Thanks for joining us at 8pm in the West for the first of the Las Vegas shows. We’re blogging it live. You’ll read and watch along. It’s all good!
The acts will perform for Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, and Howard Stern for the first of the Las Vegas shows.
[We here at Nobody’s View have a soft spot for America’s Got Talent. Why? Well, contestants on the show are our kind of folks. Just regular people like you and me who get to live their dream. Getting their moment in the sun. People doing what they feel they were born to do. Hard to argue with that! And, judging by the thousands of you who join me here each season, well, I think you agree! Welcome to the LIVE Nobody’s View America’s Got Talent 2012 blog.]
So, how about those Olympic trials? I know, right? How great is that? Imagine training and training and training and it all comes down to this one night on NBC. Actually, come to think of it, that sounds pretty scary. Then again, I suppose it’s the thrill of the chase, right? The challenge of competition.
Kinda like America’s Got Talent. We’ve said it before Nobody Nation, but we’ll say it again: if you want to try it, try it. If you want to do it, do it. What’s the worst that can happen? As a family member always said, “They can say ‘no’ but they can’t kill you!'”
Then, I always have to remind him that people get killed trying things all the time, and well…y’know. That was that.
But still! Go for it. Don’t let U.S. violence statistics stop you!
Yes, Nick Cannon was standing on a cliff at the start.
Anyway, that opening montage was great, no? Lots of favorites. I wonder what crotch-and-brick-and-hammer guy will do to top his first performance that featured his crotch, a brick, and a hammer. Hmmm…isn’t American TV great?
“Vegas, here I come.” Indeed. Imagine waking up in the morning and flying to Vegas to perform on the road to a million bucks. Tom Cotter, Tim Hockenberry, Spencer Horsman, David “The Bullet” Smith, and Turf all gave their points of view. They seemed ready.
Then, in the next scene they stuffed all the contestants into a foyer and Stern, Mandel, and Osbourne made a hard announcement…the dreaded “favorites” and “standbys.” The faves perform first, standbys perform second for remaining spots. You knew this was coming. But this year, they have to look on boards? Last year they brought them into a theater. Oh, and some are going home today. I guess it was all about the frequent flyer miles for some of these people.
First we saw the smile montage of the favorites. The cheers, the screams, the elation. Next? The relief to even get a chance to perform as a standby. And finally? No names.
Bandbaz Brothers going home? What? That guy came out of retirement for that? Argh.
Oh, well. After the tears there’s always the obligatory mattress commercial, so…there’s that.
So, the danger category is up first. All Wheel Sports, New Guard America, American BMX Stunt Team.
All Wheel Sports was up first. They added gymnastics. Tumbling. Okay.
American BMX had only one issue…smashed bike. Luckily the rider was okay. New Guard America and Cristin Sandu brought their best as well, with Sandu really impressing with his crazy balance act. That guy’s insane. How the heck do you discover that you have a talent for that?
Ben Black, the crossbow guy, had a misfire in practice. Yikes. In performance, however, he was dead on. I have to say, I hope his assistant has some kind of long-term disability policy. Especially blindfolded. He’s just one mistake away from homicide. Howie and Sharon didn’t seem too impressed.
I have to say, I was!
Show me a man who can shoot a balloon blindfolded off his girlfriend’s head, and I’ll show you…well…a very understanding girlfriend.
Boy, did you see that Colorado commercial again? The more I see that, the more I want to just jump in the ol’ car and get my rear up there. Snowmass. Now that’s skiin’ folks. The Big Burn? Sam’s Knob? Campground? Oh, yeah!
Now? Female singers. Mary Joyner. Daughter of Flojo and Al Joyner. She was first. I don’t think she was as dynamic as LA. It’s so frustrating when performers don’t quite get there in one performance…especially when you know how dynamic they can be. Luna, a deli worker from the St. Louis audition, had an issue with what appeared to be stage fright. I really felt for her, especially when the judges sent her right home.
I understand it’s a competition, but y’know? These are people. And yeah, it’s just television. Buy y’know? These are people.
Nikki Jensen, an ex-journalist from Australia, had the advantage of going last. Her soulful “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was…well…terrific. Her voice is terrific. And yes, Howie, America “will respond” to someone that unique.
In fact, Howie, we need more people “that unique.”
So, we continue at Venetian/Palazzo.
Loyalty Dance Team, All That!, 787 Crew, Funk Beyond Control.
All That! and Funk did their thing, and then the focus shifted to Loyalty and 787. Both of these teams didn’t just seemed determined, but absolutely determined. Yeah, there’s a difference. But on stage? Well, the judges weren’t thrilled about Loyalty. But then? Well, then was 787. They were great, but there was a fall. A guy got hit. There was one mistake.
I still say, put them through. But of course, that dreaded word: “Perfection.”
A good word for launching a rocket or doing a sum.
But in art?
Well, that’s for the judges to decide.
Aurora Light Painters, Joe Castillo, Light Wire Theater and, of course…Horse. Crotch shot Horse.
Yes, Horse. There was a bowling ball. A bike. Fire. Kicking. “A little bit of pain”?
All Beef Patty performed next. Patty belongs right there in Vegas, no doubt.
And Joe Castillo? The sand painter? Incredible. Amazing. Awesome.
Todd Oliver & Irving came up next. A guy and his dog. Very interesting ventriloquism act. Funny.
Light Wire Theater came on with their very cool light act. Tonight was some kind of jellyfish, palm tree, dinosaur, butterfly thing. It was awesome.
Aurora Light Painters were nervous, but still cool. I’d love to see what they do live. It’s probably even more amazing in person.
But alas, I’m here and they’re there. So, I guess I’ll have to hope they go on tour with the crotch guy or something.
Now THAT would be a show.
Andrew De Leon. Love that guy. Simply Sergio? He’s…simply Sergio. And simply sick. Luiz Meneghin is in this group as well.
Simply Sergio was up first. I really felt bad for him. Illness is the great equalizer. You can be the greatest of all time, but if you are sick, well…
Luiz Meneghin, before he came on, said his home just went into foreclosure. Now, I want him to succeed more than ever. He wasn’t as dynamic as his first audition, but I know it’s there.
But then? Well, Andrew De Leon. This guy is a favorite of more than one of my friends. Fantastic story. Fantastic voice. Would love to see this guy do well. But in the end, well, his audition ended in silence. Sharon’s face really told the story. Nerves. Nerves, nerves, nerves. They keep us from really reaching our potential, right? So, how do we quell them? What’s the secret? The stage is a scary place, and, unfortunately, on AGT, well…it’s magnified by a million.
Tomorrow will bring more from Vegas. Who’ll reach their potential? Join us an find out.