August 14, 2012 08:42 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Now that you’ve all suffered through a long break from America’s Got Talent, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. We’ve seen a lot of acts two, even three times now, so before heading to the semifinals, AGT is mixing it up with a YouTube round. Contestants showed their stuff on YouTube and a select few were chosen to compete on America’s Got Talent! Will they be able to translate their talent from YouTube to the stage?
As amazing as the Olympics are to watch, we’re sure you’ve missed the bright smiles of Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, as well as the permanent scowl etched on Howard Stern’s face. Not to mention Nick Cannon’s antics. We’re glad to see the judges again, but what we’re really excited about is the introduction of 12 new acts. According to Howard, the purpose of the YouTube round is to “shake things up.”
Kicking off what Nick terms as a “crazy night” is Clint Carvalho and Kitten the cockatoo. The act takes place outside as well as inside, with Kitten going through several obstacles in order to reach her human friend. The crazy little bird reaches Clint in a matter of seconds! All three judges love it and Howard promises to stop eating birds. Heh, like that’s gonna happen.
Pop-rock band Reverse Order covers Katy Perry’s original hit I Kissed A Girl. Kinda a strange choice, but they mostly make it work by adding a little rock vibe. The judges aren’t too impressed though. Howie thinks Reverse Order is trying to hard to portray a band; they should forget all the showing off and just work as a group.
Ruby Coby dreamed of being a magician as a child and is now pursuing that dream by appearing on America’s Got Talent. The concept of his act is interesting, but it’s just too cluttered. Howard and Sharon give Ruby the dreaded X while Howie (predictably) abstains. Howie does agree though that there are some definite timing issues that need to be worked out.
The dancers on America’s Got Talent have been simply stunning this year, which is why dance act 7 In Unison really has to step it up. While the Broadway-esque dance is well-executed, it just doesn’t have the wow factor of the dance acts we witnessed during the quarterfinals. All three judges agree that the dance felt way too long.
Drew Erwin is the second music act on stage tonight, but as with Reverse Order, his performance is a bit underwhelming. Still, it’s clear that the guy has a good voice. It’s that very voice that propelled Drew Erwin into the YouTube round in the first place, as dedicated fans helped him gain a significant lead in the number of votes. The judges are disappointed and tell Drew that, while he has potential, he’s just not ready for the big stage yet.
Melinda Hill may be a comedian, but she is very serious about her craft. In fact, she spends over two hours writing material every day! This doesn’t seem to translate to the act though. While her first two jokes are hilarious, the others are…well, boring. Sharon describes the end of the act as rather icy.
The most we can say for Eric Buss’ novelty act is that it’s…unique. The guy knows how to entertain, but is it a million dollar act? According to Sharon and Howard, definitely not. Howie says that Eric Buss should look into a career at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Believe it or not, that was meant as a compliment.
Following a disastrous air guitar act during the auditions round, expectations aren’t great for Romeo Dance Cheetah. Surprise, surprise, the judges don’t like it. Howard once again talks at length about how air guitar isn’t a talent. And how Romeo Dance Cheetah looks like he’s playing with himself, not a guitar.
The first magic act of the night wasn’t great, but the second one is definitely entertaining! The Magic Of Puck’s act is pretty mainstream, but he still is a great performer. The judges are impressed and want to see more.
Bria Kelly hails from West Virginia and music is her life. Bria’s love of music is evident as she performs. It’s not hard to get caught up in the sheer joy of it all! Howie says she’s definitely the standout act of the night. That’s not really much of a compliment though, since most of the performances thus far have hovered in the mediocre range.
Carillon bells are not featured too often on America’s Got Talent, so it’s nice to see musician Cast In Bronze up on stage. The performance isn’t quite up to scratch though, especially when compared to the amazing act that preceded it. Still, the judges are a bit over the top in their criticisms. Especially Howard, who compares Cast In Bronze to hell’s musician.
Even without their brilliant dance talent, Academy of Villains probably would have won us over simply performing to Bohemian Rhapsody. But the group has the pizzazz necessary to accompany Queen’s big hit. This is definitely a case of saving the best for last!
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