America’s Got Talent: Ole for the Olates! (Semifinals Performances Week 2 Recap)
The second half of America’s Got Talent semifinalists are performing tonight, their last chance to impress the judges and woo AGT fans as three more spots in the finals await the best performers.
The tap-dancing, all-male group All That are on! They’re hoping to get Howie and Howard on their side with a distinct act that doesn’t include taking off their shirts. Leather-clad, they go on setting their feet on fire. Sharon’s still a fan, but it looks like for the last time, Howie and Howard remain unimpressed. Howie points out that despite their efforts, their performance was still one-dimensional.
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Ten-year old Sebastien “El Charro de Oro’s” mariachi act is up next. He wants to be a Mexican superman with his singing prowess. Will he be spot-on? Considering his age, he’s impressive. His Spanish song gets Howie and Sharon on their feet. Howie and Sharon claim it was a perfect act. Howard has reservations on the kid’s technical skills, but he was still impressed.
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Entertainer dubbed The Magic of Puck is tonight’s third performer. Will he be coming up with something big? He proceeds by taking a hankie autographed by Howard and magically elevates one of his cloth-covered assistants (with the hankie, too). Bam! In a matter of seconds, she appears on the other part of the stage! Howard sees the need for a magician in AGT and he sure was caught up with the trick. Sharon agrees it was a flawless act. Howie still can’t figure out how the trick was done, his way of saying that he liked what he saw.
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Exotic bird trainer Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots will try to prove that they can perform tricks beyond the judges’ expectations. And off goes the well-traned parrot. Hey, he’s done? I expected more. Howie thinks the routine was suited for an amusement show more than anything else. Howard agrees.
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Stand-up comic Jacob Williams will now attempt to capitalize on his awkwardness albeit uncanny performance. Howie and Sharon have mild things to say but Howard thought Jacob’s material and seemingly nervous demeanor didn’t do him justice. Although unimpressed tonight, Howard and Howie agree that Jacob’s got the chops to get him a gig on TV, even claiming (Howard) that he can be another Woody Allen.
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The father-daughter singing tandem of Shanice and Maurice Hayes are now ready to seize the moment with their Mariah Carey-inspired semis performance. I personally think they sound detached despite having a choir backing them up. Howard thinks Shanice was delegated as a back-up singer tonight. Howie thought it was quite “cheesy” and thinks Shanice would be better off a as a solo act.
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The brawny and extreme All Wheel Sports get in on with their stunts. While it’s true that their feats are far from easy, there are just too many routines going on. I really don’t know which one to focus on. Oh gawd, one biker hit the ground! Safe to say, the mark on the biker’s lip is a ring, not blood. Although Sharon and Howie have general positive reviews, Howard isn’t mincing words. Amidst the flurry, he didn’t find the group rising to the occasion.
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Tonight’s eighth performer is Tim Hockenberry. This time, he’s covering the Beatles’ “Imagine”. This guy’s raspy voice sets the tone on-stage. The lights, the song and the shared performance between two musicians are all working for this guy. Howard gives him a standing ovation. Howie’s quite unsure whether Tim’s gritty voice is enough to get him through the finals. Sharon digs the simple and somber mood. Howard claims this is a great performance, indeed warranting a spot in the finals.
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Miami’s The Untouchables get ready to storm the stage! They’re practically flying all over! I can feel their confidence and energy oozing out of my screen! Finally, they’ve broken tonight’s monotony. All the judges agree: they were amazing! The kids themselves know how great they performed. The youngest member can’t contain her tears of happiness: her hard work did pave off and she knows it.
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Coming from their win in the quarterfinals, the Olate Dogs are ready to show one particular mind-blowing trick. I love dogs, and any trick is worth the watch. Ole! The canine just did a series of somersaults! I dare say, they’re bold, big and incredible! It’s an act worth watching over and over again. The judges are all smiles as they stand up for a heart-warming applause!
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The Lightwire Theater gather up for their performance. Wow, it’s like watching The Matrix in full color. This is genius! Howie and Sharon are optimistic that in the future, this group will have a big chance of having their own show. Both think they also deserve a spot in the finals. Howard articulated it well: just like in radio, the group were able to hold their audience’s attention with their creativity.
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Closing the show are David Garibaldi and His CMYKs. They paint fast and they’re rocking it. Their impression of the Statue of Liberty is a class in itself. Howard cautions them that if they do make it through the finals, they need to create something definitive relative to the other great acts. Sharon and Howie agree that they are worth voting for tonight.
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Here’s my take on tonight’s performances: the Olate Dogs dominated. Will they get a big chunk of votes? The results will be out this Thursday.
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