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What We Take for Granted and What We Think Is Bunk Is…Well…a Matter of Opinion

I watched a movie tonight…the third Harry Potter.  I got to thinking (uh oh) and wanted to write a bit.

So, in the third Harry Potter movie, The Prisoner of Azkaban, we meet Professor Sybill Trelawney in her divination class.  She tells the students that they will see in her classroom if they possess, “THE SIGHT!”

Then she runs into a table with her Coke-bottle glasses (do they have Coke at Hogwarts?).


Now, I love Harry Potter as much as the next muggle, but there’s something that’s always bothered me about the movie.  Hermione appears in the classroom and says to the air that Trelawney is full of “rubbish.”  (Other things bother me too, like why Dumbledore and Sirius Black can’t just be ghosts or talking portraits like so many others, or why Dumbeldore can’t go back in time with Hermione’s time turner and stop Tom Riddle…but that’s another blog post…or a post for the more Potter-nerdy than myself!)

So, let me see if I understand this.  Hermione is in a world of charms, animagi (animaguses?) shape-shifters, nurses who cure bones with potions, and elves who appear out of the blue.  Her day is filled with food that magically appears on the table, trains that leave from secret tracks that apparently never run into other trains, and floating demon things that can suck out souls.  She’s seen ghosts, talking pictures, and three-headed dogs.

But divination?  Well, that’s rubbish.

Hmmm….I mean, I’m as skeptical (and open-minded) as the next guy, but still….

Well, I guess there’s a lesson in there somewhere.  No matter what we “see,” we are still slaves to our prejudices.  We can have the keys to the kingdom, but still believe the castle isn’t real.

I know it’s just a movie.  I know it’s just fiction.  But still, it’s fun to riff ol’ Potter and see what’s in it for real life.

What it comes down to is that we’re not all passionate about the same things.  We don’t all like baseball, but someone else may consider it a religion.  I couldn’t stand math class, but my friends always seemed to excel in it.  I hate Brussels sprouts, but my dad can’t get enough of them.  In my own ways, I’ve experienced sports nirvana with football, loved English, and tasted culinary bliss with the perfect steak, but I still think baseball, math, and spouts are…well…not “rubbish” exactly…but things I could easily have lived without!

So, look folks….you have your truth.  You have a world of magic that’s real to you.  Your opinions matter and, well, when it comes to your own beliefs you can definitely say you have the “sight” when it comes to things you believe and the things that fill your day.

But don’t forget–the guy across from you reading tea leaves in Trelawney’s class?  Well, he believes he can see the future in the bottom of that cup.  And who are you to say he’s blind?

Watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban again.  It’s the best one.  The sun disappears in that movie and doesn’t return for five movies.

And when you get to Professor Trelawney’s class, don’t judge.  Just have some fun.  Or, better yet, read a book on divination that challenges your beliefs.  And who knows?  Maybe it’ll open your eyes a bit.

Just watch out for the table.


9/13/12 Is the America’s Got Talent Finale Reveal–One Act, One Million Dollars! Your Choices? David Garibaldi and His CMYKs, Tom Cotter, Joe Castillo, The Untouchables, William Close and the Earth Harp Collective, and Olate Dogs

So, here we are.

The America’s Got Talent finals.  David Garibaldi and His CMYKs, Tom Cotter, The Untouchables, Joe Castillo, William Close and the Earth Harp Collective, and Olate Dogs.

Which one of these acts will take home the million?  Thanks for joining us at 7pm 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, how about Big Bang Theory?  How great is that show, right?

I assure you, Nobody Nation…I do lots more than watch TV, but Big Bang Theory.  So great.

Anyway, tonight?  The TWO HOUR finale of America’s Got Talent.  Two hours to make one announcement.  Sounds like a politician’s press conference.

I’m sure I’ll have lots of time to do some things around the house while some of the filler is going on, but I’ll be here.  Typin’ it all out for you.

David Garibaldi and His CMYKs, Tom Cotter, The Untouchables, Joe Castillo, William Close and the Earth Harp Collective, and Olate Dogs will also have a long wait.  I can’t believe we reached the end.  I can’t believe we’re here without Dittelman.

We love ya, Dittelman.  You’re not forgotten.

So, who was your favorite from this season?  Who is your pick here at the end?

The opening montage was each act talking about how badly they want this.  Beautiful scenery and music in the background.  And then?  The chaos of the AGT intro.

Then Nick Cannon dressed in a white/silvery tuxedo.  One of my viewing partners wants to know who provides his clothes.  Not to wear them…just to know.  I’m sure it’s somewhere in the ending credits.


Anyway, Nick introduced the acts, and one by one they waved to America.  Some with berets.  Some with dog collars.  Some with vests.  I’ve never been a vest person myself, but some people can really pull it off, dontcha think?

Wasn’t it great when they showed some acts from the past, including acts that put things through their tongues and eyelids?  Well, that last part wasn’t great, but it was nice to see some folks from the past.  Opera singers, magicians, comedians, dancers.

You have to admit, Nobody Nation, these are some brave folks.  Anytime you put it all on the line for passion, well…that’s great.


David Garibaldi and His CMYKs did a duet with Flo Rida.  Luckily, I still like the song Piano In The Dark.  The original.  By Brenda Russell.  I’m going to say that again.  Brenda Russell.  Thank you, Brenda Russell for Piano In The Dark.

Enough on that.

Oh, and great talent Garibaldi.  But then again, you know that already!


We’re back.

Ne-Yo is on stage.

I’m going to do some things around the house.  Maybe have a snack.  Whatever.

See you soon!


Then?  The judges talked about their favorite moments from last night.  Howie Mandel loved Tom Cotter.  Stern loved William Close and his originality…been his pick since the first show.  Osbourne gave well-deserved kudos to The Untouchables and (of course) Olate Dogs.

It really is a great final.  I’d really like to see any of these acts live.

