America’s Got Talent Vegas Week LIVE: Only 20 Spots Left Before America Begins to Vote (6/27/12 recap)
We get a triple treat of America’s Got Talent this week as the third and final audition episode airs with the judge’s “Stand-by” acts performing on stage. There are only 20 spots left. Stick with us here on Nerdles to find out LIVE which of the final acts make it to New York.
From San Francisco, showman magicians, Jarret and Raja prove their AGT worth to the judges. From out nowhere, the duo make an entire orchestra appear of out thin air. Rock band, The All Ways, perform a rock n’ roll cover of Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter.” Their main competition, Wordspit, the Illest!, a rock/hip-hop group perform the perfectly titled Sinatra song, “New York.” Howard loves these guys. After these two, other acts perform: The Hillbenders (the others don’t think much of this group), Dillon Havins and Friends (the kid star of the band wants to win AGt more than getting a girlfriend), The Emily Anne Band, and finally The Distinguished Men of Brass.
It’s the Danger Category now after the commercial break. Up first to risk their lives and/or limbs is LionDanceMe. This act gets both me and Howard clapping as their act has a two-three man Chinese dragon costume jumping and dancing on tall stilts. They’re definitely going to New York. Cliff’s Demo Team and Kota Sports also seem to impress the judges.
Serengeti Steve is next. Howie asks , “Are you ready for this?” And Steve says nothing. Why? He’s literaly got a mouthful of large Madagascar cockroaches in his mouth. To top off his act, Steve kisses a Pakistani cobra. Howard is impressed, his co-judges are not. This is where Howard’s ego gets to him and the judges. The “King of All Media” boasts his vote matters the most, and with that the other judges walk away and we go to a commercial break.
The kiddos are now performing on the AGT stage. Lil Babywockee leads the pack and dances for the judges. She’s a great six year old dancer, and the judges are split over taking her in. From L.A., Lil Starr tap dances on stage, and wow! She’s got that look and fire in her eyes that really impresses. I hope she makes it, she’s really a star. Singer Danielle Stallings, dancing troupes The Cos Fam, Unity in Motion, and the Williams Brothers perform, too.
A bunch of aerialists take to the air next. Summer Lacy performed on chains in Austin, tonight in Vegas she peforms high above the stage using a ring. The best part was her hanging off the ring with her neck. It was both dangerous and beautiful. Benn Mendoza
Circus performs a dancing/circus rendition of Alice In Wonderland. There was so many things going on though. Donovan and Becky take the danger level higher in their performance tonight. Oh my god. This has to be seen live, but Rebecca twirls like an F-5 tornado on rope with only one hand. I held my breath wondering if she’d fall off.
Rappers are up next. Rob Hayes, white boy Rhymacist, violin/rapper Svet, 80 year old Granny G (the most oustandingly bizarre act tonight), and finally 77 year old Burton Crane (who cracks up the judges with his rap act “Watcha Gonna Do?”) rap on the AGT stage.
The Dance Category is up. Battle Born, “Old Shoes, New Shoes”, LCD, The Scott Brothers (one of the more standout acts of the group), and finally Inspire The Fire dance on the AGT stage. Inpsire the Fire didn’t perform as well as they did on their first audition. Without a live audience, the performances take on a different ambience and the judges are even more critical of all the acts.
Novelty acts give the AGT judges something different. Dave Garibaldi and the CMYKs sets the bar pretty high with his visual/musical performance of an Elvis track. John Pizzi and his iPad ventriloquist act doesn’t seem to live up to that bar. Rock Star Juggler Mike Price juggles glow-in-the-dark bowling pins. 75 and 80 year old “twins”, The Two Bits perform and the judges seem to like these ladies. Last, Big Barry take over the stage. He can’t sing worth a penny, and I’d rather pay him a nickel to shut up, but he’s definitely got a BIG personality. Howie wants America to see the guy, but I side with Howard and Sharon who think otherwise.
Street performer/contortionist, Stepz and Turf, start off the Solo Dance Category. The competition for this category is from both sides of the country – it’s East vs. West, Stepz vs. Turf. Stepz stars first. He uses a few props, and actually does more dancing than contortioning. Turf, however, does more jaw-dropping contortionist moves than actual dancing. We’ll find out later who makes it through. Afterwards, Lindsey Norton, the pretty ballet dancer, impresses two of the three judges. Half-deaf dancer who “feels” the music, Elusive, performs next. He break dances on the stage, and Howard is a bit hesitant about him.
Who takes the last 20 spots before America takes over in New York? Here are some of the final decisions of Howard, Howie, and Sharon:
NO’s: The Williams Brothers, Lil’ Babywockee, Johnny, Dillon Havins and Friends, The Hillbenders, The Emily Anne Band, The Two Bits, Serengeti Steve, Cliff’s Demo Team, Kota Sports, Granny G, Burton Crane, Rob Hayes, Unity in Motion, Summer Lacy, Benn Mendoza Circus, Svet, and finally, east bows out to west as Stepz loses the final spot.
YES’s: Lil’ Star, Elusive, Lindsey Norton, Jarret and Raja,”Wordspit, the Illest!”, The All Ways, The Distinguished Men of Brass, John Pizza (What?!? I disagree here), Inspire the Fire (Sharon, teary-eyed, tricked me into thinking they going to be sent home), LionDanceMe, The Scott Brothers, Donovan and Rebecca, Dave Garibaldi and the CMYKs, Big Barry (yes, really!), and finally, west bests east as Turf takes the final spot for the live New York performances.
Come back to Nerdles next week as we cover the first LIVE America’s Got Talent performances in New York!
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