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On the Scene: 'America's Got Talent' Semi-Finalists Compete

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 24th 2010 4:00PM
America's Got Talent Prince PoppycockBallroom dancers Anna and Patryk went first on the semi-finals of 'America's Got Talent' last night. The duo's paso doble to Lady Gaga's 'Paparazzi' (butchered performed by Kate Gosselin last season on 'Dancing With the Stars') earned positive remarks from the judges.

But the night belonged to the final act of the evening -- Prince Poppycock's smashing operatic rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody -- brought down the house.

"Poppycock is amazing," raved judge Piers Morgan. "He's got an incredibly creative brain. He took a massive song by Freddie Mercury and did it brilliantly. He brought down the house. He's camp, fun, brilliant...he's got everything you want in a contestant at this stage of the game."


"Anna and Patryk may feel that I'm handicapping them with my opinion," said judge Howie Mandel, who believes that the 12-year-old dancers sometimes perform routines that are a tad too adult. "I only looked at their skill this week. There was no move that made me say, 'That's too sexy.'"

As host, Nick Cannon tries to remain impartial but he ended up becoming a part of magician Dan Sperry's act. It appeared that Sperry had cut off Cannon's arm in a routine that failed to impress the judges. The host seemed taken aback slightly when the judges shot down his performance, Morgan went so far as to give it a strike.

Connor Doran's kite performance also prompted Morgan to hit the buzzer, but the judge agreed with the producers' decision to mute the buzzing effect (which, in the studio, is incredibly loud and jarring.)

"There was a bit of concern," Morgan said after taping. "Connor's a sensitive young chap. I didn't want to really throw him [with a loud buzz.] It would have been cruel." (See, Morgan has a heart!)

America's Got Talent Kristina YoungMorgan also had empathy for singer Kristina Young, the first act in a while to receive strikes from all three judges. "She made a big mistake doing an interpretation of [Lady Gaga's] 'Poker Face.' She's not a bad singer, but tonight she was way out of her league."

Overall, Morgan said that Tuesday's show, for a semi-finals competition, was "a bit disappointing."

"After you see someone a few times, they've got to [really] deliver," concurred judge Sharon Osbourne, somberly adding, "a lot of them didn't. I do think that Future Funk should have their own sitcom. They'd be sensational, amazing."

Morgan predicts the following lineup of semi-finalists will deliver. "Next
week's will be a real firecracker show," he said.

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