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America’s Got Talent 5: Sixteen Act Breakdown

As we wait for the YouTube Auditions to commence on August 10th… let us take a look at the breakdown of the acts that have made it through to the next round… first the categorical breakdown:


Alice Tan Ridley: Singer
Cristina & Ali: Singing Sisters
Prince Poppycock: Opera Singer
Debra Romer: Singer/Musician
Michael Grimm: Singer/Musician
Nathaniel Kenyon: Singer/Musician
Taylor Matthews: Singer/Musician

Now anyone that did any kind of singing get’s clumped into the singing group without question, which would make it a rather large group. However, when you break it down even further you’d notice that about half are solo singer/musicians meaning that they accompany themselves on a musical instrument while singing. Thus of the last three there is one pure singer, a singing duo and a performance/opera singer. When one breaks it down like that it doesn’t seem so bad…

It’s easy to argue that the number of singers still in the competition makes up about half of the total number of acts and as thus more of a singing competition than a talent competition. However, as easy as it is to say why don’t the singers move to American Idol, here’s my argument. The Idol series (Pop Idol, American Idol, etc) focuses on several things when choosing their contestants: physical look, vocal ability, entertainment value and the age-range. The Idol series focuses primarily on the “pop” genre or something pop-XXXX genre. Yes they have gotten better in including soul, rock and country… but the majority of the singers in the competition are primarily pop. Add to that the look and entertainment value and true talent tends to go out the window (which is why the group doesn’t cover American Idol… we like talent shows 😀 ).

All kidding aside every one of these acts have the talent to do decently in the music business no matter where they end up. The real question is that after acts like Bianca Ryan, Terry Fator (though technically he is a singing ventriloquist), Eli Mattson, Neal E Boyd, and Kevin Skinner… do we really need another singer to take it all? Or is it time for another different kind of act to step forward?

Future Funk: Hip-Hop Dance Duo
Haspop: Popping Dancer
Studio One Young Beast Society: Dance Troupe

One common thread I noticed with the above acts… hip hop… It seems like Hip Hop dancing is the “in” thing now, it is what is hip or going on. The other thing I noticed is that the majority of the dancers are outside of the 18 – 30 age range of So You Think You Can Dance contestants for the most part.

Dance has been gaining traction thanks to the likes of Dancing with the Stars (ballroom dancing), So You Think You Can Dance (all styles), America’s Best Dance Crew (mostly hip hop and breaking)… but the fact that only generally hip hop dancers have made it this far and that most of the popular media deals with hip hop tells a bit of something about the genre in general.

Are any of the above strong enough to have a Las Vegas major production catered around them for well over an hour? I’m not entirely certain I could handle watching one type of dancing for that long… but that’s just me.

Antonio Restivo: Fire Artist/Illusionist
Murray: Magician/Illusionist

For many decades, magicians and illusionists have been a mainstay in Las Vegas. From the likes of Siegfried & Roy to Penn & Teller to Criss Angel when a magician has a show in Vegas they’ve hit the big time. Do either of the above have what it takes to not only provide magic and illusions that stretch beyond the parameters of those that came before them but to entertain the crowd as well?

ArcAttack: Technological Performance Group
AscenDance: Rock Climbing Acrobats/Dancers
Fighting Gravity: Blacklight Performers
Jeremy VanSchoonhoven: Extreme Cyclist

These particular acts are so unique, so different, and very dangerous in their own ways that I ended up clumping them into their own group.

Ever since the advent of Cirque du Soliel, the world of entertainment has been spun, stretch and re-imaged for a bigger and brighter world. Could any of the above acts sustain a show and stretch the boundaries of entertainment any further?

Keep in mind although these acts could be in existence in other countries outside of the United States (or on smaller scales IN the United States) it is through the show that what they do is coming to the forefront. Thus allowing similar acts to show and shine and recreate entertainment as we know it. All it takes is a single group to break down the wall for every else to rebuild it.

