There you have it, the final five.Bear in mind that not one of these talents is a long term nightly Vegas act except maybe Nuttin But Stringz with a bunch of help.Four out of the five are singers.Dull.This is now, other than NBS, just a singing contest.Sad really with the variety of talents they had on this show, and another reason why we think they should not have singers on the show or at least limit them somehow.This is going to be an amateur American Idol.
But at least the folks that were eliminated this week pretty much made sense, especially the child acts.They weren’t good last night and it would have been a shame to keep them and, Jessica really had to go.
All that said, here is our expected order of the talent
2.Nuttin But Stringz
3.Neil E. Boyd
We expect Eli or NBS to win.We think Queen Emily does not belong on the list, but Donald is boring, so he may not as well.But it doesn’t matter, there is one winner, our money is on Eli.
You could have missed the first 15 minutes and missed nothing.
1. Paul Salos led off. He did New York, New York. He fouled up some parts. He really didn’t sound totally like Frank, but he was pretty good. Then he forgot the words, and had a reasonable finish, but nothing fantastic. Piers actually buzzed him.
2. Kaitlyn Maher was next, and she appeared, with commercials and filler, 8 full minutes after Paul. Bearing in mind these are two minute acts, that says what this show really is. It has become America’s got Ads. At Any rate, Kaitlyn did Call My Name (I’ll Be There), was real cute, her voice was cracking, she was really not good at all. But she has the cute going. If cute is worth a million bucks, she is worth a million. Talent-wise, not much. Other than Piers, they all pandered to her. We thought *TGFFF.
3. It was a full 7 minutes from the time the judges shut up until Donald Braswell came on. He did his usual show tune style music, Broadway style. We would tell you how well he did, but we fell asleep, but we knew we would have plenty of time for a nap given the 7 minute gap between the acts. He was done in 2 minutes. He has a strong voice and could do a Broadway show. He is just so boring.
4. This time, with filler and fluff, it was again 7 minutes before Jessica Price took the stage. She still sounds like a frightened little mouse when she sings. The song is nice, and she has it going OK, but she wouldn’t get to the final 20 in Idol. She had the chorus down nice, and she has a very sexy appeal so someone could make her popular, but it couldn never be purely based on her voice. And she would have to cut a CD first of studio promoted music before anyone would pay to see her on stage.
5. The time, between the commercials, fluff and the next act was, you guessed it, 7 minutes. Joseph Hall started rising in smoke and sang “Satisfy Me”, by, who else, Elvis. He actually had the Elvis act down better this week. He had the stage moves down and seemed comfortable performing them. As before, though, when he hits the real hard notes, he ain’t Elvis, but he is entertaining and the ladies are crazed about him.
6. 7 more minutes… Neil E. Boyd began. He did “All By Myself”. Going for the powerful chorus, but the slow parts were a bit harsh to listen to. The chorus did not show off his powerful voice as well as it could, but he did take the opportunity to hit a few power notes and had a strong finale. We like him, but find him boring like Donald Braswell. But we are pulling for him because he really could use the money for donuts.
7. 8 minutes of commercials and fluff to the Wright Kids. The kids started with another kids tune. “ABC”. Lead was flat for the first verse. Chorus OK, but clearly not Jackson Five Quality. The performance had no energyand was very boring. Poorly done. We thought they had it going last week. They lost it this week, and it was not the time to lose it.
8. They only got to 6 minutes wasted before they brought on Queen Emily. We were impressed. With the gap, not Emily, only 6 minutes, wow!! She sang “You’re Going To Love Me”. She pushed it and was driving a bit too hard, yelling at times. We know the lady can wale, and she was better than she was last week, but she is not at the same level of talent as the women she imitates and she was trying too hard. We think she is entertaining, but wouldn’t pay to see her. Still, she will likely make the top 5 given the screw up eliminations from last week.
9. Six more minutes and it was time for Nuttin But Stringz. We really like this duo, and we were expecting them to deliver huge. They started off with a marching drum sort of group to build things up. We still cannot place what it is that is entertaining about them. They did have to bring in more fluff like gals hanging from scarfs and swinging from the rafters, but that is typical Vegas stuff. By the time they were done, these guys had their bow strings all shredded. We did not like them as much as last week, but we liked them bunch none the less.
10. Seven minutes to Eli Mattson. He did an Elton Song “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”. He should be a cinch for the final, but he needs to bring it big next week. This week he was a tad on the boring side.
If you do not have a DVR and you like this show, get one. We watched a two hour show that had 20 minutes of performance in it. That left 1 hour and fourty minutes of filler, most of it painful commercials and fluff of approximately 7 minutes between each act. TGFFF is worth every penny, even if you just get to skip Jerry.
Our contestant order and scores:
1. Eli Mattson (8/10)
2. Nuttin But Stringz (8/10)
3. Neil E. Boyd (8/10)
4. Queen Emily (7/10)
5. Joseph Hall (7/10)
6. Paul Salos (7/10)
7. Donald Braswell (7/10)
8. Jessica Price (6/10)
9. Wright Kids (6/10)
10. Kaitlyn Maher (6/10)
Our definite eliminations this week are the child acts. This week, for them to get to the finals, they would have to get major child sympathy. Neither act was good.
Jessica should not be here and lucked out last week getting cast on the first night when the talent was so very weak. She is pretty, but she is just really not that good. Maybe she could be better in a studio and with singing training. She doesn’t have a horrible voice, but she isn’t at Eli’s, Neil’s or even Emily’s level. But she has a look that could be played up if she found her niche. Maybe she could even step into Idol after a year of singing lessons.
Our definite winners this week are Eli Mattson, Nuttin But Stringz and Neil E. Boyd. All performed up to par and all deserve a berth in the finals, even though we think none could do an hour long Vegas act day after day.
The most talented of the remaining three is Donald Braswell. He could do Broadway, but he is a tad old for that and we wouldn’t pay to see just him sing. Joseph Hall does a mean Elvis, but he doesn’t sing extremely well. But man oh man does he get the girls going. Paul Salos does a pretty good impersonation of Frank. And we could picture him as a background act in Vegas. It is a shame they displaced such great talent last week due to the poor format, or we wouldn’t have such a poor group of finalists to choose from.
Hmmm. We are going to cop out and let you choose. Vote for your favorite among our bottom three.
1. Paul Salos
2. Joseph Hall
3. Donald Braswell
4. Other (you think one of our eliminations belongs in the finals)
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”?