September 04, 2012 07:02 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
America’s Got Talent is drawing to a close! That sure went fast! If you were lucky enough to see the first round of the semifinals last week, you witnessed some truly amazing talent. We’re hoping that the acts featured tonight will be just as good, if not better.
We start off the second round of semifinals with Sharon Osbourne’s favorite dance group All That. Tonight, the cloggers are going for the wow factor, first lighting their dance shoes on fire and then dousing them in water. I think the dancing is a whole lot better without the gimmicks, but then again, All That is just following instructions from Howard. Despite this, the so-called America’s judge is not impressed.
The cloggers of All That are ladies men, but they’ve got a little competition in the form of Sebastian el Charro. He is extremely talented for being just ten years old, but unfortunately, tonight’s performance is not quite as good as those in weeks past. Still, he just might be beating All That in the battle for Sharon’s heart, for she’s quick to label little Sebastian as her boyfriend.
Sebastian’s voice is magical, but magic is the name of the game in the following act. The Magic of Puck was a bit underwhelming last time he took the stage, but he was able to step it up a bit tonight with a combination levitation and disappearing act. There was way too much time taken up by pointless gesturing, but otherwise, it was pretty cool. Sharon Osbourne thinks it looks flawless, and while I’m inclined to agree, I don’t feel like this is anything new.
Clint Carvalho is back with his cockatoo, but unfortunately, tonight’s performance isn’t all that impressive. Yes, it’s tough to train a bird, but the act just isn’t quite showy enough. And Clint’s personality comes across as a bit grating. I don’t think we’ll be seeing him again next week.
There’s been plenty of adorable music duos on AGT, but none so cute as Shanice and Maurice Hayes. It’s pretty obvious, though, that Shanice is far more talented than her father. The question at the beginning of the season was, would Shanice be better off on her own? It’s still a viable question now that the semifinals are here.
When it comes to comedy, it’s pretty tough to follow up the amazing Tom Cotter. It would be pretty neat to see two comedians in the finals, but Jacob Williams’ deadpan humor just isn’t cutting it. Frankly, the self-deprecating jokes are starting to get old. There’s only so many jokes you can tell about not having a girlfriend.
This is not the year of the singers, so Tim Hockenberry definitely faces an uphill battle. He pulls out a touching rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine. Howie doesn’t think Tim’s act is original enough. And once again, he compares him to Joe Cocker. Okay Howie, enough with the Joe Cocker comparisons. We get it.
Will dance group The Untouchables be untouchable tonight? As usual, the dance features fast footwork that is completely in sync. Also added to the mix is an amazingly speedy costume change. Howard is full of praise, claiming that “there’s hope for America.” One of the young girls in the act ends up bawling because she’s so happy. She’ll really be crying tomorrow if she finds out they made it through.
Irving can tell some great jokes, but he doesn’t hold a candle to Olate Dogs (who literally could hold candles if trained to do so). All the usual tricks are included — the conga line, the flips and the jump roping. The most entertaining part of the act comes at the end, when two humans join a dog for a crazy jumping sequence. Sharon begs the audience to vote, vote and vote some more. It would be a shame to not see Olate Dogs return for the finals.
Lightwire Theater combine dance and lights to tell amazing stories. This week, there’s new costumes and characters, duking it out with what appear to be light sabers. Howie compares it to a “3D futuristic movie” and adds that members of the TV audience would have a completely different impression of the act if they saw it live.
Rounding out the show is David Garibaldi and his CMYKs. The best thing about his act is not necessarily the art itself; it’s the element of surprise. Not to mention the way in which the group turns artwork into a theatrical production. Tonight, all their jumping around and slapping paint results in a colorful depiction of the Statue of Liberty.
The semifinal acts have given it their all and now it’s time for America to have its say. Who did you vote for? And who do you think will join Tom Cotter, William Close and Joe Castillo at the finals?
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