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America's Got Talent: Five selected for Top 20

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 6th 2009 2:23AM
Mariah Carey on America's Got Talent(S04E14) Last night, twelve acts battled it out for your votes. Who will make it through to the semi-finals? We found out the first five tonight.

But first, there was a big discussion about whether the last basket of Acrodunk actually went in last night. Piers said it didn't, and Sharon bet him $500 that it did. After the slo-mo replay, it was determined that it DID go in, and now Piers owes Sharon $500. Let's hope it goes to charity. Maybe a basketball camp for kids or something.

Nick introduced the acts, and I must say, there's quite a variety this season. I'm filling in for Isabelle on this review, and it's fun to see such a diverse group competing for the top prize.

Acrodunk and Breaksk8 were up first. The act going to the semi-finals and moving one step closer to the million dollars is ... Acrodunk. It seems a little weird to me, because I wonder if they'll be able to sustain a Vegas show. Can they dunk for a couple of hours? We'll see. One of the guys said they're "excited to show America that they're more than your average half-time show." Piers said there's a real "sense of danger" to the act, but now it gets serious.

Former America's Got Talent winner Terry Fator made an appearance on the show, bringing assorted characters with him, including a singer who sings just like Aaron Neville and a rocker sporting a mullet. Nick called Fator "the most successful reality show winner of all time," and I guess signing a $100 million Las Vegas contract definitely puts him in the successful category. He really is super-talented, with a cool combo of music, comedy and ventriloquism. And guess what? If you can't make it to Vegas to see the show in person, you can buy it on DVD soon.

Next up was Lake Houston Dance, Drew Thomas Magic and Manuela Horn. America voted, and the next act going home is Lake Houston Dance. You know, they're cute as all get-out, but I can't really see them in Vegas.

The act moving forward in the competition is Drew Thomas Magic. That makes total sense to me. I pretty much LOVE his act. And Manuela Horn? A little creepy, like she possibly belongs in an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Kevin Skinner and Mosaic stepped forward next. The next act moving forward is Kevin Skinner, which doesn't surprise me. Mosaic is great, though, and the guys were really nice about losing, saying how great it was to have gotten this far in the competition. The Hoff agreed with America, saying Kevin is "just pure, unadulterated raw talent."

The super-hot performer -- and what America's been waiting for -- came onstage next. Nick's wife, Mariah Carey, sang her new hit, "Obsessed" (although from what I understand, she actually taped the performance, so it wasn't exactly live.) Still, her body is rockin', and so are her shoes -- although I'd be terrified of falling off of them and breaking an ankle. I guess she's probably used to wearing those skyscrapers by now. I'm a little meh on the song, although it got better when she hit some high notes at the end.

Nick was pretty funny, saying the song was about HIM. They're such a cute couple, flirting and giving each other moon-eyes, and then she grabbed his ass as they were leaving the stage. Cute! Cynical me says they'll probably split up next month.

Next up were The Platt Brothers, The Diva League, and Grandma Lee. It's funny seeing such a diverse group on stage, with Grandma Lee standing next to the drag queens. After America's vote, the next act to go home is The Platt Brothers.

But somebody still has to go home -- and the act moving forward and moving one step closer to the million dollars is Grandma Lee! Awww, she is such a cutie. I would love to see her go all the way.

The last two acts to come out are Arcadian Broad and Thia Megia. But in this case, the act moving forward is decided by the judges. Piers said his vote goes with Thia, because she's progressed the most in the competition. Sharon said that while they both represent the youth of America, her vote is for Arcadian. The Hoff said the show is about talent and diversity, which is why his vote goes to Arcadian. That means Arcadian Broad is moving forward and Thia Megia is going home.

So to recap, the acts moving forward are Arcadian Broad, Acrodunk, Drew Thomas Magic, Kevin Skinner, and Grandma Lee. Are the right acts moving forward? Or did one of your favorites end up going home?

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

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Manuela Horn is the most talented person on the show.
She sings and dances in six languages,
CHECK HER WEBSITE. ( www.manuelahorn.com )She is a world wide performer.
America's got talent is just not the proper format for all her acts. She is also a supermodel, Had her own TV show etc.
Chuck

August 18 2009 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
am_hollitz

Did I miss something? If Thia and Arcadian made 5th and 6th and the vote wasn't an absolute tie, why did the judges get to pick when America already had?

August 07 2009 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Saragee

Good question! I think however, that this option was put in to make sure that someone like Manuela Horn doesn't edge out a more talented contestant just because people are voting out of pity or malice. My guess is the judges will always choose the 5th place contestant. At least if they are smart they will!!!

August 08 2009 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grinnin

I agree with unc69dmo, This is going home, I'm not watching. What a bunch of bulls**t. Tell her she's fantastic, she's a star, she nailed it, then send her home. That's absolute crap.

August 06 2009 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry Grove

I want to apologize for sending the same 2 comments, I didn't think the 1st one went through and that's why I sent the 2nd one, I'm sorry this happened.

August 06 2009 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jboursaw

No worries, Larry. And sometimes comments get caught in our spam filter and need to be activated, too (yours didn't, though).

I think out of all the acts I've seen so far, I like Drew Thomas Magic. They're all so different, though, which makes it interesting to see how people vote. They might vote for a particular genre (singer, dancer, magician, etc.) more than the talent. Acrodunk is something you don't see every day, but they're really entertaining and talented, too, and might fit right into the Vegas scene.

August 06 2009 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry Grove

America voted got 4 for 4 right last night. Judges voted missed it like always, only Piers Morgan made the correct call. Thia should have advanced not Arcadian. As long as Sharon Osbourne and David Hasslehoff can vote for Arcadian he will continue to advance. Arcadian advanced through favoritism not talent. It's going to be interesting to see how America will vote!

August 06 2009 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry Grove

America voted got 4 for 4 right last night! Judges voted missed it like always, only Piers Morgan made the correct call. Thia should have advanced not Arcadian, as long as Sharon Osbourne and David Hasslehoff can vote for Arcadian he will continue to advance. This young man advanced because of favoritism, not because he had more talent. It's going to be interesting to see how America will vote!

August 06 2009 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sancty

Wait.. which one is going forward, Arcadian or Thia, you contradicted yourself in successive sentences.

"That means Arcadian Broad is moving forward and Thia Megia is going home.

So to recap, the acts moving forward are Thia Megia, Acrodunk, Drew Thomas Magic, Kevin Skinner, and Grandma Lee. "

August 06 2009 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jboursaw

Thanks for the catch, Sancty. Fixed it.

August 06 2009 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick cokely

Kevin Skinner was not as good as his first performance. He was off key and missed several notes. I think the only reason he went through wasn't based on talent but rather because he's (sorta) attractive and sings sappy country songs.

August 06 2009 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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