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Welcome to the 8/16/11 America’s Got Talent AGT wildcard show. Did Howie Mandel, Piers Morgan, and Sharon Osbourne bring back the act you wanted to see?
Here is the list: Landon Swank, The Kinetic King, Summerwind Skippers, Charles Peachock, Yellow Designs Stunt Team, J Chris Newberg, Those Funny Little People, Seth Grabel, The Fiddleheads, Avery and the Calico Hearts, The West Springfield Dance Team, and Shevonne.
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Each judge got to bring back four acts each — for a total of 12 revisits. Piers called Howie’s acts “the worst”…ah, Piers…I’ve missed you this week. Howie? Well, he defended his choices.
The first act? The Kinetic King (a Piers pick). Remember him? His contraption failed on the biggest night of his life. It was painful to see, but great to see him again! I really thought this guy was cooked. But then…Piers to the rescue. No dancers tonight. He tripped it himself and it looked just spectacular. Clearly, this guy is some kind of genius…I’m not sure what kind, exactly, but goodness gracious. He deserves a million bucks just to pay for the hours he put into that! I think Piers even bowed to him. Sharon Osbourne sure did. By the way, I think the “fetal position of victory” could catch on. Whaddya think?
Suddenly I want a soda and popsicle. I wonder why…
Did you see that commercial at the break where those folks take a picture of their “friend” sleeping and then post it to Facebook? I’m just old enough to remember when you had to be around to see something funny…if you weren’t, you just got a good story told to you. I remember days when doing something embarrassing was between me and the crowd. But now? This world…I just don’t know…
Anyway, the next act? Well, the highlight of the night came early — Howie brought back Those Funny Little People…just to vex Piers. Awesome. I expected a quick Piers “X.” And I got it! Just as I typed that, I got it. Ha! I like ’em. And, I especially liked their song choice tonight — They Might Be Giants’ “Istanbul, Not Constantinople.” Howie clearly had a TON of fun at Piers’ expense. Sharon loved the camel in the background. Piers? Not so much.
What do you think of this act? Clever? Not so much?
Sharon’s first pick — Avery and the Calico Hearts — came on stage next. After their initial exit, there was much crying…but now, they’re all smiles. I’m surprised they were available, seeing as how Disney was probably filling up their voicemail. Tonight’s performance likely cemented that. And I think it would be terrific for them. It’s no knock when Howie tells them they are great for TV. In fact, it’s a huge compliment. As for Piers? Well, the big “X” came out. He did say, however, that he expects them to be back in a few years and that he finds them talented. Howie jumped to Avery and the Calico Hearts’ defense, saying they didn’t deserve a buzz.
Do you have a…buzzpinion on that?
Did you see that Les Mis will be on the show tomorrow? I love that musical.
Anyway, onward with Howie’s pick, Seth Grabel. He lost out to Professor Splash the first time. I like this guy. He’s got a great show. Tonight, he said he was going to take it to the next level. Somehow he made a DeLorean appear with three mini judges in it. The metal hoop was a nice touch, too. But when I look back, the “hello dahling” from the mini judge Brooklyn was probably the highlight. It sure was for Sharon.
I wanna be a mini judge. Can I be a mini judge? Maybe I’ll just settle for the DeLorean. Actually, I’d settle for a mini DeLorean.
What about that commercial in the last package about the guy who doesn’t know the flash mob has been moved to 12:30, so he throws his jacket off at 12:00 and dances before shouting, “We are!” I love that commercial. Ever feel like that guy in your everyday life? Just thinking aloud. I’ll stop now.
Next up? Sharon’s pick Shevonne. I’m glad she’s back. Her voice is really powerful. In her montage, she really seemed humble and grateful for the opportunity to sing again in front of America. Her voice was spot-on tonight. Sharon was incredibly complimentary and very genuine in her feedback. Howie admitted that the judges may have made a mistake cutting Shevonne in Vegas. Piers loved the shoes and hated to agree with Howie. He called her voice “unusual” and I agree. Also, her humility is “unusual.” I’m a fan just because of that.
