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America's Got Talent: Audition show 4

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 2nd 2009 1:04AM

America's Got Talent
(S04E04) "Houston, we have a problem." - Piers about the Houston, Tx, contestants

Yesterday, America's got magic. Tonight, America's got a problem. Yet, another episode filled mostly with bad or subpar acts. I don't get why the editors don't ensure a good balance between good and bad acts in each episode. Actually, I don't get why they don't show more of the good acts that are voted through so that we get to know the performers right from the start so they all have an even chance to get our votes. I guess I'm not cut out to be a reality TV show editor!

Let's give our two cents about the bad acts of the night, including Divani; Jolie, Lester and their lawnmower; Rusty "They don't understand Broadway" Reece, and Marti "The most annoying man in Miami" Brill.

Before I give my two cents about some of the acts, is it just me or did the editors decide to actually show a tad less of the instant reactions from Nick and the judges and show us a few seconds more of the main acts? Finally! It's the acts we want to see, not Nick, even if he's getting more comfortable and fun in his hosting duties. Let's hope they stick to that so that we see as much as we can of the few good acts they decide to air.

Some of the acts I didn't enjoy:

  • Divani, singer: I was sure she was going to be good from the build up we had before her performance. She seemed confident and the editing totally made me believe that she probably had the goods. Oh. My. God. What a terrible voice!!! And she flew all the way from New York to give such a terrible performance?!? Wow.
  • Jolie & Lester: I don't know how to categorize their act. One thing is certain, they gave a very unique performance! To think they wasted all those good veggies for such a weird act!
  • Rusty Reece, singer: Even if we've seen worse singers go through in previous years, I'm sure glad Rusty didn't go through.
  • Marti Brill, magician: As soon as I heard him say in his pre-act interview that he practiced a lot so not to screw up on the show and that loads of people talk about him after seeing his act, I knew we were in for a bad performance. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't get why people come to AGT auditions and perform basic tricks. Didn't he see all the magicians be eliminated rather quickly in previous seasons? And some of them had really cool tricks and presentations!
  • Brandon Paxton, poet: I'm sure he lost a bet and had the consequence to read bad poems with no emotions. Come on?! Did he really think reading poems would get him to win a million and a show in Vegas?!
  • Diego Baner, singer: And yet another singing/voice teacher who can't sing! It was really difficult to understand what he was singing and it did sound like, as Sharon said, that he had a sheep or similar animal stuck in his throat!

Some of the acts I don't know what to think about:

  • Joseph Constantine and KC, illusionists: Those two and their kids were definitely the touching story of the episode. I really rooted for them even before they started their act. Sadly, as the judges said, I'm not sure exactly what to think of their act. They offered a solid performance but it was a trick we've seen time and time again. I'm glad they went through because I think they deserve another chance since they gave an entertaining performance. Oh, and the Hoff, if you are reading this, you DID let through other magic box acts; see episode 4.02 if you need a refresher.
  • Fuchsia Foxxx, belly dancing: Really? Her dancing wasn't too bad but is this really worth a million? Oh wait, I should remind myself that the same judges let Boy Shakira go through.

Some of the acts I enjoyed/loved:

  • Lake Houseton Performing Arts, dancing: Those 27 performers gave a really fun and energetic performance. Kudos to their choreographer for getting all of them to perform a routine that was in synch and entertaining. It was a good idea to put on those big wigs, as it definitely made them stand out and gave a wackiness to the act. On a side note, I must admit that I smiled a few times when seeing Nick with one of those huge curly wigs.
  • Pam and Viva Martin, canine freestyle: Rockin' Rory the dog from episode 4.01 better watch its back because Viva is joining the next round and has very cool moves and tricks, as well. Viva can do quite a good number of impressive moves alone and with owner Pam. I was mesmerized by that act tonight. Can't wait to see what the duo has in store next.
  • Hairo Torres, breakdancing: Hairo gave a wacky, energetic and entertaining breakdancing performance. I don't see him go extremely far but you have to admit that it was rather impressive to watch his moves.

What did you think of tonight's performances? Did you notice changes in the editing of the show? Do you enjoy those changes? Share your ideas, theories, and musings in the comment section below.


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I'm really disapointed that Joseph Constantine and KC, illusionists made it through. He's telling the kids they can't have new toys, but how much did he spend making his toy? And Since he made it you know it's going to be an other 2 months of him not looking for a job. We all know he's not going to win. There are simply many better acts then his.

July 02 2009 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

4 episodes in and I still haven't found anyone to get behind. It's been a remarkably mediocre season thus far. If they can't find any truly talented folks (over 18!), I may quit this show after the auditions. It's sad too, because I've been watching since day one!

July 02 2009 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are right on with your comments. It is so annoying that they show more shots of Nick, The judges and the audience than they do of the acts! And they use that long shot like we are in the last row!! The over reaction of HOff is also getting annoying.
Try this formula...it always works. If the contestant says that they are going to be good, they will not be. If they are humble...they will be good. The editing in this part of the show sucks. Lets get to Vegas soon!

July 02 2009 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the best act was the performance of the Kentucky Chicken Catcher, Kevin Skinner. Country honed speak, fantastic country singer! He'll make it to the top!

July 02 2009 at 7:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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