America's Got Talent: Vegas verdicts, episode two
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 30th 2009 3:14AM
Based on the comments you left on last night's review, a few of you decided to stop watching the show because the "Vegas Verdicts" process was too cruel. How can the judges tell people they are going to Vegas and not have them perform a second time before they are sent back home? How cruel is it to get performers' hopes up by telling them they are going to Vegas when, in fact, most of them will have done the trip just to hear that they weren't good enough? Why did the judges send talented people such as Kari, Ciana and Tallan home and keep acts such as the dominatrix yodeler? On a side note, we shouldn't put all the blame on the judges. I'm sure the producers are pulling a few strings.
Be truthful, even if you vouched you would never watch America's Got Talent again, you couldn't help yourself from taking a peak at tonight's episode, eh? If you decided to not tune in to watch the last "Vegas Verdicts" cruel fest but still want to know what happened, here come the results!
Acts that were sent packing to go back home:
- I don't get the judges. They keep saying they want unique acts that can sustain a show on Vegas. Rashida Jolley (Audition show 8, her YouTube channel and her MySpace page), harpist and singer, offers just that, and they send her packing! WTF?!
- American Idol season one contestant Kelli Glover (Audition show 7 and YouTube clips) who was sent home on Idol seven years ago, once again heard the words "you are not going to the next round." The news hit her really hard. After Idol, Kelli stopped singing for a while thinking she was not good enough. She picked herself up and auditioned for AGT just to be told she wasn't good enough once again. That girl has a good voice and should continue trying to make it. Maybe she should try for Idol again now that she has more experience and has matured?
- Also sent home: Duo Design (Audition show 9, the duo's official website), jugglers, father/son acrobats, dancer Arthur (Audition show 7), the sister (singer) and brother (guitar) duo supposedly because the brother had another opportunity ... I wonder if the judges would have sent the duo packing if the brother had been available?
Acts that were sent packing to go to Hollywood (aka Top 40):
- Nick lets us know that only 17 acts were sent through to Hollywood last night.
- The Paradizo Dance duo (Audition show 1 and their official website) was the first act to learn their fate tonight. I was expecting them to be sent packing considering the huge amount of dancers this season. After the Hoff tries to show us he can act and pretend that the duo would be sent packing, the wife and husband team learn they'll be going through. I don't see them going very far considering that better dance acts went through, such as ...
- The amazing Bollywood dance troupe Ishaara (Audition show 9, their MySpace page and their official website), as well as energetic dance crew FootworKINGz (Audition show 1, their MySpace page and their official website) are both put through. We may end up having six or seven dance numbers in the Top 40 this year. I really enjoyed Ishaara, so I hope that they get to the Top 20. They have the potential to sustain a one-hour show on the Vegas strip.
- I'm glad the judges let through a classical musician for once. Let's hope pianist extraordinaire Jeffrey Ou (Audition show 10) doesn't magically disappear as that amazing saxophone player from a previous season. I can't wait to hear him play on a real piano and with proper lighting and set staging.
- Eleisha Miller (Audition show 6 and her official website) may have offered a very funny and cute performance during the auditions, but she is nowhere near as talented as Ciana is right now. Again, I don't understand why judges let through some acts that aren't that good while they send home performers that have the goods.
- Mario and Jennifer (Audition show 5) the circus performers where sent to Hollywood.
- Marcus Terell and the Serenades (Audition show 9 and Marcus's YouTube channel) didn't make it through to Hollywood because, as the judges noted many times, the Serenades are not good enough. Marcus wondered why he still needs to audition when he's supposed to be so talented. One of the Serenades asks the judges if they would let Marcus go through as a solo act. Marcus lets the Serenades decides. They agree to let him leave his dream. The judges let Marcus go through to Hollywood alone. Talk about the ladies being supportive and allowing Marcus to have his dream.
- With little surprise, the Voices of Glory (Audition show 1) trio is going to Hollywood to spread the message of hope and love as the judges said to them.
- The Polish triplets who play the violin and sing (Audition show 2) go through a painful result process when Sharon tells them they are talented and beautiful, but that they have a long way to go to perfect their act. The Triplets, and viewers, think that this is it for them. They plead their case not knowing that Sharon is following a script to create tension. The Triplets are going through! I hate it when judges, no matter the show, claim that people are not good enough, or that they are unsure, just to create tension and stress. The judges would surely not like to endure that process. And it doesn't make for good TV.
- Mia (Audition show 8) who was cut last year was given a second chance and will be part of the Top 40.
- Also going to Hollywood: opera singer Barbara Padilla (Audition show 6 and her official website), the guy that had blood spilling out from his mouth, Pam and Viva Martin (Audition show 4), Rockin' Rory the dog (Audition show 1), 62-year-old "dancer" Carol Lugo (Audition show 3 and her MySpace page), Anthony & Matt the singer and tap dancer duo (Audition show 8), 75-year-old comedian Grandma Lee (Audition show 6),and much more. I can't believe the judges let Carol Lugo go through. She has no act! She can't win the show!
And the results of the dance off:
- Remember that dance crew Destined 2 Be (Audition show 8, YouTube clips), Euphoria, and Breaksk8 (Audition show 10, their official website and their YouTube channel) were given the same music track and twelve hours to come up with a routine. Some crews worked well together while others clashed and had issues during the practice. Before they perform, Piers tells them that they can put through one or two of them, but not all.
- Sadly, we didn't see the full performances from the three dance crews so it's difficult for us, the viewers, to pass judgement. Sharon says that one of the groups really stood out while the others didn't match up. Breaksk8 is going to Hollywood. Can we remind Piers that he said their audition act was boring and not original enough?
We get down to the real business next week when the Top 40 audition for America's votes. I hope they group acts per categories (singers, dancers, etc.) so that we have a good mixture of acts in the Top 20. What do you think will be Simon Cowell's curveball? He said on the phone that there was a very serious problem. Do you think he is unhappy with the selections and wants a "Wild Card" selection from the public amongst the rejected acts? Or.... ? Share your theories in comments below!