If I can make it there
I’ll make it anywhere
It’s up to you
New York, New York
Tuesday night’s auditions for America’s Got Talent in New York City were an hour too short. I thought it was scheduled for two hours. Instead, we got a repeat of the Dallas auditions, where I only watched ArcAttack and CJ Dippa, since they were the opening and closing talent acts. The wait was worth it when the last hour of the telecast for America’s Got Talent featured the auditions from New York City. At long last we were treated to some amazing and remarkable talent that was, as always with this show, downright entertaining.
You Can’t Be Serious:
RC Storm – A Music Instructor byday and I hope he quits his night gig, because that’s not working. He brings out this gigantic v-shape guitar onto the stage. RC Storm plays it and the noise level coming out of that giant guitar is loud to say the least. I sure felt sorry for the judges and audience.
Joe Menchetti – He is a speed eater and will eat a certain amount of pizzas in the 90 second time allotment. I love pizza, but this is gross to look at.
Linda from New Jersey – Here we go with one of the first delusional singers of the night. Why don’t they just go over to American Idol, since they thrive on this kind of idiotic entertainment? Linda thinks she’s the next Barbra Streisand. Sorry to say not even remotely close.
On Repeat – Two window salesman in their earlier twenties present themselves as a singing/rap duo. One sings and the other raps. They were constantly talking about how great they are. It was another one of those misguided types. I could feel it. For starters, they do a cover song, but with their own spin to it. Naturally they sing awful and get immediately buzzed by all three judges. The rapper of the duo insists on doing his rap, since they didn’t give him a chance. Sharon tells him he has ten seconds. His rapping is not much better. Finally they left the stage, but not in a very good mood.
The Quickie Acts:
These are the ones you see very briefly that are either the good or bad acts, but are worth noting.
Danger Committee – They certainly lived up to their name. This trio of knife throwers walks right through while the knives narrowly pass them. Also, someone pulled a Howie Mandel and used a surgical gloves and blew it up with their nose like Howie use to do in his stand-up comedy routine. While the surgical glove is on this guy’s head another takes a ninja-looking ax and throws it right at the balloon barely escaping the person’s scalp.
Gino and Tony – This father, 72, and son, 49, singing act were very loving to watch, but did not live up to the two out of the three judges needed to move on to the next round.
Peek-a-Boo Revue – Their talent was as a classic vaudevillian and neo burlesque group. They lived up to the peek-a-boo part when the lead member of the group took off her top while all the other girl’s hands covered her. I must say it was cleverly done.
Jia-Yi He – One of my favorite acts, though it was shown too briefly, where he played not just one harmonica, but four of them all at once. This guy was absolutely incredible.
Simply the Best:
Fighting Gravity – Wow is all I have to say about this group of college students. They have no dance experience, but are literally dancing in mid air. The host of the show, Nick Cannon, warned the entire audience all the lights would be turned off for this act. They worked in blacklight with blue faces and a white outfit against total darkness. When it was over there were at least twenty guys or more onstage. All you saw were about four gravity dancers out front. I suppose the others were behind the scenes or working the technical magic. It reminded me a little of the Blue Man Group. What a perfect way to open the show.
Prince Poppycock – At first I thought he was going to be one of those singers whose not very good. Let’s just say we were all fooled. John came out in full makeup, wig and costume as an 18th century character from an opera. His stage name is Prince Poppycock and his talent is an aria from The Barber of Seville. Sharon Osbourne was completely mesmerized by his charm and talent, so were the other judges and the audience. Normally I’m not into the opera, but his aria was absolutely brilliant.
Antonio Restivo – I can’t stress it enough how I love America’s Got Talent array of diverse acts. You won’t see anything like this on TV. Once again one of the things I love about this show is the magical acts. This one combined magic and fire, which are so fascinating to watch. Antonio looked every inch the part as someone you would see on the Las Vegas strip performing this act. He’s tall, athletically built and has the right look with his long hair and moustache. He was very emotional when he found out he’s going to Vegas for the next round.
Doogie Horner – Finally to close out the show they started showing some stand-up comedy acts that were bombing left and right. One more comic was left and he started out kind of shaky to say the least. The crowd was brutal to Doogie. They were booing him so loudly you could hardly hear what he was saying. All of a sudden things started to turn around. The comic was heckling the audience. They started to laugh and love him. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. This guy was brave and brilliant at the same time. Afterwards, Howie was complimenting him on his performance. When Doogie was walking amongst the audience members outside the theater some of them were posing for pictures with him.
America’s Got Talent resumes next Tuesday night. It will not be on Wednesday night due to the Stanley Cup playoffs. The preview clips for next week look exciting, especially that one magic act.