I ain’t sayin’ America’s Got Talent is the classiest show on the entertainment circuit. With it’s Gong Show like feel and bizarre assortment of acts, AGT is never dull. The theme for Season 5 AGT is ‘dance’; Fighting Gravity and Future Funk dance it out for top place. Hosts Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan (of Britain’s Got Talent) have a difficult job guiding America to choose. Will it be the fleet feet and soulful voices of the talented children in ‘Future Funk? Or perhaps the fanciful black light acrobatics of Fighting Gravity.
As much as I like singing and dancing children, and Future Funk (watch here) does both beautifully, I’m rooting for ‘Fighting Gravity’ (click here to view their act). Fighting Gravity is the complete visual, perceptual and vocal package. Set in black light with only lumious costuming to follow the dance, Fighting Gravity is a treat to watch. Using a series of arial manoevers and hidden scaffolding, Fighting Gravity appears almost like a neon cartoon floating in space and set to music.
I’ve read critiques of Fighting Gravity. They missed some steps. Parts of the backdrop showed in the act. I think what’s needed to enjoy a show is a willing suspension of belief. Granted, those flaws will tell in the rating of Fighting Gravity. The judges must have some basis for comparison of acts. As a judge, however, I would give extra brownie points for the uniqueness of the act and Fighting Gravity is unique. There are only just so many genres of dance and music. It’s refreshing to see some artistic liberties taken with the staging and lighting.
As America’s Got Talent progresses, it’s becoming almost another Circus of the Stars. It’s as much variety show as a talent show. As long as judges aren’t being asked to decide between acts across different genres. How can you judge whether one dance routine is better than another vocal group? It’s important with these shows to compare apples to apples. It would be too easy to choose only acts from the type of entertainment you personally enjoy. America’s Got Talent is fast becoming a television entertainment competition favorite. I’ll be rooting for Fighting Gravity, although I’m struggling to remember their name and not refer to them as Defying Gravity (theme song from ‘Wicked’ musical). After my pashe, Prince Poppycock and his rendition of Mozart’s Figaro, that is. But Prince Poppycock is way too avant-garde for America’s Got Talent. Oy vey. For more great music and entertainment, visit me at www.marsmusicrevue.blogspot.com.