“America’s Got Talent” aired a two-hour episode with the first hour in New York and the second hour was a repeat in Seattle. If you want to read my review of the Seattle portion, just click on “America’s Got Talent” in Seattle.
The Big Apple came through with some great talent that we’ll be waiting to see again in the next round in Las Vegas. We may have even seen this year’s winner in the New York episode. Of course, New York had some wildly weird auditions that were performed fantastically and we’ll be seeing those acts again in Las Vegas.
We’ll start with the acts that we won’t be seeing again on “America’s Got Talent” as there were quite a few of those.
Boston Typewriter Orchestra
Three men performing ‘music’ on typewriters appeared to be annoying to the judges and the audience, so we won’t be seeing them again.
Joel “The Cannon”
Here’s a guy who claims to eat a pumpkin pin in less than 90 seconds, and he was right. Nick Cannon said he actually downed the pie in 70 seconds but the judges were not impressed and he was asked to leave the stage.
Sadly, this young team that sings, acts, and dances were too “cheesy” for Piers Morgan and it was a unanimous vote to send them home.
Then there was Riley; a 27 year old that seemed very proud to be one of a few woman sword swallowers in this country. The problem was that her act was morbid; no smiling, no personality, just business. Of course, performing a death-defying act such as sword swallowing requires deep concentration, however, Howie Mandel felt that there was a lot of disdain in her expressions and presentation. He coached her to smile more. The judges unanimously voted her off.
Now, comes the good part of this episode of “America’s Got Talent”. There were several very pleasing and astounding acts in New York that we’ll be seeing again in Las Vegas. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that on this episode, we may have seen this year’s winner.
A great magician act that had girls appearing from boxes and behind blankets that pleased the audience and the judges. We will see Michael again in Las Vegas.
Snap Boogie is a one-man show from Boston as he dances including some break dancing and acrobats across the stage. Showing some well synchronized moves to music, Howie thought he was “fantastic”, Sharon liked his free-spirit, and Piers Morgan said he was, “Exciting, a little bit dangerous, and a little wild”. Nick Cannon had to have his fun and move with Snap Boogie back stage and we’ll be seeing his moves again in Las Vegas.
Although Steven’s act was one of the weirdest of the evening, he astounded everyone except Piers Morgan with his graceful moves. Steven combines ballet, tap, and modern jazz as a pole dancer. That’s right, he’s a pole dancer. He appeared on stage with black high heels, tight silver short shorts, and silver eye make-up and lipstick to match his short shorts. Both Howie and Piers were obviously uncomfortable while Sharon loved it. Piers, of course, was the first to buzz Steven while Sharon was standing up clapping. Sharon felt Steve should change his name to “Steve, the Magnificent” and the audience applauded in agreement. Piers said he didn’t get it and Howie was clearly torn. Sharon gave Steve a BIG ‘yes’ and Howie responded to the audience and voted ‘yes’ also. Of course, Nick Cannon can’t resist the audience when they’re turned on, so he came onstage, took off his suit coat, and made some comical moves on the pole.
Another weird but surprising talent, Elew says he discovered a mutant power within himself years ago and developed it on his own. He’s a pianist and began playing at an early age. He certainly took piano playing to a different level as he performed “Sweet Home Alabama” his way. A very unique rendition of the song combining Beethoven and Jimi Hendrix; you’ll have to see this one to appreciate it. Piers Morgan felt Elew was a genius, the audience loved his performance as did the judges and we’ll see Elew again on “America’s Got Talent”.
Landau Eugene Murphy
The last performance of this episode turned out to be the most surprising and possibly the winner of this season’s contestants. He was that good. A very modest and humble man, Landau took the stage wearing jeans, sneakers, and a somewhat unkempt appearance. He said he washes cars and has never auditioned before. He took a few seconds longer to begin his performance and then he belted out a tune sounding like Frank Sinatra. Landau totally astounded everyone with his exceptional performance and received a standing ovation. Sharon Osbourne asked him if there was a recording that he was miming to, and Landau confirmed that it was his own voice. Piers Morgan said he thought the act was going to be a “total train wreck” by judging Landau’s appearance, and instead he was totally surprised and very pleased. The audience, the judges, all were in awe and Landau could very well be this season’s winner on “America’s Got Talent”. An inexperienced performer, he did not realize how good he was and he broke down onstage from all the positive comments. This is one performer that you’ll want to see in the Las Vegas auditions.
Source: NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”; June 22, 2011
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