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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 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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Guaranteed America’s Got Talent Las Vegas 2011 Storylines

For those of you who are new to the America’s Got Talent franchise and maybe to reality TV in general, you have to remember that the producers are trying to produce a show. One way they do that is by producing storylines into the show. Last year for example, they made sure they had a number of harmonica players on the show. Of course, you knew they weren’t going to let that many harmonica players through to Las Vegas. However, it plays out well in Las Vegas to have 3 acts all doing harmonica and the judges choose which one is going to go through.

Maybe I’ve been writing about these shows for too long, but I’ve already seen a number of these storylines prepared for Las Vegas. Here’s some off the top of my head:

-The motorcycle trick brothers with the funky bikes that jumped over stuff and got close to their friend
-The motorcycle kids that drive around in the huge ball (a really old circus act that I remember first seeing as a kid at Circus Circus in Las Vegas and was amazed)
-The BMX bike guys who do tricks on the ramp

Kid Singers
This could really be done every season, but there are a number of kid singers that will compete this year. Some of these are likely to include PopLyfe, Anna Graceman, Dani Shay, etc.

Kid Wrappers/Dancers
Lil’ T Tanner, The Sh’Boss Boys and the other kid dance crew (can’t remember their names) fit this group.

Seems like there were a lot of jugglers this year. Frank Oliver, Charles Peachock and Frank Miles.

Then, of course, we’re going to have the standard adult singers, the dance crews, magicians, and then the variety acts which will always be on the show.

Watch for these storylines to play out. They’re guaranteed to happen to night and only one act per category (maybe 2 for the singers) above is likely to make it through.

Also, I must admit in my previous post about lack of stars, I did forget to mention the girl that sings with PopLyfe. She definitely has star quality as well. Although, don’t be surprised if she has to make the tough decision to go alone or with her friends. She’s definitely the star.

July 5, 2011 I Written By

2 Episodes of America’s Got Talent 2011 Tonight – Vegas Auditions Finally Here!

One episode of tonight’s America’s Got Talent is at 8/7c and another at 9/8c. In fact, my TV guide says it’s going to be 3 hours of America’s Got Talent tonight. I’m alright by that. For some reason the auditions for America’s Got Talent have gone on really long this time. So long that I can barely remember some of the first acts that auditioned. Once we see them in Las Vegas we’ll barely remember who they were. Either way, now we’ll get to see the real fun in Las Vegas.

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Prospects for AGT Las Vegas Week per Yaoi Huntress Earth

Well, we’ve all been really busy here at Pure America’s Got Talent and so we haven’t been able to provide the commentary that we usually offer. However, Yaoi Huntress Earth has provided commentary in the comments of this post on the various day 2 acts potential in Las Vegas. Here’s her write up:

As for Day 2’s passed acts…

Echo of Animal Gardens (Animal Trainer): It was nice, but wasn’t there another bird act earlier?
Vegas Week: She’s going to have to do more if she wants to go farther. The parrot singing alone isn’t going to cut it as a Vegas act.

Mrs. Smith (Performance Artist): Sorta reminds me of Mary Ellen except with some talent and is a lot less painful on the eyes. Not a bad guitarist.
Vegas Week: Unless she can expand what she does, I don’t see her going beyond that. I’ll be interested to see what Peirs thinks.

Saint Luke’s Bottle Band (Bottle Band): Fun just for how odd they are. I would like to see them take on some more contemporary stuff next time.
Vegas Week: Their novelty might get them into the Top 40, especially if they can do a variety of music.

Lys Agnes (Opera Singer): I normally have a problem with singer who could compete on any generic singing show appearing on this one, but I’ll admit she’s really good and very pretty (just love her hair).
Vegas Week: Unless she really screws up, she’s a shoe-in for the Top 40.

The Midget Dancer: As much as I like midgets, I wouldn’t have put her through.
Vegas Week: I predict Vegas Week will be where it ends.

Those Funny Little People (Variety Act): They remind me of the Zupper Stars. Cute in a creepy way for a little while, but then I wanted to see them do more. Though it was funny when they were tormenting Piers.
Vegas Week: It could go either way.

The Silhouettes (Dancers): That was beautiful and one of the best auditions I’ve seen this year.
Vegas Week: They’ll pass and if they do what they did last year with giving ten acts an automatic slot, I could see them getting it.

The Kinetic King: That was very unique and fun, but I wonder how he’d sustain a show or top that.
Vegas Week: About a 70% chance of going through.

June 13, 2011 I Written By

Let’s Stop the “Will This Act Work in Vegas?” Line

I think it’s lame that the judges mention that they need to carry on a show in Las Vegas. I think this is by design, but they need to stop it and find a new line. First of all, why should they hold the act to this standard. It’s not like they are really getting a headline show in Las Vegas if they win. I live in Las Vegas and I never saw Kevin Skinner’s name on any billboards or any headlines.

Plus, if this is the standard, then half of the top 48 wouldn’t be there. The might be extremely talented, but they don’t stand a chance of having a show in Las Vegas. Plus, the show wants to have a nice variety of talent. This stands in opposition to the idea of finding the best Las Vegas act. So, you can’t have it both ways.

I like in Britain’s Got Talent where they get to perform for the Queen. Works out much better I think. It’s a great story and provides for the variety of acts that the show wants. Especially since it’s the Queen’s Royal Variety show.

America’s Got Talent needs to find a new line. It’s just never fit very well.

July 12, 2010 I Written By

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

Preview of America’s Got Talent Las Vegas Week

For those excited about tonight’s America’s Got Talent, you’ll really enjoy this quick video preview of the kind of talent we get to enjoy on America’s Got Talent Las Vegas 2010!

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America’s Got Talent Las Vegas Auditions

I’m really excited, because I just got word that I’m going to be able to attend the taping of the America’s Got Talent Las Vegas auditions. This is huge since obviously the Las Vegas auditions are closed to the general public. Of course, they’re going to have me on a strict gag order (or something like that) as far as who’s made it to Las Vegas and who goes on to Hollywood. However, I don’t think that most of you would want me to tell you that information anyway since it would ruin the anticipation.

What I will be able to tell you is general feelings of what to expect. They types of judges reactions. Plus, after the fact I can probably tell you things that hit the cutting room floor. It should be interesting to see the process first hand.

The other cool part is that they think they’ll be able to get me an interview with one of the judges. That should be a lot of fun. If all goes well, I’ll do a video interview and be able to post it on here before the show even starts.

On that note, if you have a question you’d like to ask the judges, leave me a comment and I’ll see if I can ask if during my interview.

May 12, 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

August 12, 2009 I Written By