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8/23/11 brings us the start of the America’s Got Talent semis. Tonight is the AGT first semifinal, where 12 acts perform. Howie Mandel, Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Nick Cannon continue to guide the acts, and America, toward the million-dollar act.
Who is your pick to win it all?
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Tonight’s first act? Zuma Zuma. They came from anonymity and are sending their money back to family members in need. That’s the spirit of this blog, folks. Did you know this group before this show? No! And you may not remember them after. But they will continue to do what they love to do. Love it! Their pre-show interview mentioned a family member who died during a stunt. Broken neck. Just a reminder of the lengths these guys go for their passion. How far do you go for your passion? Tonight they performed with fire and balanced on chairs and shoulders. They twisted like pretzels and contorted around each other. Great act. Sharon and Howie were lukewarm on the act, saying they didn’t feel Zuma Zuma really stepped it up. I’m not sure I agree with that. The danger element is incredibly high. Four chairs balanced on glasses? Good lord.
After the break, Nick invited all of us to audition in October for next season. Hmmm. I can play my throat. Does that count?
Anyway, on to Beth Ann Robinson. She’s the young solo dancer. Do you agree with Piers? Do you have doubts about a solo dancer winning it all? A choreographer tells Beth Ann in the montage that she has to fill the stage because she’s an act of one. Did she? She certainly made use of all the space she had. And to my (very) untrained eye, she seemed technically very sound. The judges really liked her act (Sharon called it “flawless” and Howie said she seems beyond her years). The question is — can she compete for votes with neon bikes and high divers? I think so! Especially when she said she learned her whole act in a few days when it normally takes a year. What did you do in the last few days?
Come to think of it, what did I do in the last few days?
Hey, Prince Poppycock is on tomorrow. Nice.
Alright, the next act? Sandou Trio Russian Bar. This was a scary act last time…risking lives over fire and nails on a thin bar. But tonight? They’re going to play a piano suspended over the stage. Wise choice? America really seemed to love that bar. Piers clearly wasn’t fond of this choice. But then, something happened…the piano rotated. She played it upside down! I didn’t realize pianos could do that. It was actually a really neat effect. Howie wasn’t thrilled about it. Piers called it a “suicide mission.” He wanted the bar. He says America wanted the bar. Sharon called it “disappointing” and the voice “mediocre.” Do you agree? Is it important to stay with your strongest act or show your variety?
Wait…was that a question about Sandou Trio Russian Bar’s decision, or life?
Have you ever seen The Blind Side? I’m flipping over to it at the break. There’s yet another story of someone who was “unknown” and came out of nowhere to succeed. That’s a guy I’d love to get on this blog for an interview. Nice.
The next act? Kevin Colis — a YouTube.com act. This guy is up against stiff competition. Tonight’s song is dedicated to his love, Elizabeth. Awww. That should get some votes! Then again, Piers’ buzz may take ’em all away. Ah, the red X. Remember I told you I could play my throat? Maybe I should go on the show and do that just so Piers would buzz me. What a thrill! Piers said that Kevin sounded nervous. Sharon said he sounded like The Wiggles — bland and forgettable. But she did give credit to his voice. Howie seemed to agree with the panel. Will Kevin Colis go through? Will Sharon get hate mail from The Wiggles?
Stay tuned. Or not.
You can just forget I mentioned it.
After yet another ad for yet another NBC show that I’ll get involved in just before the cancellation (Outsourced? Bring it back!!!!), it was Matt Wilhelm — the bike light guy. He says tonight’s performance is dedicated to his coping through bullying. I’m up for anything that’s against bullying. The act has a great effect, but there appeared to be a few stumbles. Nerves’ll get you every time, won’t they? I still love the act, fall or not. Even if it’s not a one-man show, it’s definitely part of something variety-oriented. Nothing wrong with that, right?
You get my anti-bullying vote, Matt Wilhelm.
On the stage next, Poplyfe. I love this act. My viewing partners love this act. This is just a great act all around. Tonight? Come Together by The Beatles. Wow. I loved their interpretation. This is one incredibly talented group of kids. I’d definitely watch this for 90 minutes — and two encores. Good gracious. They took this all to the next level. Million bux. Poplyfe y’all. Let’s all come together and support this group.
Maybe we can play a game of toe jam football. Nah.
