7/2/12 America’s Got Talent Is a Marathon–12 Acts in 150 Minutes? We’ll Do Our Best!

Tonight’s 7/2/12 America’s Got Talent is a marathon.  Long show.  Twelve acts.  Thanks, Nobody Nation, for joining us at 7:30pm in the West here at Nobody’s View.

[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, it goes from Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, and Howard Stern to us, America.  Season 7 is down to the great 48.  Tonight’s the first live AGT quarterfinal.

Quite an intro, right?  All those acts.  Ah, memories.  Didn’t the season just start?  Where the heck is the summer going, folks?  Ah, who am I kidding.  Now that I’m a workin’ man, there is no “summer.”  It’s just another season.  But ah, when we were young.

So, enough about me.  Who cares?  The first 30 minutes is a countdown to the first live quarterfinal at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

But you’ll have to wait.  First you need to be treated to all the acts that got buzzed off the first time.  The sound of that “X” is likely emblazoned in America’s brains right now.

“Whatcha gonna do?”

Ah, the memories.  Lockjaw.  Pole dancing.  Howard’s dad telling people not to be “stupid.”  A waterskiing squirrel.  Horrifying piercings.  And the excellent (and now contract-signed) voice of Ron Christopher Porter Jr.

That was a lot for 8 minutes.


After the break?  An interview with the judges.  Stern joking.  Howard Tweeting…and giving Stern a plant in a thimble.  Why not?  Oh, and acne in Howie’s ear.  Of course that made the show.  Twice.


After that, the rest of the outtakes were pretty tame.  Except for Howie once again blowing up a glove on his head.  Ah, more memories.


After the break?  More footage.

I’m going to get an apple.  Got some Pink Ladies.  Those are the best, right?


Oh, sorry.  Dozed off for a second.

We’ve made it to the first set of quarterfinals.  A montage of New Yorkers in the camera telling us that NYC is the place to be for dreams.  Maybe.  But I’m quite happy in the West, thank you.  Even if my dreams don’t all come true, at least I’m warm in my disappointments (just kidding…I’m actually quite happy!).

So, cannon came out in yet another snappy suit.  The yellow flower was a nice touch, don’t you think?  I don’t know about the tie, but definitely a cool flower.

So, would you want to go in the first group?  Last?  And why?  Does it make a difference?

Jeez.  The judges came out and it was so…oh, wait…Sharon did her hand thing.  I have to come up with something.  I’m not getting any help from Nobody Nation, here.  How about I tap the side of my head twice with my index finger.  That’s telling us all to think.  How’s that for a hand gesture?  Maybe not.  How does one choose a signature hand gesture?

Anyway, the votes are back to America now.

The first act?  The Distinguished Men of Brass.  I really like this group.  And I love their story.  Lost jobs, new dream.  But FIRST?  The first of the 48 to go.  Oh, boy.  Their outfits were great.  And they sound like a whole college band with just a few instruments.  They really are great.  And I’m sure live it’s even better.  But Howie and Howard were right…there is an odd sound on TV.  I know it’s perfect in that hall, but in my living room?


We’re back.

Next?  A singer.  Edon.  This kids’ incredible.  Love this act.  Is it just me, or does he seem many years past his age?  At his intro interview, he said he has a big note to hit.  I remember those days.  I also remember when my voice changed.  Argh!  Let’s hope Edon has a better fate.  For the sake of music, let’s hope he has a better fate.  He hit his notes.  May he always hit them!  And Howard said it best.  Edon is “humble.”  That’s what will make him more than a “celebrity.”  It’ll make him a star.

Speaking of stars, remember those Little Debbie Star Crunch things?  Man.  That apple was killer, but a Star Crunch?



So, what’s up with that cars.com ad with the woman’s head coming out of her hair and singing that creepy tune?  Yikes.

Oh, well.  We’re back now and it’s safe.  But goodness, wouldn’t want to see her hair in a dark alley.  It’s kinda post-apocalyptic in a way.

Anyway, back to the acts.

Magicians–Jarrett & Raja.  Piano and magic.  Apparently, they can’t really find work because no one “understands” a piano and magic.  I get it, guys.  When you don’t order the Big Mac as-is, you wait.  And wait.  But hopefully, you can break out.  Yeah, it was kinda campy.  But isn’t that part of the fun?  Still, the audience was brutal.

But that may just make future success all the more sweet.

