AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: ROUND ONE OF ELIMINATIONS – America’s Got Talent is now in the first stage of eliminations and is being aired live on the stage of Radio City Music Hall in New York. The famed Rockettes opened the show and were followed by the performance of twelve acts, all hoping to be one of the four who will be chosen to go on to the semi-finals.
The large auditorium seemed to intimidate several acts and yet for Brandon James, it empowered him as he appeared to not only rise to the challenge, but to blossom and take command of the stage and the audience. I was impressed by his performance and trust that you will be moved by his rendition of “You Raise Me Up” that earned him a place in the semi-finals.
What makes the eliminations different from the auditions is that while the judges give their opinion of each performance, they do not have the power to vote anyone through to the next round; that is left to the viewers who had two hours after the show in which to vote for their favorite acts. Only three acts earned my votes and I was anxious as I watched the following night to see how well America thought they did.
One performer who continually seems to amaze the audience is the young magician, Collins Key. His particular type of “magic” revolves around mind reading, and last night’s act took an unusual twist and won him a spot in the top four.
The show began with all twelve acts on stage, waiting as each name was called and brought center stage. In groups of three, they stood and waited to hear how America voted. As they brought the first three acts forward, I realized that none of them had gotten my vote. Apparently, America was not impressed with them either, as they were all sent home. The next three acts were also sent home. Six acts were left.
The Kristef Brothers come from a family of circus performers and it shows in their act. From their costumes to their demeanor, they are out to have a good time and in their own way poke a little fun at the “muscle men” of the world. Let’s just agree that making it into the top four shows America’s appreciation for “beautiful brawny men.”
The fourth slot was picked from the fourth and fifth acts highest in votes, and it was left to the judges to decide who it would be. Before making their decision known, each judge explained how they came to choose the act they felt stood out. It was a tough choice, but the decision was made on who would be going to the semi-finals.
Combine a powerful voice with talent on the piano and you have Anna Christine who won the fourth and final place. Singing “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” at one point seemed to lose her way. Was it nerves? I don’t think so and from some of the comments I have seen other viewers also noticed. As you watch, pay attention to her face and then the tilt of her head. It appears as though her earpiece was malfunctioning and she was trying her best to hold her composure and stay on beat.
Congratulations to each of these acts as they now get to sit back and watch over the coming weeks to see who will be their competition. As each week progresses, all the acts will be working hard to impress America and gain their vote. Will certainly make for some good television.