West Springfield Dance Team is up next. Do you enjoy the zombie dancing? You have to feel for this crew. They appear week after week and have to keep coming up with new material. Tonight? It was, according to their act, biohazard material. The amount of work they put in week after week is astonishing. The effects are just great. They did it all in FOUR DAYS. Jeez. Piers liked tonight’s dance the best. I have to agree. Luckily, when they get through, they’ll have a week off. Sharon called them “spot on,” and I think that’s spot on.
Monster job, West Springfield.
Impressionist Melissa Villasenor? She has a lot to prove tonight (I typed that before Piers said it!). Why? Because she wasn’t quite the unanimous pick when she was a judges’ choice a few shows ago. I like her act. I hope tonight is more like her first performance. I think she hopes that, too. Sarah Silverman was her first impression. Then Wanda Sykes. Then it was a duo of musical impressions. The judges really seemed to go for it. Even Piers laughed.
Did you laugh?
There was a Chef Boyardee commercial on in that break. Ravioli. Doesn’t that bring back memories? (I didn’t say what kind of memories.) I used to love that stuff. My favorite was Beefaroni. How the heck can you not love something called Beefaroni? Maybe I’ll go get some tomorrow and re-live some memories for dinner. Of course, to make it really authentic, I’d have to get up to go to 6th grade the next morning.
Anyway, the next act is another favorite of mine — Team iLuminate. Bundle this with Poplyfe and sell me a ticket. During the pre-performance montage they showed all the work that goes into this act. Yikes! They had my respect before, but even moreso now! Tonight was a video game theme. Battling robots. Dueling fighters. Dancing. Tilt. Awesome. Very very very very very very cool. Amazing. Howie said he watched a million dollars. Piers called it “imaginative and creative.” Sharon said they should have been famous a long time ago. She called it a $100,000,000 act…who will have their own theater. We’ve been saying that here and, judging by the numbers of you that search this topic on Nobody’s View, you think that, too.
I’ll see you at their show in Vegas next year. I’ll be the one in the ticket line listening to Poplyfe on my iPhone.
Daniel Joseph Baker.
Need I say more? This guy is amazing. He’s a favorite here at Nobody’s View. He says that back home in Texas, he’s getting more and more acceptance. I love this guy. Another I’d love to interview here on Nobody’s View because I think he embodies what we’re about here. I think he embodies what’s great about coming out of anonymity to success. Tonight’s performance was electric. I think he showed that he has another dimension to his act. He took on a more serious air tonight, but it really clicked. There is an edgy quality to him that comes out, even in a more subdued selection. Howie said it best Daniel Joseph Baker — “be yourself!” Keep giving courage to others to be themselves. Sometimes we all need a good reminder.
Did you see that ad for the Cottonelle toilet paper roll cover? Uh. The last time I saw one of those, it was in my 90-year-old aunt’s condo guest bathroom. It even had a little verse with it. If I remember right, it said, “Sit right down and don’t despair, for underneath there is a spare.” Ha ha! The cover was actually a doll with a hand-knit dress on, and the dress covered the toilet paper. Does that count as folk art? Do you think those dudes from American Pickers would be interested?
Up next? Miami All Stars. This is another great act. They make me want to take those ballroom dance lessons on a cruise ship. Tonight they went with swing, which I love. The act was terrific. It took me back to the swing craze in the late 90s, of which I was a part (a small part — so small, you’d need a crazy powerful microscope to see me). The judges really went for it. Piers said it was his favorite performance of the night.
Where can I get one of those pink suits?
The final act is Lys Agnes (sorry, I don’t know how to put an accent over the “e” on WordPress). She has a really great voice and seems to be finding the courage to pursue her true passion. Yet ANOTHER Nobody’s View favorite story. Apparently she’s been sick. Would that affect her tonight? Not really. She hit some really big notes. And, she got the standing O. The judges were unanimous in praise. Piers called it a tour de force. Howie called it…something else! I’m guessing it’s rest and green tea for Lys tonight…and probably a bunch of votes.
Your 12 acts tonight: Zuma Zuma, Beth Ann Robinson, Sandou Trio Russian Bar, Kevin Colis, Matt Wilhelm, Poplyfe, West Springfield Dance Team, Melissa Villasenor, Team iLuminate, Daniel Joseph Baker, Miami All Stars, Lys Agnes.
Who are your picks? There’s a lot to choose from! We’ll see you tomorrow night for the reveal here at Nobody’s View (8pm in the West!).
I’m off for some Beefaroni and a rousing game of toe jam football.