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America's Got Talent: Top 20 results show one

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 3rd 2009 12:30AM
America's Got Talent(S04E22) It's time to narrow down the talent field to the Top 8 acts who will perform in the final round of this season's America's Got Talent. They'll get the chance to win a million, as well as perform on the Vegas Strip in a special show hosted by ex-AGT host Jerry Springer.

This week's results show featured a special performance from The Hoff himself. Did he give a performance worthy to be Xed, or did he deliver the goods? My two cents, as well as which first four acts are moving to the final round coming up!

Arcadian Broad, The Texas Tenors and Drew Thomas Magic are the first up to learn their fate. As soon as Nick confirmed that only one of these acts was going through, I knew it would be The Texas Tenors even if I was rooting for Drew. To my displeasure, Nick quickly sent Drew and his team packing. This decision was not surprising, since Drew served us a trick he's performed before on the show, just in a different setting. Once again, magicians do not make it to the AGT finals. Will we ever see the day? Nick then confirmed my hunch, The Texas Tenors are going to the finals. Will Arcadian blame his loss on the producers making him perform the High School Musical act?

The Muppets perform "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." It was a fun filler, but didn't bring much else to the results show.

Next up are Grandma Lee, Tony Hoard and Rory and Paradizo Dance. Once again, only one act is going through. My money is on Grandma Lee since she is so entertaining, real and funny. The first act sent packing is Paradizo Dance. As the crowd screams "Grandma Lee, Grandma Lee," Nick gives his usual "the next act going through..." He then tells us what we want to hear: Grandma Lee! Yay! We'll get more Hoff, Grandma Lee, Piers lovin' jokes.

It's now time for a Hofftastic performance by David Hasselhoff. My expectations were extremely low, so it turned out that the Hoff surprised me. His facial expressions and moves were a bit too soapish for my taste but his singing wasn't bad at all. The routine was well choreographed and performed. You could see David had fun on stage, and it resonated with the crowd. David is not the best performer out there, but he showed that he does have some talent and can give a fair singing performance. This act may help a few viewers understand why The Hoff is part of the jury ... if only he didn't check his common sense at the door when it's time to vote....

It's time for the remaining acts to step forward: Kevin Skinner, Acrodunk, The Voices of Glory and the Fab 5. Unsurprisingly, Kevin Skinner gets the third spot. It was fun to see Nick remind Kevin that he promised Sharon a huge smile. There's only one spot left for the three remaining acts. The Acrodunk members are told they are not moving on. I'm bummed because they were extremely entertaining and daring. Plus their act would have added some diversity to the Top 8.

That leaves The Voices of Glory and Fab 5 on stage waiting to hear who is getting the final spot. As soon as Nick said they came in fourth and fifth in the votes, I knew the producers decided to keep having the judges decide which act would get the final spot. Argh! Don't they read the viewers comments?!? We HATE it when the judges decide the final spot! Why make us vote then?!

Sharon says that she can't decide. As she's done before, she has the guys decide first. David says he can't decide either and passes it to Piers. Piers says they either send them both packing or keep them both. Piers says that there would be no judges' pick and that both The Voices of Glory and Fab 5 are going to the finals.

So we will have a Top 9 instead of 8 unless the judges decide again next week that they can't decide, which means we will get a Top 10. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad both acts got through to the finals. However, this year's rules said a Top 8, why not stick to that? Rules are rules, no? As Piers said there would be no judges' pick, I wish he would have told Nick they would go with America's decision, and then ask him to announce who was fourth. What do you think? Are you happy with the judges' decision? Would you have preferred that they give the fourth spot to the act that placed fourth in votes?

So far the Top 8 9 is composed of:
  • 3 singing acts: The Texas Tenors, Kevin Skinner, The Voices of Glory
  • 1 comedy act: Grandma Lee
  • 1 dance act: Fab 5

Were you able to predict the first four five acts in the Top 8 9? Do you think America made the right choices? Let your voice be heard in comments below!

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Geno

Consenus of opinion seems to be they missed the boat with AcroDunk. It wouldn't surprise me to see them featured at half time at some pro-basketball game although they deserve better then that

September 07 2009 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sara

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September 04 2009 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
juan.herrera10

I was shocked when Acrodunk was eliminated. I was also shocked to see Voices of Glory advanced since their last two appearances have not impressed me. The girl is good but the two brothers are dragging her down. The other four acts I thought deserved to be there. I was not surprised to see five acts advance since TV Guide's listing and The Futon Critic indicated 10 acts and not eight for the final. This was not coincidence that none of the judges could not decide. This was pre-scripted in the show and the judges just followed the script. Sharon and Hasselhoff might of had doubts but we all know Piers Morgan he would have made a decision.

