9/11 America’s Got Talent Results. Poor Format Yields Poor Results. An Incredible Finale Blown.

One of our readers pointed out something we did not get from the explanation of how they were doing the votes tonight on the ten finalists.  There were 20 total acts, and we thought and felt that a total vote competition was appropriate.  To not allow the acts from each night to compete against each other introduces a completely random selection into the mix.  An unfair flip of the coin, not chosen by the audience or the judges.

But our reader was right.  Five were selected from the first night and five from the second.  And the second night’s talent was vastly better, so it ruined a chance at a spectacular finale integrating mediocre talent from the first night.

There were two truly sad events on the show . Sharon voted for Daniel Jens to go into the top 10.  Sharon then followed up by not even remembering the name of Jonathan Burkin, referring to him as “Baton Boy”!!  This convinces us even more that the judges are useless and those that plan the show are pathetic.

Out of our top 4, 3 were selected.  But this was primarily because of the ill-conceived format not allowing the second night’s talent to compete with the first.  Jonathan Burkin was fantastic and better than anyone that performed the first night.  But he got eliminated because of the flip of a coin.

Sarah Lenore was fantastic.  She could compete on Idol.  Eli is better, but the selections from the first night that displaced Sarah were a joke.  Fat Lady (Emily) doesn’t hold a candle to Sarah.  Paul Salos?  Please.  Donald Braswell?  We are sleeping already.  Sarah blows them away, and we hope she shows up on Idol and makes fools out of the people that run this show.  The fact that Jessica Price is in the final 10 and Daniel Jens got within one vote of the top 10 while Sarah was sent packing demonstrates even more, this show is just way too random.

All three of our dark horses were picked.  Paul Salos, who we thought was better this week than last, but he wouldn’t have made it if he performed the second night.  Donald Braswell made it and that is sad as well.  He is a niche performer.  We would not pay to see him other than as part of a much broader show.   He is a snoozer, sorry to say.  And the child sympathy act got through.  Kaitlyn is super cute, but to even compare her to some of the talents eliminated in her favor is an insult to intelligence.

We were Wright on the Wright Kids.  And we thought the vote against Extreme Dance FX sad.

We agreed with Joseph Hall for the top 10 as well.

So where does that leave us?  We have three entries in the top ten that just plain to not belong there and do not have a prayer.  But at least they got rid of Jens.  Finally!!

The three mistakes:

1. Kaitlyn Maher – We said we would not be disappointed with Kaitlyn being in the top ten, but when we actually saw the talent discarded in her favor, we realized we were wrong.  She could not sustain an act in Vegas and the judges and audience know it.  This was all about child sympathy.
2. Paul Salos – Paul actually could carry a long act doing his show imitating Sinatra in Vegas, but no one would pay good money for it.  He could do an act in front of the slot machines, but talent-wise he doesn’t even qualify as a puppet for Terry Fator.  This was the elderly sympathy vote combined with random luck he got to go on the first night when the talent was weakest.
3. Queen Emily – The fat lady can sing.  She can’t win.  We wouldn’t pay to see her sing one song, let alone a show on Vegas.  She was a poor choice.

America didn’t really blow this.  America’s Got Talent is primarily to blame with this lame format and incredibly poor choices for each night, clearly placing the weaker talent on the first night.

In fact, though, this pointed out something random about the entire show.  The choice of talents for each week can result in incredibly unfair comparisons and eliminations.  We have a couple of suggestions.

1. Get rid of Jerry
2. Get rid of the judges
3. Have an overall elimination competition more like Idol that allows everyone to compete for America’s votes.

We think that the random choice of talent from night to night deprives America of the best competition.

We think Eli wins anyway barring elderly and child sympathy votes, but those have been particularly strong this year so you never know.  America is gullible when it comes to these acts and the show panders to them.

So let’s order the TOP 10 talents so far (bearing in mind this is before their final performances).

1. Eli Mattson
2. Nuttin But Stringz
3. Neil E. Boyd
4. The Wright Kids
5. Joseph Hall
6. Jessica Price
7. Paul Salos
8. Donald Braswell
9. Kaitlyn Maher
10. Queen Emily

However, we are a bit confused.  The judges often infer that the reason for choosing a talent to move on is whether they can “sustain” an act on Vegas that lasts over an hour.

