9/4/12 America’s Got Talent Is the Second Semifinal–Who Is Moving Closer to a Million Dollars?

Another semifinal is on–9/4/12 America’s Got Talent.

Oh, and a one-hour interruption for the Democratic National Convention.  Sorry about the politics, but there’s nothing to be done about it!

I will do my best to be here live!  But you know the write-up will appear at some point, so…terrific!

[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, here I am.  Have been dealing with a major issue, but found some time to blog.  Turned on the DVR (had to tape it) and discovered that the 9/4/12 AGT that was supposed to tape was actually the Democratic National Convention.  So, cable company said one thing in the listing and NBC had other plans.

Let’s see where we are here.  Can I recover the show from the bowels of the DVR?  Hang on….


Ah, miracle!

Somehow, my DVR gave me the whole lost gap of time.  So, let’s say goodbye to politics (who cares anyway) and get on with it…

Did you see the microphones they had at the end of the DNC broadcast?  Brian Williams looked like he was holding a giant ice cream cone rocket.  We live in an age of phone with computers, but mics are still huge…go figure.

Anyway, here we are with the second semifinal.

Tonight’s acts?

All Wheel Sports, Shanice & Maurice Hayes, All That!, Sebastien “El Charro De Oro”, The Magic of Puck, Jacob Williams, David Garibaldi & His CMYK’s, The Untouchables, Clint Carvalho & His Extreme Parrots, Tim Hockenberry, Olate Dogs, Lightwire Theater.

There are your 12 acts.  Some good acts there.  Haven’t seen some of them in a while!  It’ll be nice to see Hockenberry and Williams again, as well as Garibaldi and Lightwire Theater.

So, we won’t get to see the Howie Mandel eyebrow sweep, the Sharon Osbourne heart, or the Howard Stern…insanity hands…much longer.

I’m glad they read the blog, y’know?  It got them to really focus on their hand gestures.  That’s why we all tune in, right?  We tune in to see Howie sweep his brow.

Anyway, act 1.  All That!  Do you like this act?  Do you think they should be here?  Cannon says they’re going to take a “big risk” tonight.  Will any risk be enough of a risk to move on?

Started with one guy.  A feature guy.  Then three.  Then four until all 8 were going at it pretty good.

Then, some of them danced with fire on their feet.  Interesting.  Then water.  Ah, the great clogging metaphors of old.  Don’t you remember studying clogging metaphors in your Greek mythology class?  The ancient cloggers of Delphi and Athens who danced with fire on their feet before jumping into a pool of…forget it.

Did you like the act?  Are you a cloggin’ fan?  Or a floggin’ can?

Sharon loved it.  Howie?  Said it was “one dimensional.”  Stern?  Somewhere in the middle.

What did you think?


Act 2

Sebastien, “El Charro De Oro.”  I really like this act.  This kid has the voice and the maturity.  He’s got it all.

He really nailed it tonight.  He picked a song in his vocal wheelhouse, and the dancer was a nice addition.  The harp was pretty cool too (am I the first person to ever use that sentence?).  It was the whole entertainment package tonight.

The judges seemed to like it as well.  And why not?  Kid’s livin’ the dream.  Kid’s makin’ it real.



Next act?  The Magic of Puck.

He had Howard autograph a handkerchief, then made it float toward him.  He tied it to another assistant who got on a table.  He covered her in a sheet, levitated her, then made her reappear in another box.  She still had the handkerchief on her wrist.

Stern said “well done” and thanked him for the bigger act.  Sharon loved it as well.  Howie made the “magic” appeal, and now it’s up to America.


Next, Clint Carvalho & His Extreme Parrots.

This is an interesting act.  We’re getting more daredevil Kitty tonight.  Remember that first act?  Pretty impressive.  But can he build on that?

Well, we got some flying.  Some hopping.  Some mail in the mailbox.  And a totally unscripted, off-the-cuff, surprise plug for 7up.

Judges?  Well, they didn’t think it was necessarily worth $1 million.  Do you think a bird act is worth the money?  Are you voting for Clint and Kitty?


Jacob Williams is next.  I like this schtick and have been looking forward to seeing this again.

