According to the host Nick Cannon Tuesday night’s Wild Card show is the last of the quarterfinals on ‘America’s Got Talent’. Next week will start the long-anticipated semi-finals. Each of the judges got to pick four of their favorite acts who deserved a second chance. This was based on various stages of the competition, whether it was the Vegas eliminations or the Hollywood quarterfinals. Some of the acts were very familiar while others were not. At first the show started off rather dismal, but as time grew on the drama got larger and more intense. One act in particular did something so unforgettable you had to see it to believe it. Here are the three judge’s selections and how these acts did in the competition once again.
Howie Mandel’s Wild Card Choices
CJ Dippa – I was glad to see him back, but like I said before it is not in his future yet for CJ to get further into the competition. It was by far his worst performance. He looked like he was about to burst into tears after the judge’s feedback. When Nick interviewed him afterwards CJ Dippa had to really fight those tears.
The Hot Shot Tap Dancers – Here was another act I was thrilled to see back, but they also faltered too. Their last routine told a story, so you were engaged in the act. This time they had a superb opening with a black light effect, then it went into straight tap dancing like it was a regular, amateur type dance recital you see at a children’s dance school. It was actually boring and Piers even buzzed them, which had never happened before.
Connor Doran – At last Howie picked a worthy act that certainly deserved to be in the Top 48 to begin with. He is the one who flies kites indoors. This time he used a double kite to the music of “You Raise Me Up’ by Josh Groban. I’ve always loved his musical choices unlike some of the awful rap and hip hop songs the other acts were using Tuesday night. I was reading a comment from a person who also flies indoor kites. She said Connor was doing a reverse overhead maneuver, which has a great degree of difficulty. A lot could have gone wrong, but he was able to nail it, especially with a double kite. Every time I see him fly a kite it is magical, mesmerizing and calming. There’s a good chance he may be in the Top 4.
Swing Shift Side Show – If this were called “America’s Got the Weirdest Talent Ever” they would win the one million dollar prize, hands down. Personally, I think this show is much too conservative for this act. One of the things they wanted to try was shooting darts out of one of the ladies’ rear. Naturally the show’s producers nixed that idea in the bud. The act itself was slow-moving, boring and consisted only of sword swallowing we have all seen a dozen times on the city audition shows earlier in the season.
Piers Morgan’s Wild Card Choices
Kruti Dance Academy – They were certainly incredible to watch, especially with their speed and precision in the routine. To be perfectly honest it simply did not live up to their phenomenal dance number they had with the hand movements. This was where all the dancers were behind one another in the city audition.
Harmonica Pierre – I’ve always been a fan of Harmonica Pierre’s, but I was completely won over with his excellent rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘Alejandro.” It was a nice touch adding the ballroom dancers dancing the tango. He received a great response from the crowd.
Doogie Horner – What a clever piece of material he had incorporating some of his rival acts from “America’s Got Talent.” Unfortunately I thought he was much funnier the last time. When he tried to revive the hecklers from New York piece it simply went over like a lead balloon.
Anna and Patryck – Please let them finally make it into the Top 4, because they deserve it after their fiery Latin dance that was truly stellar. They had all the right moves, attitude and rhythm.
Sharon Osbourne’s Wild Card Choices
Rudi Macaggi – I’m truly glad Sharon brought him back, but this time his routine wasn’t as dangerous as the last time, even though this had an unknown element where it could easily go wrong. The stunt he did blindfolded was unbelievable, but it may not be enough for him to get through to the semi-finals. Rudi faced a lot of other stiff competition Tuesday night.
RNG – It was good to see them go back to their roots of hip hop dancing like they did in the earlier auditions. Unfortunately, like I’ve said about the other tween acts they don’t seem to translate well onto the big stage. This was the problem they faced. I was not entertained by their routine whatsoever. It was like weird performance art at the end with the Howie Mandel critique sampling telling them their routine was like a dance recital.
Michael Grasso – What can I say except “Wow” to this unbelievable magician. Michael Grasso is certainly back and ready to go to the semi-finals. His first audition was mind-blowing. In the Vegas eliminations he went outside the box, literally, by using a card trick instead. Now he was back with the collapsible box. Where on earth did those two ladies come from at the end? He received an overwhelming standing ovation from the crowd.
Michael Lipari and Ashleigh Dejon – Last but never least this aerial act was so spectacular, yet very dangerous. They were the ones whose routine went wrong during the Vegas eliminations. For a brief moment I thought the same thing happened. In the middle of their high aerial act you saw Ashleigh being released and falling to the ground while screaming. Everything went silent for what seemed like an eternity. Sharon and Howie were standing up wondering what was going on. Piers mouthed the words “What’s happened?” It was complete silence.
For a moment I thought the production staff was in complete shock too, because they did not break for a commercial. I could not believe my eyes. All I could think about was “Please don’t let it be what I think it is”. Out of the blue Ashleigh is reunited by her partner Michael up in the air and they continue their phenomenal aerial act. They literally scared the “you know what out of us”. The crowd went wild when they knew everything was OK. This is an act I will never, ever forget. Talk about a sigh of relief.
What a way to end the quarterfinals with this incredible Wild Card group. Most likely Michael Grasso, Anna and Patryck, Connor Doran and possibly the aerial act or Harmonica Pierre will be in the semi finals. Vegas magician Criss Angel, who is the star of A&E’s “Mindfreak” which I love watching, will be one of the guests on the results show along with the country singer, LeAnn Rimes.
America’s Got Talent, NBC
TNLady, “America’s Got Talent: Recap for August, 17, 2010”, TVGrapevine