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AGT New York Auditions Night #1: Talent in Tweets

Well, the third night of auditions has come and gone. Did you see anyone or group that was particularly talented? I think there were a few winning acts. Here’s some of my thoughts from night one of the New York Auditions!

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I admit, animal acts always have me nervous. But those dogs were amazing. My husband happened to glance over during that act and seemed pretty enthralled by it. The judges seemed very impressed, so I’m guessing (and hoping) this act goes far!

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This remark that Howard made in response to Howie made me laugh. He does have a point!

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A man named Horse. He started the act by claiming he has a one-of-a-kind talent and that he had two beautiful daughters. Well, after he showed his talent, I have to agree with the judge (don’t remember who) who said he won’t be having anymore daughters. This was one of the weirdest talents I have seen. Do I think he will win? Not a chance. He was right when he said it was one-of-a-kind. But I really wasn’t a fan.

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You know he has.

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I apologize for the incorrect verb tense in this tweet, but that is beside the point. But this was in response to the Wordspit the illest. I’ll be the first to admit, this group doesn’t perform my favorite kind of music, but it was impressive. I really think this will go far.

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First Granny G . . . now Burton Crane? What’s up with these old people rappers. Oh well. They are pretty entertaining, and I have been singing “Whatcha gonna do” the rest of the night. He grew on me pretty quickly.

May 21, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is a journalism student at Brigham Young University in her senior year. She is originally from Littleton, Colorado, and hopes to move back there after graduation. Reality television is her favorite to watch, and has enjoyed writing about America's Got Talent and A Chance to Dance. She is a stay-at-home-mom who enjoys writing (especially blogs), cooking and sewing (while spending far too much time on Pinterest finding inspiration) and being outside with her husband and son.

America’s Got Talent Season 7 – San Francisco Auditions: Power Rankings

And here are my thoughts about the acts from the San Francisco auditions!

David Garibaldi and his CMYK: Performance Art
I always did love seeing art done on stage. And add dancing to it is interesting, but I am not entirely convinced that this could be fleshed out into a full Vegas show. I mean there have been other types of performance artists that have come through the show… But none really lasted all that long.
Final Verdict: going to have to see what he brings to Vegas… So the jury’s out.

Cristin Sandu: Balancing
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We have seen a variety of circus acts come through the America’s Got Talent stage… Balancing and Juggling being the two popular ones. How is this going to stand out? I don’t know… But I think all of these circus-related acts should come together for a variety performance show.
Final Verdict: depending on how he steps it up will determine his progression on the show.

Lisa Clark Dancers: Dance Troupe
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I have to agree with Howard, when it comes to dance groups I am not exactly enthralled as I used to be, they have to bring something different to the stage. But I disagree with Howie in the sense that you don’t have to necessarily need to have a specific trick or move to stand out above the rest… Take a look at the various dance troupes that have come onstage at Dancing with the Stars. I like this group, and as long as they continue to push their boundaries and be more encompassing of all the various genres I think they have the chance to win Howie and America over.
Final Verdict: will probably pass the Vegas round, might be short of the Top Ten though.

Magician & Concert Pianist (I need names):
This seeing a person cut in half is nothing new… Seeing that same person play piano convincingly, is… But how could they top what they just showed during auditions? I mean there’s was one magician that I really liked back in Season 5 and he was having trouble coming up with bigger tricks to stay on the show.
Final Verdict: I am not convinced of this act’s staying power beyond Vegas

Mika Grigorio(sp?): Vocalist
The one thing that semi annoys me about there being vocalists on AGT is that there are other singing competitions out there (The Voice, American Idol, Duets, etc) so why here? Unless she doesn’t fit the age limit. Beyond that, she has a pleasant voice, and it needs a bit of polish. America has a tendency to really like the vocalists… But I personally would rather see more variety than vanilla.
Final Verdict: she has the potential, depending on what she does next.

Mike Price: Juggler
I felt bad when he dropped the pins… But when I saw how well he recovered and continued with the trick I was impressed. Tis boy has got some grit to him and I like that, but as I mentioned with the balancing act earlier his progression on this show will determine how long he will last on it.
Final Verdict: depending on how he steps it up will determine his progression on the show.

Dave Burleigh: Impressionist
He’s funny and has some good impressions in the bag. He needs to really build his comedic base and I agree with Howard be a bit edgier to really catch the audience attention. If he could pull off some female impressions that would be great. Though, I don’t know how well a one man impressionist act will do… Though looking at Terry Fator it can be done if he does a whole conversation of impressions. What I found to be interesting is that looking at his website he also is a comedian and has a band… hmm.
Final Verdict: the guy has got some potential in him, he could pass the Vegas round.

Luiz Meneghin: Opera Singer
We have seen our share of opera singers (Neal E Boyd, Paul Potts from BGT, Prince Poppycock) so I don’t know what he could possibly add to the stock. With operatic voices reaching their peak a few years ago, he really needs to bring someone big to the table if he wants to have any chance of some staying power. He has a good voice and some room for growth and potential… So I don’t know.
Final Verdict: skeptical, he could pass Vegas week… But beyond that I don’t know.

