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Tuesday, August 30, means it’s the America’s Got Talent second semifinal. From all appearances, it’s going to be a tough choice!
Is your favorite in the AGT second semifinal group tonight? How did you vote?
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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.)
Alright all you AGT lovers. You’ve been there since the beginning. You remember that piano act that we never heard from again. You were there when The Kinetic King found redemption. You were blown away by Team iLuminate…and you’ve been reading the blog here at Nobody’s View. (Thank you for that, by the way!)
So, this is it. The America’s Got Talent second semifinal. Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, and Nick Cannon have guided us since the beginning. It’s getting closer to the end. Who will join the first five in the final?
The show opened tonight with Nick Cannon hanging over The Kinetic King’s incredible creation. This guy is just incredible. As Piers said, he’s the Rocky Balboa of AGT. In his intro, we got a glimpse of The Kinetic King as a child. Even then, his glasses portended AGT greatness. He says his next gadget may be a world record. Gotta love it! he looked quite dashing in his formals and studded goggles. The whole audience had goggles! I want a pair. How do I get a pair of official Kinetic King glasses? It went off great! Piers reminded the King that he is so beloved by America and the audience. Sharon called it “SEN-sational” and “exciting.” He attributes his greatness to “paint flakes.” Howie really loved it, and apparently got hit in the face by flying King debris. We got a “woo hoo!” Does it get any better?
Next up? A dance crew — Fatally Unique. Get this…they have their own month in Rockford, Illinois. Good job! Tonight, they had a Silence of the Lambs vibe going on — a page out of West Springfield’s book. Sharon called their speed and precision “breathtaking.” Howie also made the comparison to West Springfield tonight. Piers was happy with the “fresh” nature of the routine and the “intensity.” He really seemed to enjoy it.
With all the monster/scary-oriented dance themes we’re seeing this year, I think next year, we may actually have a dance group composed of zombies. Real zombies. The undead kind! I think they’d have a chance. The problem would be keeping all their limbs for the summer.
Next on stage? Magician Landon Swank. He and his dad apparently spent a long time putting tonight’s illusion together. His dad’s going to help him tonight, as well. He says he’ll be playing “Russian roulette” tonight. How? Landon hid in a box. The judges selected buttons to push from a selection of four boxes. Explosives went off in three of the four boxes. Guess which box Landon was in? Yup! The box that didn’t explode. It was a neat trick. (Oh, that last box had explosives in it, too!) The judges loved it, too. A lot. I think we have a good chance of seeing him in the finals. Could he be the first magician to win it all here on AGT?
How about that Dixie plate commercial? I love all that stuff. Pancakes? Steak? Pasta? I think there was even some fried chicken in there. How’d you love to work on that commercial? Every take is another snack. Alright!
Okay, enough of that. Back to the talent stuff. Up next is a dance team I love — Gymkana. From YouTube to the semis! They have a great story — not a competitive team, who is now competing! You know what that is? That’s Nobody’s View…they aren’t famous or seeking fame. They just do what they do and are finding success. They took a page out of Zuma Zuma’s book tonight, balancing on the stacked chairs. Everything was going along fine until someone clipped the fiery ring and another performer smashed into it. But he’s okay! Piers said it was repetitive. Do you agree?
What are their chances now, America?
Good lord! Why didn’t anyone tell me the never-ending pasta thing was back at the Olive Garden? You have to tell me these things, America, otherwise, I don’t hear about it! You Canadians and Europeans that read the blog are off the hook on this one (unless you have the same Olive Garden promos there!). I gotta get me there. I have a friend that usually joins me for that…I’ll have to see if he’s free this week.
Anyway, enough free advertising (and no, no one from O.G. paid me for that plug back there). Back to AGT! The next act is the group that’s making jumprope sexy (according to Piers) — Summerwind Skippers. Tonight they went all post-apocalyptic and sorta West Springfield-y. It looked great, except for a few blunders. The problem? It’s too hard to cover mistakes with rope. Howie made an apology for Piers’s buzz. Piers stood up for his “X.” I still love this group. It’s different. It’s interesting.
Alright, I’m back from jump roping and ready to blog!
