…
Judges made mistakes tonight 2 people were sent to hollywood and should have been sent home 1. the woman who yodles 2. the guy who pretends he’s a magician We would be ticked if we paid money and this is the talent we got. Neither of these people even warrant $5.00 ticket. YOU SENT THE YOUNG FELLOW FROM PUERTO RICO HOME. Big time mistake. THIS GUY HAS TALENT AND HIS VOICE WARANTS THE GOING VEGAS SHOW RATE. Not much you can do about the 2 disasters you sent through BUT YOU CAN CALL THE PUERTO RICO SINGER BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are retired professionals living about 6-7 months a year in our Huntington Beach CA home. Caesars Palace was a client during my professional career interfacing with top management in Century City. Both Hollywood and Vegas entertainment has been and continues to be a big part of our lives – it brings lots of enjoyment. VEGAS IS GENERALLY OUR CHOICE CITY FOR NEW YEARS. BRING THE YOUNG MAN TO HOLLYWOOD.

I agree about the yodle lady being a mess and I have no clue why she went through. They definitely took the wrong magician too. I’ll write a post about this later. What a travesty indeed! Same with the Puerto Rican singer. He was far from perfect, but better than that other freak show guy. Ugh!

From Sylvia…
I can’t believe they sent the kite flyer home and kept the Old Painted Lady that cannot sing. That is just a miscarriage of there judging abilities and almost makes me want to quick watching the show. There were so many acts that were 100 times better than she was and it makes no sense why they kept her. This is suppose to be a talent show. She did not even stay within the 90 seconds which they said was something that is an automatic disqualification. What are they thinking?????????

The “Old Painted Lady” I LOVE IT!! I’m not sure how much control the judges had versus the producers. I can’t help but wonder if they didn’t just do it for the effect. No doubt she won’t make it through the audience voting. She’s awful. The only good part to her act was when she was “hitting” on Nick and seeing his reaction.

From Rin…
Tonight they showed the elimination round for the 48 spots. The judges eliminated a young singer, I believe his last name was Aponti that had a beautiful voice. They put thru the woman with wild red hair and horrendous make up. She also sang and banged on a piano. They shattered this young mans dreams and put this crazy person thru. Why in the hell do they do this. It is so unfair and not funny at all. I hope more people complain about this because as they are always saying, “IT IS ABOUT TALENT’ then they go and do something stupid like tonight. Please fix this. make this show what it is supposed to be. I am so angry with all of the judges.

As you can see from this post, you’re not alone. Carlos Aponte is his name and I wouldn’t be too concerned about him. Not making the show might be the best thing that happened to him. Then, he’s not under their contract. It’s just unfortunate since I would have much rather seen him perform on the show than a number of other acts.

From Matthew…
Americas got talents will never be watched again withing my house hold. Due to the shame shameful choices to the finals of the entire episode in Vegas 2010. Dont know who two britsh twits thinks they are they dont know talent and select there nazi friends over AMERICAN talent. And for Howie is a shame your no longer a canadian with taste, talent, humor.

Ok, let’s not bring race/ethnicity/nationality into this. It’s just not a factor (or at least one worth discussing). Plus, let’s not have the judges take the full brunt of the blow. I’m sure the producers are involved as well. Also, every year there’s a group of people that say they’re done watching this show based on their decisions. I don’t think that will ever change. It’s an impossible job which is guaranteed to make people angry. Yet, it still leads the summer ratings and people still watch it since the talent that does make it is fun to watch.

From Elena…
about 5 or 6 acts that are not suppose to make it to Hollywood…the man in black suit…the comedian, he is not funny at all…next is the lady that plays the piano and can not sing…the other was the hand singing old lady…she might have a heart attack on stage…the magician…funny but not worth of my money to watch him in Vegas…the girl black girl that looks like Rihanna…can really sing and the best singer out of all the singers there…i can not believe she did not make it…come on judges…wake up already…you are putting in the people that we do not want to see…if this is how u pick…i will never watch that show again…

Hmmm…an old lady having a heart attack on a live show. I wonder what that would do for ratings. I agree with you about the Rhianna look alike. She was a good singer and should have been put through. Although, I think the guy singers have it this year and not the girls. Although, the singing sisters are still my favorite. They better make it or else.

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America’s Got Talent Las Vegas Set Video

I was really lucky to get the chance to be at the Live taping of the America’s Got Talent Las Vegas auditions. Of course, they swore me to secrecy, but shortly I’ll be able to reveal various things that I saw and heard at the auditions. I just wish I could have gone to more of it.

That said, I did get this short video of the America’s Got Talent Las Vegas set that I thought readers of this site would enjoy. No spoilers in this video. I don’t want to get in trouble and I want to be able to go in the future. However, it will give you a feel for what it looks like.

Plus, the place that I shot the video was actually where the family of the acts would sit and watch their family members perform. They were sworn to silence during the taping (as was I), but you could see the emotions on the families faces and in their reactions. I’ll tell more about this once you see some of the AGT Las Vegas acts. Enjoy the video:

July 6, 2010 I Written By