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America's Got Talent: Vegas verdicts, episode one

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 29th 2009 2:10AM
America's Got Talent
(S04E11) "We can only put the best of the best through." - The Hoff

With the auditions finally over, it's time for the judges to get down to business and select the Top 40 acts amongst those -- 160 amazing, good, bad, and WTF? acts -- they let through to the "Vegas Verdicts" week. What the performers who were told they were going to Vegas didn't know is that the judges would be making cuts even before the performers could make their final plea to Sharon, Piers and David, for a chance to make it to the Top 40.

The performers were broken down into four groups. Groups A, C and D were told they would go through to the next round of judging. As expected, some people that didn't show real talent got through while Group B, which included acts such as guitarist Tallan Noble Latz, 8-year-old singer Ciana, singer Kari Callin and the Lake Houseton Performing Arts dance troupe, is going home.

What Groups A, C and D didn't know is that the judges would be making their final decision without them having to perform a second time...

Acts that were sent packing to go back home:

  • Watching Keith Johnson go through the agonizing wait to know if he would make it or not and then be told he would be going home made me ponder whether the judges should 1) let less acts go through to Vegas, 2) send more groups packing OR put more people in the group that is sent packing. Why? That way, less people would have their hopes go up and then quickly down. Plus, less performers would have to individually face the judges to be sent packing. Do you agree?
  • The judges saw the light! They sent 74-year-old Tony Ferrante, free-style dancer from Audition show 7, packing. I was afraid the judges would suffer from temporary insanity and let Tony through as they did in previous seasons with acts such as Boy Britney.
  • The judges claim they have to let the best of the best go through. Then why did they send home The Spiritual Harmonizers (Audition show 7). They offered a solid performance, had great background vocals, and the lead singer was fantastic. I get that they don't want too many singing acts in the Top 40, but there is a difference between a singing group and a solo singing act. The latter would make the show too similar to Idol. Even if I said in past reviews that the show should not allow people to audition more than once, I hope they make an exception with this group.
  • I don't understand why the judges don't let more magic acts through. Those would make fantastic Vegas shows. In past seasons, they sent packing some extremely talented magicians who offered unique and amazing acts. Why not let the two magic acts go through and cut a singing number to make it 40 acts? Even though I put Joseph Constantine's (Audition show 4) act in my "I don't know what to think of" category, I would have liked to see more of them. Good luck to both of them because we know they're going through a rough patch.
  • Other acts that were sent packing include some dance crews, a belly dancer, a martial arts dance act, and burlesque acts.

Acts that were sent packing to go to Hollywood (aka Top 40):

  • It's not surprising that Pete, the Obama impersonator, got through to the next round, since he is potentially the best of the impersonators that are in the "Vegas Verdicts" round. Plus, Obama is really popular, so having a good Obama impersonator on the show can only help.
  • Arcadian Broad (Audition show 2 and his official website), the 13-year-old Kevin-Bacon-in-Footloose prospect impressed the judges enough to go through the next round.
  • Editing and tricky scripting made it look like wacky and energetic breakdancer Hairo Torres (Audition show 4) would not make it to L.A. Bad editors, Bad! I don't see him going beyond the Top 40 but he surely brings in uniqueness and weirdness to the show.
  • As you know, I didn't care much for Kevin Skinner's (Audition show 3) performance, and I don't like that AGT has too many singing acts in the Top 40. Therefore, I hoped that Kevin would be sent packing because there are better singers in the 160 acts who went through to Vegas. The judges have their doubts about Kevin, too, but that doesn't mean the Chicken Catcher can't become the next Susan Boyle. He and Lawrence Beaman (Audition show 5 and his official website) both made it to the next round.
  • As I've said above, I would have liked to see both magic acts go through. At least, the judges kept one -- they could have easily sent both packing. Let's hope Drew Thomas (his official website) wows the judges and the voters next week so we can vote him through the Top 20 and show the judges and the producers that we want more illusionists and magicians to go through.
  • Other Top 40 include a basketball act, dancers, percussionists, funny singer David Johnson (Audition show 1), the young ballroom dancers from Audition show 2, girlband G-Force (Audition show 2), Mosaic (Audition show 10, YouTube clip), the singing cowboys, Manuela "singing dominatrix" Horn (Audition show 2), and tap dancers. I can't believe that they let acts like the singing dominatrix go through and sent Ciana and Kari packing!

