What makes America’s Got Talent different among talent shows is that it is not all about singing, dancing, or just that 25-35 age demographic in the ratings, either. The acts themselves, the judges, and finally, voters dialing in decide what is talent. Some choices were fairly easy after Tuesday’s offerings from the chosen 12, while others were close. Here is how the voting broke down:
Haspop. The part Gumby, part-Charlie Chaplin artist has imagination as endless as the range of movement in his joints, and dreams of bringing his family to the U.S. and build a better living than he had as a Paris street performer. Something tells me that his wish will be granted, no matter how much deeper he goes in the competition.
Studio One Young Beast Society. This vibrant dance troupe has drive and desire to match their every move, and even with the tough competition for dancers, their kind of energy is special. They will not wait long before finding interest from talent agents. I hope they come up with an answering machine message as creative as their steps!
Debra Romer. America loves a good story as much as a lovely voice, and this young lady has both, and a face I can already see on future column covers! She is releasing more fear, and blossoming more fully with every stage of the competition. She is indeed fulfilling her own self-prophecy of becoming known as “The girl who can sing” more than the girl from the Foster system.
Jeremy Von Schoonhoven. This trial-bike demonstration master not only causes jaws to drop while he rises 20 feet in the air on his saddle, but also designs his own daredevil courses! It came down to the judges selection between Jeremy and the boom-boom belly dancing of Kaya and Sadie, and Piers Morgan swung the vote to Jeremy despite his affinity for the lovely girls’ skills, which he admitted, in any other situation would cause him to make a choice in 10 seconds! Before I saw this kid, I had never seen observed trials on a cycle, and in this day of the X-Games, I think America needs to see more of his kind of stuff!
It was a sad departure for young rap-dance-writer, C.J. Dippa, but he has years to hit it big, and he will! Hamonica Pierre bid his farewell, too, but had a very good run with his lifetime of love for his instrument. Amazing dancers, Jabbawockeez, from season 2 of the show, left their regular gig now at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to wow everyone just like they did as contestants. Their story proves an act doesn’t have to win to have a great life from their talent– these guys have gazillions of fans, web pages all over, and merchandise, too, besides their new CD releasing in August! Mike Posner also performed his new song, Cooler Than Me, before sharing that if the show’s young talents remain themselves, good things will happen. Pretty wise advice from one so young!
The last group of 12 go for it next week!
America’s Got Talent telecast, July 28, 2010, NBC TV.