7/22 Season 3 Recap: Terry Fator Gets 100 million Dollars!

Terry Fator from Last Year Got 100 Million Dollars? America rewards talent!!!

America’s Got Talent is a difficult show to review. (PLEASE MAKE SURE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE!!!) First of all, it is all up to the judges during the interview sessions, so we don’t get to vote. But we can express our opinions, and the show is nothing if it isn’t entertaining. They started in New York.

Our experience with this show, and almost all reality shows, has been…if the performers look like clowns or freaks, they almost always are. Well, this show was no exception.

The first act entered, and the first reaction we had was “Freak!!” Perry Zanett came in dressed as a king and performed Shakespeare. He was summarily buzzed in seconds. Piers’ comment, “You were a complete waste of space and I’d like you to go”. Our observation, he dressed like a king, but he just played the fool. His exiting comment was funny though. He said it was laughable to get buzzed by a thespian like David Hasselhoff. Wow, the guy must at least have a dictionary.

The next two acts were silly. The first, a rolling cube summarily buzzed that Piers said “…was fun for ten seconds if you have the mentality of a 2 year old”. But it was an improvement over Perry. Another act was a sad attempt at singing and dancing. The audience booed and called for elimination. They got their wish and this wasn’t even worth talking about.

Next, a group called the Power Team that ran through burning wood and charged through solid ice didn’t make it. Piers said it all, “You’re all completely bonkers, aren’t you?”

How could you keep the bad acts coming? But they did. A stageful of people in theatrical outfits moving about randomly to what sounded like a marching band. Buzz, buzz, buzz!!!

Darn, couldn’t they get to a real act? Finally, they did, a shadow puppeteer, believe it or not. The shadows he made were totally recognizable and were quite entertaining, from John Kennedy to the Pope. Fun stuff, voted through to Vegas, but hard to imagine as a winning act.

XL was up next, a young black singer that was quite superb. The audience got into it, and the judges voted him through after singing a masterful piece. But we couldn’t help but think they should have sent him off to American Idol; he doesn’t belong here.

Now we were off to LA.

First up, a group of cheerleaders dressed in mini-skirts. Of course, that won over Hasselhoff before they moved an inch. They got voted through, but they were little more than cheerleaders that kicked Rockettes style.

Now it was time for the weekly obligatory child act. Can’t get through one of these shows without at least one. This was a 10 year old break dancer titled “Shaker”. You know, he would be cute in a street act, and he got the expected child vote. He was far from a prize act, but at least this will give the kid a chance to see Vegas.

The show moved through a bunch of winning acts we were not allowed to see, which we hate, because the show wasted at least a half an hour at the beginning on freak shows. The audience wants to see the winners not freaks! One or two freaks for a chuckle is fine, but it is a shame to not expose some of the winning acts in favor of total jokes.

So did they stop with the freaks? Not a chance. Another guy steps in named Ronn B? First reaction, he looked like a joker…and what is the rule? He was. He broke into a total sham of dance and song. The dancing was pathetic and spastic and the singing horrific. David buzzed him, but the others let him finish. David exclaimed, “This is a talent show, not a freak show!”. Right David, then what was the first half an hour of this show all about? It was all freaks. But Piers and Sharon voted the joker through to Vegas in their seasonal tease of David. What a waste!

Next was a ventriloquist. It is very hard to follow Terry Fator, the winner from last year, who has now signed a 100 million dollar contract for his new show in Las Vegas!!!! We didn’t expect much of Michael Harrison, but he brought up a volunteer and had him play a puppet. He had a real puppet on one hand and the volunteer on the other, and the interaction he portrayed was hysterically funny. He is no Terry Fator, and it is difficult to see him winning, but he was quite good relative to the other talent so far, so he deserved to get through.

Well, they say, “It ain’t over until the ‘fat’ lady sings”, and this show would be no exception. A singer named Emily Davis took the stage. We were relieved to find out she was going to sing and not attempt anything crazy. Well, this lady did sing, and she was good…great in fact. Piers said at the end that she had a “great chance” of winning it all. Hasselhoff and Sharon agreed. Now, I know, you will guess that we would be upset to see another singer get through, but this wasn’t a child sympathy act, and this woman could never have made American Idol at her age. So, we welcome her after she brought the audience to their feet and wowed us with her voice. Talented this woman is. And, “that is what this show is all about!”

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America’s Got Talent RoundUp

Created by Simon Cowell, Ken Warwick, Cécile Frot-Coutaz, Jason Raff

Presented by Jerry Springer (2007-Present), Regis Philbin(2006)

Judges Piers Morgan, David Hasselhoff, Brandy Norwood (2006), Sharon Osbourne (2007-Present)

Running time
Varies

Original channel
NBC

Original run June 21, 2006 – present

W hile America’s Got Talent is entertaining, the judges rate very low on the scale of reality show judges. Their quips are predictable, constantly repeated, and the most creative thing they contribute during a performance is the press of the buzzer during an annoying or bad performance.  If you don’t hear Hasselhoff say, “That is what this show is all about!” at least once a week, you probably missed a week.

What really makes this show entertaining are the exceptional off-beat acts we could never see anywhere. A cowboy that can lasso the audience, a magic act that dazzles like Married Magic act David and Dania that change costumes right in front of your eyes Or perhaps an Elvis impersonator that is so original and talented you would swear he may be better than Elvis himself. It would, however, be much better to stick to that theme and not make this just another place for American Idol wannabes or rejects to get another chance, so it would be better for the show to cut most singers out of the competition rather than allow every one that has even a decent voice to get to the finals. The other sickening thing about the show is the elderly and kid factor. Any kid that can sing decently or any elderly person gets special treatment, wasting spaces for real talent.

The camera work on the show is horrible. When we are watching a performance, we want to judge it ourselves. But the America’s Got Talent cameras are all over the stage, on the audience and on the judges’ faces during the middle of critical parts of many performances. The television audience doesn’t need to see Hasselhoff’s face ten times during a dance routine. And they really don’t care about his reaction until the end, if they care at all. The live audience isn’t watching his face, they are watching the performance. Why do we have to see Pierce’s ugly puss (the straight-faced British judge that is a Simon Cowell wanna be) in the middle of a potentially prize winning act? We see him enough before and after.

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All that said, this is a majorly entertaining show with some of the most amazing and unique acts ever seen on television. Who can resist seeing twenty dancers all clog in step on a Las Vegas stage? Or perhaps a magician that you have never seen that stuns the audience. Or last year’s amazing victor, Terry Fator, a puppeteer of unmatched talent and an unparalleled master ventriloquist.

This show rates number 3 on our list of favorite reality shows. If they fixed the camera problem and got rid of the “too many singers” problems, it may even make it to number 2.