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.
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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.
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
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.