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Happy New Year 2013…Let’s Hope 1/1/13 Brings 13 More Blessings Than Superstitions!

Lucky number 13.

At least, that’s what this year brings, right?  1/1/13.  I know, I know…technically it’s TWO-ZERO-13, but still…seeing that “13” hanging off the end there is enough to make even the least superstitious a little nervous.

So, will this be a year of broken mirrors, opening umbrellas in the house, black cats, and walking under ladders?  Or, will it be a time of truly wonderful omens and special opportunity?

I laid in bed for a few extra minutes today and stared at the ceiling.  I thought about 2012 and all of its past glory and really had to smile.  It was quite a year for me, and I’m sure for you, too…whether or not you know it.  Not that much “exciting” really happened to me, but it certainly was a time of near misses, false starts, new beginnings that turned into false starts, and…well…let’s just say I still have all 10 fingers and all 10 toes and am counting my blessings for it.

I’m not really a resolution man by nature, so I won’t engage in too much of that here.  But if you know me, you know I’m counting the ol’ blessings every second I can, just in case.  So, since we’ve narrowly avoided a fiscal cliff and a Mayan Apocalypse, let’s take some time to count some before the cliff drops off…13’s a nice number, don’t you think?  Some of these may be a bit obtuse, but again, if you know me, well…then that’s no surprise!

1.  Near miss in hospital avoided for one whom I love.  Heard the phrase “just in time” one time too many for my liking, but so far have not heard it again.  All’s well going into 2013.  There was good spirits, laughter, and positivity the WHOLE time it was going on, and there continue to be, and yes…that made all the difference.

2.  Conversations about new ventures are ongoing with some really cool people.  Why count this?  Because instead of being stuck in a rut bemoaning the state of things, it’s actually nice to be able to think about fresh adventures and see them unfold.  I’m open to that.  I have that opportunity.  It takes work, but I’m happy for it.

3.  Chicken parm.  That’s right.  I know it’s not a hospital near-miss or the promise of a new business venture, but it’s delicious, right?  Right.  Enough said.

4.  The new playlist in my car.  Yup.  I listen to certain things in the morning to get me spiritually motivated, but in the afternoon?  Well, in goes a playlist of songs that I love to rewind:

Speed of Sound by Coldplay

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

Afternoons & Coffeespoons by Crash Test Dummies

April Come She Will by Simon and Garfunkel

Bitter Tears by INXS

The Broad Majestic Shannon by The Pogues

This Cowboy Song by Sting

Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen

Strawberry Swing by Coldplay

Hannah Jane by Hootie and the Blowfish

Lonely Girls by Ian & Sylvia

Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel

Talk by Coldplay

Wisemen by James Blunt

Time to Move On by Tom Petty

Tiny Daggers by INXS

Trip Through Your Wires by U2

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?  by REM

Why Should I Cry for You? by Sting

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall by  Coldplay

Yes…thank goodness for that playlist.  Doesn’t get too too much better than that, my friends.  Go ahead.  Take your shots at it.  I’m immune.

5.  My agent.  Have to thank her again.  Why?  Just ’cause.  Y’know.  Just ’cause.

6.  Fresh faces and friends in 2012.  New spaces to fill with those new people in 2013.

7.  When I saw darkness in 2012, I was able to reframe it to see the message instead of trying to yell at it to become light.  Thank you 2012 for that.  Thank you thank you a million times thank you.

8.  That I continue to be able to forge ahead.  Thank you, 2012 for allowing that, too.

9.  I’m blessed for the ability to count blessings.  Yes.  Gotta list that one.  Thank you, Universe, for even allowing a count to happen.

10.  Thank you for dreams and reality.  Why?  Because when the line blurs, we know we’re on to something.  If you haven’t reached this state in life at least once, try it.  See that your world is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.  It’s interesting!

11.  Thank you for teachers, students, and the ability to connect with both.  You need to talk to people who think like you once in a while.  They’re your feel goods.  But, yes, you need to learn from the ones who yell at you for what you think.  Sorry.  That’s life.  But look for the people who believe what they believe out of conviction, and not because they’re told to believe or or believe it because of some lame news station.  Be a true teacher and a true student.  Nice.

12.  Thank you for the spice of life.  It ain’t always sugar.  It ain’t always lemons.  Sometimes…well…sometimes it’s just right.

13.  And lastly?  Thank you for allowing me to be Nobody in particular.  I love my Nobody brothers and sisters.  And, the more I watch reality TV, commercials, and sports (the NBA), the more glad I become for this one.  Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you a million times thank you to whatever is running this Universe that the world is not really about (at least I HOPE it’s not about…) the most money, taking talents elsewhere, or being “in”famous.  Thank you for quiet rooms, conversation over coffee at the local wherever, a special playlist, an honest day’s work, and knowing that when we point to heaven after something special, we know that everyone else is just as loved….Universe, we know you don’t only care about three pointers, touchdowns, winning a voice contest, and sunken putts.  These are special things, yes.  These are karmic things, I know.  But at the end o’ the day, you present glory to see how we handle it.  I have to believe you just want us to simply be grateful for what we have (except for the occasional blog post…sorry!), and we know you love that pitcher whether he gives up the homer or not.  I’m grateful for knowing that, even though I’m not a pitcher.

So, I know I said I wouldn’t make a resolution.  But I will.  As January 1, 2013 comes and goes I will vow only to do my best to keep on moving ahead.  To be open to new opportunity.  To let the past be the past.  To let the future be the future.  And…well…to keep on being the best Nobody I can be.

From this Nobody to you, whomever you are, have a safe, happy, and blessed 2013.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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.

Nice.

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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.

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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.”

Oy.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Next?  Justin Bieber.

Time for me to head outside to do some chores.

See you soon….

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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….

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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 wow.

Just shows to go ya….

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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.

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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.

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

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

[We here at Nobody’s View have a soft spot for America’s Got Talent.  Why? Well, contestants on the show are our kind of folks.  Just regular people like you and me who get to live their dream.  Getting their moment in the sun.  People doing what they feel they were born to do.  Hard to argue with that!  And, judging by the thousands of you who join me here each season, well, I think you agree!  Welcome to the LIVE Nobody’s View America’s Got Talent 2012 blog.]

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

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

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

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

“Whatcha gonna do?”

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

That was a lot for 8 minutes.

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

Gross.

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

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After the break?  More footage.

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

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Oh, sorry.  Dozed off for a second.

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

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

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

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

Anyway, the votes are back to America now.

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

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We’re back.

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

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

Man.

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

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

Anyway, back to the acts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, excuse me….

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

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

But that’s another night.

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

Jeez.

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

Good act, The Scott Brothers.

I want them to go through.

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

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

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

Probably not.

Never mind.  Forget I mentioned it.

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

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

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

Maybe they’ll listen to my dad.

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

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

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

Have a good night America.

Have a Star Crunch.