And Dittelman.  Would love to see Dittelman live.

But he knew that already, right?


After the break?  William Close performed a duet with OneRepublic.

They actually suit his style.  It was a nice combination.

But y’know what I’d love to see?  William Close and Coldplay.  That would be amazing.  Strawberry Swing, Speed of Sound, Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall, Everything’s Not Lost.  Yeah.

We can have dreams, folks.  Even about concerts we’d love to see!

Close and Coldplay.



After the break?  Popcorn in the Orville lounge.  You think they’d ever have a “Nobody” lounge?

Probably not.

Anyway, Olate Dogs and The Untouchables with Frankie J.  This was a really entertaining act.

The Untouchables are just incredible.  Every time I see them, they bring it.  And the dogs?  Well, amazing, too.

Anyway, after that wonderful act, we were treated to some great “X” moments.  Remember those?  I did too.

Whatcha gonna do?

Watch ’em again.

Speaking of which…Burton Crane came back to ask us, “Whatcha gonna do?”

He had a crew of rappers.  He had energy.  And I’m sure, some kind of licensing agreement for that song that will make him a mint!

Whatcha gonna do, Burton?  Live large.  You deserve it.


After the break, Howie wanted to surprise Howard Stern.  We got to see the video.  A Nissan Altima with Big Barry in the trunk.  Not a great gift for Stern, but very entertaining for the rest of us.  Love this guy.

When Howard unzipped that bag and found Barry?  Well…great.

Next up?  Blue Man Group.

I have yet to see these guys in Vegas.  Tonight they brought the ultimate dance party.  They gave us a beat, and the word “butt” 100 times in 100 ways.

Now, that’s an act.

They’re at the Monte Carlo now?  I love that hotel.  Hmmm…maybe I’ll try to see them next time I’m there.

After that was a look back at the judges’ season.  Their first day.  Their first day with Howard Stern.

What did you think about Stern this season?  I liked him.  I thought he brought a good vibe to the show.  Now, we can still hope that Sharon doesn’t leave, but if she does, at least we’ll have Howard and Howie.  But who’s going to be the creamy middle?

Make it right, NBC.

Then, we got a judge roast from past acts.

Tom Cotter was the roast master.  Ah, fantastic.  Slam-tastic.  Comedy Central needs to hire Cotter.  But then there was Joan Rivers.  That’s right.  She told Cotter he was “too nice.”


She took over.  And, well…Slamulous.

She’s still got it, folks.  Big time.

She really slammed ’em all.  I could have watched it all night.  So, Comedy Central?  Get them both on the same stage for your next roast.

Killer bit.

Please, Comedy Central.  Listen to this Nobody.


Joe Castillo and the PS22 Chorus

This was a nice pairing.  It wasn’t loud, in your face.  It was just calm.  Sensitive.  Good for all of you!


Elimination 1

The six finalists came on stage for the first result.

The act in 6th place and leaving the competition is The Untouchables.

I have to admit, I’m a little surprised.  I thought they’d finish a bit higher, but then again…the talent was incredible this year, and it was anyone’s game.


Elimination 2

The act finishing in 5th place and leaving the competition is Joe Castillo.

I had a feeling he’d be next, but I love his act.  He is just an amazing artist and he really seems like a genuine person.

His is an act that can change lives.


Elimination 3

The act finishing in 4th place and leaving the competition is David Garibaldi and His CMYKs.

Sad.  I love Garibaldi’s act.  And, I’m going to renew my request: Please!  Can I have an Einstein???

I know I won’t get one, but I felt like I had to put that out there.  Innovative.  Creative.  Heading for future success.


Next?  Justin Bieber.

Time for me to head outside to do some chores.

See you soon….


Okay, I’m back.  Went out and did some chores.  Now?  Time for Nick Cannon’s backstage antics.  And onstage antics.  We saw him on the Grand Canyon.  We saw him on the Golden Gate Bridge.  We saw him with snakes, archers, crotch shots, pole dancing.

It’s a good life, indeed.

Next?  A performance by Green Day.  Not bad.  You may not love ’em, but they’re pros.

Anyway, after a bunch of commercials for clothes, politicians, cell phones, and clothes…we’ll have more.

Remember when you didn’t have a cell phone?  I think it was sometime around ’94….


Elimination 4

The act finishing in 3rd place and leaving the competition is William Close.

Did you hear the boos?  Oh, my.  Wow.  I’m more than a little surprised.  My viewing partners?  Shocked as well.

But Sharon reminded Close that Simon Cowell would do great things for him, and I think that’s true.  Close is a sure bet.

I had him pegged to go all the way.


Wow wow wow.

Just shows to go ya….


Final Elimination

Tom Cotter and Olate Dogs

A tremendous comic and the best animal act on the planet (I can’t prove that…).  Tough choice.  Who would you pick?

Who did America pick?

In the end, it was Olate Dogs.  Can’t say I’m surprised.  I really thought it was Close, but still…tremendous talent.


Well, it was a long season, folks.  We’ve had a lot of fun.  A lot of craziness.

And, hopefully, we’ve all learned a little something.

Listen folks, we’ve been saying this since the start: America’s Got Talent is about regular folks like you and me (and, sometimes, their dogs) who are living the dream.

And that’s what Nobody’s View is about.  We’re done with AGT, but dreams never stop.

I want to thank the thousands of you who tuned in with us here at Nobody’s View.  Come back.  Keep reading.

Stay in touch.

9/12/12 America’s Got Talent–The Six Finalists Perform! Whose Talent Will Be Worth a Million?

On Wednesday, 9/12/12, the six America’s Got Talent finalists perform.

Whose act will be worth a million dollars?

Thanks for joining us here at Nobody’s View for the write-up as we join Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, and Nick Cannon, and try to guess which of the six will be America’s choice.

It’s been a long day.  I’m really looking forward to this!

[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.]

