The buzzers were certainly working overtime on some of the Top 12 finalists Tuesday night on America’s Got Talent. For a moment I thought I was watching the first phase of the auditions again with those bad acts mixed in with the great ones. Last week’s Top 12 performers were mega-stellar in comparison to this crop of finalists. It was certainly a weird night like Piers Morgan said at the midway point. Quite frankly some of the acts were simply not meant to be there in the first place. They were embarrassingly bad, especially one in particular. However, there was one superb singer in the first hour and some outstanding performances in the latter half of the show. One of those acts was simply stunning as always and very emotional too. Without further ado here is how it went down, the very lows and very highs, on America’s Got Talent.
The Really Bad, Weird and Boring:
Ronith – Where do I even begin to describe how embarrassingly bad and unfunny this guy was. Here is someone that obviously added comic relief to the audition and Vegas rounds, but when it came to the big stage he literally bombed. The Schwarzenegger impression was getting old at this point. What I found incredibly unprofessional was hearing Sharon Osbourne and her cackling during his act. Ronith will never be in the Top 4 and he should never have come to Hollywood as one of the Top 48.
Hannibal Means – So this was the guy that took the spot away from the Puerto Rican opera singer, Carlos Aponte. Hannibal’s voice is good, but not his ridiculous crocheted hats he had his dancers wear. His costume was definitely colorful, but I agreed 100% when Piers said this competition was getting very weird. Those dancers were truly on a trip of their own. One of the most bizarre quarterfinal acts I have ever seen on America’s Got Talent.
Iron Horse – This act I was really looking forward to seeing, because we saw very little of them in the auditions or in Vegas. I love the rockabilly sound, but I was completely disappointed with their act. The lead singer rushed through the lyrics where it was hard to understand. I wanted to see the bass fiddler stand on it like in the audition clips. He did not do that. It was all basic stuff with too much dead air in between. Realistically speaking, they are better suited as a bar band. They looked completely out of their element on the big stage.
SF Cheer – I’m not fond of cheerleading acts nor would I see one in Vegas. I loved their age diversity though. Not exactly an act I would use to open the show as they almost put me to sleep. It was all very slow, safe and boring. I’ve seen much more thrilling cheerleading routines elsewhere on TV, namely Glee, or in films like Bring It On.
Good, but doesn’t stand a chance:
Mona Sampath Dance Group – It would be great if they make it through, but it is unlikely since we saw very little of them in the earlier rounds. I loved seeing the traditional Indian, Bollywood and American dances into the routine. For a very big group they were al in synchronization.
Wreckless – Here was a group that stressed to us over and over they don’t have a dance studio, practice space, dance accessories, etc., etc., etc. Yet they came out as if they were from a Broadway musical. What I liked about them was their edginess and street savvy ways. Here they looked like a typical dance group. It was much like the massive makeover they did with RNG, the kids dance group, last week. They stripped the very essence of what Wreckless is all about. That really disappointed me.
The Strong Man – His presentation may not be the best, but you cannot deny his brute strength. When he picked up that motorcycle as well as move, then flip a car over I was mesmerized. What was even more impressive was showing the clip afterwards of all those production assistants, something like 15 to 20 of them, flipping the car back on its wheels. I sure want to see what more of what the Strong Man can do.
Lil Chris – Once again, here was another performer not ready for the big stage. It was very obvious he was nervous and extremely uncomfortable trying to dance, move and sing all at the same time. Chris has a nice voice, but he is no where ready in becoming a tween sensation yet. What was with the big bulky microphone headpiece? That was by far the most distracting part for me to look at. Everyone else had the lighter models, why was he stuck with one from another era?
The Definite Top 4:
Alice Tan Ridley – Without a doubt this lady has soul. She reminds me vocally of Aretha Franklin. I absolutely loved her rendition of the Gladys Knight and The Pips hit Midnight Train to Georgia. Alice is definitely in the Top 4 just from the standing ovation alone from all three judges. She literally brought the house down.
AscenDance – One of the great highlightsof the night by far. This unusual dance company that utilizes the rock climbing wallsimply gets better and better with each performance. Throughout their routine I was completely captivated and moved the entire time. If I felt there was an act right now that deserves the one million dollars to headline in Vegas it is AscenDance. They are the type of act to wow a crowd every night. It was great to see one of the members get very tearful with all the great feedback from the judges and the enormous reception from the crowd.
Antonio Restivo – Quite frankly his fire routine was identical to the one in Vegas, except everything worked on cue this time around. Yes, I agree this is something that is suited for Vegas, but I wasn’t all that impressed to be very honest. I believe the Strong Man is a lot more entertaining.
Michael Grimm – Appropriately enough he was the last act to close out the show. At first I thought he was going to be boring. I’ve liked his singing beforehand, but he closes his eyes way too much. Let me tell you I was completely floored by his incredible voice. Michael’s song choice of Al Green’s Tired of Being Alone is one of my favorite songs. It’s one I haven’t heard in a long time. I’m glad the judges finally pointed out his eyes being closed while performing. That is my only pet peeve, but otherwise he deserves to be in the semi finals.
It is very obvious Alice Tan Ridley and AscenDance will be on to their way to the semi-finals, however, the other two spots could be wide open. The results show will feature Cirque du Soleil and the music group, Train. Stay tuned to what promises to be another exciting edition of America’s Got Talent.
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