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America's Got Talent: Audition show 3

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 1st 2009 12:28AM
America's Got Talent(S04E03) "America's Got Magic." - Read on the magic box used by a contestant

America definitely got some magic tonight, as this was the first episode of the season where there were more good acts and not-so-bad ones than there were bad acts.

Before I give my two cents about the performances and let you comment on them, as well, I need to raise the issue of sponsoring. It looks like Orville Redenbacher is now sponsoring America's Got Talent. So far, it was done with some taste -- just a sort of "pop corn" ad telling us to watch the show -- but I'm afraid it may become as intrusive as the "Gone Completely Crakers" were last season. Let's hope we won't get a "Poppin' It" segment similar to the "Crakers" one, as they were boring and used good air time that could have been given to good performances.

Some of the acts I didn't enjoy:
  • Frank inSane, singer: What was he thinking? As Piers said, his job as a county judge demands that he be serious, yet he comes to AGT and gives a bad performance. People coming to his court and who saw the show will not be able to take him seriously anymore.
  • Jeffrey Johns, singing: This 5' 3'' librarian should definitely not quit his day job. Having fun on stage is key to connect with the crowd, but you also need to have the talent and, Jeffrey doesn't. However, I think he could be a clown. He seems to love the stage and be a fun guy. Mix that with a wacky voice and you could get a small clown.
  • Witches in Bikinis, singing: Just the name of the group is scary and weird. No surprise that their act turned out to be, well, scary and weird!
  • Robert Meyers, impressions: I didn't get his impressions but what really killed his act was the fact the costume changes took way too long. If he wants to try out again next year -- you know the show will get renewed for a fifth season, right? -- I suggest he meet with Season 1 contestants "Quick Change".
  • Samba, Samba, Samba, dancing: We didn't see much of that act but they didn't look like they were having fun dancing the samba, and the act wasn't energetic enough to win the crowd. After three seasons of the show, I'm still surprised that the dance numbers don't know they have to be energetic, have rhythm and be in sync to move to the next round.

Some of the acts I don't know what to think about:
  • Carol Lugo, dancing: This 62-year-old woman did give us a fun performance. She had loads of fun on stage and her energy was contagious. Her moves were not too bad but it's clear she didn't really know what she was doing, as there was no real routine. I get that the crowd and the judged loved her because she did amazing for her age and was fun, but the Hoff went way too far when claiming she had amazing talent and was terrific. She was good. Period. They sent packing better dancers than Carol. I don't see her going very far in the competition.
  • Chris Allison, magician(?): Weird. You'll have to tell me what you think about this act because I have no idea what to think of it other than say that it was cool and weird at the same time.
  • Kevin Skinner, singing and playing guitar: The "touching story" of the night... then again, it looks like AGT is not only doing touching stories as the last act of the episode but also underdog stories such as last week's Arcadian Broad. Kevin Skinner falls in the underdog category with his farmer look and his "I was a chicken catcher" background. I must admit that the guy sang well and his guitar playing was good. However, he did not move me as he did the crowd. After thinking about it while writing this posts, I think his looks and his accent were a barrier to me, so I couldn't really enjoy his performance. Do you share the same opinion?

Some of the acts I enjoyed/loved:
  • Joseph Harris, yo-yo: Wow! I've seen a few cool yo-yo acts before but most of the performers were standing still. Joseph was moving all over the place, which made the act even more daring and impressive. Will we get a flamed yo-yo during his next performance?
  • The Diva League, dancing: I was expecting them to give a terrible performance when I saw how they were dressed. But you have to admit that they were entertaining and had a good choreography. They are not the best dancers we've seen so far but they gave a good enough performance to move on to Vegas for sure.
  • Jay Mattioli, magician: Very impressive act even if, as some of the judges mentioned, the second part contained a trick seen time and time again. You have to admit that the box was really well built and worked like magic during the trick. I really enjoyed the rocky and hip side of his performance. Making his acts young and fun will definitely win him votes in the upcoming rounds. I can't wait to see what else he has in store for us.
  • Thia Megia, singing: What a voice this 19-year-old girl has. When she walked on stage, I had no idea such a deep and huge voice filled with emotion could come out her. She is definitely one of the front runners.
  • The Fab Five, tap dancing: The outfits were too shiny for TV, but their act was really cool. Good tap dancing routine, well choreographed, in sync, energetic, etc. Sadly for them, that type of dancing group doesn't usually go very far in the competition so let's hope they add lots of daring stuff and new moves in the next round.