Categorical Conclusion
Singers make up a vast piece of the pie, but then again in American culture it is the singers that bring in the most revenue in the entertainment industry from record deals, to music downloads, to concert tours and television shows. So are we really all that surprised to see so many singers in the competition?

On the other hand, the other half of the pie is comprised of a variety of other acts that are jockeying for their piece of the entertainment industry pie. Is this the season for a non-singer to win the competition? Is America really ready for something other than singers?


Now, did anyone else find it interesting that there was a group of acts that were given a free ride into Hollywood? How did those acts do?

Straight to Hollywood
ArcAttack: Technological Performance Group
Fighting Gravity: Blacklight Performers
Future Funk: Hip-Hop Dance Duo
Haspop: Popping Dancer

Of the ten acts that made it straight to Hollywood, only four were chosen to go on to the next round. But what was the breakdown of the acts before and after America voted?

Seven of the ten acts were dance acts in some capacity from the one man show of Haspop to the cheerleading squad of SF Cheer. We also had a gymnast/acrobat, and two performance acts that simply did not fit anywhere else.

One thing of note is that no singers had a free pass to Hollywood. Another thing of note is that a fair number of dances acts made it through to Hollywood while others still had to audition in Vegas.

There were three non-dance acts of which two of the more unique ones made it through to the next round.

Christina & Ali: Singing Sisters (?)
Nathaniel Kenyon: Singer/Musician
Jeremy VanSchoonhoven: Extreme Cyclist

Everyone saw the Standby acts performed. I think it is safe to say that for an act who was original standby to be continuing in the competition is saying a lot in their determination and focus on the goal at hand (whatever that may be). No matter how far in the competition a Standby act will go it is a safe bet to say that I tip my hat off to these acts for proving to the judges and America why they belonged…

August 10, 2010 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 5: Las Vegas Auditions Music

Hello all! Here it is the long awaited music from the Las Vegas call backs!

If you do not see a song here that you’re looking for, please let us know and I will do all I can to find it, but no promises, but I promise I will try…

Las Vegas Callbacks DAY ONE

Straight to Hollywood – Katy Perry: Waking Up in Vegas Waking

Michael Grasso – Telepopmusik: Breathe Breathe
Murray Sawchuck – Pussycat Dolls: When I Grow Up When
Chipps Cooney Intro – Bach: Air on G String Air

Acrobats/Movement Acts
AscenDance Audition – Master of Confusion: Dinner
Rudi Macaggi – Bond: Señorita Señorita

Classical Singers
Prince Poppycock – Giuseppe Verdi: La donna è mobile (from the opera Rigolleto) La
Hannibal Means – Luciano Pavarotti: Caruso Caruso
Carlos Aponte – Man of La Mancha: Impossible Dream The

Dance Acts
Hot Shot Tap Dancers Audition – The Ting Tings: Shut Up and Let Me Go Shut
Studio One Young Beast Society – Group 1 Crew: Transcend
Lindsey Sterling – Black Eyed Peas: Pump It
Style Pros Crew – Black Eyed Peas: Rockin to the Beat Rockin
Wreckless – Kesha: Blah Blah Blah Blah

Female Singers
Mama T – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels: Devil with the Blue Dress Devil
Alice Tan Ripley – Tina Turner: Proud Mary Proud
April Lane – Whitney Houston: I Have Nothing I
Debra Romer – Jewel: Foolish Games Foolish

Youth Acts
Common ft. Pharrell – Universal Mind Control Universal
Lil Chris – The Temptations: Stand By Me Darling,
Connor Doran – Alexandra Burke: Hallelujah (?) Hallelujah

Novelty Acts
Intro – Entrance of the Gladiators
Sally Cohn – Judy Garland: Somewhere Over the Rainbow Somewhere
Close – Frank Sinatra: Young at Heart Young

