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America's Got Talent: Episode 307

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 30th 2008 12:23AM
America's Got Talent(S03E07) "Dreams come true on America's Got Talent" - The Hoff

Dreams not only come true on AGT but they are also crushed (and, let's face it, it's a good thing that some dreams are crushed on the show because some acts are just plain wrong). This week, MySpace devotees faced off against the judges and the crowd in the hope that their dreams would come true. Does MySpace have talent? Let's review the final auditions of the season.

This episode is not what I expected. I knew that some of the MySpace acts were going to be performed live on stage and be judged then and there. However, I expected the episode to feature some of the footage posted on MySpace by the contestants in order to get picked for the live show. I wanted to know how and why they got picked to go on stage. Nada. Instead, this looked like a normal episode, only sponsored by MySpace (even the huge X on the stage was replaced by the MySpace logo).

Since these contestants had to apply via the MySpace America's Got Talent section, each of them has a MySpace page (I wasn't able to find the page for one of them though). If you want to learn more about this week's contestants, click on the links provided throughout this review.

Michael Trixx, magician - When he was introduced, I thought that this could be a cool act. There are not a lot of Rock & Roll magicians around the world so this idea could lead to a fun act. Sadly, Michael's basic magic skills, lack of organization in his routine made the act quite boring. He ended up being Xed by two judges and the crowd wasn't happy either. This "little Rock & Roll hobbit," as Sharon nicknamed him, will have to watch how the best of magicians put their act together if he ever wants to make it in the industry. Actually, he could just watch a few episodes of Arrested Development to see how GOB does it and it would already be better than what Trixx offered on stage.

Diva Boy, singer
- Oh, boy! Need I say more?

Eloy, motivational speaker
- Demotivational speaker would probably be a more precise category for him after this week's performance.

Randy, Ozzy Osbourne impersonator - I had my doubts about Randy when he walked on stage, mostly because of the other Ozzy impersonator who auditioned in episode 3.02. But I quickly changed my mind when Randy started to answer the judges questions in persona. He was Ozzy from the start. Not only did Randy show that he could answer questions as Ozzy would, but he could sing like him and win the crowd over. He was so good that even Sharon approved! I doubt Randy will make it far in the competition but after the show, I'm pretty sure he'll get a few jobs impersonating the Prince of Darkness.

Holly, singer - Yet another great singer auditions for the show. It will be a tough competition for singers this summer. Holly offered a good performance this week. She has a nice R&B-type voice and could probably do very well recording adult contemporary songs. She has a good presence on stage and showed that she had pipes at the end of her song.

The Cadence, percussions ensemble - People love a good percussion ensemble. It's my ninth summer working at a school of music and I can tell you that when we have percussionists perform on items that are not usually drums, the crowd goes wild. The "pots and pans" ensemble is always the talk of the town! So it's no surprise that the crowed loved The Cadence performance. Yes, the group has room for improvement and could insert some more moves in there, but they deserved a ticket to Vegas Week thanks to the faire performance they gave.

The Sweetones, whistlers - When contestants in interview say the words "unique" and "nothing like it," I immediately think that the act will suck. When Claudia and Elaine said that they were not sure what the judges would do with them, I knew it would be an unusual act. Let's face it, the word "unusual" may not be strong enough here. I've really never heard anything like this before. The mother and daughter duo whistled their way through the audition very well. They were in tune and followed the music. Even if their performance was good, the act was too "out there" to move on. Would you pay the big bucks to go listen to whistling for two hours?

Daniel, singer - The final audition of the season was definitely worth watching. Daniel, who served in Iraq for 15 months, gave a touching performance. The song choice was fitting and he gave it his best, and his heart. I agree with Piers that Daniel has to work a bit on his singing but it wasn't that bad at all. After all, not every AGT contestants are perfect (see last week's Ronny B. for example who got a pass for Vegas) and all need to work on their talent if they want to make it to the end of the show.

Other tidbits of interest:
  • One of the most unusual acts of the night was definitely performed by the 10 times Cluck-off champion. Did he really think he had a chance to win the competition?
  • We didn't see much of Shimshi's act but seeing the middle portion of the cut-off woman be taken away from the table was really impressive. I watched one of his clips on MySpace, which includes the same act he performed on the show, and it was really impressive. He could very well be one of the top contenders.
  • Lesson of the week: Before going on stage to sing, tape yourself and watch it to ensure that your facial expressions aren't scary as hell.
  • To learn more about this week's contestants, including some I didn't mention in my review, go to the MySpace AGT page.
What was your favorite act of the week?
Randy, Ozzy impersonator22 (30.1%)
Holly, singer12 (16.4%)
The Cadence, percussions19 (26.0%)
Daniel, singer15 (20.5%)
Other (specify in comments).5 (6.8%)

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michael Trixx

watch the crowd behind Piers when they show him, They are all clapping,AGT edited in that booing crowd, I produced two doves and did my fire act too , where is that?!!! watch my real show at www.myspace.com/michaeltrixx

August 02 2008 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KEv

What was the song being played in the background when the mother who found her daughter was singing. Was that Mariah Carey? If so what song?

July 30 2008 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jerry Collins

I was in the audience in the city of Dallas and that soldier on the myspace episode had auditioned in dallas not myspace he came on before this duo I just loved. A mother and daughter duo, they were a dynamic singing duo called "By My Side" , I said I would never forget that name they were just awesome! They never showed them ever! We the audience were screaming on our feet as they sang, "Last Dance". They moved on to Vegas, are they ever going to show this group?

July 30 2008 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RadioScott

The oddest thing to me is that MySpace is owned by News Corp, which owns Fox! Why would News Corp want to help promote a show on a competing network?!

July 30 2008 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brent McKee

Just a guess but maybe because the show is produced by Simon Cowell's SYCO TV production company?

July 31 2008 at 3:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danielle

My DH wants to know why do they even bother showing ppl who dont make it..esp when they have a 10 minute storyline behind it. I guess just like any other reality show out there, they have to mix it up! The whistlers were unreal...are you kidding me?! A unique talent? Gimme a break! I seriously cannot believe some ppl think they have what it takes.

July 30 2008 at 8:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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