But it seems like really, we are voting for talent, not Vegas.  Eli, for example, is hugely talented, but that doesn’t make him a long term Vegas act.  There just aren’t too many of those, and those that do Vegas regularly are older names like Frankie Vallie or Sinatra before he passed away.  Pearl Jam or Marc Cohn may show up on occasion, but they aren’t there every night.  It just doesn’t seem practical to consider a singer for such an act.

That said, that rules out Emily, Jessica, Donald and Neil, none of which are as talented as Eli and none of which, we feel would   And Kaitlyn is cute, but she could never sustain a Vegas Act long term.  She could be part of one, but not THE act.

Nuttin but Strings we think could, but would need a huge amount of choreography work and vastly more diversity than they currently have.  They are hugely talented and great to watch, but for over an hour every day on Vegas?

The Wright Kids could pull it off for a while.  But we think that America would tire of it quickly.  Again, they are more of a touring show than a fixture in Vegas.  We would like to see them at a local show perhaps, but we are not interested when in Vegas in paying to see them.

One thing there are a bunch of in Vegas in lasting acts are niche performers.  Female imitators, comedians, magicians, etc.  Paul Salos and Joseph Hall come to mind.  We don’t think people would pay to see Paul, but he could sustain a more minor act after the initial hooplah was over.  SImilarly, Joseph, with good choreography and some more practice could be a huge draw of young girls, at least for a while.  And Elvis impersonators are not uncommon at all in Vegas.

So now we have a conundrum.  Do we vote for the best talent or the act we think could survive in Vegas the longest?  If the former, the list above makes up our choices.  But if the latter, we would have to consider two of the less talented stars as the winner.    Is it “America’s Got Talent” or “Choose the Vegas Star”?

The polls below first appeared on this article and is still open for voting.

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9/09 America’s Got Talent Review & Prediction. Daniel Jens Re-Enlists in Iraq. Bush Praises Him.

So, let’s start with last show.  Don’t we always?

One major complaint.  There are more commercials between each act on this show than there are acts in the entire show.  It is pathetic.  This is a 30 minute show that lasts two hours, and the number of commercials is abusive.

We were right.  5 out of 5 this week.  We hate to blow our own horn, (that is not true, we love to blow our own horn), but we were 4 out of 5 the past two weeks.

Eli Mattson
Nuttin But Stringz
Tapping Dads
Donald Braswell
Kaitlyn Maher

So, now for this week.

We have decided this week we should not comment on the judges at all, or Jerry.  They are just distractions at this point from the talent, and they could be eliminated from the show entirely along with the commercials.

As this show gets closer to the end, the talent gets much harder to judge.  Not only is it usually pretty darned good by this stage in the competition, it is so diverse.  How do you judge a magic act against a singer against a choreographed set of dancers.

We have no idea, but we do our best.  Terry Fator was a standout way above the crowd last season, but we don’t see a specific standout this year, although we do have our favorites.

Lets’ go baby.

1. Cadence (8/10)

We didn’t like Cadence last week.  Their Blue Man Group imitation was cheesy, and their act way too loose versus their initial tight act.  They were all over the stage last week, and instead of focusing on a small set of instruments, they tried to play everything percussion under the sun.  They got voted through, but it wasn’t good and they were not on our list to even make the top 20.

This week…they were tight.  Back to limited instruments; they brought in a real popular rap song.  Sounded like noise early, but then got it together as they focused.  Still a bit too spread out, but we blame that again on the horrible camera men on AGT.  The end was great. They all played in close proximity on plastic buckets.  That is what got these guys started; get away from the bull.  Good show.  Vegas?  Maybe.

2. Queen Emily (6/10)

Too corny of an intro.  She says her whole life has changed, but we don’t think her diet has.

Last week Emily buried herself in the background of the Supremes and we said she had to sing by herself this week to keep on.  She did, but it had no energy.

She sang a slow song.  She sang it nice.  She is going home.

3. The Wright Kids (8/10)

You know, we don’t like kid acts and last week, these kids were kind of flat and karaoke.  So, we weren’t surprised they sang a song focused more on a kid’s voice.  “Rockin’ Robin”.  This song was written specifically for a kid’s voice and they did it much better.  We liked them a bunch.  Lead was still a tad flat.   But fun.

