Welcome to the 6/29/11 America’s Got Talent Season 6 Episode 9 LIVE blog here at Nobody’s View.
Nick Cannon, Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, and Howie Mandel return with more talent, more “X,” and more…who knows? We’re back in Minneapolis…my old stomping grounds.
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(The usual disclosure: As you know, we are a site devoted to opinion, inspiration, civility, and tolerance. So, why this weekly ritual with AGT? Well, first, it’s our guilty pleasure [life can’t always be so serious], and second, it fits right into one of our pillars: inspiration. America’s Got Talent features folks who are going for it in a very real sense. They are living their dream, come what may [the big red “X”?]. Doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from. On stage, you’re all equal under the lights. That’s pretty great to me.)
Let’s get started!
Howie Mandel opened the show lost in the bowels of the building. Actually, he was more amusingly befuddled than anything else…hence, his shtick and why he’s so great!
The first act was a little bit of singing and a little bit of dancing. The group? Eric and Christlo. How was really getting into it. As for Piers and the audience? Not so much. I have to say, their hair was a wild mix of retro and…well…I’m not sure what else. But I must say Eric and Christlo had a certain charm! Howie called it, “Milli Vanilla.” Ha! Good one, Howie. But it was a “no” all around.
The cavalcade rolled on with Chris the Boy with the Wire Hair. His hair did have that wiry quality you need to be a boy with wiry hair. Next up was Jenny Rocha and the Painted Ladies. I’m not sure how to describe it. I don’t think I will. Magic of Mystique was next doing something with flames and feathers or something. In a matter of seconds, *poof* and he was gone.
A dance crew, Fatally Unique, brought us back to the stage. They want this…bad…and they seem willing to do anything to make it happen.
I’m not sure about “unique” in the pure sense of the word, but they certainly weren’t fatal. There’s a lot of energy there. Piers was a bit harsh on the costumes, but not the dancing. Fatally Unique is going from Rockford, Illinois to Las Vegas.
Yo-Yo specialist Ian Johnson showed that some fads never go out of style. His tricks were quite impressive and will soon be seen in Vegas.
Tricky Jackson stripped to his skivvies and put on a muscular performance. I dare you to buzz him, Piers.
Taylor Davis shocked us with a great voice and some nice strumming. My viewing partners and I really liked him and supported the move on to Las Vegas.
But what do we know?
Tomahawk Tassels bared all and got a smattering of applause. Then, she got Howie on stage to take a look at her…paddle. However, that didn’t help her get to the net round.
Cindy Chang, a singer, told us her story. She’s an ex-technical writer who now drinks oil to lubricate her throat to sing better. I say, why not!?! If you want to drink olive oil and sing in your forties, go for it. She claims she used to be shy. I don’t buy it. Her family doesn’t know she’s on stage right now, by the way. You found out when they did. But when she opened her mouth to sing, well, my goodness…she’s really good. And that’s an understatement. I can’t wait to hear Cindy Chang again in Vegas. Heck, I can’t wait to hear Cindy Chang on Broadway!
Fantastic Fig, a psychic magician, took us to the next level. Oh, by the way, he’s an attorney. With a cat on his shoulder. Named Newton. Love it! His first trick with the ace of hearts was incredible. Then he followed up with the ace of spades. Then the jack of clubs. There’s something about this guy. Amazing. Funny. Showy. Understated. Wonderful. Then, he started dancing. That only took it up a notch in my book. Down a notch in Howie’s. But luckily, Fantastic Fig and Cat are still moving on.
GTR, or Girls That Rock, brought their girl power to stage for America. Cannon got into it, but the judges? No.
The Fearless Flores Family set up their act next. It’s a family of “daredevils” that came to perform the Globe of Death. What is it? The kids get in a globe and ride their motorcycles in circles. Wow. It was pretty dangerous and pretty incredible. Where does it go from here? How do you top this? More motorcycles? Double wow. I’m for that!
See you in Vegas Fearless Flores Family.
Tonight was pretty great. What will next week bring?
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