‘America’s Got Talent’ Discovery: 3rd grader ‘Soul Man’ Tallan Noble Latz

America got quite the surprise on Wednesday night’s “America’s Got Talent” when Tallan Noble Latz played his guitar!

It’s hard to believe when you listen to him play, but 9-year-old Tallan is the definition of “Soul Man” with his  mad guitar skills.

“America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Tallan Noble Latz’s Performance. This nine-year-old defines to meaning of soul man with his guitar skills.


So you think you can you juggle running chainsaws? America’s Got talent!


Many of us would argue, we’ve seen too many of these in the circus but we have to admit this act is pretty impressive. Good buildup and showmanship from the husband and wife tandem, Mario and Jenny.

‘America’s Got Talent’ Discovery: Barbara Padilla


Barbara Padilla’s Performance. This cancer survivor’s performance brings tears to the eyes.

America got quite the surprise on Wednesday night’s "America’s Got Talent" when Barbara Padilla got up to sing!

Barbara was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, but now resides in Houston, TX with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. The talented soprano was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. She feared that she might lose her voice, but, as she displayed on last night’s show, she not only beat the cancer, but she can sure hold a note!

"America’s Got Talent" airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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Chicken Catcher Kevin Skinner Wins America’s Got Talent Auditions!


In our books, the unpretentious, unassuming laid back chicken catcher Kevin Skinner from Kentucky wins America’s Got Talent auditions. They should end the search right now. America has found its talent! Much as we dislike singers auditioning in America’s Got Talent because we think it should be in a different avenue or category and not to be put on the same basket as an Illusionist, magician or juggler- 35 year old, unemployed farmer Kevin Skinner blew us away. Our jaws dropped and almost fell on our seats hearing him sing Garth Brooks.

He is the real deal. The phrasing was perfect. Emotions flowing. We have never seen an honest performance in a long time. It is a rare gift not even seen in huge names in the music industry. Dare we say his audition cover of “If Tomorrow Never Comes” was better than that of Garth Brooks himself?! Enough said. Watch the audition and yes, it’s all right to get chills and be misty-eyed.


14yo Thia Megia America’s Got Talent 4 Audition Wows Crowd and Judges


Only 14 years old, packed with such powerful voice- Thia Megia impresses audience and judges in her America’s Got Talent 4 audition. She is moving on to the next round in Vegas.


America’s Got Talent Season 4 Premiere

By Andrea Reiher

It’s here, guys! “America’s Got Talent” is back in all its crazy glory! Strap in, we’ve got two hours of nuttiness tonight.

The opening montage shows us clips from the other “Got Talents” from all over the world, including Susan Boyle herself. That poor lady. I dig Nick Cannon as the new host, he’s got some charisma. He may be as pointless as Jerry Springer, but at least he’s more animated. I also enjoyed his Drumline bromance with Forest from season 4 of Buffy.

Now, if you’ll remember from my recaps last year… the editing of this show is totally effed up. They go from city to city to city, instead of just showcasing one city at a time. It’s annoying. I’ll try to keep up with Where in the World Are the Auditions, but I apologize if I get confused.

New York City is our first location. Up first is Ray Schwarz, a 26 year-old teacher’s aid. He looks like Tom Everett Scott’s inbred cousin. He sings “Little Less Conversation” and step-touches awkwardly. Remember when Jesse Spano taught Zack how to dance? It looks a little like that. He gets buzzed off.

Bad Montage. Possibly James Taylor playing the guitar and harmonica while riding a unicyle, a white “rapper,” and Randall Flagg from “The Stand” fire dancing with a tiny woman whose hair catches on fire. Now that is a way to kick off this show.

We’re now in Chicago. Because this show has ADD. Up first in Chi-town is 48 year-old Moses Lanham, who claims he is the only known living person who can do his talent. Hmmm. He comes onstage with his jacket on backwards because he is going to turn his feet 180 degrees and then walk. It’s freaky, though I’ll say that his feet are not completely turned 180 degrees. It’s like his feet are backwards, but he has a club foot. Next!

