America's Got Talent: Final performances
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 15th 2009 12:10AM
(S04E25) The biggest talent search in the world started its competition three months ago. After a summer of questionable judges decisions, talent performances and Hoff-isms, it's time to crown the winner of the show's fourth season.
But before the America's Got Talent winner can be announced in the live season finale to air on Wednesday, featuring a guest appearance by Susan Boyle, the Top 10 acts needed to perform one last time for America's votes. My comments and predictions coming up!
The Voices of Glory, Singers (Their MySpace page) - It was a great decision that
Hairo Torres, Breakdancer (His MySpace page) - The intro of the act was fun, but it didn't work well with the rest of the performance. I'm not sure his routine was 100% choreographed, especially since it ended somewhat abruptly. I agree with Piers when he said that the routine didn't work well and that maybe he should have done as last week and incorporate backup dancers to make the performance more fun and hip. Hairo gave a fair performance this week, but it won't be enough for America to vote him as the AGT winner.
Lawrence Beamen, Singer (His official website) - The judges may have made questionable decisions this season, but when they told Lawrence that he should stick to Barry White-type songs, they were right. Lawrence's final performance, a Barry White song, was entertaining even if, as Piers pointed out, it missed some interactions with the ladies. Lawrence sang very well, you could see he had fun on the stage, the backup singers weren't bad either, and the mood on the stage was just right. Lawrence may have offered a good performance this week, but I doubt it'll be enough for him to win the competition.
Barbara Padilla, Opera Singer (Her official website) - Once again, Barbara was treated with a fantastic dress, great jewelery and well-done make up to make her look like a real opera singer. The stage lighting and setting was just enough to highlight her and give some background. What to say about her singing other than wow? She is an amazing opera singer who also shows emotions during her performance. Her fantastic singing, as well as her touching life path, will definitely have America vote for her. Even if I don't often listen to opera, I would pay to go see one of her shows. Barbara is definitely my choice to win it all.
Fab 5, Power Tap Dancers - Nice theme, stage setting, and usage of the backup performers. For once we can even say that the camera and editing work was not bad at all, especially when they bent backwards and looked up at the camera on top of the stage. The choreography was a bit too basic and not fast enough for my taste. They are always a joy to watch, though, thanks to their smile, energy and passion. I highly doubt they'll win the competition.
The Texas Tenors, Singing Group (Their MySpace page) - My opinion hasn't changed about them. I think the blond guy shouldn't sing alone because his voice is not deep enough when compared to the two others. If they do decide to have him sing alone, the two other tenors should not sing solo right before or after him. However, they are really great when they are singing all at once, offering us great harmonies and vocals. It was a good song choice because it'll resonate with the viewers. I don't think they'll win AGT, but they have a good chance of scoring a record deal.
Drew Stevyns, Singer/Guitarist (His official website and his MySpace page) - Thanks, AGT producers, for ensuring we would hear some of Drew's guitar playing this week, as you often hide it under the soundtrack. Another performer this week making a good song choice. Drew's voice was not always perfect during the performance, but the song choice fit his range and style. It was, as Piers pointed, one of Drew's best performances. However, I don't agree with Piers when he says Drew may win. One thing is certain; we haven't seen the last of Drew since he has sex appeal, and can sing and play guitar.
Grandma Lee, Comedian (Her MySpace page) - "Cut the crap!" What was that Egyptian entrance?! It made no sense with the act. Since she had a belly, why not have her come in a hospital setting with her about to go into labor? Is Grandma Lee a one trick pony? Once again, her jokes were about sex and mainly focused on Piers, Hoff, and Simon Cowell. I'll admit that I laughed a bit when she told Piers that he may be the father of her baby and that her new sweetheart was Simon! She may be really funny, but will people be willing to pay to see her talk about sex for two hours? I doubt I would be able to go through an entire show of her saying the jokes she has been telling us since her audition. You?
Kevin Skinner, Singer/Guitarist (Fansite #1 and Fansite #2) - He was the only performer tonight who made a wrong song choice. He should have stayed with country as it is the style that fits his voice and personality. Plus he doesn't have the voice power to sing such a strong song. Some of you may throw rocks at me, but his performance sounded a bit karaoke-ish to me. Thanks to Piers for telling Kevin that his performance wasn't perfect. All three judges root for Kevin, even though he is not the best singer out there nor in the competition. It wouldn't be surprising if a lot of viewers think the same. After all, as the judges pointed out, he is "what this show is all about," meaning someone from the "people" who doesn't look like a star but has talent. Voters may decide to forget about this week's performance and vote for Kevin based on his previous performances.
Recycled Percussion, Band (Their official website and their MySpace page) - "Wipeout" is always a good song choice when you want to rock the place. Recycled Percussion sure rocked the place and gave it their all. Not only did they play on real drums but they, once again, had percussions made of buckets and other unusual things. Adding the rain was also cool. Very entertaining and energetic act this week. As the judges pointed out, they belong in Vegas, but will it be as AGT winners?
My prediction: Barbara Padilla. My second choice is Recycled Percussion. However, I wouldn't rule out Kevin Skinner. He isn't the best singer out there, but he has a huge fanbase that'll be voting for him like crazy.
|The Voices of Glory||51 (5.1%)|
|Recycled Percussion||178 (17.7%)|
|Lawrence Beamen||24 (2.4%)|
|Drew Stevyns||32 (3.2%)|
|Barbara Padilla||336 (33.4%)|
|Hairo Torres||11 (1.1%)|
|Kevin Skinner||259 (25.7%)|
|The Texas Tenors||63 (6.3%)|
|Fab 5||22 (2.2%)|
|Grandma Lee||31 (3.1%)|