I remember reading somewhere that America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan lamented the exclusion of Acrodunk in the show's finale, where six out of the ten acts were singers. What about variety, he asked, rather grimly. For me, the finale was a battle between some singers and a very endearing comedian.Kevin Skinner
Ryan Seacrest, booby fairy, small appliance, and Simon Cowell, Grandma Lee surely had new material, but she also didn't drop the Piers act because it worked for her. Finally, I already know she'd say it, but when she did, it was still funny. "Cut the crap." Speaking of crap, let's move on to Kevin Skinner.
I can't believe this guy is in the finals when he barely whispers his songs. I think he went to the wrong direction on the finale. People (and occasionally I) loved him when his act was stripped down and simple and raw. When you put in that much instruments, you just highlight that this guy cannot absolutely sing to save his life. Little flat in places, said Morgan. What a grand understatement.
And there goes that heart comment again.The Fab Five
Amazing infectious, said Piers, and rightly so. Let's face it. The Fab Five won't probably win, but Piers mentioned something worth noting - these clogging sisters put in perhaps hours upon hours of rehearsal to this thing, something you can't possibly say to other acts - ahem Kevin Skinner ahem. As limited as the possibilities for improvising and adding more elements to a clogging routine are, they really did their homework and gave the most entertaining show they possibly could.Drew Stevyns
Again, another amazing song choice. Even without judge Sharon Osbourne proclaiming it, Drew Stevyns is clearly this season's dark horse. And noticed how, when Sharon said, "You're good-looking," he actually nodded? That's funny and showed his personality. Hot, talented, but trousers could be tighter? That little exchange between him and the judges surely pulled in more votes for him. While there are other acts that can win, let's just say that if he did, I wouldn't be surprised.
Finally - Barbara Padilla
This season of America's Got Talent
is clearly Barbara Padilla to lose. Her performance proved it.
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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