Male Singers
Paul Safy Jr – Ray Charles: Georgia Georgia
Keith Urban: Stupid Boy Stupid
Taylor Matthews – Smokey Robinson: The Tracks of My Tears The
Michael Grimm – Otis Redding: Try A Little Tenderness Try

Rob Dougan: Clubbed to Death (Matrix OST) Clubbed
Leona Lewis: Run Run

Las Vegas Callbacks DAY TWO

Danger Acts
Nick Pike Audition Flashback
– Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling I

Jeremy Vanschoonhoven
– Audition Flashback – Kevin Rudolf: Let It Rock Let
– Audition – Taio Cruz: Break Your Heart Break

Dance Groups
RNG Audition – Black Eyed Peas: Imma Be Imma

Musical Groups
– The Temptations: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg Ain't
– Rascal Flatts: What Hurts the Most What
– Muse: Feeling Good Feeling

New Directions Audition – The Temptations: The Way You Do the Things You Do The

Cristina & Ali
Audition Flashback – Miley Cyrus: The Climb The
Audition – Carrie Underwood: Temporary Home Temporary

Novelty Acts – Quincy Jones: Soul Bossa Nova Soul

Strange Familiar
Audition Flashback – Pretenders: I’ll Stand By You I'll
Audition – Joe Cocker: Have a Little Faith Have

Audition Flashback – Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah Hallelujah
Audition – Josh Groban: You Raise Me Up You

Johnny Cash: You’re My Baby You're
Katrina & The Waves: Walking On Sunshine Walking

Airpocalypse Audition
– Carmina Burana: O Fortuna Carmina
– Ram Jam: Black Betty from 1977 Black

Male Singers
– Righteous Brothers: Unchained Melody Unchained

Justin Hopkins – Peter Gabriel: In Your Eyes
Cody Joe Tillman – Dirty Vegas: Days Go By (Acoustic) Days
Luigi Seno – Amos Lee: Sweet Pea Sweet
Nathaniel Kenyon – Rob Thomas: Someday Someday

Close – Coldplay: Fix You Coldplay

Las Vegas Results – Leona Lewis: Footprints in the Sand Footprints

July 17, 2010 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 5: The Results

So according to the unscientific poll here at you chose the following for the four acts to move on:

Fighting Gravity: Performance Act
Nathaniel Kenyon: Guitar/Singer
Cristina and Ali: Sister Singing Duo
Future Funk: Hip Hop Duo

How did you guys do?

First though, tonight’s musical guests:

Selena Gomez: Round and Round Round

Rock of Ages: I Wanna Rock I
Twisted Sister: I Wanna Rock I
Rock of Ages: Don’t Stop Believin’ Don't

Read more..

July 14, 2010 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 5: First Group of Twelve

So the first group of twelve is up… how are they going to do? Out of this twelve America is able to choose their favorite top four to move on.

Feel free to leave your comments… I apologize for the delays for the music, the computer I usually use is occupied so music from Las Vegas week onwards is going to be delayed.

You are able to choose up to four acts.

As a quick note: Twisted Trystan and Krystan had to drop from the competition, so Nick Pike was brought in one week prior to filming to fill out the Top 48. Interesting that they chose a danger act to replace a danger act.

July 13, 2010 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 5: First Quarterfinal Group Music

Many thanks to Björn for helping me find the missing ones…

KungFu Heroes
– Marilyn Manson: Rock is Dead

Cristina and Ali
– Rascal Flatts: Bless the Broken Road Bless

– Europe: Final Countdown The
– The Knack: My Sharona My

Hot Shot Tap Dancers
– Madcon: Beggin’ Beggin'

Paul Safy Jr
– Ella Fitzgerald: Cry Me a River Cry

Future Funk
– Walter Murphy: A Fifth Of Beethoven A

Sally Cohn
– Mariah Carey: Hero Hero

Nick Pike
– Scooter: Fire Fire

Rated Next Generation aka RNG
– Rihanna: Disturbia Disturbia


Fighting Gravity
– The Glitch Mob: How to Be Eaten By A Woman How

Nathaniel Kenyon
– Hinder: Lips of an Angel Lips

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America’s Got Talent 5: Editing during Las Vegas

There has been a lot of comments flying around in regards to several acts in the supposed “standby” group not really being in the “standby” group despite being televised as such.