September 03 2009 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
juan.herrera10

I was shocked when Acrodunk was eliminated. I was also shocked to see Voices of Glory advanced since their last two appearances have not impressed me. The girl is good but the two brothers are dragging her down. The other four acts I thought deserved to be there. I was not surprised to see five acts advance since TV Guide's listing and The Futon Critic indicated 10 acts and not eight for the final. This was not coincidence that none of the judges could not decide. This was pre-scripted in the show and the judges just followed the script. Sharon and Hasselhoff might of had doubts but we all know Piers Morgan he would have made a decision.

September 03 2009 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
juan.herrera10

Once again someone got overlooked. In this case Acrodunk. Although I love this act, I do agree that it would be hard to watch someone dunking a ball for an hour. The acts that advanced I think earned their ticket with the exception of Voices of Glory. The girl was terrific but the two brothers will eventually drag her down. As to why 5 acts advanced instead of the 4 advertised, it was all pre-scripted. If you look at Futon Critic and TV Guide they indicate 10 acts not 8 for the Final. The judges just had to pretend that they could not make up their mids and passed the last 2 acts. I can see Sharon & the Hasselhoff having an issue, but as we know Piers is the strong critic in this show and has always been there for the deciding vote. I hope most of you agree. The decisions come from Simon Cowell and the other producers. It's entertainment and that is a business that is designed to generate revenue. All decisions are made at the top.

September 03 2009 at 10:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alknows

As noted above, judges are paid to judge, not waffle or crumble under pressure. Whoever was fourth should have gone through. Period. And then hire new judges, ones with courage and not afraid to, you know, JUDGE? The comments about 'Aw-shucks, I'm just a chicken-catching, shy, never been off-n my porch in Kentucky guy' were spot on, nice story, weak voice. Grandma Lee is funny, and she's a 'niche' act in the sense there aren't a lot of women her age doing Ex Lax/Viagra jokes. The Fab Five are beautiful, and really good cloggers, but other than the costumes and music, has anything else changed? Voices of Glory should listen and become 'Whatever her name is' and the Pips. The brothers are killing them. Amazed they got more votes than Acrodunk. The rest of the also-rans, kinda deserved their fate. I have no issues with any of them not moving on. Whatever his name is and Rory shouldn't have been there in the first place.

September 03 2009 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sabien95

It's possible the show planned all along to let 5 acts go through like they have in the past, but just did it this way to add a bit of a surprise element to it, just as they've mixed it up already when announcing who would be going through (EriAm Sisters), and if that's the case, I like it. If the judges really did say they couldn't decide and overrode the show and the network, that's fine, too. I just honestly don't get why so many people watch the show and then seem to just want to complain about it. Just don't watch it. I still really enjoy the show and am probably just going to stop reading posts (and articles) from people who don't actually discuss the show but rather rant.

September 03 2009 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cathy

Isabelle, I know youw ant the magic acts to go thru and so do I, but they have to be entertaining, and that magic act wasnt. Same trick, please, if he was a good magician he would have more than 1 or 2 tricks. Its not that people wont vote for magicians, its that they arent any good so far.

September 03 2009 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kymbo17

I agree that Acrodunk should have been in the semi-finals. Kevin Skinner and The voices of Glory should have been gone. They are cute kids, but like all the judges stated they are young and have along way to go. Kevin Skinner blew me away a couple of times, but he was severely off key and boring. To be in Vegas the act needs to be exciting. Kevin and the Voices bored me to tears ...
My favorites were The Fab Five and Acrodunk.

I can't believe that none of the judges would tell The Voices they were going home. That's not fair at all, and if they can't decide then it should be based on how America voted. The last place vote should have automatically been let go.......

September 03 2009 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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am_hollitz

I agree 100%!

If the judges can't decide, it should have been left up to the vote. The act that placed fourth should have gone through to the finals. The act that placed fifth should have gone home.

Personally it should have been left up to the vote each and every time!

September 04 2009 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick cokely

So I got some dirt from two of the acts that were in the top 40: Apparently -every- act is choreographed and decided on by the producers. The two acts I talked to both said nothing was left to their decision, not the song choice, not the choreography, not the outfits they wear, nothing. I think that's pretty sad to be honest. If we're going to vote on the best act it should be their own work. The judges will sit up there and complain about the outfits or the act and as if they had a decision in the matter - Arcadian was just the only one that defended himself by telling the truth (something he wasn't supposed to do) and you could see it on his face last night - he knew he was going home regardless of what the vote count was.

Awful show, I need to stop watching it.

September 03 2009 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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am_hollitz

Costuming, choreography, and staging are provided by producers to level the playing field. No act should be cut because they didn't have the costume, makeup, or set design to present themselves in the best light possible.

Besides, Vegas acts have all sorts of behind the scenes people who do everything they can to make the performer(s) look as polished as possible.

September 04 2009 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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