What did you think of tonight's performances? Do you think there were more good acts than bad? Do you think there is a front runner or do you think someone else is? Share your ideas, theories, musings, in the comment section below.

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Actually, I'm a Kentuckian and quite proud of that fact. Trish Suhr (Clean This House) is also from my hometown. When you listen to her accent, you're listening to me. Make fun of our accents if you must, we'll forgive you and go on with our lives. I'm a college graduate (Kentucky Blue through and through), surrounded by the Cumberland Mountains, the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, WalMart is open 24/7 and I'm in hog heaven. Go figger....

July 29 2009 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

Usually looks and accents are not a barrier to me especially considering I have an accent when speaking in English. After reading your comments and watching Kevin's performance a second time when NBC aired the episode again, I must say that I liked his performance better and can see him going at least to the Top 20 if not beyond. However, I hope we get less singers in the Top 10 this year.

Remember that I write these comments as I watch the episode. So my comments are first impressions. And first impressions, like it or not, are often based on looks. Sadly, the entertainment world mostly praises and markets people with good looks and a more "international and marketable" accent, so I guess I fell into that trap when Kevin first appeared on screen.

Thanks for your comments guys and gals, and let's hope we get other good performers like Kevin in the coming weeks.

July 08 2009 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Accent and looks are a 'barrier' to you? NO, I don't share your high & mighty, I'm better than you, bigoted, opinion! The man was an exceptional talent to take that profiling, big city, crowd {your kind of people} and bring every last one of then to their feet. I am glad you can't see or hear me or I'm afraid you may find some 'barriers' to my credibility also. Why don't you just critique writing, or painting. You know, where you dont have to actually look at or hear the artist.

July 08 2009 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alex Vallas

I think Kevin Skinner was fantastic. Sure, he came across as a country bumpkin when he started to speak, but when he started to sing, he was incredible. He sang with emotion and warmth. I don't understand why people are critical of his looks. He is better looking than 60 or 70% of people you see on the street. He is not an obese slob and has the build of a person who was use to working. His smile is heart warming and his eyes are loaded with sincerity. I think he has a great future ahead of him. I, for one, am a fan and country and western is not even among my favorite music.

July 06 2009 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elsa Cattano

Kevin Skinner's time has come --his voice was poignant, strong and clear, his guitar playing was totally in-sync and artistic - he has a beautiful God given talent and gift - he has a sensitive and emotional contact with his audience, he has great eye contact and a wistful and genuine smile. Please let us hear more!!

July 06 2009 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marlene N.

I would say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and is also skin deep, so while you have a right to your opinion, after Skinner started strumming that guitar and singing, he had me, and I never even liked country music. He was just so genuine as Sharon Osborne said, that what he did seemed effortless for him. It was just so natural. Go Kevin all the way. I will buy your first album!

July 03 2009 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

THE DIVA LEAGUE!!! Cant wait to see what theyre bringing to the show ;)

July 02 2009 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hey!that kevin guy was awesome so what if it wasnt getting you going if you dont like the way he looks or talks get a life!he probably just had a hard life and thats how he grew up!so if you dont have something good to say dont say anything at all!its people like you that get me soo mad!

July 01 2009 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mel Tisher

The contest is OVER - the winner is Kevin Skinner !!!!
No one will out shine this dude or out sing him

July 01 2009 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thoroughly enjoyed this show last season but this season is the pitts. I want to see talent not slop. Have them show the rejects as a separate segment. There is way too much talent out there to waste good viewing on primetime on garbage.

July 01 2009 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Allyn's comment

I'm thinking the "duds" are planted on the show.What I mean is I think someone must pay them to act so poorly. Surely they are no so clueless that they don't know how bad they are?!?!

July 01 2009 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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