Opening montage with lots of noise?  Check.  Disembodied voice of Cannon mentioning a million dollars?  Check.  Judges saying words like “sensational” and “million dollar act” to no one in particular?  Check.

So, William Close, Tom Cotter, The Untouchables, Joe Castillo, Olate Dogs, and David Garibaldi.

There they are.

Great finals, right?  Although, it would be better if Dittelman were here, but alas….

This is for all the marbles folks.  For the million bux.  The headline show in Vegas.  The life changing moment!

Did I build that up enough?


Act 1

David Garibaldi and His CMYKs

Love this act.  So great.  So creative.  I’ve never seen anything like this before, and I don’t know if we’ll ever see this again.

Tonight saw the group break out The Who and the tuxedos.  Tuxedos covered in paint.  In the end?  Great.  In the end?  Einstein.  Brilliance in physics and paint.

I agree with Howard.  I’d hang that in my house.  David, please…if you’re reading…can I have an Einstein?  Please!

I’m placing my order.

A Garibaldi Einstein.

How great would that be?


Act 2

Tom Cotter.

How funny is this guy?  He says he’s been scratching and clawing his way along.  Check to check with three kids and a wife?  That’s passion.  That’s dedication.

Cotter decided to roll the dice tonight.  He had Cannon roll a die and it came up: “Poor Examples.”  And off he went.  It was a brilliant tour of nursery rhymes that appeared to be written by crazy people.  Seriously.  Who DOES write those things?  Heh.  He really is fantastic.

Can a comedian take the whole thing?  I’m not sure, but I can tell you–he better clear his schedule, as he’s going to be touring for a loooooong and wonderful time.  Can’t wait ’til he comes to my town.

I’m just sorry I won’t hear him again on the show!

And yes, Sharon, I also love the filthy comedy!  I was actually the guy in the tie in my improv troupe who told the filthiest jokes.  Ah, those were times.  No one expected it, and man…good times.


Act 3

The Untouchables

How amazing are these kids?  How amazing are their coaches?  Seriously.  Amazing.  Get them on a cruise and have them teach the rest of us how to do what they do.

They really are terrific.  And a great song choice, right?  Proud Mary would be…well…proud.

How can they be that young and that perfect at what they do?  Practice, I guess.

Practice practice practice.  “The future of America,” indeed.


Act 4

Joe Castillo

How great is this guy?  How unique is this act?  Sand.  That’s right.  Sand.  Oh, and a beret.  And how great is his wife Cindy?  She just supports what he does.  I doubt she cares how much money it makes for him or how famous he gets.

She just gets him.


What’ll he show us tonight?  A band.  Choreography.

And Stern in a beret.  That was a nice touch.  I do agree with Sharon, though…maybe something a little more epic than the AGT judges, but still, it really is fun to watch Castillo work.

The only problem is, if you watch too closely, you get sand in your eye.


Act 5

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

What can we say about this?  Close has to be the front-runner.  He has to be the favorite.  He is larger than life and his act is so polished.

He says that tonight is a “symphony” of his instruments.

Pachelbel Canon.  So beautiful.  He’s ready to go tomorrow.  Right now.  Tour it.  Take it on the road, Close.

I mean, c’mon.  The Jackie Evancho of large harps.  You heard it here first.

Stern’s right–Close packed it all onto the stage.  Everything.  He was front and center and the show went on around him.  Brilliant.

I can’t wait to get my tickets for Close’s show in Vegas.

Maybe I’ll even get an Earth Harp for my house.  And one of those dangling acrobats.  And a backup singer.  Do you think he’ll sell those at his souvenir stand?

Probably not.


Act 6

Olate Dogs

This duo and their dogs could challenge Close and his Earth Harp.

Sorry, Sharon…you have to give that dog back.

This is a great act, isn’t it?  These dogs are brilliant, and yes, they do make us happy.  I think it’s going to come down to Close, Olate Dogs, and Cotter.

Even if those dogs don’t win, they’ll still continue to be the most spoiled dogs in America…except for Sharon’s, that is.


David Garibaldi and His CMYKs, Tom Cotter, The Untouchables, Joe Castillo, William Close, and Olate Dogs.

Good luck picking this one, America.  It’s anybody’s game.

Join us tomorrow for the reveal.

Who is your pick?

9/6/12 America’s Got Talent Is the Second Semifinal Reveal…Did Your Favorite Make It to the Finals?

9/6/12 Amercia’s Got Talent is the second semifinal reveal.

Howie, Sharon, and Howard made their opinions known a few nights ago, but who was your choice?

Will they move on?

[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.]

Well, it was pretty crazy the other night.  Lots of really great acts.  It was a better night than I thought it would be!  Hard to choose.

UNFORTUNATELY, we here at Nobody’s View won’t know.


Because once again, my cable company has hosed me.  It was all set for 9pm in the West.  DVR set.

And then?  Well, I checked what it taped and guess what?  It was “Today” and “Mad Money.”

I’m not kidding.

So, unfortunately, it was on an hour earlier than my cable company said, so we won’t have the write-up for a while.

I’m sorry, regulars.  I’ll try to get it here when I can.

In the meantime, well, I’ll consider a dish.


So here it is, Nobody Nation.  The show still hasn’t popped in to my “On Demand” feature on cable.  So now?  Well, now it’s 9/8/12, the 9/6/12 AGT second semifinal is old news, and I’m sitting here watching it on my computer and trying to blog it at the same time.

So forgive me.

Another apology to all of you.  I’ll try to do better next week!

But let’s get started here…as best we can.


Nick looked pretty sleek, right?  Nice outfit.

Reminds me…I need another suit.  One that fits well.  I have a really nice sportcoat outfit, but still…a good suit can go a long way, right?

The best judges in the business?  Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, and Howard Stern?  Well, ok…


Reveal 1

Shanice and Maurice Hayes, All That!, Lightwire Theater

Three good acts here.  I tend to agree with Howie on the Hayes act.  Shanice, go and be a start.  Then, cut an album with your father.  All That!?  Like ’em, but just too much competition this year.