So, he wants to trade the day job for comedy.  Ah, don’t we all?  Good for him.  I hope he gets his wish.  We can live vicariously through him.

I have to agree with Howie’s comments.  Jacob is the act…the awkward act who is who he is.  There has to be a place for people to be who they are…and to get paid for it!  Imagine what that would be like!  I mean, I’d probably be poor, but still….getting paid for who we are.

Nobody Nation could be rich…as long as we pooled our money together.


Next?  A musical duo–Shanice and Maurice Hayes.

This is a sweet act.  Something about a daughter and father duo…even when he uses the phrase, “kick her out of the nest.”  Families are families folks, even on AGT.

I liked their performance tonight.  The backup singers were a nice touch.  Added a whole new dimension to the act.  But yes, she is the star of the show when she’s on stage.  Powerful pipes.

Stern wanted more Shanice.  He insists she’s the star and should be more front and center.

Howie?  He was insistent on it.


All Wheel Sports is up next.

Energy.  Bikes.  Craziness.  Potential for disaster.

Do you like acts like this?

I’m already nursing a headache, and those flashing lights didn’t help.  The lights on the wheels were a nice touch, and the darkness was interesting.

Danger.  Will America go for danger?

Howie loved it.  Howard not so much.

Can’t tell.  Does it end here or do they move on?


Tim Hockenberry.  I like this guy.  I love his voice.  I’ve been waiting to see this act again for a long time.  Another great story of a person who almost gave up on a dream, but kept on pushing.

That’s what it’s about!

Tonight he tried his rendition of Imagine.  A tall order for any singer, but I liked his rendition arranged with cello.

I agree with Sharon–simplicity.  That’s so terrific.  She’s right.  No lights, no crazy.  Just a guy singing along with cello and piano.  Howard gave high praise, and I think it was well-deserved.


So, football is on its way back.  Are you excited?  I’m a Browns fan, so “excitement” is a strong word, but football…yeah….

Anyway, next?  The Untouchables.

I love this act.  These kids are incredible.  How old is the oldest?  Thirteen?  Wow.

Tonight looked incredibly difficult technically.  These kids are incredible.  The lifts, the costume changes, the synchronicity.  I can’t even put on my shoes without creating an international incident.  What’s that about?

But The Untouchables?  A well-deserved standing O.

The judges couldn’t say enough.  And what is there to say?  Young kids living the dream is good currency here at Nobody’s View, as much as anyone else.

Never too young.  Never too old.  It’s all just right.

Exuberance, folks.  It’ll carry you.


Another great variety act, folks.  Olate Dogs.  Otherwise known as Olate-more-intelligent-than-the-writer-of-this-blog-Dogs.  Seriously.  That’s their second name.  Catchy, right?  I know!

So, how great was a jump roping dog?

And how mind bending was Bella’s last trick with all the trips and flops and craziness?  Amazing.

I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing these dogs again.  Howard’s right.  If Olate Dogs don’t get into the finals, well…it’ll be a bigger crime than Dittelman not moving on.

And that was a crime.


Now another great act.  Lightwire Theater.  This is a terrific act.  Remember the bird performance?  I’d love to see that again.

But tonight?  Apparently “dangerous” and “epic” are on order.

We started with a cat.  Then what appeared to be dinosaurs with light sabers.  Was that what that was?  Who cares?  It was cool.  The slow motion effects were terrific.  And when you think that they have to keep re-creating and re-creating, it gets even more incredible.

I feel it’s a million dollar act.  I’d see it live tomorrow.

As long as Dittelman opens for them.


Last but not least?

David Garibaldi and His CMYK’s.  I’m not a fan of that apostrophe, but hey, I’m home and they’re painting for millions, so…who cares about my grammar preferences, right?


They wasted little time getting messy and acrobatically crazy.  Flashing lights, moving pictures, smeared paint.

In the end?  The Statue of Liberty.

This is an amazing show.  I love it.  I could watch it for hours.  It’s incredibly creative and the puzzle element makes it even more incredible.

Garibaldi really is the complete package.


So, who is your choice?  How will we only pick three?  How will that be possible?!?

Well, it’ll happen.

Who are your choices?



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