7/26/11 America’s Got Talent Season 6 Episode 17 Third Quarterfinals Performances Will Bring Us a Step Closer to the AGT Semis. Who Moves On This Week?

We’re half way to the AGT semis!  Twelve more acts will perform tonight to see who will join the lucky eight in the America’s Got Talent semifinals.

Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, Howie Mandel, and Nick Cannon will guide (and judge) while America votes.  Then tomorrow?  Well that’ll be the big America’s Got Talent reveal.  But for now?  Well, let’s just enjoy the acts.

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Opening montage?  Strange.  Noisy?  Yes.

It must be America’s Got Talent.

And here we are in the semis.  Last week, Steven Retchless, The Smage Brothers, and Daniel Joseph Baker were among the lucky acts.

Tonight?  According to Howie Mandel it’s a “dangerous” night.  Oh, no.  I sense a lot of trips to the kitchen in my future.  Nah.  I’ll brave it out with you.  I mean, what else do I have to do tonight, right?

The first group?  Summerwind Skippers Jumprope team — a group of Idaho jumpropers who are also best friends.  The stakes are high tonight…as high as they get for jumpropers (that’s a first time I’ve used that phrase!).  Tonight, they had lights and excitement going on.  Was that a live DJ in the background?  Has a jumprope team ever had a live DJ?  I’ll have to research that when I have a free moment.  Their act was pretty good.  Great synchronization.  Piers had high praise, calling it “terrific.”  I agree with him.  He then said they made “skipping sexy.”  Wow.  “Sexy” and “DJ” both used to describe a skip routine?  Good job guys!

I’m going to skip for a snack.  I’ll be back for more.  Hopefully, you will be too!

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I considered a coconut thing (remember those from the other night?).  Then ice cream.  But in the end, I decided to go for the apple with peanut butter.  This is a marathon blog night, after all.

The next act was SH’Boss Boys — three young rappers who took a chance tonight on a classic Jackson 5 tune.  They had props and backup dancers and then launched into their own rap.  It’s definitely crowd pleasing.  Will it please America?  It pleased the judges.  Sharon Osbourne said they have the “cute factor.”  Howie called them “adorable.”  The best part?  When the lead said the producer made them do “45 minutes of ABC.”  Piers blasted that.  And, I agree. Forget what the producers say.  Do what you do best SH’Boss Boys — original material.

Learn that lesson while you’re young.  You’ll need it when you’re older.

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During the break, they showed that Wendy’s commercial where they bring a berry Frosty thing to a guy in Denver.  They also bring a beach.  That’s great.  I want someone to bring me a beach and a Frosty.  Actually, I’m really a mountain guy, so theoretically, I should go to Denver and join that guy in the commercial. Whatever.  Let’s get on with the talent.

Up next?  Mauricio Herrera.  He says he lost 19 pounds.  Good job, Mauricio. Mauricio Herrera is definitely Vegas.  If you bottled and chilled Vegas and then cracked it open on a hot day, Mauricio would pour out.  Nice.  His Viva Las Vegas wasn’t so “viva” with Piers who gave him an “X.”  The next “X” came from Sharon during “Delilah.”  Howie stayed in for the whole ride.  Howie called it schmaltzy. He’s right.  But then again, the act is the act.  It’s entertainment — Mauricio Herrera style.

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I love that Adam West is the new voice of Hebrew National.  Isn’t that great?  I admit, when I hear it I think of the Mayor from Family Guy, but still…

Next on stage is Seth Grabel, illusionist.  He had a prop mishap in Vegas.  He went through anyway.  So now?  Well, tonight is probably going to be a little nuts. I see a spinning blade.  I see hot tar.  Remember that guy from a few seasons ago who did that stunt with the spinning blade?  Neither do I.  I blocked it out.  But Seth Grabel tonight risked his life tonight — 30 seconds to escape his bonds and avoid death.  Shockingly, he avoided death.  It was a pretty nice illusion.  Howie loved it, and Sharon called it “dramatic.”  Piers called it Grabel’s “best performance” yet.

Do you love illusion?  I saw a show the other day that said we are on the cusp of discovering whether we live in a holographic universe.  I think that has something to do with black holes and event horizons or something.  At any rate, it’s a great name — event horizon.  I’m sure the rest of that physics and math stuff will sort itself out.

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Fighting Gravity and Stevie Nicks tomorrow?  Nice.

We’re moving on with our own America’s Got Talent event horizon with Poplyfe. I liked the first audition where the lead, Kehlani Parrish,
said she doesn’t go ahead without her bandmates.  Cool.  The Kehlani apparently had a voice issue — she was losing it — before the performance.  There was a tiny hint of that tonight, but not terrible.  In fact, hardly noticeable at all!  I like their look and their sound.  There’s a ‘brand’ there.  An energy that I think modern music needs.  Piers came around tonight to appreciate the rest of the band.