And Lightwire?  Well you’re spectacular.  No doubt about it.  As I said, I’d see you tomorrow.  In Vegas.  Tomorrow.

Sharon said this one was a “really tough call.”  Do you agree?  I think Lightwire is the incredible act here.

America has voted……..thanks to my cable company you already know…… know it’s going to be……………

Lightwire Theater!  Well, that was anticlimactic.  Too bad I saw the last 2 minutes of this the other night.


Reveal 2

Jacob Williams, David Garibaldi and His CMYK’s (not sure what Nick said), and Sebastien “El Charro de Oro”

There are some good acts in this group.  But for me?  Garibaldi.  I love his act.  I really love what he does and find it very creative and exciting.

Williams didn’t have the greatest act the other night, but I love his schtick.  Sebastien is great.  But David Garibaldi?  Just too good.

Who will it be…who will it be…I mean, I know who it will be, but will it be the same in reruns?????  (You know I’m kidding, right?)

And in the end….David Garibaldi.

Had to be.  Just too great.  Too too great.  I think he could have a Gallagher-type thing going.  Getting paint on the first few rows?  High drama.  High entertainment.  High dry cleaning bills.  People coming out of the theater covered in paint.  Nice.

What’s not so nice is that the player just crashed, so I had to start over and watch the same exact Verizon commercial two more times.  That’s right.  The same commercial twice, in case you missed it the first time.  Ugh.


And then?  I fast fowarded…and guess what?  The same commercial.  Again.  Twice.  Ah, the modern age.  Isn’t this a magical time in which we live?  At least the second commercial was different.

Anyway, where were we?

Ah, yes.  AGT.  I’m going to skip the music acts.  And the Orville Lounge.  Hope you don’t mind.  Twelve-year-olds singing “We’re Not Gonna Take It?”  I’m sure it’s great but…I don’t want to watch the same commercials again….

I’m not gonna watch it………anymore!


One of the commercials was for a pasta sauce.  I’m going to make some pasta now, but specifically use a different sauce.

That’s my way of taking a stand!


Reveal 3

Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots, Olate Dogs, All Wheel Sports

My pick out of this group?  Olate Dogs.  The others are interesting, for sure, but there’s something about savant dogs that really makes me take notice…perhaps because the dog I had in my young life wasn’t quite so…able to do tricks.

America’s choice?  Olate Dogs.

Sharon was thrilled, for sure.  I think this is her pick to take it all this season.


Reveal 4

Tim Hockenberry, The Magic of Puck, The Untouchables

I really like Hockenberry.  Love his voice.  The soul in his music.  Imagine was a great choice.  The Untouchables?  Fantastic.  These kids are truly amazing.  I mean, I know the result, but I just have to say it.

The choice?  The Untouchables.  Who are apparently “over” the crying.

Love this act.  Looking forward to seeing them again.

Train is up after the break.

But for me?  Fast forward.  Sorry Train.  Can’t risk more insanity commercial-wise.


Wow.  So trying to fast forward made the thing start over.  Then I had to learn how to make chicken parm with mayo (ick!) and learned some more things about my gasoline and phone service.

But finally finally finally….


The first spot in the semifinals.  We have Garibaldi, The Untouchables, Olate Dogs, and Lightwire Theater.

The first to move on to the finals?

The Untouchables.

Wow.  How great is that?  They say sometimes picking a favorite act is like picking your favorite child…I guess that’s really true here.

The second act moving on to the finals?

Olate Dogs.

Another good pick.

Unfortunately…that leaves two amazing acts for the judges’ choice.  Who would your pick be out of these two?  Garibaldi and Lightwire.

That’s rough.  I love both of these acts.  If they were an act together, well…blockbuster.


Sharon said, “This should never have happened….a travesty.”  She’s right.  It really is.  But in the end, she choice Lightwire.

Howie?  He agrees with Sharon.  Both million-dollar acts.  Both creative acts.  Both amazing.  But in the end, Howie went with David Garibaldi–not better, not more worthy–just a choice.

Howard Stern?  The tie breaker.  Not a fun position here.  He said Garibaldi stumbled a bit last night.  I’m not sure I agree, but…y’know….Stern said he would go and pay money right now to see Garibaldi, so he picked him…and put him through.

I think this was the right choice.  Not because Lightwire theater isn’t mindbending, but because Garibaldi is so different.  So unlike anything we’ve seen on the show.  I think he brings something really different.

But Lightwire?  We’ll be seeing you on the Vegas strip soon.


So, it’s going to be a great finals.  Some creativity, some dance, some comedy, some well-trained animals.

This is what we love here at Nobody Nation.  A great group of acts that no one knew about a few months ago.  Now?  They’re standing tall on the biggest stage.

Who will get the million?

We’ll find out together…assuming my cable company can get it together.


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?


8/29/12 Is the America’s Got Talent First Semifinal Results: Great Night…Impossible Choice…Did Your Favorite Make It Through?

8/29/12 is the results show for what was a very stacked night last night on America’s Got Talent–the first semifinal show.

Did your favorite make it that far? Will they make it to the next level?

Thanks for joining us here at Nobody’s View for the results!  LIVE at 9pm in the West.

Let’s get started.

[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, before the show I watched that Survivorman show.  You know that guy, right?  Les Stroud?  He films himself.  Survives by himself.  No camera crew.  Nothing.  Now that’s a talent right?  The episode I saw was a two-parter…surviving on a desert island in Mexico.  Pretty cool.

Now, which of our acts will survive tonight?  (Neat segue, huh?)

How great was last night?  I spoke to some people I know who watch the show and they all agree that the person who put last night’s lineup together should be fired.  Immediately.  Too many great acts in one night.  Not fair.

But here we are.  And as you know, nobody listens to us here at Nobody Nation.  Heck, that’s how we got our name!

