America's Got Talent: Vegas verdicts, episode one
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 29th 2009 2:10AM
(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.