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America's Got Talent: Final performances

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 15th 2009 12:10AM
America's Got Talent
(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 the producers the trio decided to follow the judges' suggestions of having the girl take the lead. For their final performance, the siblings sang Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All," with the girl leading the performance. The judges said that the girl sang extremely well this week, but to me, she was a bit weak, especially in the beginning, when compared to previous performances. However, she got more confident as the song went on and it ended up in being a very good performance. The guys took the role they should have, which is backup singers. The harmonies were great and the stage wasn't crowded by useless backup dancers. The song choice was great, not only to highlight the young girl's voice, but also because Whitney Houston has just released an album and is promoting it. This performance gives them a good shot at winning.

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.

Who will win America's Got Talent?
The Voices of Glory51 (5.1%)
Recycled Percussion178 (17.7%)
Lawrence Beamen24 (2.4%)
Drew Stevyns32 (3.2%)
Barbara Padilla336 (33.4%)
Hairo Torres11 (1.1%)
Kevin Skinner259 (25.7%)
The Texas Tenors63 (6.3%)
Fab 522 (2.2%)
Grandma Lee31 (3.1%)

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    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Judge Piers Morgan.


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Robert Tull

I truly can't believe that Skinner was fairly selected by Americans, Arminians or some tribe from the Amazon as the America's Got Talent Winner! Nothing personal against this guy, but he can't sing a lick! He can't carry a tune, hit a note, or even catch a chicken (I'm sure that's why he's unemployed)!

I love music, and country is one of my favorites, i.e. Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Conway, J. Jones, J. Cash, Oakridge Boys, etc., but this guy can't sing past his mumbling lipless face. They had some real talent on the show, i.e. The Kids, Barbara, Lawrence, Fab Five and even old Granny! Yet, somehow, someway, the bloody computer that counts the votes must of gotten a virus from a cruel terrorist that caused it and most of America to go Deaf, Dumb and Stupid!

Thank God, I won't be forced into paying any of my money to listen to him destroy any more songs. The Las Vegas Hotel where he's going to be headlining; well they better get some real BIG Named Talent to put on that Bill Board with Skinners, if they want to fill any seats. Otherwise, they will be calling President Obama for more Bailout Money than those non-talented bankers (who can sing better than Skinner) who can't keep their vacation plans quiet!

This turned out to be a big joke on all of the Americans who followed this show week after week. and who voted week after week for performers who really had a worthwild talent. I feel insulted and cheated by the whole experience as I'm sure at least some of the performers feel the same way (even though publicly they would never say so).

Skinner should have never made it into the final 50 much less Win the bloody competition! I will never watch this program again, but I will buy Barbara's, Lawrence's, Voices of Joy, and Grandma Lee's CD's when they come out. They all deserve to have won the prize money and opportunity based upon their talents, rather than a guy who had a good "hard luck story" and no talent what so ever!

September 17 2009 at 3:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WHAT A JOKE......I CAN'T believe a hillbilly was chosen over that beautiful voice of Barbara. Who wants to sit at a show in VEGAS and listen to that country garbage - that is NOT million dollar talent!!!! We have tons of redneck singers in this world!

Never watching this show again!
Very disappointed AGT ex-fan

September 16 2009 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love "America's Got Talent" but I really don't understand their choice in Shekira doing her slutty contortions before an, obvious, family oriented show and audience. Kevin Skinner and Barbara Padilla's family was in the audience as well as the "Voices of Glory". I really don't feel that her performance was appropriate. Otherwise, this was indeed the best show I have ever seen.

September 16 2009 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No one else is in Barbara's league,
If I wanted to Hear Barry White I would buy a Barry White Cd.
Kevin Skinner was pitchy, Drew Stevyns is not better than hafl the people on AI, The voices of glory are cute but a whole Vegas act..not!!
Recycled percussion would be great at Hard Rock.
Grnadma Lee could get sympathy vote, But jokes would get tiring after a while,
Hairo should not be here. The dunkers were better act,
The Blond guy in Tenors will get the gay vote. Fab Five work their butts off and it shows, but probably won't win.
Barbara deserves to win but may have curse of the judges favorite. Just like Adam Lambert on AI and Jeanette on SYTYCD. And Giles On DWTS.
Look for an underdog to win.

September 15 2009 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The show was garbage with not one act who could sell out a Vegas show. With the inept comments of Sharon and Hoff this show has become a cartoon of itself. If this is the best talent America has to offer then we are in big trouble. The only highlight of the year was the improvement in the host using Nick instead of jerry.

September 15 2009 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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shirley smith

aman, brother!

September 17 2009 at 2:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Recycled Percussion are my favorite, but I really like Drew Stevyns, too. But I also hate country, opera and Barry White [his music, not him]. So Drew being a rocker may have something to do with my rooting for him.

September 15 2009 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kevin is the prefect person to win because more people would come to hear him sing than they would an opera singer. She is to loud for a stage in vegas and belongs in an opera house. I would never pay to see an opera singer and i am quite sure there are more people who would agree with me. More country fans than opera fans. He should win because he is just pure country and no attitude. Barbara seems to have an attitude. I am a cancer servivor and i do not announce it to get any sympathy like she is trying to do.

September 15 2009 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Barbera sang the same song that she did at the first audition... the judges totally gave her a free pass for not trying anything even remotely new...

She is talented... but she will not win... if she does its all about the story, and not about the performances

September 15 2009 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For people who like Barbara, but who aren't familiar with opera and are interested to hear how she compares with the best opera singers - both past and contemporary - interpreting "O mio babbino caro", I found this blog entry (not mine, I don't do blogs) compiling many of them on the same page: http://www.rickey.org/?p=22665

September 15 2009 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Barbara is truly gifted but I didn't vote for her because I feel she has a specialized niche in this world and deserves to be on the opera stage. Recycled Percussion doesn't have that carved out niche in the entertainment world so a platform on a Vegas stage would be their big shot. The other singers can cut CD's but w/o a Vegas show where would we get to see Recycled Percussion do their great shows? Barbara will do extremely well w/o winning this contest so I voted for a few others instead. And Kevin def didn't do a song that was worthy of the finals. I think he could have done Thunder Rolls by Garth and had some great lighting to create a truly memorable finale song!

September 15 2009 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to gillygirl's comment

I voted for Recycled Percussion. The singers are all well and good, but you could definitely only see RP in Vegas, or on disc, like Terry Fator. I think they were simply the best act last night, and have continually done something different each time on stage.

September 15 2009 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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