Sharon’s next pick — West Springfield Dance Team — was up next, with their horror-style dance act. They say they had five days to put together a six month routine. Argh. It’s easy to forget how much these acts have to pour into such little space. They certainly had their urban zombie on tonight — hey, how about that for their new name? Urban Zombie. I like that. Can I copyright that? I’m not sure how zombie law works. Howie didn’t have much good to say, and Piers agreed with him. They both said that West Springfield didn’t really take it to a new level.
Do you like a monster-themed dance group?
The next act is J Chris Newberg. Remember him? Howie does. I loved this guy’s “Bad Idea” song. Classic. Newberg and Piers? Not friends. He did a Piers roast tonight. Oh, boy. UnbeLIEVEable. Even Morgan was stifling laughter. Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez! That might go down as one of the most insane moments in AGT history. Good lord! And guess what? Piers admitted it was funny. At the end of the day, that’s why we here at Nobody’s View have to respect Piers Morgan. I don’t always agree with him, but I do have to respect him (most of the time!). Good for you, Piers.
But dang, good for you too Newberg.
Another Sharon Pick — Yellow Designs Stunt Team.
This is a good act to bring back. I think they put on a good show. One of the performers says he’s going to “wow America like they’ve never been wowed before.” To paraphrase Beavis and Butthead, “Is that legal?” Their pirate act had it all tonight except Captain Jack Sparrow. Although, I donno…maybe he was there and I didn’t see him. Once again, Piers liked the mistake the group made — it reveals the danger. These guys really have something here with the danger and the theater.
I guess we’ll find out tomorrow if they “wowed” America.
A Piers pick next — Charles Peachock. This guy’s previous act was incredible. Playing music with tennis balls? Everyone I talked to thought that was one of the most incredible things they’d seen. Incredible. I could watch that all night. Tonight, though, it’s back to danger. We had flames. We had a chainsaw. We had a flaming chainsaw. We had balancing blades. There was also a drop. I want the musical tennis balls back! Please don’t let this be the end of things like that. There’s a place for danger and a place for class. Can’t we have both?
Alright, I’ll “drop” it.
Howie’s last pick, The Fiddleheads, are up next. I like this group a lot. The judges agreed last time that this group needs to go back to their roots instead of what they did in their last performance. Will they? Howie seems to think that they brought it. Piers? Not so much. He likes the lead singer, but not backed by the rest of the group. Sharon disagreed, saying she really likes the band. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard a critique like that. I guess it’s up to America — and the lead singer of The Fiddleheads — to decide.
Take a cue from Poplyfe.
I love these back-to-school ads. Brings back some great memories, doesn’t it? I said, brings back some great memories, doesn’t it? Hello? Helloooooo?
Okay, then. Moving on.
A Piers pick — Summerwind Skippers — is coming up. Yup. This is the act that Piers called “sexy.” That’s right. Skipping is sexy. I know it’s tiring, but sexy? Maybe. They say there’s danger in tonight’s act. How much? As it turns out, a good amount. A flaming rope! I have enough trouble with plain ol’ rope. They made one mistake, moved on, and it was hardly a memory by the end. Piers loved the act. Sharon? Well, she called it sexy. Echoes of Piers. Howie said his mind was changed tonight, and he believes they could headline.
Skipping is sexy. Who knew?
I know, I know. Piers knew.
The final act was a Piers pick — magician Landon Swank. I loved his last act, going through the mirror. Tonight? Handcuffs, a tank of water…sounds like a recipe for horribleness. Oh, and there’s a safety team involved if he doesn’t emerge in a minute. Can Swank pick the locks binding him? Yes. Of course! Hardly out of breath. Piers called him a “natural magician.” Sharon called him a “sexy magician.” Really? More than Summerwind Skippers? (Sarcasm!) And, yes, more sparks between Howie and Piers. Now that’s magic.
Tomorrow night will be the AGT wildcard reveal. Who will move on? Who will go home (again)? Lots to choose from tonight. Who’s your pick?
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