But that’s okay.  We speak our minds anyway.

I actually turned on the very end of the last-night recap and got to see Tom Cotter again.  Funnier the second time.  Love this guy’s act.  Sharon, Howie, and Howard all agreed as well.  Who’d a thunk it?  Tom Cotter is the AGT messiah.  Is it possible?

Did he make it to the finals?


So, do we really have to do this?  Do we really have to send away some great talent?  Ah, the bittersweet symphony that is America’s Got Talent.  (That’s a great song, by the way…Bittersweet Symphony.)

So, Steve Harvey came on stage to do…something.  I donno.  Give his thoughts.  Apple time?  No.  Not yet.  I hear there’s a music act on tonight, so as you all know, that’s when I’ll be snacking.

Oh…there it is.  A plug for some new show or something.  Can I get on AGT and plug my books?


The four acts that got the most votes are getting revealed tonight, then we discover who moves on.


Reveal 1

Turf, Joe Castillo, The Scott Brothers

I really like Joe Castillo from this group.  Not that the other two aren’t great, but still…I’ve never seen anything like Castillo.  Sand.  Pictures.  Too cool.

But anyway, the first of tonight’s top four acts is…Joe Castillo.

Wow.  Nice.  I think that’s a good pick.  I think people are really taken by his unique act.  Sharon sure seems to be.  And the berets?  Well, that’s just the frosting on the Joe Castillo brownie, right?

I have a feeling I’ll be seeing Castillo live on stage before I wear a beret.  Still, stranger things have happened….

Turf, wherever you go next, keep being great.  You reminded America how badly you wanted this, but somehow, I have a feeling you’ll be known even though you didn’t win AGT.

I guess sometimes we chase fame, and sometimes fame finds us.


After the break?  You guessed it.  A totally unscripted and surprise visit to the Orville lounge.  Yup.  That’s right.  Just popping in for a surprise visit out of nowhere.

Ha!  Popping….

Anyway, moving on.


Reveal 2

Andrew De Leon, William Close, Academy of Villains

Well, looking at this group, I have a feeling that one of my favorites won’t be moving on.  De Leon.  Too bad.  I mean, I love William Close’s act, but…De Leon speaks/sings for a whole lost group who feels no one values them or what they do.

But the reveal hasn’t happened…am I right?  Is it Close?  Howie seems to think all these acts should be going through.  Do you agree?

Anyway, the next act going through is…William Close.  And that’s probably the right choice.  This guy could easily take his act to Vegas tomorrow and be ready to go on a 10 year contract.  He’s that talented and that polished.

Howard Stern said he’s “pleased” because Close “shines” and is an original showman…a headliner.  I agree.  Hard to argue.


Donovan & Rebecca, Todd Oliver, Edon

Yet another great group.  A truly incredible acrobatic/artistry duo, a fantastic comedian, and a terrific singer.

I can’t predict this one.

But America spoke (is texting “speaking”?) and the next act is……………Todd Oliver.


Howie says that “variety” is winning.  He’s right.  That’s nice to see.  It’s not always singers.  Sometimes there’s room for something else!

Maybe my throat-playing ability has a place on the stage after all.

Whaddya think?

And don’t worry.  My throat does turn red while I do that, but it doesn’t hurt.  Actually, I’ll wear a turtleneck while I do it.

Wait…where was I?  Oh, yes…AGT.  Variety.  One commercial break closer to an apple.


Okay.  The break is over and now?  Everybody Talks…which apparently is some platinum-selling thing by Neon Trees.

You know what else everybody does?  Or, should I say–you know what else Nobody does?

Eats a snack.

See you in a few….


Right.  Great.  Everyone done talking?  Apparently everybody does it.  I didn’t know that until Neon Trees told me….

So, anyway, on to….


Reveal 4

Tom Cotter, Bria Kelly, Eric Dittelman

I’m sad.  Two favorites are here.  Cotter and Dittelman.  I can’t believe both of these acts aren’t moving on.  Too bad.

Hey guys…I still say you should both team up and go on the road.  Incredible act.  Comedy.  Mind tricks.  Genius.

But for now?  Only one of you is going on.

And that act is?

Tom Cotter.

I have to say…I’m crushed Dittelman isn’t going on.  Maybe America just couldn’t believe Dittelman.  Couldn’t believe his act was real.

Dittelman, I’m sorry.

But Cotter?  You’re great too.  If you go through, I can’t wait to see your next set.

I learned tonight that, apparently, everybody talks.  But not everybody can get up in front of millions of people and make ’em laugh.  You can.  You rock.


So, how about the commercial that tells us if we aren’t whitening, we’re getting yellow…or something like that.  And not the good kind of Coldplay Yellow.  The tooth yellowing yellow

Y’know what I say to that?  From the moment we’re born, we’re on our way out.  I think a little yellow on my teeth may not be my primary concern.

But then again…I’m no expert on anything, so what the heck to I know?


William Close, Todd Oliver, Tom Cotter, and Joe Castillo

That’s your top four.  First act moving to the finals?

William Close.

That one was an easy call, no?  Yes.

The second act going to the finals?

Tom Cotter.

Again, another good call.  Can’t wait to see his next comedy set.  If it’s half as good as last night, it’ll still be freakin’ hysterical.

Now?  The judges pick between Castillo and Oliver.

Who would you pick?

Well, after the break the judges had to make their decision.

Howard said he was “definite” about this.  He said Castillo may have run his course.  Stern said Oliver has been building each week, so he picked Todd Oliver & Irving.

Sharon said Oliver has been “upping” his game.  She said Castillo brings “heart and emotion” to the show.  I love the idea of Castillo and Close working together. So, it was down to Howie.

Howard and Sharon made their appeal, but in the end it was Joe Castillo moving on.

So there it is.  William Close, Joe Castillo, and Tom Cotter.

Is that what you expected going in?

I wanted Dittelman, but somehow, I don’t think we’ve heard the last of him.