One such group is Iron Horse. In the opening scenes they are plainly seen in Group A sitting in the lower right hand corner of the screen (two of the guys were wearing their blue “country-ish” shirts). If you look at the group carefully there are other acts that were in the “standby” show that were really in Group A.
– NU Covenant
– Cristina & Ali
– New Directions Choir
– Strange Familiar

So essentially the majority (if not all) of the Bands/Singing Duos, etc were in Group A rather than the “standby” group. As much as I wished they would not purposely rearrange people that way on television and were instead more straight up with their audience, I would have to suppose they did it this way to keep the audience on their feet in what I believe to be their version of drama.

At the same time, television (as a whole) and in particular reality television, I have found have been disrespecting their audience bit by bit with every passing year… particular when it comes to situations like these when they are trying to script a reality show and fall short because the audience could see which acts were really where and etc.

To me, if reality television producers truely trusted their audience and kept everything true instead of trying so hard to stick with a particular formula (it’s called thinking out of the box, all other industries are doing it) perhaps they will find that the audience they are trying so hard to entice to continue to watch television, will continue to do so.

It’s like any relationship… it starts with trust. 😀

July 11, 2010 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 5: Las Vegas (Part 3)

Well eleven spots are left the Group B “Stand bys” have a tough job to try to prove that they have what it takes to be part of the top 48.

Like in the Part Two post, I will have only the acts that made it through to Hollywood, with links so you could find more information about them. The acts will also be broken down into the groups as notated by the show…

Kung Fu Heroes: Martial Artists (Los Angeles)
Jeremy Vanschoonhoven: Bicyclist (Portland)

Dance Group
Rated Next Generation aka RNG (Portland)

Male Singer
Luigi Seno (Final Auditions)
Nathaniel Kenyon (Orlando)
Paul Safy Jr (Portland)

Ronith (Los Angeles)
Airpocalypse (Portland)

Music Bands/Groups/Duo
Iron Horse (Portland/Chicago)
Strange Familiar (Portland)
NU Covenant (Chicago)
Cristina and Ali (Portland)

So there you have it:
– 10 acts that were guaranteed a spot in Hollywood and as thus didn’t need to audition in Vegas
– 27 acts that were guaranteed an audition in Las Vegas to prove their muttle and made it through.. also known as the Judges Favorites
– 11 acts that were “stand bys” and eventually were given a chance to shine and earn their spot for Hollywood

That leaves just ONE act left… which came from the YouTube Auditions. If you had forgotten, the producers of AGT chose forty acts for you to sift through and vote on. The YouTube act with the most votes is guaranteed a spot in the top 48 in Hollywood.

The voting phase has ended but the vids are still up, so head over to and look through the acts and see if you can guess you made it to the show.

The YouTube act will be revealed on the August 10th!

July 7, 2010 I Written By

America’s Got Talent 5: Portland Auditions Day Two

Since I was running late today… just going to post the acts at the moment…

As always if you could add to the below please either leave a comment or contact us.

Portland Auditions Day Two:

Hot Shot Tap Dancers: Tap Dance Group

AscenDance: Wall Climbing Dance Duo

RNG aka Rated Next Generation: Dance Group
Facebook Page
YouTube Channel

Paul Safy Jr: Singer
Facebook Page
MySpace Page
ReVerbNation Profile

Sky Sirens: Trapeze Duo
Facebook Page

Kent Jenkins: Musician

Harmonica Pierre: Harmonica Player

Cristina & Ali: Singing Sisters Duo

June 23, 2010 I Written By