Stick together Poplyfe.  That way, lyfe will pop.

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Next?  Y0-Yo master Ian Johnson.  I love his act.  I think Yo-Yo is great.  He added lights and backup tonight.  A few apparent early miscues brought the Piers “X.”  I think nerves were definitely a part of it, but c’mon…who wouldn’t be nervous in front of millions?  Piers wasn’t completely on board with the Y0-Yo act, but then again, people probably weren’t on board with phones that could play games, either.  You never know!

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Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. — the car wash Sinatra — was up right after Ian.  I love this guy.  And, judging by the search hits we get here at Nobody’s View, you love him to.  You love his story and his voice.  Both are larger than life and wonderful.  How will he do in front of millions of live viewers?  His “Fly Me To the Moon” tonight was nice.  Landau brought a little of himself to a classic.  I could easily listen to this guy for 90 minutes.  Just great.  And no gum tonight. He certainly brought the audience to the moon.  Quite an ovation!  Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. called himself the “happiest man on the planet.”  Love it. Piers loved it to, saying, “You came to play!”  Indeed.  Sharon said she was “proud” of him for his current success.  Howie says Landau is an act that could take it all the way to the finals.  I’m glad he was able to do his thing in front of his family.  That’s what it’s all about.

I wonder if he knows Mack the Knife.  Isn’t that quite a song?  Creepy and singable all at once.  I love Bobby Darin’s version.  Maybe someday I’ll get to hear Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.’s version.

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Purrfect Angelz came up after the break.  One of their dancers hurt her leg in rehearsal.  Can an impurrfect leg still dance?  They had hay bales, rope, and country music (Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy”).  Piers buzzed them, saying he doesn’t think they had enough to go through tonight.  Do you agree?  Sharon called it a “fun” act, but asked if it was a million-dollar act.  Is it?

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Singer Monet took her moment on the AGT stage with the song “Home.”  Monet was homeless for a while, and manifested singing fame on America’s Got Talent. Not bad.  She warmed up to the song and the crowd through the act, but received a lukewarm reaction from the judges.  They gave her props for her passion, as they should, but there were some criticisms on her pitch.  Piers says she has “promise” and I think he’s right.  He said she might need to grow into her voice a little more.  Is he right?  Monet might be a little raw, but she has spirit, and that has to be worth something in this world, right?

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A commercial asked if my lipstick helps to plump my lips.  I have to admit, I don’t wear lipstick, but if I did, I’m not sure plumping would be my first concern.  But what do I know?

Anyway, Captain & Maybelle (Stab Tuggo) are up next to make us cringe.  The Captain told of losing his beard to a power tool.  Great.  I can’t wait to see what’s up tonight.  As it turns out, there was a pan hooked to nose and tongue and swirled around while Piers covered his eyes.  I’m afraid I (ironically) couldn’t look when Captain swung a kettle around with his eyes.  Yes, that’s what I said.  With his eyes.  I’m not sure all the judges knew exactly what to do with this act.  I say we just call it “bizarre” and get back to the business of covering our eyes.

Okay, off for a break.  I’m going to hook a cutting board to my cheek with a paper clip and swing it around violently for a few minutes.

Or maybe I’ll just get a glass of water.

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Lys Agnes, the woman with the surprising voice who recently lost her fiance, brought her inner strength to the world tonight.  She was an act put straight through to Hollywood, and tonight was the biggest performance of her life.  I loved the staging of her song, looking through a frame.  She certainly has presence on stage, and she hit her money note dead on.  Piers said that he wasn’t “moved” by the performance, but Sharon disagreed, saying that Lys told the story of the song.  But America will tell the story of the semis…will Lys Agnes be there?

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So, it’s come to this.  Professor Splash — a man who has devoted his life to belly flops.  You GOTTA love this.  I mean, you could hook household items to your face and swing them around or lay under motorcycle wheels while they smash the hat from your head…but belly flopping?  Love it.  Professor Splash, you have my respect.  36’7″ tonight — a world record attempt at 40 m.p.h.  Ah, America’s Got Talent.  Nowhere else, folks.  He did it.  Let me just say “ouch” since he certainly won’t say it.  The judges were very complimentary.  Piers said it’s the most…well…crazy and awesome thing he’s seen.  He called it “sensational.”  Sharon asked what’s next?  Professor Splash said it’ll be jumping through fire into fire.  Nice.

Summerwind Skippers, SH’Boss Boys, Mauricio Herrera, Seth Grabel, Poplyfe, Ian Johnson, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., Purrfect Angelz, Monet, Captain & Maybelle, Lys Agnes, and Professor Splash are your acts tonight.  Who will go through?

Join us for the AGT reveal tomorrow!

Have a great night and don’t stay up too late swinging things from your eyelids.

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