Not as sweet as a star crunch thing, but sweet.


Next?  A young dancer.  Lil Starr.  That’s wild…we were just talking about Star Crunch.  Will the co-incidences never stop?

Anyway, she seemed to be enjoying New York.  The best part of these kid acts is they seem to have no fear.  How do we adults get more of that in our lives?  There was dissension in the judicial ranks, but only America knows if Lil Starr will go through.


Now?  Todd Oliver and Irving the Dog (and Lucy).  This is a great act.  Very clever.  Live-dog ventriloquism.  He lives in Branson, so…there’s probably a stage there somewhere for him.  This act has real potential.  The live animal angle is great.  The judges were probably correct that the material could be a bit more bold.  But I’m sure he’ll be able to rise to the occasion.

Well, I don’t have a dog, but if I did, I’d have to let him out right now.

So, excuse me….


American BMX Stunt Team brought us back from commercial.  Lots of wheels in a small space.  There were a few near misses in there, but they pulled it off.  The judges certainly liked it.  But is this America’s kind of act?


The next act is Nikki Jensen.  She moved to America to live her dream.  This is her big chance.  What better stage?  AGT in NYC.  But no guitar?  She says she wants to show versatility.  Is the quarters live the place to do that?  She tackled Coldplay’s The Scientist.  Love that song.  She has a really interesting voice.  It was a nice rendition.  Will America agree, or did they want to see that Aussie guitar?  Howie didn’t believe she was “electric” and Howard seemed to agree.  Sharon said she wanted more emotion, especially out of a Coldplay selection.  That’s another reason The Scientist is so difficult.  It is an emotional song.  I also really like Everything’s Not Lost.  

But that’s another night.


I’m getting tired folks.  150 minute is a long time.  I’m also getting a crink in my neck.  The stuff I do for you, Nobody Nation.


Okay.  Next up?  The Scott Brothers.  In sync dancing.  They said they also do their own music.  This is a really interesting act.  The hand/arm thing was a great illusion.  I can only do that stupid cut-thumb trick.  And that hat illusion at the end?  Wow.  They really took it to the next level tonight.  How are they going to top this?  Maybe taking their heads off and running around them.  Sharon and Howie definitely gave them a boost.  And so did Howard!  Surprise.

Good act, The Scott Brothers.

I want them to go through.

I also want them to teach me how to do that hat thing.


The next act is Michael Nejad.  This is an interesting act.  The guy who makes musical instruments out of everyday objects.  He played a flute made out of a baseball bat.  A fiddle made out of a shovel.  A sax made from a vacuum cleaner. It didn’t really go over with the judges or the audience.

I can play my throat.  And my teeth.  Have I mentioned that before?

Probably not.

Never mind.  Forget I mentioned it.


787 Crew is up.  All the way from Puerto Rico.  This is truly an act that wants it.  Remember the smashup in Vegas?  Remember the vomiting?  Well, they better have it all together tonight.  The light show and costumes were enough to induce a seizure, but it was a wild effect.  Just hope it didn’t overshadow the act.  The judges were lukewarm and Howard said they were “in trouble.”  Sharon disagreed.  What do you think?

787 Crew moving on, or taking flight 787 to San Juan?


Dad and daugher: Shanice & Maurice Hayes.  Do you like the duo, as Howard said in Vegas, or should Shanice be solo, as Howie said in Vegas?  They sounded great tonight.  Yes, Shanice is a superstar, but her father adds a bit of soft soul.  They really nailed it tonight.  I’m not sure I agree that it was “cheese.”  I think it was father/daughter duo.  But nobody asks me, right?

Maybe they’ll listen to my dad.


David Garibaldi and His CMYKs.  This is one of my favorites.  This is a really strong act.  It’s so creative.  It has a wow-factor to it.  And tonight?  Good God.  Wow.  Wow wow.  Wow wow wow.  Send ’em through.  I have to say, I agree with Howard’s picks.  And Garibaldi has to go through.


So there you have it.  Distinguished Men of Brass, Edon, Jarrett & Raja, Lil Starr, Todd Oliver, American BMX Stunt Team, Nikki Jensen, The Scott Brothers, Michael Nejad, 787 Crew, Shanice & Maurice Hayes, and David Garibaldi & His CMYKs.

As for tomorrow?  Well, we’ll try to get it live.  There might be a glitch, but there will eventually be a write-up.

Have a good night America.

Have a Star Crunch.


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