4. James Gang (7/10)

We like this group of guys.  Their Broadway talent is there and the dancing is great, but the singing isn’t there.  So what do you do?  Send them home.  Sorry guys.

5. Daniel Jens (2/10)

The Army asked Dan to re-enlist.  Piers thinks he should.  We do too.  You shouldn’t have gotten this far Daniel.  You stink.  Bye.

6. Zoo-Perstars (8/10)

You know, the judges don’t get this act at all.  It is hysterical fun and total satire.  But when someone does not get satire, you can’t explain it, and Piers is not smart enough to get it.  Oh well.  He didn’t have to for this performance.  We loved it.  We laughed; we cried.  But they needed to take the costumes to something stratospheric.  A Hillary inflatable or something creative, but we were still laughing our heads off.  These guys are great.  A Walrus break dancing on one hand in an inflatable outfit deserves extra points.

7. Neil E. Boyd (9/10)

This guy is a Zoo-perstar.  We mean it.  This guy is so big that he is as large as any of the inflatable Zoo-Perstars, so perhaps he is exactly what that act would need to excel.

While Neil looks like he eats about ten salamis a day, he can sing.  His voice is powerful, you can’t get away from it.   His presence is HUGE!!  Whoops. Sorry.

8. Jessica Price (6/10)

When you perform a song that is the key hit of a star, you get compared to that star.  Colbie Caillat does the song Jessica chose; it is Colbie’s earmark, and it is fantastic to hear live.  Jessica’s guitar was amateur at best.  The lyrics were off tune.  The chills Colbie’s song gives you just weren’t there.  Sorry Jessica.  You are cute.  But that ain’t gonna cut it this week.  Try a coffee shop. Bye.

9. Extreme Dance Fx (8/10)

These guys are fun.  Always have been.  They clog well, the choreography is consistently good.  They were a step above where they were last week.  Great.  We are not sure clogging is where it is at in Vegas, but we couldn’t take our eyes off this act.  They were much stronger this week, and they earned the points.

Here’s a sample of their act from last week’s:

10. Paul Salos (8/10)

It was funny, the judges did not like Paul this week, and we thought he was better.  He did “Come Fly With Me” and he sounded like Frank this week.  Last week he didn’t.  We didn’t give him the elderly pity vote this week.  We think he earned the points.

So, what does that leave at the top?

1. Neil E. Boyd
2. Wright Kids
3. Paul Salos
4. Extreme Dance Fx
5. Zoo-Perstars
6. Cadence

Oh no, we have to have an elimination.  And it isn’t easy.  The bottom of the barrel here is the top of the bottom.  Neil is a shoe-in and easy.  The other five are so close in our minds that we cannot separate them easily.

We have to cut out one, and even though we liked him this week, we don’t think he has an act that will have staying power.  We are going to say goodbye to Paul Salos, with a very close vote with Cadence and the Zoo-Perstars.  We believe all three are so close, any one could be sent packing or continue hacking.

8/27 Season 3 Recap & Prediction: America’s Got Talent Finally Redeems Itself!!

It was time, finally time, for America’s Got Talent to show America they listened to the criticism at myrealitytelevision.com, because it is criticism we read throughout the internet, and it is from our readers and others like you.  Week after week, people were getting ready to give up on how pathetic this show had become and told us why.  We told AGT, and we think they got the point, either through us or through the web.

Any way you cut it, tonight things were different.  We liked the format of the show from the start, eliminating last week’s introductory noise, and for the fist time in weeks, we preferred the show to the commercials.

It is possible the Olympic break gave AGT’s choreographers a chance to use their noggins and earn their pay.  We hope this lasts through the finale.

Last night, we called 4 out of 5.  Our only mistake was Cadence.  We think they weren’t good enough, but we were looking at a bunch of mediocre cowboy dancers as competition, so that could have gone either way

  1. Neal E. Boyd
  2. Jessica Price
  3. James Gang
  4. Cadence
  5. Extreme Dance FX

We want to give the audience huge credit for voting out the little girl stunt show.  They saw right through the nonsense.  She had a great cry for the cameras, and it warmed our hearts to see her go for the James Gang who actually have some talent.

