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America’s Got Talent Recap: Don’t Mess With Texas

June 04, 2012 09:33 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

Is everything better in Texas? Well, when it comes to America’s Got Talent auditions, Austin is a tough city to live up to. Unfortunately, the Texas audition also had its fair share of duds. Keep reading to learn the juicy details surrounding tonight’s episode!

The Austin auditions for America’s Got Talent were certainly diverse. A few acts were nothing short of amazing. Others…well, not so much. Like the previous audition in St. Louis, there was a mish-mash of good and bad.

First up: adorable little Sebastian de la Cruz and his mariachi band. The old cliché about good things coming in small packages certaintly applies in this scenario. Sebastian may be little, but his voice definitely isn’t.  The other band members are great performers as well, but little Sebastian hogs all the attention.

One unfortunate tenet of America’s Got Talent auditions: good performances must always be followed up by complete atrocities. An impressionist walks out in his cowboy hat, ready to impress the judges. But his “impressions” sound more like jibberish. Howie pointedly asks, “Are you speaking English? I don’t know what you’re saying.”

The next act isn’t much of an improvement. Nicknamed the Tinderbox Circus Sideshow, this group apparently has not mastered the basics of circus technique. Nick Cannon warns kids not to try any of Tinderbox’s antics at home.

Now that the obligatory fails are out of the way, it’s time for some real entertainment! The Bandbaz Brothers Acrobats deliver just that with an impressive balancing act. Originally from Iran, the duo is now living in Vegas. The balancing tricks are cool, but nervewracking; the Bandaz Brothers constantly look like they are about to topple over. But the judges like the shakiness as it adds an extra level of excitement.

Timothy Michael Poe is the night’s tear-jerker act. The war veteran came away from Afghanistan with a broken back and a permanent stutter. But when he sings, the stutter completely disappears. Timothy decides to serenade the judges with a powerful rendition of Garth Brooks’ If Tomorrow Never Comes. 

A pair of contortionists saunter onto stage in skintight (and nude!) outfits and heavy eye makeup. It’s clear from the get-go that they’ve got the male vote. But they are actually quite talented, showing off some crazy flexibility, plus balancing moves that would rival the aforementioned Bandaz Brothers.

The male vote is split on Lulu, the 27-year-old pole dancer with a plus-sized body. Her moves are better than expected, but still not good enough for Vegas. Howard Stern and Sharon Osbourne offer adament no’s, but Lulu does manage to score a pity vote from Howie Mandel. Fortunately for the audientce, Lulu’s performance is followed up by a little pole dancing from Nick Cannon.

Joe Castillo takes the prize for the most unique act of the night. Joe informs the judges that he uses “light and sand to tell stories” before getting started. You wouldn’t think that sand art would be so impressive. But his patriotic work of art is pretty darn amazing.

The Austin edition of America’s Got Talent ends with a short field trip. Everyone heads outside to see David Smith get fired from a cannon. It’s cool and all, but how much versatility can there really be with an act like this? Guess we’ll find out when we see David again in Vegas.

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3 Responses to “America’s Got Talent Recap: Don’t Mess With Texas”

  1. Ted Says:
    June 4th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Ukraine’s Got Talent 2009 was won by a sand artist. YouTube it. I wonder how far he’ll go?

  2. Stephanie Says:
    June 5th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for the suggestion! I checked out the sand artist from Ukraine on YouTube and was absolutely stunned! Not only was her artwork beautiful, she managed to use it to tell a touching story.

  3. Garry Says:
    June 5th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Unfortunately, Tim Poe’s story is untrue & he is a fraud. Alot of military vets, including those that served with Poe, are very angry that their honor is being besmirched on AGT.


    ~~ Attributable to Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, Spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard ~~

    Sgt. Timothy Michael Poe served in the Minnesota Army National Guard from Dec. 3, 2002 until May 26, 2011, and performed as a supply specialist.

    His military records indicate that he served with the Minnesota National Guard in Kosovo from Oct. 10, 2007 until July 15, 2008, and was deployed to Afghanistan from July 28, 2009 to Aug. 30, 2009.

    Sgt. Poe’s official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports. The Minnesota National Guard can also confirm that he was not awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat.

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