Be sure to join us next week for more AGT, but check in through the week for more opinion from Nobody’s View!

8/28/12 America’s Got Talent Is Going to Be Big; the Semifinals Are Stacked and America Has to Choose

8/28/12 will be an incredible night of talent.  How will America choose?

Sorry we’re a little late tonight.  Had some stuff I had to do.  So, I’m just settling in now.  How’s it been?  Wait, don’t tell me.  I’m about to join Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, and Nick Cannon…and…you…and we’ll see.

Enjoy, Nobody Nation!

[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, the semifinals.  I see as I’m fast-fowarding on the DVR here that part of the Republican National Convention preempted AGT.  It’s nice to be able to fast forward politics, don’t you think?

Let’s get away from the whole political spectrum where dreams seem to consist of money, power, and pain, and get to what matters: talent!

Who’s up tonight?  Ah, yes.  The crazy night of talent.  The impossible voting night.  The stacked competition.  It’s Turf, Edon, The Scott Brothers, Eric Dittelman, Bria Kelly, Todd Oliver & Irving, Tom Cotter, Joe Castillo, Academy of Villains, Andrew De Leon, Donovan & Rebecca, William Close.

Good luck.  Who put all of these acts together?!?  There’s at least 6 in here that could go through blind, no vote.

Only three move on from tonight to the finals.  To the Venetian.


First up?  Andrew De Leon.  I really like this act, but then again, you know that Nobody Nation.  You know we love the loner-to-opera story.  He’s up against some crazy good competition tonight, no?  Yes.

“Ave Maria” came out of nowhere.  Sounded great to my untrained ear.  I mean, what do I know?  I’m still trying to learn Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” on my guitar.  Imagine trying to sound like him.  (I can’t!).

But De Leon?  Sounded great.  Love the act.

But the judges had some criticism.  Some of it is fair–he doesn’t have formal training and he does have a different look.  But that’s what makes him a Nobody Nation favorite.


Up next?  A man and his dog: Todd Oliver & Irving.

This act was terrific last week.  Incredible.  If it’s just as good this week?  Well, he may just squeeze through.

He had a whole talk show set tonight!  Looked like Leno.  But the material was fresh.  It was now.  It was really funny.  I could watch this act for a long time.  It really is clever.

The judges loved it, as well.  They especially loved the “Tonight Show”-ish originality.

Good job, Todd Oliver.


So, they’re showing poll results at the bottom of the screen for the Republican and Democratic primaries here.  Talk about a buzz kill.

Good lord.

Anyway, back to the show.

Up next?  A husband and wife gymnastic duo–Donovan & Rebecca.  They said they took up acrobatics late in life, going from dancing and singing to pure artistic strength.  Tonight?  Features Rebecca’s strength.

They really are impressive.  The strength and danger is at a really high level.  Is it enough to compete with comics and singers?  America will decide.

But I agree with Stern.  It is a “spectacular” act, and Rebecca’s strength is amazing, but…will it translate to the TV audience?  Howie seems to think it should be one of the AGT 3 from tonight.  Do you agree?


Ah, the commercials fly by.  Isn’t that just the best?

So, we’re back with a young singer, Edon.  Another great act.  I wish I could play piano like this kid.  Check that…I wish I could play piano at all.  Ah, shoulda stuck with it.  Oh, well.  I have the guitar.

But anyway, back to Edon.  Living the dream.  Loving what he does.  Lucky guy!  Tonight he went for the votes with One Direction’s “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful.”  Can’t blame him, can you?

How is anyone going to decide on which three to put through?  This is impossible.  Who organized this night?

Anyway, Howie and Sharon loved it.  Howard?  No so much.  But listen, Edon: ignore that.  It’s noise.  You were terrific tonight.  I can’t say I’m a One Direction fan, but your rendition was great.

That being said, if someone threatened me and forced me to name another One Direction song?  Well…

Let’s just say it would be a bad day for me.


Next?  The Scott Brothers–mirrored dancing.  That hat trick they did a while ago was spectacular.  Remember that?  They said the routine tonight is more technical and precise.

And it was.

This act is so freakin’ watchable, y’know?  It’s mesmerizing.  Howard said he thinks people might be getting “fatigued” by the act.  I’m not sure I agree with that.  Every time I see it, I enjoy it.  But I do agree with Sharon–this is a tough week.


Next up?  Illusionist Eric Dittelman.  So, how about this act?  Dittelman.  The Dittelman.  Love it.  This guy is a million dollar act.  He’s out there on a limb right now.  Living at home.  Trying to make it.  I think he will.

He involved Stern tonight.  He told Stern to pick up a colored marker and color in his face on the Stern self-portrait.  Then the glasses.  Then the hair.  Then add some devil horns, a goatee, and moustache.  Then he got all of America at home.  He had us imagine a triangle inside of a circle and a lot of people in the audience said they guessed that.  Then, Dittelman revealed that he, in fact, colored in a picture the same way Stern did.  Wow.

Love this act.  I want to see it NOW, in Vegas. Right now.  I want to buy tickets.

He says he has a “finale” planned for the last show.  I can’t wait to see that!  Absolutely cannot wait.

Forget Republican and Democrat.  VOTE DITTELMAN!


Now?  Turf.  You know him.  You’ve seen him.  You’ve cringed when it looks like he’s popping his shoulders out.  But you gotta admit, he’s great.  And he wants this.

He’s been dancing on the streets for years, and now he has to have the performance of his life.  He says that tonight, he’s going to push his comfort zone and “jump out” a bit more into dancing.

He’s great.  But is it enough?  Lots of love from Howie and Sharon.  Will America give the love?


We’re back

A singer–Bria Kelly–from the YouTube competition.

She was a standout on that show, and she has a great voice.  I’m disappointed she didn’t have the band tonight, but she still gave a great performance.  Whether it’s enough to get through?  Not sure.

