8/21/12 is the AGT wildcard show. I know a few of my favorites were voted out earlier in the season and are coming back.
How about you?
Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, and Howard Stern have made their picks. Who’s going to get another chance?
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Well, enough waiting. Let’s get started!
All That!, Bandbaz Brothers, Lindsey Norton, Horse, Ben Blaque, Todd Oliver, Spencer Horsman, Sebastien “El Charro De Oro”, Jarrett & Raja, Cristin Sandu, and Andrew De Leon.
Those are your wildcards, folks. I’m glad to see more than one of them back! Are you glad? Are you surprised by any of these choices? Ben Blaque is one errant arrow away from a murder charge. Sebastien has an amazing voice. Cristin Sandu narrowly escaped injury. And Andrew De Leon? Love it. Love that he’s back.
Well, we use the word “redemption” a lot. Too much. But tonight? Well, maybe a few of these acts can lay claim to it.
Oh, wait…oh, wait…I have to do a trademarked hand signal thingy…hold on……….
There, I did it. Now we can officially start.
The first act is a Howard Stern pick. Spencer Horsman. This kid has a great act. Hard not to find it entertaining. He has an olde-tyme look, doesn’t he? The hair. The vest. It’s half the act. Tonight? Locks. A cage. Concrete. Oh, and Captain America-ish goggles. How can you not love it?
And then, just at the last minute. When there was no more room for concrete. Out he came. Somehow, ya just knew it, right? But standing O indeed. Howard said this isn’t an act you fast forward, and he’s right. Sharon loved it too. As did Howie.
Horsman didn’t say much, but that’s probably he had concrete in his lungs. But he was clearly enjoying the moment. But when he did talk, it was a shower joke, so…that has to get a few extra votes, right?
The AGT Wildcard show marches on. Next is a Sharon pick, cloggers All That! Sharon requested them back with no shirts. Oh, and oil. They had a neat dark/light effect going on. Interesting light shadows. It was a good effect. Now, at one point, I think the shadows took their shirts off. Will that satisfy Sharon? Or how about the one guy at the end? Was that enough for her?
Sharon clearly loved it. Howie? Well, he said it was “amazing,” but compared to the other talent? He didn’t think it was exciting enough…especially compared to near-cement death. As for Howard? Well, he did mention that fast forward button. Do you agree?
So what about that woman trying to swim from Cuba to Florida…Diana Nyad? Now there’s a woman living the dream. Sharks. Currents. Exhaustion. Just the fact that she’s attempting it is incredible.
But back to other dreams. The next act? A Howie pick, Jarrett & Raja. They said they didn’t expect the boos last time. I didn’t expect that either. I loved their act in Vegas with the symphony. I’m interested to see what they do now. They said in the teaser it’s dangerous and unique. Well, we’ll see.
There was some drama at the start and, of course, a piano. And spray paint. Raja, piano guy, was locked in a box. Lifted off the stage. And disappeared. Then he reappeared next to the audience. Wow. It really was terrific. The crowd went crazy. As well they should.
And yes, Howie, you did good.
Stern loved it, as did Sharon. And, wait…Howard complimented Howie for bringing them back. Are we in bizarro AGT world?
So, during the break I had a mint ice cream sandwich. So good! Not as good as the last batch of easy peanut butter cookies I made (incredible!), but still good. Mint ice cream. Oh, yeah.
Anyway, we’re back with a Howie pick: Sebastien “El Charro De Oro”. This is a great pick. I love this kid’s voice. Terrific pick. He says that tonight he’s got a little mariachi and a little Sinatra.
New York New York. Bold choice for a performance in New Jersey. But hey, this kid has so much swagger, he pulled it off! Big time. Standing O(r0)…well deserved.
Howie said the kid is more than the lead singer in a mariachi group. He’s a true entertainer. As for Sharon? Well, she says Sebastien has her heart. I’m sure he’s happy to hear that, as he has a crush on her.
But this kid is incredible.
A Howard pick: Horse.
You remember Horse. A guy with a crotch of steel. Have you seen him? No? Well, you’re in for a…well…treat, is it? I’m not sure. I can’t tell.
And he’s bringin’ back the underwear.
It looked like Jackass. There were tires. Mousetraps. Other guys taking crotch shots. And, well, an impossibly horrid jump onto wooden beams that…well…would kill a mortal man. YouTube it. You’ll cringe.
But not as much as you’ll cringe when you see Howard Stern shoot Horse in the nuts with a cannon. With tennis balls. Going 90 miles per hour.
Sharon’s final pick is Lindsey Norton. Lindsey said that tonight’s performance is “big” with little breathing time.
She brought the contortion. She brought the acrobatics. At one point, it looked in the background like she brought the Eye of Mordor.
It was a graceful performance, but how do you think it stacks up against the other acts? But then again, does it matter? Lindsey Norton will be with Cirque du Soleil in a few years anyway, regardless of the results of this show.
I wanna be in Cirque. Maybe I could do the trick I can with my fingers where I make them move in some kind of weird unison. Learned to do it in a movie theater years ago when someone challenged me to do it as a brain teaser.
And I did it! And it got me nowhere!
Who’s laughing now?
Oh, wait…wait a minute….
Howie’s last pick: Andrew De Leon.
Fantastic pick. Have to hear this guy again. After the way he went out, it’s good to see him back. I love that a guy who has, by his own admission, lived on the margins, is now center stage.
He has a lot to prove to America, sure, but I’m more interested in him performing for himself. To show himself that he can do it.
And he did it. Big time. Fantastic.
And yes, Howie used the word “redemption.” I think it really applies in this case. De Leon’s story makes him even more stratospheric than he’s inevitably going to be. This is a guy I’d like to have lunch with and hear his story in person.
I hope he comes back, because I’m sure the next performance will be just as mind bending.
The last act? A Howard pick. Ben Blaque. This is hard to watch. As I’ve said so many times, I’m not a huge fan of acts that are one slip/sneeze away from death or a murder charge. Imagine. One day you’re performing. The next? 25 years in prison because of an AGT appearance.
But tonight? No prison. He pulled it off. A terrific stunt and a perfect hit through the apple.
So, there you are folks. The 12 wildcards. Good luck. Can’t even imagine how America will decide. I think this may have been one of the most spectacular nights of AGT I can remember. In fact, just got a text from a family member telling me the same thing.
Who was your pick? Can you even pick one?
Join us here tomorrow when we find out who’s going on…and who’s going home.