Join us for the 7/6/11 America’s Got Talent Season 6 Episode 12 LIVE blog at 8pm in the West at Nobody’s View.
Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, and Howie Mandel will judge the standby acts — some will head to Hollywood, and some will head home. Who is your pick?
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I’m up! I’m here! 20 minutes late.
The magician standbys are on first in the competition for the last AGT standby slots.
The first offerings was cheezy cheeze on a stick. Charming, actually. The next one? Not so much. But Landon Swank? His balloon act was amazing. Quite amazing. An awesome levitation illusion. How did he do it? Don’t you ever wonder that? His biggest competitor had some “hiccups” with his assistants. Not at this level, folks.
The kids category came up next. There were the obligatory “awww” shots with kids playing, but it was down to business in the theater. Lil T lit it up with all kinds of wild moves. Good job, Tanner. Avery and the Calico Hearts were up next. Would there be more Bieber? Let’s see…nope. Something much more funky and universal — “It’s Your Thing”. There were nerves, but they overcame them quite well. More ballroom dance showed up, as did the singing…some of which was incredible. Anna Graceman was also back, which made me smile. She seemed more nervous than her first audition but who can blame her? She was still amazing ol’ Anna Graceman. I have to say, I hope these kids all stay friends after this. They seem very supportive of each other during this. Great thing about kids, right? Especially in this competition…
Las Vegas AGT standbys rolled on with the danger acts. Ugh. This always freaks me out. How do people discover their talents for these things? Who discovers they can eat fire? Who discovers they can jump on a piece of pipe with fire? The Smage Brothers brought their bikes and crazy sidekick to the stage. Argh! Sharon couldn’t even look. Wow.
The dancers showed their stuff, with the large groups first. Sam B, the one-man dance show had to follow some tall orders. Is he a show or shtick? Aw, who cares? He’s great. In his own words, he gives “1000%”. Lucky us! What a performance. Piers commented on the flesh-rich performance, and Sam B could hardly catch his breath.
But the commercials give us a chance to catch ours.
AGT Vegas week continues with the novelty acts. Leonid the Magnificent was back to give it another go after many previous shots. Karma Chameleon was the song of the day and I must say, the drama was high…and…unpredictable. Piers Morgan was clearly not happy. Jugglers, bodybuilders, yo-yo artists. Last up is the most unique act e-vuhr! That’s right, I said it. Meet Me at Fairfax and Third is one of the most unique acts I’ve seen. Is it a Vegas show? Hmm. The banana was a nice touch. It’s performance art, I’ll say that. The cell phone was a great touch, even if an accident.
Ah, the modern age when technology and performance art collide.
The final standbys were the male singers. Again, a lot of talent here. Dylan Andre went first, and gave us his mellow and soulful sound. It was interesting. Some strange song choices, but good voices. Mauricio Herrera, the showman, took his place on stage. He talked to the judges. A lot. Then commenced with “Strangers in the Night” and “Stayin’ Alive” in some wild mix. Ah, Vegas. Daniel Joseph Baker the final act. He cried and talked about a life of bullying and family love. He deserves this. He deserves this moment. And he rose to the occasion. Big time. I’d love to see Daniel Joseph Baker at the next level.
After the break, the judges got down to business, choosing the acts to move on. Early on, we lost a fire eater and a fire juggler. Smage Brothers? Moving on. Avery and the Calico Hearts? Moving on. Lil T Tanner? Going home. Ballroom kids? Heading home. Anna Graceman? Going to Hollywood. Both magicians are going to Hollywood, mistakes aside. Nice. Jugglers and yo-yo masters moving on. Leonid the Magnificent? Not moving on again. Sam B will be going to Hollywood. Two dance teams moved on, as did Daniel Joseph Baker, Mauricio, and two other male singers.
Daniel Joseph Baker, thank you for saying what so many of us have wanted to say. Never ever ever give up. Ever.
See you next week when the first few go live. Who is your favorite?