America's Got Talent: Audition show 8
(S04E08) "They will let anybody on this show. Why?" - Nick after seeing a bad act
Haven't you watched the show before, Nick? Didn't your agent tell you what the series was all about before you signed on the dotted line? America's Got Talent is all about everyday people showcasing their talents. And, as it is the case for American Idol, anyone and everyone can audition, meaning that the audition episodes will be filled with bad acts performed by people who should have stayed home.
Tonight's installment featured an excerpt of Mariah Carey's new music video for the song "Obsessed." The song is not too bad, but I miss "Vision of Love" Mariah with the bigger vocals and usage of her full and impressive voice range. The clip, even if we didn't see it in its entirety (it may have aired fully in your area), seemed to be entertaining enough to air a million times on MTV in the next month. In case you missed the announcement, Mariah, aka AGT's host Nick Cannon's wife, will perform live on the show during the August 5 result episode.
Now onto comments about tonight's acts, including links to see more from some of the performers!
Some of the acts I didn't enjoy:
- Keg "The Lone Ranger of Rock," rocker : Since the first act of last night's episode turned out to be a bad one, I expected the show's editor to start tonight's with a good one. Was I wrong! The 24-year-old rocker wannabe who started rocking and rolling at four years old gave a terrible performance. He was boring on the drums, his guitar playing was hectic, his singing was off tune, his kicks were off beat, and everything was out of sync. Ouch! He should stick to being a dental sales rep and playing Rock Band in his basement. Piers best summed up what the crowd, myself, and I'm sure the other judges thought after this act: "The reason your are the Lone Ranger of Rock is because no one wants to play with you." Think Keg should have moved on and want more of his rockin'
or just want a good laugh? Then check the kegrock's channel on YouTube.
Some of the acts I don't know what to think about:
- Kari Callin, singer: I was, as I'm sure was the case for you, too, moved by Kari's story. She performed a good act and definitely has potential. However, I don't know exactly what to think of her act right now. Yes, she can sing, but that's not the best singing we've heard, some notes seemed off key or forced, and that last note ended badly. Even though she isn't the best singer out there, I was glad to see her move on. I hope she gets a few singing classes before the performance episodes. This must have been a great confidence boost for her. By the way, if you want to know more about Kari and see more of her singing, check out her official website and her videos on YouTube.
- Reality, singers: I thought they gave a good performance. They had stage presence, good vocals and passion. But, as Piers quickly pointed out, their act was too old fashioned. I would have liked the judges to acknowledge more their talent and maybe give them a chance to perform something cooler in Las Vegas. After all, they let some acts that were rather unoriginal go through. I hope the group auditions again next season (if there is one) with a more actual song.
- Anthony & Matt, singer and tap dancer: The judges should think before talking at times. The Hoff claimed this was the best act he's ever seen. Hello!?! Yes, the unnamed duo gave a good performance, but it was not the best we've seen since the show started four years ago. I was unimpressed by the act until the tap dancing began. That tap dancer stole the show and could have surely made it through alone. Can't wait to see more of this, but the singer/guitarist will need a more prominent role if they want it to be a real duo.
Some of the acts I enjoyed/loved:
- Destined 2 Be, dancers: Very cool and wacky choreography. The dance crew displayed nice showmanship, and their dance moves were well-performed and together. To see more footage from Destined 2 Be, check one of the dancers' YouTube channel where he posted various videos of the crew, as well as some of his own work.
- Rashida Jolley, harpist and singer: I think it's the first harpist we've seen on the show, right? It was a very unique performance; no wonder Sharon didn't know what to think of it. The song choice fit her voice range and style. It was very interesting to see her play the harp on such a song. I'm glad she decided to audition, because as Piers pointed out, she's bringing a creative and inventive act to the show. I've done a quick search about her, and she seems to have played at pretty important events and meetings. You can see videos of her performances and learn more about Rashida on her YouTube channel and MySpace page. Fun fact about her: she was Miss District of Columbia in 2000 and a Miss America 2001 contestant.
- Mia, singer: She made it to Vegas last season, but didn't get very far. I don't recall her and quickly skimmed through my reviews of last season's episodes, but couldn't find one comment about her. So in a way, Mia is new to me. She gave a solid performance that was at least Las Vegas Week worthy. Sadly for her, there are way too many singers going to Vegas, so she may relive last season again this summer.
Now Mia's return, as well as other performers from previous seasons, raises the question of whether past contestants should be allowed to come back. Do you think the show should allow people to have a second chance? Or should the show only allow people to try for the show once? Or maybe they could audition as many times as they want, but as soon as they get a pass to Vegas, it means no more second chances after that? Share your thoughts in comments and in our poll below.