But here’s another act that should be making its way to the Disney Channel.  Just sayin’…but then again, Disney doesn’t listen to me.  And why should they?


Disney aside, here comes a favorite of mine: Joe Castillo. He’s a sand artist, and it’s just fantastic.

Do you like the beret?  Are you a beret fan?

He says he wants to tell “epic” stories that can change people’s lives.  And I think he’s probably done that a few times in his life.

He made doves, then turned them into shaking hands.  Brilliant.  Then he created a child’s portrait with a brilliant sun.  Beautiful.  Then that sun was transformed into another person, with a hug.  Was it Jesus?  Who knows?  It looked great.

Do you agree with Stern?  Is it similar each time, or is it something new and wonderful to your eye?

I could watching this for a long time.  Love the act.

Oh, and love Castillo’s plea for peace.

That’s worth a few votes!


Next is William Close and his Earth Harp Collective.  I love this act.  The sound is mind-bending.  Last time he was on, the judges went nuts, pledging their own money to produce his show.  I can’t blame them.  It gave me chills.

Tonight he played…his significant other.  Then he had a guy playing a double guitar.  Then he jumped to his incredible harp.

This guy is a whole production.  Everything.  The whole package.  Voice.  Rhythm.  String.  Charisma.  It can’t miss.

Howie called him the “favorite.”  Then Sharon went on and on about his professionalism (she’s right).  And Stern agreed.

Look, folks.  The guy has a passion and has created an empire of creativity out of it.  Good lesson for us all.  Do what you do with gusto!

Even if it’s a harp!


Now?  Comic Tom Cotter.  Cotter has clearly been influenced by his father who may not have “agreed” with Cotter’s professional choice, but has supported him nonetheless.  Love that.

Cotter had Howie pick a topic: College.  Then, he went off on a hysterical rant of college-related one-liners.



Really clever.  All I can say is, “Dang it!  Why is he on on this incredible night!?!”  Cotter and Dittelman need to team up and hit the road together.  I know a slew of people who’d pay to see it tomorrow.

Tom Cotter, you rocked it.


The final act?  Academy of Villains.

How great were they on the YouTube show?  The red gloves were a stroke of genius.

One of their dancers got a broken kneecap during rehearsal, forcing a re-do of the show.  Ouch.  How will they do?

Incredible.  As you know, I’m not always a huge dance crew fan, but they are spectacular.  They’re a show ready to go.  I agree with Sharon.  Unique.  Exciting.  I actually want to see them week to week.

Stern said he got a little bored.  Sharon disagreed big time.  What’s your take?


Well, it was a tough week for the acts.

And it was a long day for me.

So, I’m heading for bed and America’s heading for the phones.

Tomorrow?  The results.

From Nielsen to My Agent to This Nobody to Nobody Nation, the Message Is Clear: The Olympics and America’s Got Talent Remind Us That We Are the Platform!

So my literary agent, who is a regular reader of my blog, sent something along to me the other day.  A little link to a news article about TV ratings.

Now, to the untrained eye (read: the eye that doesn’t really know about Nobody’s View!) it may have seemed like an article about simple Nielsen Ratings. (Nielsen is a group that measure stuff.  Stuff like TV viewership.  I think it’s pretty great that they can do that, as I’m about as savvy with statistics as space travel.)

But for members of Nobody Nation?  For regular readers?  Well, it’s something else.

According to the article, after the Olympics (which we blogged about on here), primetime TV viewership went down.  The only show close to reaching 10 million viewers after the Olympics?  That’s right: America’s Got Talent.  You KNOW we love that show around here.

So, take a look at that again: The London Olympics and America’s Got Talent were the two big TV draws out of all TV possibilities.  The reason we blogged those here at Nobody’s View is because they are about people like us.  Regular folks.  Folks reaching for the stars.  Pursuing their dreams.

So, why am I writing this?  Well, I thought the stats were worth a look.  I figured it was worth some time to point out that we’re not off our rockers here at Nobody’s View.  The reason certain shows are popular is because they resonate.  Because they remind us that there are people out there who maybe aren’t famous, but still feel a drive for greatness.  Or, at least a drive.

And we think that’s worth something.

There’s a lot of noise in the entertainment and publishing worlds about platform, audience, and marketshare.  I get it.  Why put out a book or a show if there aren’t already millions lined up to read it or watch it?  Why put famous people out there if there’s no throngs waiting in the wings to mob them?

But keep this in mind as you peruse the bookshelves or flip the stations.  The “millions” so desired, is us!  That’s right, folks.  It isn’t millions of celebrities or millions of millionaires.  It’s millions of regular folks like you and me that they’re trying to court.  People with regular jobs, dreams, and families.  People struggling to make it in the world.  People who go about their lives quietly, stealing a moment to write a blog post, send a pitch letter to an agent, or work on that movie script that we’ve had in our heads since childhood.  It’s just us.  There’s no mystery.  There’s no magic.  It’s the guy in front of you in the store paying with a check (do people still do that?); it’s the boss who makes your life miserable because he’d rather be acting.  It’s the guy who cuts you off in traffic.  It’s the person who teased you in middle school.  It’s the bigshot who, secretly, feels like a smallshot.  It’s all of us.  It’s the common experience.  We are it.

I’ll say it again.  We are it.

They’re courting us.  So, do you know what that means?  It means we have a voice.  Even if we think we’re nobody special, we’re the voice.  We’re what matters.  We’re our own platform!  No matter who we are, or who we think we are, we are the platform.  We…are…our…own…platform.

And that’s worth something.  It’s worth millions.

If you don’t believe me, look at the ratings.  The Olympics.  America’s Got Talent. It was regular people with dreams watching regular people with dreams.  Nothing else was even close.  Sure there’re some famous acts on AGT and there are some Olympians who have attained celebrity status.  But we don’t only watch for that.  We watch for the live-dog ventriloquist, the struggling illusionist, the guy swimming in the lane next to Michael Phelps, or running in the lane beside Usain Bolt.  The people who have worked quietly to get to where they are…to a chance.  A shot.  A shot worth taking.