Acts that were given a second chance to make a first impression

  • Since the judges weren't able to make a decision as to which dance crew(s) would go through to the Top 40 round, they decided to have Euphoria, Destined 2 Be (Audition show 8, YouTube clips) and Breaksk8 (Audition show 10, official website) fight for a spot in a dance off. All were given the same song and twelve hours to come up with the best routine they could. We will learn tomorrow which dance crew(s) make it through.

Are you happy with the judges' decisions? Are there some acts that were sent home that you would have liked to see in the Top 40 and vice versa? Which dance crew do you want to see go through tomorrow night? Share your comments below.

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    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Judge David Hasselhoff.


    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.


    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Swinging Rat Pack.


    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Swinging Rat Pack.




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I was completly disgusted at the vagas B groupe decision "hit the roads jacks your not talented enough for agt " WoW im so pissed off at those idiots Ill never again watch agt for any reason whats so ever .Holy crap some thoses who were in the b groupe were more talented of the whole lot > Some talents like alisha and the dominatrics and others dont belong in vagas . Tallan noble latz was for many in my state the true talented person along with some others in b groupe . Shame on you americas got talent ... Maybe thoses people who were sent packing should sue the people and the programmers for many reasons ...

August 07 2009 at 10:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've watched every season and every show of America's got talent, because it is fun, uplifting, and you just never know when a that "great surprise" might walk on stage. Well we got a surprise allright. Tuesday and Wednesday were not what AGT should be about. I want light, fun entertainment, and wonderful background stories of the people about to perform. Instead, we got cruel melodrama. If the show is taking this turn, I am no longer interested. Not to mention the ridiculous choices, and foolish omissions of Cienna, Tallon, and the harmonizers in favor of the idiot dominatrix. They keep this "me too" reality show twist, and they have lost a regular viewer.

August 02 2009 at 6:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think there must be a "twist" coming (remember the Simone "call") that will bring back some epople who were obviously NOT supposed to be sent packing, like Kari, Ciana, the hip young magician Sharon liked, and possibly the lead "Young Stevie Wonder" from the spiritual harmonizers. Please, they let through some pretty iffy acts. I the will be some surprise additions next week.

August 01 2009 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've heard Simon is having the next show live to allow America vote which talents to bring back. I also found a video on YouTube of last nights end of show surprise with Simon calling and telling the judges that he viewed there top 40 and theirs a big problem.

July 31 2009 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The judges on "America"s Got Talent " blew it when they sent Kari Callens home. They took away her chance of winning the $1,ooo.ooo & a contract in Vegas. I only hope someone saw her performance and will give her the chance she deserves. Shame on you ............ David, Sharon, & Peirs, I don't think you three are qualified judges of talent.

July 31 2009 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am GLAD the judges sent KARI home. She only got to Las Vegas because everyone seems to feel sorry for her. Her singing and presentation is so awful, I can't even watch it! Kari Callin having a show in Vegas -- NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!! She has not appeal whatsoever!!

July 30 2009 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

We can't all root for the same contestants so I won't judge the fact you don't think Kari can win. Heck, I don't think Kevin Skinner can win.

However, you have to admit that Kari gave a much better performance than a few of the people who got to the Top 40.

July 30 2009 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As CHARLIE on Three and a half Men would
kARI deserved another chance, and if you do
not make it happen, you will be abandoned by
millions of viewers. You are a farce!

July 30 2009 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that the judges are off their rocker to let that 8yr old ciana, the guitar boy tallan noble and the magician that did the 45 degree lean go....what were they thinking?

July 30 2009 at 7:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What was the point of going to Vegas? Why were all those acts flown to Vegas and sent home without leaving the airport. This weeks episodes were a waste to watch, we just fast fowarded thru both shows. Now we know you can draw tears to these kids, what's next ? You get to see who lives and who dies. Let the audiance vote, the judges have lost interest.

July 30 2009 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ronnie Jordan

This is now America got a JOKE not TALENT sending home real talent and keeping a 7ft yoyo idot and Hoff boyfreind is truly BS this is not a talent show but FREAK show.I guess MY family will watch a real talent show,so you think you can dance ,THEY keep talent not freaks.sorry to see this show go so wrong.

July 30 2009 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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