America’s Got Talent Goes to Austin

America’s Got Talent held auditions Austin, Texas. The first thing that struck me was that there were very few dance acts and that this season seems to be more positive than past ones.

Sebastian De la Cruz and his mariachi band were the first act of the night. Despite only being 10-years-old, De la Cruz was charming and a perfect gentleman as well as extremely talented. He also dressed the part, which only added to his preciousness. (Seriously, the number of times Sharon Osbourne and the Internet have used that word to describe De la Cruz is not going to do him any favors in high school.)

Time for the bad act montage! That would be great if any of the acts were remotely memorable. There was a sideshow act, which I barely remember because all sideshow acts make me sick. Well, except this one. The Tinderbox Circus Sideshow appeared to solely exist so that the members can staple paper to each others chests. It was very tame compared to the sideshow from earlier in the season that had one of its members pick up a brick with his eye sockets.

After the bad act montage, the Bandbaz Brothers, an acrobatic group made up of an Iranian uncle and his nephew performed. The judges loved them because the shakiness in the act added to the suspense and danger, but I am not sold. The uncle has been retired for over ten years, which was probably caused the shakiness. While the act was impressive, I prefer acrobats who don’t give me the impression that their partner might die any minute because they didn’t practice enough before they got on stage.

My favorite act of the night was Timothy Michael Poe, a war veteran who survived a grenade attack in Afghanistan. Poe is lucky the grenade didn’t kill him, but he now has a brain injury that causes him to stutter. He sang Garth Brook’s “If Tomorrow Never Comes” beautifully. I think he will probably win because many of AGT‘s past winners were men with guitars. Even if he doesn’t, Poe deserves and I hope will have a career in country music.

Time for the yes montage! It was just as memorable as the no montage, so let’s move on to Lulu.

Lulu was a pole dancer, who could also try out for The Biggest Loser. She’s sassy and has talent. If she lost weight, guys would love Lulu. If I saw Lulu at a dance school, I would say “you go girl” and “good for you.” However, this is America’s Got Talent and she is not a million dollar act. At least, we got to see Nick Cannon in a duct tape bikini top. Now that I think about it, I could have lived without that image. His poor nipples.

The last two acts of the night were Joe Castillo, a performance artist that uses sand and light, and human cannonball David Smith, Jr. Castillo and Smith were both entertaining and went through to Vegas. However, I think the two men’s respective acts will lose something the more you see them.

On a related note, the chemistry between the judges is kind of boring this year. As good as Howard Stern is on AGT, he comes off as Howie Mandel with New York attitude. Sharon Osbourne works well with both Howie and Howard, but there is no conflict because everyone gets along. Piers Morgan may have been a pompous self-important jerk, but at least he added another element to the show.

About Allison Lips

I am the Toastmasters District 83 Public Relations manager and President of Freehold Phrasers.

Posted on June 5, 2012, in NBC, Network Television, Primetime, Reality TV and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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