Well, NOW let’s get on to this week…

1. Beyond Belief Dance Company (8/10)

21 Cheerleaders that call themselves dancers.  They needed a whining cameo.  “Oh we have sprained ankles, whine whine”. The Acrobatics were OK.  They had good choreography, not great, and were a bit random at times.  They were in sync for the most part.  It was difficult to rate them because of the poor camera work by NBC.  A large show like this requires you be able to see the entire act, and it was difficult because they didn’t keep the wide angle on, and the camera crew judged what they thought was important.  That is not good for a show where the audience is supposed to vote.  We did, however, get a great cliché from Sharon.  “You have to take it to a higher level”.  D’uh  Thanks Sharon.  Who doesn’t?  It was good fun.  And better than anything last night.

2. Paul Salos (7/10)

Sinatra Impersonator.  Paul is an elderly sympathy act at 72.  He isn’t bad, and starts off in a Sinatra-like suit with some ladies with canes having a Vegas appeal.  We give Paul credit, he actually does the singing; this is at least Karaoke, not just lip sync! He did “My Way”.  Now, you have to hear Sinatra to know this guy doesn’t sound much like him, but he is fun, and he has his moments.  So we have to put him through.  The finale kept him from getting a higher score.  Frank never said “My WEEE”.  If not for the finale, he would be tied with BBDC.  Judges played up to him, but if this guy is worth a million bucks, our website is with 2 million.  It took forty years for this guy to get this far, and for his ears to get this big.

3. Kazual (7/10)

Temptations like group.  The sneakers and outfits did not look good.  Good synchronization.  Good finish.  A bit flat at times.  Piers buzzed them and said exactly what we thought.  Good harmonies, but the solos weren’t good enough.  Fun stuff though.

4. Zoo-perstars.  (9/10)

Inflatable Dancers.  They look like team mascots.  There was a hysterical cameo.  It was totally sarcastic of the show’s condescending whining cameos.  The leader said, “This competition means everything to us. We have dedicated our lives, sacrificed our families, our friends…”, all while in an inflatable chipmunk outfit.  We were already laughing at all the pathetic heart-string sob stories in earlier AGT cameos.  “America will vote for us because we are pretty, short and sweet.”

We already did!!

Piers said “This is not Talent”, but he totally missed the point of the Zoo-perstars.  It was a satire of everything stupid in America’s Got Talent!  Piers buzzed them  immediately.  They danced to Macho Man in inflated mascot outfits and had us in hysterics.  The chipmunk leader completed the YMCA signature move with his feet while standing on his head. For the finale, the inflatable snail eats one of the crew. Even Piers was reluctantly laughing at the end. Standing O!!!

Piers showed Springer is not the only narcissist on the show; he actually told the audience to shut up?  Piers, don’t be a condescending prick or you WILL be deported.  Our only complaint about the act is they could have used funnier inflatable costumes, like an inflatable Hillary.  If they were to pull off a couple of more creative inflatable costumes, these guys could win a million bucks!!

5. The Wright Kids. (7/10)

No sob story cameo.  Basic family story.  Good job.  Kind of a child sympathy act, but good.  They did a Monkey’s tune, “Daydream Believer”.  First kid’s singing was a bit flat.  They look like they are playing instruments, maybe they are, but the background drowns them out.  In fact, you can’t hear the kids instruments at all.  Really, it is karaoke, but cute.  Standing O.

6. Jonathan Arons (7/10)

Good cameo, tough to get recognition, something new and fresh.  Again, good job.  No sob story.  No my dog died or I stepped on my pet caterpillar to string us along.

Jonathan plays a trombone with dancing.  Unique act.  Only mediocre trombone, but that is a small part of the act.  The performance is much better than the trombone.  Lots of fun background dancing.  The act was funny and performed to “Dancing in September”.  They did a Lawrence Welk style “Overhead flower”.  Piers, as much as we hate to say it, said it all.  He said Jon was “One sandwich short of a picnic, but you’re also incredibly entertaining…”.  Sharon added, “Great Fun”.

