8/14/12 Sees America’s Got Talent Return After the Olympics; 12 Online Acts Perform

On 8/14/12, America’s Got Talent returns after it’s Olympics hiatus.

The 12 online acts perform, and we’re back in business with Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, and Nick Cannon.

Nobody’s View has the write-up!  Enjoy!

[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 I was getting this post ready and tuned into Wheel of Fortune for a few minutes.  A guy just had this in the bonus round:


And he missed it.

He could’ve won a Prius.

Well, anyway, let’s hope the contestants on AGT tonight have better luck.  It’s the online entries, so promises to be…promising!

So, when we last tuned in, 16 acts were through.  Now?  We need a few more.  Every year I say I’m going to put in a video submission of me playing my throat (yes, I can do that), but then I realize that that would mean I’d have to put in a video submission of me playing my throat, and that pretty much seals the “forget it!” deal.

I’ll stick with writing.

What talent would YOU put on video?

So I liked Nick’s jacket tonight.  My car is sort of that color.

Sort of.  Mines more blue than…purple, is it?

So, remember Jackie Evancho?  She came from a YouTube show.  So, that’s pretty good.


First up is Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots.  From Las Vegas.  Isn’t everything in Vegas extreme?

Pretty birds.  I used to love a place in Florida called Parrot Jungle.  Anyway, a parrot named Kitten was going to free fall for 130 feet from dizzying heights through the doors of the theater, over the audience’s head, all the way to Carvalho on stage.

Pretty extreme.  For a parrot.

Then, she did it.  She actually did it.  Crazy.  Wild.  Sharon called Carvalho a “bird whisperer.”  Y’know?  I’m sure that’ll end up on some cable station or another.  The market’s probably ripe for this.

The judges loved it.  The audience loved it.  As for the bird?  Hard to tell.

I’d like to see it again.  Y’know…memories of Parrot Jungle and all….


Next up?  A band from New Jersey.  Reverse Order.  They have a minivan and a trailer.  How can you go wrong with that?  But then again, they have to follow a free-falling parrot.

Interesting song choice.

Not sure what to say about them.  I think on TV the sound gets a little distorted.  Stern said they need time to “gel” because they haven’t been together all that long.  I think there might be something to that, although I’m no expert.  Howie said they appeared to be “acting” like a rock band.  As for Sharon?  Well, she nailed it.  If you want to be a “rock” band, then rock.  And gig.  And work.


Coming on stage?  An LA illusionist.  Rudy Coby.  His act?  To make a “nightmare come to life.”  Sounds intriguing.  Coby said he became discouraged and went on tour with Marilyn Manson.  Then got back into magic.  Tonight, Coby had the evil clown thing going.

I’m not sure I entirely followed the whole thing, but it actually had an interesting ending, despite the two X-es.  Yes, it got slow in the middle, but I tend to agree with Howie.  The guy’s been out of magic for a while, and hasn’t been on stage.  So?  So, maybe cut some slack.  Yeah, it’s all about timing.  Timing, timing, timing.

Isn’t that the story of life?

And now, time for commercials.


A Yorba Linda dance group was up next — 7 In Unison.  They have to compete with the amazing dance acts already going through, including Turf.  They got an early buzz, despite the smoky jazz and retro look.

The judges didn’t look too thrilled at the end of the performance.  Howie said he was “a little bored.”  Sharon questioned what makes them unique from other groups, and she said she didn’t see anything that made them stand out.  Howard agreed with the other judges, and added that groups need to “feel” the audience and do something that “triggers an audience” to stay tuned.

But in the end, 7 In Unison was gracious in the face of criticism.  And that shows something more important than talent.

It shows character.


The winning act from YouTube.  Most votes.  Drew Erwin.  Taught himself to play.  Love that.

He got injured playing football, and couldn’t play, so he taught himself guitar.  Great story.

Erwin’s raw, but he has a big voice.  From one guy self-teaching to another–you have my respect, Drew.  I also play only in my room, and I really admire your courage.


A comedian is next.  From LA, Melinda Hill.  She said she was a shy child, and found her way to comedy early on through doing an impression in class.  She says her mother is a big inspiration in her life and in her comedy.  Let’s hope she can inspire 90 great seconds….

Well…it was…interesting.  She has a persona and a calm demeanor, but I’m not too sure about the material.  I agree that the beginning was clever, but as it went on, it got more difficult.  But again, I’m no expert.  I mean, I like jokes and all…and I tell a few…but I’m no stand up comedian.


The next act.  From Tucson, Arizona, Eric Buss.  He’s an inventor or sorts, who learned building and goofy from his father.  Tonight?  Buss describes it as “visual chaos.”  Thousands of hours of building and rehearsing.

Well, there were lots of can lids popping off with those flying novelty snakes.  Lots and lots and lots of them.  There were two early X-es, but then a good amount of applause at the end.  It was interesting.

Lukewarm reception from the judges, but not sure what America will say.


Chicago’s own Romeo Dance Cheetah.  Looks like a name chosen the same way Fine Young Cannibals picked their name.  Just kinda looking though the dictionary.  Hey, works for me.

Anyway, air guitar.

He did his thing, blazoned in red.  Got two early X-es, but seemed to really get the audience involved.  And why not?  Consider it performance art.  But then again, at the end, there were some distinct “boos.”

The judges didn’t seem too impressed, but I say: if you have a passion, play it.  Even if it’s only air.


The Magic of Puck.  He started at age 6, when he found his passion.  He works on cruise ships and loves it, but says it would be nice to see his family more.  Living in Vegas would certainly do it!

The act was really nice.  He did things with a handkerchief that would make Kleenex proud!

The judges seemed to like it.  He did looked polished and professional, but some of the judges said, next time, make it bigger!

Isn’t that always the way?

Well, I’m not sure I agree.  Sometimes short stories can move us in ways full-length novels just can’t.  So, maybe it’s not the scale, but the heart.

Still, when we see The Magic of Puck again, I’m sure it’ll be a bigger illusion.


Next on stage?  Singer Bria Kelly.  She said she “knows” she’s meant to make music in her life, and that she discovered it early.

She certainly sings like she has passion.  Sharon acknowledged this when she told her to sing without yelling so much.  But that yelling was more product of nerves, probably.  She does have a good voice.

We’ll see her again.  I’ll be interested in hearing her next choice.


The next act played a four ton instrument: Cast In Bronze.

The back story is interesting.  The guy wears a mask because he has given his whole self to the bells.  Why not?

We got treated to a little Christmas in August.

Sharon held up her “X” (it was outside, you see), and two more followed, but Cast In Bronze played on!

Sharon said it sounded like a department store at Christmas.  Howie and Howard didn’t add much.

CIB was a man of few words.

But many bells.


Academy Of Villains was the last act.  A San Francisco dance group.  Apparently people dance with broken bones and throw up during rehearsals.  And push-ups.

Sounds like gym class.

Queen.  Good music choice.  It was a very nice start to the act, and a good effect.

Then, the obligatory hip hop.

But I liked the overall look of the act.  The red gloves were a nice touch.

The judges said they loved it.  The audience clearly loved it.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing them again.

All judges agreed the best were saved for last.

I have to agree.


So, what did you think of the YouTube show?  Was it as rough as the judges said? The parrot was cool.  The dancing villains were talented.  What filled in the middle for you?

I guess we’ll see America’s choices tomorrow at the reveal.  Until then, get plenty of rest.  Drink plenty of water.  And smile.  This is America and you can do your talent…whatever it is!

I mean, you may not get paid to do it, but do it anyway!


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