Night two this week of America’s Got Talent came to my fair state of Texas, and of course, Big D, to find undiscovered pearls of talent, and just like in real life, pearls can be tough to find! The first act of the evening was Arc Attack, fueled by geeky science dudes from Austin. They took a bit of time to get going, and at first, I thought they were only trying to be a gimmicky mediocre garage band, but then their fearless metal-suited leader proceeded to put on a light show with mega- voltage electricity, that wowed everyone, and caused even Piers Morgan to rethink his X. I can honestly say, I have never seen anything even comparable in Vegas, so if these guys play their cards right, they could build a dazzling act. Howie said it was like MIT having a glee club, he’s kinda right, but they are more unique than that!
After a bevy of pitiful excuses for entertainment or talent, the always present dog show entry presented, but Muttley Crew were not just a lot of nervously drilled dogs! They were normal dogs, of every age, size, breed, and even temperament, and they genuinely seemed delighted to be there. Animal lover Sharon Osbourne was instantly taken, of course, but so was Piers, who admitted he ” normally hates dog acts”. Howie was delighted as long as no dog germs came in contact with him! It was tail-waggingly joyful to see!
Another special something to the evening was a plus-size professional burlesque dancer, whose attitude and exuberance reinforced that larger girls can have a lot more to shake as well as a lot more to love! She pranced over to Piers Morgan’s lap to await his vote, which was affirmative, burying his head in her embrace.
A 70’s “fro band” was passed on, the 18-year-old Taylor Matthews took the stage, his dad watching side stage. For a moment, he was frozen in fear, and you could almost hear his self-talk grounding him, but as soon as his voice loosed the first few notes to his original arrangement, there was nothing but applause and roar. Soaking it in afterwards, he still admitted to Sharon that he was ” shaking like a dog” but Piers gushed that he “loved the silly grin, loved the voice, loved the arrangement, loved the whole damn thing!”. Not a bad endorsement for a first performance!
Ms. Donna, a blind in one eye Samoan flaming knife thrower, came out throwing with all her might, and terrified judges so much that they were cowering behind their desk and seats for cover, but she still wrangled her way through to Vegas– go figure.
C.J. Dippa, a 12-year-old dancing, rapping prodigy who already out-rhymes and out dances Eminem even in his younger days, along with confessing to being a player with multiple girlfriends, shined with his own composition to close the show. Howie’s right, he told him more girlfriends were coming. He’ll need an unlisted number pronto!
Source: America’s Got Talent broadcast, June 2, 2010.