AMERICA’S GOT TALENT CONTINUES IN CHICAGO – Last night’s episode of AGT was an odd mix of shortened auditions, lack of names being mentioned or displayed and by the end of the first thirty minutes it became clear who the judges favored. Variety again ruled with the added attraction of highlighted performers being in their late teens. My picks for this week happened to also be in the judges picks and as you watch the videos see if they cause you to reminisce about the “good old days.”
On the stage walks a young lady, 17 yrs. old and her dog; of course an audition of dog tricks was my first thought. Last year there was an amazing dog act that made it to the finals and I found myself sitting up straighter, ready to compare both performances. Well, you will be surprised to find that Kelsey and Bailey did not do the expected flips and jumping through hoops normally seen. Their video follows:
David Ferman, a 19 yr old brought a juggling act to the stage. Now, I don’t know about you, but I find that watching the average juggler can quickly become tedious and boring. In contrast, when they introduce bicycles, tumbling or different objects into the mix they have my attention. I enjoy jugglers who bring something different to the stage and David did not disappoint. Watch and you’ll see what I mean:
When groups walk on the stage, there can be an audible moan heard in the room as I have found often that the larger the group-the smaller the talent. This was not the case with my third pick, Chicago Boyz, an acrobatic team with the youngest member being just nine years old. In true fashion, this group came out and wowed the audience with the timing, agility and energy of their performance. See if you don’t agree that they will progress past at least another round of eliminations.
Of course with all the good acts, AGT also finds time in its two-hour program to fill in with some of the ridiculous.. One musical audition, Sully Drum, put it well when he said:
It’s like a circus, there are no elephants; but it is a circus.
Indeed it seemed as though there must have been something in the air that night of taping in Chicago. Some of the more unusual acts included a human sized cat that left a “hairball” and “poop” on the stage. Much to the amusement of the audience, Nick Cannon tossed the “poop” in the direction of the judges.
Defiant acts included one who screamed at three of the judges who hit the “X” to “Take the ‘X’” back several times and then simply continued on, refusing to leave the stage; and they weren’t the only act to do so.
It is no secret that dance teams place low on my list of “talent” and the Dancing Gladiators below made an effort to change my mind. They were unsuccessful and the judges also found them wanting, but no one can deny that even though the men in this picture may not have talent-it doesn’t really matter.
With that being said, I want to leave you with one last act that they make it through but are not among my top picks. They made me proud to be part Cherokee Indian and will leave you smiling with a song circling in your head. Thanks L’il Mike and Funny Bone for another sleepless night!
C’mon now, you want to “Do the Rain Dance” don’t you?
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