A street-performing hip-hopper, Boston’s Snap Boogie, is up! Great story? Check. Big talent? Check. Great act? Check. He brought a lot of energy tonight, and hardly broke a sweat. Piers didn’t like it — he said it was cheesy. Sharon was a little more complimentary. Snap Boogie defended his act and said that it takes a tremendous amount of energy. I believe it!
Does America believe it?
Anna Graceman — she of the Carole King big voice — is up. Wouldn’t you love to hear her belt out I Feel the Earth Move? Awesome. Her take on Motley Crue’s Home Sweet Home was pretty awesome, too. Wish she had more than 90 seconds. She got the total ovation (meaning: even Piers). She and Poplyfe should team up, right? Right! Oh, and by the way, Sharon asked the Crue to watch tonight to see her sing. I’m sure they were blown away. As Howie said, “wow!”
Y’know what I need? I need some world famous blogger to watch me blog. Is that the same thing? Probably not. This is Nobody’s View, after all…have to be careful when those somebodies are lurking about.
The AGT second semis rolled on with Steven Retchless — male pole dancer extraordinaire. He had quite a crew tonight — additional pole dancers. He even came down to the stage at one point. Clearly Piers wasn’t entranced. He said he doesn’t see this as a million dollar act and said it wasn’t a guy thing. Sharon enjoyed the act and the new dancers. Howie disagreed with Piers and thought it was good, but he questioned whether it was good enough — better than Zuma Zuma?
Retchless looked into the camera and told us to go after our dreams. No matter how many times we hear that, trust me, we can’t hear it enough.
Okay, from pole dancing to motorcycles — Smage Brothers Riding Shows. This is the group that features the most unfortunate man in America…who will be joined by Rad Grandma Smage. Seriously, though, I hope they pay their “friend” handsomely for his work lying there on the floor. Eventually, the whole family came out for the show and the Smage Bros. jumped right over them. I have to say, the whole thing was pretty incredible. Even the unfortunate employee was smiling. LOVE that guy. Piers said, “unbelievable!” and “what can I say?” Howie agreed, and had praise for Rad Grandma Smage. Sharon made it unanimous. America likely will, as well.
I’m looking for work. Do you have any writing jobs available? Maybe I’ll just apply for that guy’s job in the riding show.
Next, Professor Splash. This guy divides my viewing group. Some think this is pretty cool, others don’t see the point. Back in Denver, we got a glimpse of him getting in trouble with the fire department. Nice. Tonight he’s jumping into eight feet of fiery water from 70 feet high. What you are witnessing tonight, ladies and gentleman, is something I will never, ever do. Not even in my next lifetime (which you’ll read about in about 100 years — stay tuned!). Piers and Howie weren’t too enthusiastic, especially since the kiddie pool was gone. Sharon, however, enjoyed it.
Did the Professor make a splash with you?
There was a commercial in that last package about a lasagna that doesn’t have any burned edges. What? That stuff’s great! I love those crunchy noodles that stick to the side. Boy, some folks just don’t know what’s good.
The next act? A favorite — Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Who doesn’t love this guy? West Virginia is really behind this guy. As is his wife. Awesome. He washes cars and sings Sinatra. Landau, YOU ARE NOBODY’S VIEW! YOU ARE WHY I CREATED THIS BLOG. Your story is what we’re all about here. I’ve Got the World on a String and Landau. Double sweet. He was sensational tonight with the staging all around him. Piers wasn’t thrilled with the entire performance, but did have some good things to say. However, in the end, only America’s votes count.
You’re still silk to my viewing group, Landau.
Last up tonight is a great act, with a four-year-old in the mix — Silhouettes. This act is very original. Next to Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. and Team iLuminate, it’s probably the act that most of you search for here at Nobody’s View. Piers didn’t like tonight’s performance as much as their past performances. Sharon agreed with Piers, but said she had full confidence in their return.
Do you want more shadow play?
There are your 12 acts, Nobody Nation: The Kinetic King, Fatally Unique, Landon Swank, Gymkana, Summerwind Skippers, Snap Boogie, Anna Graceman, Steven Retchless, Smage Bros. Riding Shows, Professor Splash, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., and Silhouettes.
Who’ll it be? I guess you’ll have to join us tomorrow here at Nobody’s View for the LIVE blog (at 8pm in the West).
Have a great night!