'America's Got Talent' recap: Cheers, jeers, and Sharon whacks Piers

I’m getting too old for this. Every night with the same show. Oy. But how could I resist finding out the "critical results" from the night before? And besides, Sharon had vowed "no more Mrs. Nice Woman," so this had to get good. First off, Bruce Block was out, and didn’t even show up to accept his rejection. But Johnathan Burkin, Sarah Lenore, Joseph Hall, the Taubl family and Sickstep all made it through to the final 20. And with that out of the way, it was time to settle in for another riveting episode of America’s Got Talent.

For the Dallas Desperados Dancers, I’m wondering…who would pay to see a cheerleading act? Apparently, the audience, who unanimously booed when Piers and Sharon gave them harsh critiques. But I stopped believing the audience a long time ago. I’m pretty sure they’re just bored and want to hear the sound of their own jeers. I feel like this episode was a turning point in the season, where Sharon and Piers started making sense. When they told Brian Cheatham he was more cruise ship than Vegas, they were absolutely right. When they called Flambeaux’s tap-dancing-beatboxing-firebreathing-hobo show set to "Gangsta’s Paradise" "whacked," they were right again. Oh, but then again, they did say 4-year-old Kaitlyn Maher exhibited professionalism. I mean, she’s cute, but professional? I’m not sure that’s possible. (Judge for yourself in the embedded clip below.)

After the jump: Sharon attacks, and so do the clichés…

Of all the impersonators we’ve had, I think Dorae Saunders has to bethe best. She had the Tina belt down last night, even though I’m notsure I would’ve chosen "Disco Inferno." But the thought of her held meover through Donald Braswell, who sang quite possibly the most clichédsong a talent contest contestant could sing: "The ImpossibleDream." Not that he wasn’t good, but we get it, you’re reaching foryour dream. Get in line, so is everyone else here.

Then Tapping Dads came on to "Puttin’ on the Ritz." Did anyone else butme wish it were Gene Wilder and Frankenstein instead? But if their performancecaused Sharon to beat up Piers, I guess I can’t judge too harshly fortheir lack of a Frankenstein monster.

Here’s the problem with all of the acts. I can’t imagine one I couldwatch for an hour and a half. Maybe, if the judges let any of thesingers perform original material, I could see them as fairlysuccessful pop artists — but no matter how good all of them are(including Nuttin’ But Strings, who were amazing — press play below to watch their performance) none of them seemable to match Penn & Teller or Sigfreid & Roy or anyone else Ithink of when I think of Vegas. But maybe it’s just the lack ofampersands.

So who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s getting tired of four hours of this showa week? And considering the altercation between Sharon and Piers lastnight, how long before an all-out brawl?

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  • Smoochie

    I think Sharon drank a cup of common sense. She has been close to right on for the last 2 shows. Except when it came to Kaitlyn and the dads. Iwouldn’t turn the channel to watch any of these folks, let alone pay to see them. Kaitlyn is cute, but so are most 4 year olds. Love the violin guys.

  • Smoochie

    And Hasselhoff hs got to be the stupidest person on TV. Even dumber than Randy J. Kaitlyn should run for president! She brings the world together! She will stop the war in Iraq! And lower gas prices! And maybe pay his plastic surgeon!

  • DanOregon

    Liked Eli Mattson and Nuttin But Strings, and I’m thinking Mattson was the person Cowell was talking about finding an absolute star.

  • Jackie

    The acts (yet again) sucked. Except for Eli and Nuttin’ but Stringz. When Eli started singing, it was a breath of fresh air to an otherwise muggy night. Nothing had excited me on up until that point. Followed by the violin players, who blew the competition away. Hopefully by the end of next week, we will be down to the handful of competitors that actually DESERVE to be there.

  • Kaitlyn

    I weally want to win the millwion dowwlars. Thank you. My parents have no money since they spent if awl tryin to Jon Benet me. thank you. Why does Neawl keep dwooling when he wooks at me? Hewlp!

  • BinkyM

    We’ve not got anyone as crazy talented this year as LD Miller from Season 1 nor Terry Fator from Season 2, but Nuttin’ but Stringz are so inspiring and magnetic that I hope they win just to show the kids in the audience on possible path they can follow in their lives. Those boys are incendiary!

  • BinkyM

    That was to have been “one possible path.”

  • marinak

    Did anyone else notice how terrified little Kaitlyn looked? The tiny girl looked like she was on the point of breaking out in tears.The producers really should put an age limit in the qualifying rules. Eli Mattson was great but I kept thinking he was channeling Elton John’s style and voice from the Tumbleweed Connection album.The ONLY truly unique and sophisticated talent last night was Nuttin But Strings.I would certainly pay and I hope one day I will see them live in a reputable venue.

  • Chris

    100% agree with DanOregon’s comment below. Also, that little girl should have been voted off the show quite some time ago if it was looking to maintain credibility.

  • abfab

    Jaya, you’re kidding with “the Tina belt”, right? Surely everyone is aware of the fact that she was lip-synching…especially since they actually talked about it. She had the snaps, if not the “chops”.

  • marilyn m marano onea

    the judges have to remember that these acts are suppose to be going to las vegas for over an hour show..no one that i have seen so far would i pay to go see.. i hope the coming weeks will open up someone outstanding. none of the impersonators do i hope win.

  • marilyn m marano onea

    the judges have to remember that these acts are suppose to be going to las vegas for over an hour show..no one that i have seen so far would i pay to go see.. i hope the coming weeks will open up someone outstanding. none of the impersonators do i hope win.

  • gford

    I love this show I mean the whole season but the cameras are always flipping from one area to another making it hard for the TV fewer to see the intire acts. Darn its hard to get into alot of acts because of the carera flipping all around.

  • Smoochie

    Sorry I don’t agree with Eli Matson. I said the same thing about Elton John, except Elton has a better voice and is also a song(music)writer. Eli channelled someone else before (walkin in Memphis). I would not even turn the channel to see him. there is no one I would pay for but I would turn the channel for the strings. Glad Sharon got it right with the sobbing savior Braswell.

  • BfromNZ

    Can anyone tell me what happened to XL? please.

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