It was nice to see America’s Got Talent saved the best episode for last Wednesday night. This was certainly more entertaining to watch then the dragged-out and depressing one from Tuesday. Perhaps it may have been the fact it was only on for an hour, so the pace of the show was faster. Things moved along more quickly. Instead of being called “Group B” they were also known as the “Stand-By” group. The latter was certainly a more appropriate name for them. No time was wasted as they got right into the auditions as if they left off from the night before. We saw the categories of the Danger Acts, Kids Dance Groups, Novelty Acts, Bands and Male Singers.
For the Danger Acts we got to see bits and pieces of the acts remaining such as a martial arts group and Nick Pike who walked on sharp pieces of glass while juggling a couple of big butcher knives and a flaming torch while blindfolded. That particular stunt was literally nerve-wrecking to watch. Thankfully he made it completely unscathed. The Danger Committee had a guy turn around continuously while someone else was throwing knives on the boards covering his chest and back. Jeremy Vanschoonhoven did his entire 90-second routine with his mountain bike climbing up those tall blocks. All of these dangerous acts had you at the edge of your seat.
The Kids group I was extremely impressed with RNG. I must confess I wasn’t too crazy about them during their original audition; however, they were absolutely in complete synchronization from start to finish. I’ve never seen a dance group as tight as they were in Vegas or ever on the show for that mater. The vocal groups featured New Directions who were so deeply moving with their story in the LA audition. These veterans have been homeless or they dealt with substance abuse. It was great to hear them once again. I was very surprised Christina & Ali were not put in Group A. They are the sister act with Cystic Fibrosis. Both of them were just as good in Vegas as they had been during the Portland auditions. Sharon Osbourne was extremely concerned about their health and the stress of performing “live” show on America’s Got Talent. Christina assured Sharon they were more than ready for the challenge.
Ronith was the impersonator doing his impressions of Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger when we first saw him in LA. Now his novelty act comprised of doing a situation skit that was actually funny. Howie and Piers were laughing the whole time. The only problem Sharon had with the act was it did not have any impersonations in it. He explained he wanted to please Piers this time, which he certainly did. The bands featured Airpocalypse, the airband we saw in Portland. Some of the other bands in their category resented they were grouped in with them, because they actually play real instruments. I have to admit Airpocalypse should have been in the Novelty Act group. Whatever the ruckus was beforehand, this airband definitely knows how to rock and entertain you. They were lively, fun and very convincing without instruments even in Vegas.
Last but never the least were the male vocalists. You may remember Nathaniel Kenyon who was literally shaking and so nervous during his first audition. However, this time in Vegas he was a lot more confident, calm and assured. Luigi Seno was another singer we saw more recently who is from the Philippines. They each had remarkable performances. Now the moment of truth was at hand. The remaining eleven acts were decided. Sadly, the Haitian group, Harmonik, and New Directions did mot make it to the next round. Unfortunately the Northwest Dance and Acro group did not make it either. The little ones in that dance group were in tears when they heard the sad news. At least Nick Cannon was there to comfort them. Now the first twelve acts out of the 48 finalists will perform next Tuesday night on America’s Got Talent for your votes.
America’s Got Talent, NBC
Momthemaid, “America’s Got Talent: Vegas Week Recap Day 2 “, TV Grapevine
Lara Martin, “‘America’s Got Talent’: reveals Top 48 “, Digital Spy