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Cindy Chang Reveals a Gorgeous Operatic Voice on 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 30th 2011 1:31AM
Cindy Chang, 'America's Got Talent'All her life, 42-year old Cindy Chang has harbored a secret dream of being a singer. But, according to her audition on 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC), "My parents said no."

Well, nobody could possibly say no to her after she opened her mouth and let loose with one of the smoothest and most beautiful opera voices the show has ever seen.

More polished than Jackie Evancho and, we think, more in control even than Susan Boyle's initial audition across the pond, Chang meekly and sweetly just put every other competitor on notice.

After she finished singing, she was instantly overwhelmed by the outcry of support and accolades sweeping over the stage, but she had earned every bit of it. Piers Morgan even gave her a rare standing ovation, with a single word critique, "Wow."

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America's Got Talent: Top 20 results show two

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 10th 2009 3:19PM
America's Got Talent - Top 20 results show, S04E24(S04E24) Nick asked the crowd who they'd like to see in the finals, and of course, it was impossible to tell which names they yelled out, since all of the acts have their fans at this point.

Tonight we learn who's taking the last five spots in the finals. Nick also reminded us that the next show will air Monday, Sept. 14, and that there's no judge's pick tonight. The five who go through will be the five that America voted for. As it should be, in my view.

After a brief recap of last night's show, Nick asked Piers why he X'd the acts he did. Piers said it's a simple formula -- a game of the good and the not-so-good. Sharon gave another shout out to Barbara Padilla, whom she absolutely loves. Hoff said, "I'm Hoff crazy!" He also reminded us that they've seen a hundred thousand acts and it's getting down to the wire.

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America's Got Talent: Top 20 performance show two

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 9th 2009 12:30AM
America's Got Talent(S04E23) There were mixed feelings amongst viewers last week when the America's Got Talent judges announced that they couldn't decide who, between Voices of Glory and Fab 5, should get the fourth place in what was supposed to be a final round of the top eight acts of the summer.

It wasn't much of a surprise when Nick announced at the beginning of this week's performance show that there would be no judges' pick. It wouldn't make sense to have a Top 9, eh? I'm happy that more acts -- aka the same number as last year -- will get to perform in the finals. But what I'm happier for is that America will pick the final five acts to enter the next round. No judges' pick. The results will be solely based on the number of votes.

How did the ten remaining acts perform this week? Which acts should move on? My two cents, Piers' many Xs, and your comments coming up!

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An operatic version of The Office hitting the U.K. stage

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 16th 2009 2:11PM
Ricky Gervais' The Office is being adapted into a stage opera.An idea that was a joke just a few months ago will soon be a reality in London.

The Office: The Opera will hit the stage for a one-night only engagement at London's Proud Galleries Wednesday, August 19. The concept of an operatic version of the Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant classic was used as a spoof for the pair's contribution to this year's U.K. Comic Relief.

In the sketch, Gervais is such an ego-maniacal weed that he wouldn't allow the then-fictional opera to proceed unless a male model portrayed his old role of David Brent. But, Gervais is actually very charity-friendly, so I imagine this was an easy call for he and Merchant.

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Chuck: Chuck Versus the Fat Lady

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 18th 2008 11:23AM

(S02E07) "Viva Buymoria." - Morgan

The Jill Roberts trilogy continues. Last week we were introduced to Chuck's ex-girlfriend in an episode where, not only did Mr. Bartowski save the world (or, at least, the little part of the world surrounding him in California), but he also got the girl. This week we got to see more of the budding relationship between the two as well as a Charles who, for the first time in awhile, was feeling like a normal human being.

The question on everyone's mind was if the relationship could last between the two. Particularly with the uber-hot Sarah working very, very closely with Chuck on a daily basis. Well, if I told you now I would probably be canceled faster than My Own Worst Enemy. So, if you want to know the answer please click ahead.

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The Simpsons: Homer of Seville

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 30th 2007 9:35PM

Placido Domingo, who guest stars on this week's episode of The SImpsons(S19E02) Mr. Burns: My boy, you are a star!

Homer: Whoo-Hoo!

Burns: An opera star!

Homer: Oh.

We're back to the silly in this week's episode of The Simpsons as another bodily injury gives Homer an advantage in life. I'm surprised that this is the second Homer-centric episode in a row. Usually, the producers are good at going around the Simpsons circuit to focus on another family member or the group as a whole from one week to the next. Maybe my surprise is due to the fact that I haven't been a regular on the Simpsons boat for the last few seasons.

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Opera and musical comedy search

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 10th 2006 11:45AM

carol burnettI think this is definitely one of those posts where some of you will say, "Wow, that's really cool" while others will say, "Why in the heck would I be interested in that?"

Someone, for whatever reason, has compiled a list of all (well most of) the operas and musical comedies produced for television during the last half century. The site was created along with the Indiana University Digital Library Program. You pretty much have to have some knowledge of opera or musicals in order to use it, otherwise you won't know what to search for. As I said, it's probably not everyone's cup of tea, but I had fun poking around the site. Besides, now I know that Carol Burnett played Calamity Jane in 1963. That kind of information will have to come in handy sometime.

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