If you’ve read this far and think we’re full of hooey hippy dippie here, that’s okay.  We have big shoulders.  We can take it.  We understand.  We like the hippie.  We respect the dippie.

But for the rest of you?  Don’t ever be jealous or envious of what others have.  You go right on with your dreamin’ self and make the most of what it is that you want out of life.  Keep watching shows where other people have taken a step towards their own goals and realize that even as you go about your day with no headlines and no Hollywood fame, what you do matters.  You can take your shot or pursue your interests.

And to my agent?  Maybe I don’t say this enough, but thanks.  Thanks for getting it.  Thanks for understanding what we’re trying to do here.

And thanks for the article!

8/22/12 Is the America’s Got Talent Wildcard Reveal: It Was an Incredible Night of Television Last Night…How Can We Pick Just Four?

(Looking for the 8/21/12 wildcard write-up?  Click here.)

Last night was the AGT wildcard show.

8/22/12 is the wildcard reveal.  There were 12 amazing acts.  How can America pick just four?

Well, they had to.  Who’s it gonna be?

[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’s this gonna work?

Last night was incredible, and tonight, there’s only room for four.

A lot of fellow fans agreed last night was one of the best nights of AGT they’d seen.  I had to agree.  Redemption.  Sweet.

Who did you like last night?

Andrew De Leon?  Horse?  The simple fact that acts like Andrew De Leon and Horse could occupy the same stage?

And a night without X-es…That’s right…not one X.  Sounds like a divorce attorney’s nightmare.

By the way, Howard…nice hand gesture.  You have to have one!


Elimination 1

Sebastien “El Charro De Oro,” Bandbaz Brothers, Ben Blaque

Wow, this is just too much tonight.  All three of these were incredible.  On any other night, these are the three winners.  On any night in Vegas, you can see acts like Bandbaz Brothers going for $200 per ticket.

So, the votes are in.  The act going to the semifinals is….

Sebastien “El Charro De Oro.”

That could have gone in any direction.  I loved his reaction.  He said he has a big voice like Evancho.  Amen to that.

And Howie said he’s an “entertainer” and not just a singer…amen to that too.  Kid’s talented, humble, and polite.

Magical trifecta.

A real triple threat.


So, after the break?  Popcorn.  Totally unrehearsed popcorn.

Anyway, on stage next?  The cast of Bring It On.

I should get to NYC soon.  I probably won’t be seeing Bring It On, but I’d like to see a Broadway show.

I wonder what they have at the half price booth?


So, we’re back.  I didn’t get to NYC.  Too bad.

But here’s…

Elimination 2

Horse, Jake Wesley Rogers, Andrew De Leon

So, this is an interesting group.  Right?  Right.  Nut smashing.  Lady Gaga covers.  Budding opera singer.  Gotta love AGT, right?

So, the votes are in and it’s….Andrew De Leon.

I’m happy about that.  I want this guy to go all the way in this contest.  Why?  Because he’s an inspiration to millions of young people who think they don’t have a voice.  Literally and figuratively.

Listen, Nobody Nation.  Do what you love!  Don’t just sit in your room (unless, like me, you write there).  Get out there and do it!  Now!  You can DVR the show.  Get out there now!

What’s that?  Oh, the next elimination.  Okay.


Elimination 3

Todd Oliver, Cristin Sandu, Spencer Horsman

Tough tough tough decision.  Oliver and Horsman were both amazing acts.  And Cristin?  Well, he’s brave, I’ll give him that.

Three very different acts.

The act moving on?  Todd Oliver.

That was a tough one.  I thought Horsman had a good chance, but Oliver’s act was fantastic last night.  Simple and clever.

Good lesson there for all of us.  Don’t complicate it.  Keep it simple.  Make ’em laugh.  Move on to the semifinals.

Good formula.


Good music in that commercial we just saw…Peter Gabriel’s Big Time.  Although, I think my favorite by him is Solsbury Hill.

So, now?  Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen

You know what that means!

Snack time here at Nobody’s View.  See you for the next elimination.

That’s always a…good time.

Maybe they’ll write a song about that someday.  Probably not.  Nobody cares about me eating an apple.


So, I’m back and fed.  You still don’t care.  Owl City doesn’t care.  Carly Rae Jepson doesn’t care.  But I care.  It was a good apple.  Granny Smith.  Not too sweet.  Not too sour.  In the absence of pinks, it’ll do.

So where were we?

Ah, yes…

Elimination 4

Lindsey Norton, All That!, and Jarrett & Raja

I really like two of these acts.  But last night?  Well, I think Jarrett & Raja really brought it.  Someone at work was talking about it this morning.

But who’s heading home right now?  Jarrett & Raja.

Well, I don’t disagree too often with the vote, but…hmmm….Howard said Jarrett & Raja were robbed.  Do you agree?

So, All That! and Lindsey Norton.  Both had good things to say in their appeal.  Who’ll be?  That’s after the break…………

So, was just texted by another fan.  Said it should have been Jarrett & Raja.  Now, hundreds of you are stopping by to read tonight.  I’d be willing to bet more than a few of you agree.

But that’s AGT, right?

So, here it is.  The final vote.

Howard voted for the group he’d pay to see: All That!

Howie voted in his Olympic glow for: Lindsey Norton.

Sharon?  These are both her picks–how can she choose?  She clearly was struggling.  But in the end, it was All That!


So, next week’ll be ridiculous.  The semifinals.  A stacked show!  Join us then.

But then again, join us through the week and see what’s new in the world of opinion for the rest of us.

Be safe.  Be good.  Be you!

8/21/12 is the America’s Got Talent Wildcard Show: Is Your Favorite Back for Another Chance?

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?

[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.]

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?

Terrific act.


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.

Good lord.


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.