7. Specialist Daniel Jens (6/10)

Daniel is nothing but an Iraq Sympathy Act.  He actually forgot his words in his prior performance and if this show were real, would not be where he is.  He finally did a good cameo, not a whining act like the first.  His performance was in a rising mist (amazing what you can do with dry ice) and the guitar was actually in tune.  It was the chorus where he showed how poor a performer he really is.  At that point, he gave up his guitar and showed that none of the music was actually his, it is a CD.  Daniel has a fan cluster in fatigue T-shirts that say “America’s got Jens”, but he has no real talent.  Piers tells him like it is, he does not have the voice to play in Vegas, or anywhere else.  We give Jens credit for trying to finally be genuine here, no tear-jerking bull, but we never liked him.

8. Slippery Kittens (7/10)

This is a middle aged burlesque show.  There was a good cameo.  No crybaby antics.  “We are going to show you burlesque like it has never been done before”.

They started with sexy boy scout outfits in miniskirts.  These gals do have gams, and other attributes.  Great choreography!  Fun, but not exceptional talent.  Great for a USO performance though!!  Our troops would LOVE these gals!!  They finally discarded their boy scout uniforms for Red White and Blue outfits that look like bathing suits.  Piers buzzed because he hates everything American, but it was fun stuff.  Not a million bucks worth, but fun.  Standing O.  Too many tattoos on the leader, but legs!  This clearly played to the Oedipus complex, and did a pretty good job.

These gals will appeal to middle aged men throughout America!  MILFS.

9. George the Giant (5/10)

This is a 7’3″ guy that does weird things.  He said in his cameo, he only fits in on the stage.  Nice cameo.  No sob story.  Says he went to the hospital trying to perform his upcoming act.  “If that means risking my life, that is what I am going to do”.  Not unrealistic for a million bucks.

George came in chained, looking like Harry Houdini.  He strung himself upside down and then blew it.  He had kids brought in to beat him like a pinata.  Piers buzzed him immediately.  Sharon followed.  He escapes from his chains while being beaten by a fat woman with a baseball bat and coughs up a ton of candy.  Judges look on in shock.  Funny for 30 seconds, but no Vegas act.

10. Queen Emily (8/10)

Once again, it isn’t over until the “Fat Lady” sings.  This gal can whale.  Whoops…wale.  Sorry.  “This is a dream come true”.  Not a horrible cameo.  No real sob story.  “Nothing is impossible.”  Corny, but not stupid.

Emily came out dressed like Queen Latifah in a long red dress that has a cape with tons of cubic zirconia.  Her performance was to “Aint no Mountain High Enough”.  The long red dress looks good, and she fills it.  Emily had good supporting dancing and got a standing O.

Piers called her a superstar.  Someone that can beat Michael Phelps.  Piers has to have someone tell him how stupid he sounds.  He just demonstrated his total contempt for Amymerica.  Making any comparison of this woman to a man that just set the world record for most gold medals in an Olympics after 36 years is like comparing a breath mint to the cure for Polio.  It is downright stupid.  “You are now absolutely the front runner.”, Piers blathered (we are not so sure about that).  At first, the performance sounds great, but a review of the performance makes one realize the Queen is little more than Karaoke.  Her singing was drowned out by the background which was mostly the original Supremes.

Here are our picks:

1. Zoo-perstars. No false hype.  No nonsense.  This is just hysterical fun.  These guys are great comics.  Piers misses the point entirely.
2. Queen Emily. A bit of Karaoke.  We know she can sing, but she has to do it next time on her own or she won’t be here.
3. Beyond Belief Dance Company. We liked them because they were nothing but true effort and talent.
4. Slippery Kittens. We liked the show for its “Desperate Housewives” feel.  Some hot women dancing and performing burlesque.  It isn’t new, but it sure isn’t tired like many of the acts on this show.  Great job ladies.
5. Jonathan Arons. We have no idea why this guy sticks in our minds, but he was fun.  We laughed, we cried, well, we at least laughed.  He is funnier than the two presidential candidates by a long shot.  So we stuck with him.

What we think the audience will vote for:

1. Queen Emily
2. Zoo-perstars
3. The Wright Kids (unless they can see around the child sympathy act again)
4. Paul Zalos
5. Slippery Kittens