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America’s Got Talent Recap: The Big Barry Controversy

July 10, 2012 07:59 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

Last week, only four of twelve acts made it through on America’s Got Talent. This week, another dozen will perform, but again, only four will move on to the semifinals. Which acts brought the goods and which ones flopped? And why won’t Howard Stern and Howie Mandel stop fighting? Keep reading for the juicy details!

Round two of the America’s Got Talent quarterfinals has begun! First up is a very underwhelming performance by LionsDanceMe. While the Asian martial arts group presents an interesting concept, it seems to be a bit limited in scope. The judges agree, telling the dancers that they look the same every time they perform. Sharon Osbourne suggests the group jazz up the choreography a bit.

Another dance act follows, and this one, as usual, is completely original. Street dancer Turf brings it on the New York stage with acrobatic moves that look both impressive and incredibly painful. Howard loves it, but is concerned that Turf might let all the praise go to his head.

 

The All Ways make a point of explaining that their name doesn’t really have a special meaning. The strange thing about this band is, while they consider themselves rockers, they seem to have a penchant for pop music. The trend continues tonight with Lady Gaga’s Telephone. Howie likes the band but also wishes that they would actually live up to their ‘rock band’ classification and play one or two rock songs.

Magic hasn’t done so well on America’s Got Talent lately and tonight’s performance by Hawley Magic is certainly no exception. Their old-school trick involves balancing and then impaling a woman on a sword…all without blood! Sharon accurately labels it as cheesy.

The Lisa Clark dancers attempt to bring a little Bollywood to the America’s Got Talent stage, but their music doesn’t exactly match the choreography. Howie doesn’t waste any time slamming down a big fat X. His explanation? “I think you’re tremendous dancers, but this feels like a young persons’ recital.”

The Aurora Light Painters take a lot of flak on tonight’s episode of America’s Got Talent. Yes, their monsters under the bed act is a bit on the cutesy side, but still, the images they create are stunning. Sharon thinks the act lacks sophistication. Unfortunately, a more sophisticated concept might take away the simplicity that has made the Aurora Light Painters so appealing in the past.

Virginia-native Danielle Stallings possesses a great voice, and, according to Howard, “tremendous poise.” 14-year-old Edon already made it through, so maybe he’ll be joined by another teen! Danielle shows off her lovely voice with a rendition of Bruno Mars’ It Will Rain. Sharon says what most of America is hopefully thinking: “Everybody likes you.”

Donovan and Rebecca consistently manage to break all expectations. These later-in-life acrobats have switched it up in the past by having the woman lift the man. Tonight, they again blow the audience away with a beautiful trapeze performance. Sharon loves that the duo does something different every time they step up on stage. If nothing else, the audience should vote for their abs, for these two are ripped.

Cover your ears: it’s time for Big Barry. Somehow, this little guy made the quarterfinals. Really, judges?! At least Howard Stern is not to blame for this atrocity. Now, Howie on the other hand…why, Howie, why? Howard makes an interesting point: Howie should apologize to Mary Joyner, Andrew de Leon and all the other talented performers who were clearly more deserving than Big Barry. You kinda have to feel sorry for Barry in the midst of all this. Sure, he’s not very good, but some of the judges, (ahem, Howard) are just being plain mean.

When we return from the commercial break, Howard and Howie are still in the midst of a hardcore cat fight. Nick Cannon clears the air by announcing Tom Cotter, a hardworking comedian and dad. In tonight’s comedy bit, Cotter deconstructs all of America’s favorite idioms. The jokes are funny and Cotter’s timing is impeccable. The judges clearly agree, hinting not so subtly that America should vote for this guy. So get off your butts and vote, gol’ darn it!

Ben Blaque is back with more crazy crossbow escapades. Perhaps even more impressive than Ben’s aim is his gutsy blonde assistant. Who would volunteer for a job like that? Ben finishes the performance with four crossbows at once. All three judges love it, but their compliments are overshadowed by continued bickering about…you guessed it…Big Barry.

Bring on the Joe Cocker comparisons! The show is ending with Tim Hockenberry. He pulls out a Katy Perry song in hopes of getting the judges to ditch the whole Joe Cocker thing. The song choice is questionable, but it does at least prove that Hockenberry can tackle a different genre.

Tomorrow, we learn if Howard’s predictions are once again accurate. Hopefully, he and Howie will take a little time to cool off before they step in front of the cameras again. Stay tune though, because Dancing with the Stars alum Gavin Degraw will take the stage with a much-awaited performance!

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6 Responses to “America’s Got Talent Recap: The Big Barry Controversy”

  1. Collin G Says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Big Barry was an embarrassment. Kudos to Howard for telling it like it is. I also wrote a blog post about this: http://twentyfoursports.blogspot.com/2012/07/americas-got-talent-quarterfinal-2.html

  2. Marie Says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    These were not the most entertaining performances we have seen on AGT this or any year.

    Our hearts broke for Big Barry, though. Sometimes a singer knows that he/she is not the best, and flaunts that fact. Big Barry, God bless him, has not hinted at that fact at all. Maybe my household is gullible, but what we saw is a man who practiced really hard, just to be extremely criticized by the judges. The expression on his face was not one of satisfaction, but embarrassment at the harsh words. Even Sharon only complimented the pretty girls and didn’t say anything nice to Barry.

    I am an elementary vocal teacher and feel like I have some knowledge on the subject. I definitely heard improvements in Barry’s voice, and none of the judges even commented on that. Should he go through or should he even have made it this far? No, but my heart hurts for him after hearing Howard’s hurtful words.

    Thank you for the good recap.

  3. Frankie Says:
    July 11th, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Howie owes no one an apology, however Howard owes an apology for how he acted last night that was totally uncalled for and should have been done off air NOT while an act is on stage. Howard acted like a big whiney jackass.

    It takes 2 judges to send an act thru, so don’t lay all this off on Howie. I figure Sharon was the 2nd vote but Howard didn’t go off on her like he did Howie. Should he have got this far, No but lot the acts that made it to the top 48 really suck this year. My issue is the way Howard handled this was wrong, why didn’t he object more back when picking the top 48? Howard just didn’t know when to shut up, and him putting some the acts down is just shows the jerk he is. AGT breaks down act by dance, singing, novelty, animal, & dance etc, and I thought that what Barry was a novelty act(not a good one). With that said the got talent series send loads of talented acts home because they can only have so many acts per category.

  4. Frankie Says:
    July 11th, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Howie owes no one an apology, however Howard owes an apology for how he acted last night that was totally uncalled for and should have been done off air NOT while an act is on stage. Howard acted like a big whiney jerk.

    It takes 2 judges to send an act thru, so don’t lay all this off on Howie. I figure Sharon was the 2nd vote but Howard didn’t go off on her like he did Howie. Should he have got this far, No but lot the acts that made it to the top 48 really suck this year. My issue is the way Howard handled this was wrong, why didn’t he object more back when picking the top 48? Howard just didn’t know when to shut up, and him putting some the acts down is just shows the jerk he is. AGT breaks down act by dance, singing, novelty, animal, & dance etc, and I thought that what Barry was a novelty act(not a good one). With that said the got talent series send loads of talented acts home because they can only have so many acts per category.

  5. Andrew Says:
    July 11th, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I do agree with Howard but acting as he did during Big Barrys Performance was uncalled for. I really didn;t think his act was that bad, and Howie, your right, his act will be remebered and I’m sure there’s a place for it…

  6. Frank Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Big Barry is what America’s Got Talent is all about. If anyone owes and apology, its Howard. Big Barry is great and should be brought back. I would pay to watch him perform. He is great!!

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