August 28, 2012 07:11 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Time to get excited America’s Got Talent fans — the semi-finals have arrived! Getting through to the final round may be a tall order, because so many of the acts that have made it thus far are truly awe-inspiring. Fan faves to watch for tonight include Andrew de Leon, Turf and Tom Cotter. Will their success continue or is this the end of the road?
Kicking off the semi-finals round is Andrew de Leon, the singer with the incredible story and the even more incredible voice. His performance still doesn’t quite capture the magic of that amazing audition, but it’s a far sight better than the unfortunate flub that took place in Vegas. The judges express concern over Andrew’s lack of training and his goth look.
Todd Oliver and Irving take the stage, except, this time, the stage looks a whole lot like the set for David Letterman. The highlight of the sketch is an ill-timed comment about Jay Leno. NBC’s gotta love that, in light of the whole Howard vs Leno debacle. Howard’s obviously going to be a fan of anyone who shares in his passionate hatred of Leno, or, as he is now known, “that spineless maggot.”
Lindsey Norton didn’t make it through (and what a shame that is) but at least we have an acrobatic act in the form of Donovan & Rebecca. Their performance includes the usual mix of strength and agility, plus a little dash of that “artsy-fartsy” stuff that Howard seems to hate. The judges worry that what they see on the stage won’t translate to the TV crowd. Let’s hope America picks up the phone, because this is one couple that definitely deserves to stay!
Edon is one talented kid. No wonder he’s already received several marriage proposals from adoring fans! He better get ready for more proposals, because his flawless performance of One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful is sure to attract the fangirls. Sharon and Howie love, love, love it, but Howard? Not so much. He apparently hasn’t jumped on the One Direction bandwagon, declaring the song only fit for 13-year-old girls. Umm. Howard, Edon’s a 14-year-old boy. Take note politicians: Edon’s song choice constitutes the perfect example of what’s commonly referred to as “firing up the base.”
Confession: I don’t really understand all the hype surrounding the Scott Brothers. Their dances are a bit gimmicky and they lack the technical talent of other dancers on the show. But the audience loves ‘em. The judges aren’t so enthused this week, accusing the duo of being a bit boring.
Second confession: I don’t get the appeal of Dittelman either. He seems like a nice guy, but the whole mind-reading thing just feels overhyped. This week, instead of just reading minds, he’s trying to influence them. He has Howard color in the self-portrait from his audition. Howard gives himself a green face and devil horns and then Dittelman unveils a picture that is nearly identical.
Having won the battle of the street dancers, Turf now faces a tough semi-finals round. His moves are certainly unique, but he doesn’t appear to have a huge repertoire. The same moves keep getting recycled again and again. Sharon thinks he needs to stop relying on the contortion moves. But I’m not sure if he has much else up his sleeve.
Bria Kelly was one of the only acts worth watching during the less-than-stellar YouTube round. Her biggest problem is nerves. She opts for Pink’s Perfect (the clean version, of course) but with a little country flair. Her voice is definitely strong, but is it enough to make the top three? Hard to say.
Joe Castillo has officially made sand art cool and now he’s trying to do the same for berets. Howard, always the hat hater, wants none of it. Once again, his sand pictures are stunning. Howard thinks that it’s getting too repetitive. Ironic, because he has now repeated that same critique at least a million times. Howie is more complimentary, comparing Joe to the Beatles because his performance is always spot-on.
Musician, composer, architect and now the father of an adorable baby girl….William Close does it all! His wife joins him on stage tonight, serving as a strange but very fashionable instrument. William snags another standing ovation from the audience and judges and he certainly deserves it! Howie thinks it would be a crime if William Close was voted out, and I’m inclined to agree.
Who needs TV on demand when you can get comedy on demand? Tom Cotter asks Howie to select a topic from a board. Howie chooses college, since he never attended. Tom delivers a hilarious bit full of highlights from his college career (including a 3.0…blood alcohol content). Again, all three judges are impressed and cannot imagine a final round that doesn’t include Tom Cotter’s name.
Rounding out the show is the best act from the YouTube round. That’s not much of a compliment, considering how much the YouTube round sucked, but Academy of Villains truly is a class-act. If they are booted in favor of the Scott Brothers, I will be unbelievably disappointed. Howard is a party-pooper once again, accusing Academy of Villains of being boring. Somebody sure bores easily. He then repeats the phrase that has become the motto of the night: “only three acts go through!” Okay Howard, we get it.
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