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America's Got Talent: Audition show 7

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 15th 2009 12:15AM
America's Got Talent(S04E07) "You didn't even give me a chance!" - Contestant David Glass after being Xed three times and booed by the crowd

The judges may not have given David Glass a chance -- they were right not to do so -- but they did give a free pass to another contestant who didn't have the goods to go on to Las Vegas. Even if the producers will never admit to it, you must agree that it looks like producers have the judges vote through a certain number of bad and wacky acts so that viewers tune in for Vegas Week to see if the judges will be crazy enough to vote those to the Top 20.

Tonight's episode gave us another reason why America's Got Talent should not let individual singers audition since a lot go move on to the later rounds, making it look like another version of American Idol. This week, they not only let through a few singers, they also let through Idol's season one contestant Kelli Glover.

Some of the acts I didn't enjoy:
  • Jeffrey Widom, singer: Humming while walking up and down hallways does not mean you are ready to audition for AGT. Widom should stick to humming and forget about appearing on Broadway.
  • Tony Ferrante, freestyle dancer: This 74-year-old retired barber really showed he had spirit and could have fun. Even if he had the groove, Tony didn't offer a routine that had daring, stylish and energetic moves in his routine. I'm surprised the crowd booed Piers when he said that Tony didn't have a one-million dollar act. Let's face it, Tony is entertaining but compared to the dancers who went through, and even those who were voted off, he doesn't have the goods to move on. So imagine my reaction when The Hoff and Sharon voted him through to the next round!!! Those two judges lost their minds at that point in the auditions. They voted off acts that were far better than this one!
  • Badd Girls, singers: In interview, they say you have to have good harmony, nice moves, etc. They think they can become international pop stars like the Spice Girls. They sing out of tune. Their moves are not in sync. "You sounded like cats being squeezed." - The Hoff. The girls left the stage thinking that the judges were wrong.

Some of the acts I enjoyed/loved:
  • Tallan Noble Latz, guitarist: If someone made me listen to the mp3 track of what Tallan played in this episode without telling me who was playing, I would have probably said it was a professional guitarist. What he played had soul and was really well-played. I can't believe Tallan got so good in four years of learning how to play by himself. Amazing! He is definitely on the path to make his dream happen: become one of the best guitar players in America.
  • Nathan, magician: Very quick but impressive act. Could it have involved twins?
  • Kelli Glover, singer: She was part of season 1 of American Idol and decided to put her dream on hold when things didn't go her way on the show. She gave a very good rendition of the song. Her voice was powerful and filled with emotions. The crowed loved it and so did I. If she were to audition for Idol again, I'm pretty sure she would get far. Even though she was great tonight, I sort of want her not to go too far on AGT because I'm tired of the show looking like Idol. Then again, it wouldn't be fair to her. So good luck to her on the show!
  • The Platt Brothers, variety act: Thanks to not having a television at home when growing up, the Platt Brothers learned how to dance, do gymnastic moves, work as a team, etc. They offered a fun and wacky dance number that worked well with the soundtrack. There was some fun humorous tricks that worked well with the crowd, as well as a few daring moves. They seem to have a positive attitude and to be willing to improve.
  • The Spiritual Harmonizers, singers: Post office workers aged 21 to 76 who have been singing together for about ten years now. The lead singer has a great voice. The backup vocals are well harmonized and just the right volume so as not to overpower the lead. They seem to have fun together and it was contagious enough to entertain the crowd and keep me glued to my TV screen. I hope they go through to at least the Top 20, as they are a great example, as Sharon pointed out, of everyday people having great talent and getting a chance to show the world what they can do. This is definitely one of my favorite acts so far.

More auditions tomorrow, including the return of a past contestant who didn't go through, as well as the debut of Mariah Carey's music video for "Obsessed."

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    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff.


    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Judge Piers Morgan.


    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Judge Sharon Osbourne.


    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff.


    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff.


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    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Swinging Rat Pack.




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I give up! When a freaking dog act beats out a good singer like Charles Dewayne, two of the judges have their heads up their butts!!! and it isn't Pierce! Dog acts belong in circuses and public park festivals, NOT on this show!
AGT is now the second talent show to loose me as a viewer. They've lost their damn minds with this debacle.

August 12 2009 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Read more about the Platt Brothers and see a video of them here:


August 04 2009 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick cokely

This year seems like they are looking for the worst talent rather than the best. Every episode it seems like a 2:1 ration of bad:good performers. I like watching a good trainwreck as much as anyone else, but there are a lot of people out there that deserve some screen time.

I know two acts that auditioned - one was already shown (the Diva League) and one that I've only seen glimpses of in the background while others were talking (Amy and Freddy). The Diva League was given exactly 10 seconds and they only showed them -after- the act. Maybe it was an issue with the song rights (it as Lady GaGa's Just Dance, which is kinda new) and they didn't want to pay for the rights to air it, but they blew it out of the water in terms of the actual performance.

The second act, Amy and Freddy are absolutely amazing. I think they even did an ET special on them about how Amy is the "American Susan Boyle") before the first episode aired, but they STILL haven't given them screen time other than showing Amy talking with people in the audition room in the background. To me this is a travesty because I know that they would benefit so much from the exposure and they really deserve it.

Instead we get to watch an old lady dance like a chicken AND GET PUT THROUGH TO VEGAS and scores of terrible singers. They need to rename it to America's Got Trainwrecks and just get it over with.

On a side-note I am *praying* that since the went back to NYC last night tonight will be more Chicago (where Amy and Freddy auditioned) so I guess I'll watch again, but I won't like it. :)

July 15 2009 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rick cokely

I wish you could edit comments. I found the ET segment on Amy and Freddy here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnAHMCF39lc. I just can't understand why they would waste time on terrible acts when you have someone that is obviously talented and makes it through to Vegas! Sorry I'm just heated about this subject, 4 weeks and nothing makes me angry. :D

July 15 2009 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi, me again! This week, I'm proposing yet another AGT spinoff - "America's Seniors Don't Really Have a Lot of Talent, But Aren't They Adorable?" Between that 60+year-old cashier doing that eccentric dance last week and the dance stylings of Tony this week, I just don't get it. (And, despite the obvious talents of Tallan, I still think the kids should have their own show as well.)

Also, why didn't they mention that Nathan Burton (who currently has a show running in Vegas) had already been on AGT and, as I recall, made it pretty far along?

This show has gone from being a "must-see" to background noise as I clean my house. Sad.

July 15 2009 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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