Granny G: Rapper
This is what I am talking about! It’s a novelty FTP be sure, but it’s a darn good novelty. As long as she has some really good material ready for when she needs to perform it, she’ll have some legs on this show… Much like Grandma Lee the stand up comedian.
Final Verdict: as long as she brings out original material, this old girl’s going to be around for quite some time. Possibly eve Top Ten

Broom and Dust Pan Concert (I didn’t catch a name)
Umm, I have no idea how to comment on this. I’ll admit that using everyday tools as instruments is mildly fun and interesting to watch… but I saw something like this in Blue Man Group, and that was an interesting show. So other than a passing thought… what else could he bring to the table?
Final Verdict: Most likely not going to pass Vegas

Tim Hockenberry: Vocalist
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I really like this guy, he has amazing vocals and a good roughness that he has under control. I really wish I could see him on The Voice though, he could really get himself trained a little more… but still. He reminds me of a lot of the other singers that have come through just minus the extremes in his story (Michael Grimm, Eli Mattson). America tends to go for good old fashioned “vanilla” and he can be that.
Final Verdict: I definitely see him going as far as the Top Ten, will he though?

Funk Beyond Control: Dance Troupe
What else is there to say about a dance troupe that hasn’t already been said? They have some good tricks and dance moves… but can they keep an audience attention for long? Not only that… what makes then unique and stand out from the crowd?
Final Verdict: Depending on how they could raise the bar, I’m not entirely convinced on the staying potential

Emily A Band (Is the name correct?): Band
We only got a snippet of this act and I wasn’t nearly as impressed as the judges seem to be.
Final Verdict: Unless there is more to them, I’m thinking they aren’t going to pass Vegas.

Martial Arts Flying Studio: Performance Art
I always did like the lion dance, but I’m afraid that between the lion dance and the dragon dance, they might not have more up their sleeves. Still I’m curious to see more… so here’s to seeing more.
Final Verdict: May pass the Vegas round, but need to see more.

Turf: Extreme HipHop Contortionist
OMG, this guy is so incredibly smooth and the contortion doesn’t hurt either. But I have the distinct feeling that he was dancing then contortioning (is that even a word?) then dancing then controtioning… it was very 1-2-1-2-1-2… I would really like to see him actually melt the two together. Heck, I’d love to see how he’d fair on a show like So You Think You Can Dance, because he has a lot more smoothness to his hiphop that you don’t always see.
Final Verdict: He has a lot of potential, but a one-man dance show is kind of difficult. I see him going thru Vegas, but beyond that? Dunno

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A Night to Tweet About: AGT 7 Auditions — San Francisco Edition

It was another night of sometimes talented, sometimes disturbing, and sometimes just plain confusing acts on AGT. There was a lot of activity on Twitter, and I had a lot of fun interacting with other fans around the country. So once again, here’s some of my thoughts from throughout the night.

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Last night, after the premiere, my husband looked up an act he was shown awhile back from Ukraine’s Got Talent. Check it out here. Pretty incredible right? Anyways, he mentioned to me that he would love to see something like that on this season. And he got his wish. I really enjoyed the sand art act, especially with the music it was set to.

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‘Nuff said. I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be an impressive act, but I believe in giving everyone a fair chance. I’m glad that Nick came out and helped her have a “second chance.” Hopefully that eased the blow of totally blowing an audition on national television.

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Did anyone else’s heart drop when the juggler dropped his pins? I would beat myself up about that forever. I’m glad they let him through, though I don’t he’ll make it very far.

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Just like Howard Stern, opera isn’t necessarily my cup of tea. But I really did find this guy to be incredible. Even if I wouldn’t ever listen to opera for fun, I really liked him.

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Was anyone else absolutely shocked by this act? I thought Granny G was going to go out there and sing a song from something like My Fair Lady. Definitely NOT. But I suppose with a name like Granny G, I should have been expecting it. It was pretty hilarious, and I’m all about fulfilling your dreams, even in the latter years of life. More power to her.

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“Kotton Kandy” was definitely a character, and I have no doubt that he has a successful street performing career. I liked his attitude though. We could all do to have a little more confidence like him.

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I love all the one-liners that come from the judges. This was one of my favorites of the night.

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Tim Hockenberry was one of my favorites of the night. I could tell from his pre-story that he was going to be good. He reminded me a bit of Louis Armstrong. I love that he has overcome his past (and was his child not the cutest little baby?!)

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I don’t remember exactly what the name of the band was, but they sang “Toxic” by Brittany Spears. For one thing – I hate that song. But not as much as I disliked this girl’s voice. Please explain to me why she got through?

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This guy is why I watch the show. I hope he does well. His contortionist moves were a bit disturbing, but cool nonetheless. The judges were right on with all their comments. Alonzo really seemed genuine, and I do hope he goes far. It sounds like he has had a very, very tough life.


Well, that’s it for tonight. What was your favorite act?

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Katie Clark is a journalism student at Brigham Young University in her senior year. She is originally from Littleton, Colorado, and hopes to move back there after graduation. Reality television is her favorite to watch, and has enjoyed writing about America's Got Talent and A Chance to Dance. She is a stay-at-home-mom who enjoys writing (especially blogs), cooking and sewing (while spending far too much time on Pinterest finding inspiration) and being outside with her husband and son.