Our first good audition of the night is FootworkKINGz. It’s a group of six young men who live in rough inner city neighborhoods and have formed this dance group. That’s cool, good on them. They dance to an instrumental piece that I should know and cannot recall. Either way, the dancing is good. Very quick and fairly in sync. They need some polish but are certainly good enough to go to the next round.

gottalentjudgesNext up is a family of blonde siblings from Wisconsin called Shine. Oh lord. It’s totally Brady-Bunch-Patridge-Family-Osmond crap. THeir names are Bert, Nan, Flossie and Freddie. I bet when these four were younger they looked totally Children of the Corn. They sing “Walking on Sunshine” and it’s awful. I have to wonder if these people know they’re being funny or if they legitimately think they have talent? The judges are easy on them because I think they can tell that these creepy cheese-eaters actually think they are good.

Bad Montage. Dancing Jamaican bobsledders, Melissa Rivers in a bikini while her mom Joan plays an accordion, a Cher wannabe, and a 17 year-old who wishes he had been born in about 1970.

Up now is a Barack Obama imitator named Pete Peterkin. He’s… meh. He’s got some of the Obama speech patterns down but it’s also kind of James Brown doing Barack Obama. No sooner have I typed that then Pete puts on a wig and goes into his James Brown imitation. Honestly, this guy isn’t good enough to play Branson, let alone Vegas. He says he does about 100 imitations and plays 15 instruments. The crowd chants Vegas, but the judges are on the fence. They end up putting him through, though.

Good Montage. Black Fire Percussion, an awesome drumline (where’s Nick Cannon?), Anointed S, a vocal percussionist (interesting, but not a whole act), and Unexpected Step Team (very good).

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‘America’s Got Talent’ looking for its own Susan Boyle

This season, the most important contestant for “America’s Got Talent|shows|site” isn’t competing on the show. She doesn’t even live in America.

Susan Boyle is the frumpy, 48-year-old Scottish singer who rocketed from obscurity to international celebrity after surprising judges with her assured performance this spring on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Now the question is whether Boylemania will boost the popularity of “America’s Got Talent,” NBC’s sister program, which starts its fourth season on Tuesday. Both the American and U.K. versions are made by the same company, FremantleMedia.

Executives are already counting on Boyle, who was the eventual runner-up on “Britain’s Got Talent.” One NBC promo starts with a shot of her singing on the British show — a video seen by tens of millions of viewers online — while a voice-over says, “This June, the international sensation comes home to America.” Viewers might need a second or two to register that the “sensation” being referred to is the “Got Talent” format, not Boyle.

susan-boyleCalling her “the television equivalent of Viagra,” Piers Morgan, a judge on both the British and American versions of “Got Talent,” says the producers are giving “serious consideration” to having Boyle appear in some fashion on the U.S. show.

“In terms of the potential effect she could have on ratings, the British show jumped nearly 50% because of Susan,” Morgan said in an interview. “And I believe the American show could do the same.” NBC’s Season 3 premiere last June drew 12.9 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Simon Cowell, the “American Idol” judge who created the “Got Talent” format, told reporters in April that the show was a “sleeping giant” and that Boyle could help the program double or triple its ratings this season.

But some analysts are skeptical about whether “America’s Got Talent” will see any long-term benefit from Boyle, a plain-looking, very shy woman who stunned judges with her powerful voice. Whether the show can find American contestants with similarly compelling back stories is an open question. In its first three seasons, none of the “America’s Got Talent” contestants sparked anything even close to Boyle’s wildfire popularity.

“It’s unlikely the show will be able to create talent again the way they did with ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and Susan Boyle,” said John Rash, of the Minneapolis ad firm Campbell-Mithun.

But that won’t stop NBC and Fremantle from trying. The network is heavily promoting a family act who told the judges during taped auditions earlier this spring that they began rehearsing as singers after their mother was paralyzed from a head-on auto collision with a drunk driver. Their contest song? “God Bless America.”

“I think a lot of viewers would turn up for ‘America’s Got Talent’ with or without the Susan Boyle phenomenon,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s new reality programming chief. “We have had our own phenomenon come out of the show. I remind people that Terry Fater is the most-paid reality show contestant of all time.” Fater is the ventriloquist/comedian/impersonator who won the $1 million top prize in 2007 and has a multimillion-dollar deal performing at the Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip.

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