Last night was mostly mediocre, punctuated by a few good acts, and I do mean a few. Hopefully America voted with its brains this time. For the record, I agree with all of Piers "the hater" Morgan's buzzes last night. I would also see a movie where Ronith played all the parts, regardless of whether Ronith knew what was going on or not.
The first group called up is comprised of Ronith, The Mona Sampath Dance Company, and AscenDance. My money (all of it) is on AscenDance. Yay, I win all of my money. AscenDance will climb/dance another day. This act was the obvious choice. The next three will be interesting.
YOU GUYS, HANNIBAL MADE CROCHETED SHARON A HAT. Awesome. Now I hope he goes through. Cirque du Soleil was great, and I hope it served as a reminder for America of what a touring/Las Vegas headlining act should look like. But back to Hannibal's DIY animal hats . . .
The next group contains Cheer SF, Iron Horse, and Alice Tan Ridley. This one also seems obvious to me, Alice Tan Ridley is the clear frontrunner and I'd be surprised if she hasn't won "America" over. Cheer SF has that defiant "we'll see what AMERICA thinks" attitude going for them, though. It's too bad they're all a little old for Facebook, since there are so many of them. Alice Tan Ridley moves on.
The third group is Michael Grimm, Lil Chris, and The Strong Man. Although I like The Strong Man, I think this one is going to Michael Grimm. I'm three for three! The talented, yet sedated, Michael Grimm takes it. He looked confused but pleased. I hope he shows Nathaniel Kenyon a thing or two in the semi-finals.
Before we find out the fourth act moving on, we will be punished by Train. As if hearing it all the time on the radio and in about four different commercials weren't enough, Train will pound "Hey, Soul Sister" into our brains for the umpteenth time on AGT. Train, please go away again like you did after "Drops of Jupiter," before you ruin television.
The final group is Wreckless, Hannibal Means, and Antonio Restivo. I think it will come down to Hannibal and Antonio Restivo, and I think the judges will send Antonio Restivo forward, just because he's more Vegas-y and Hannibal is likable but totally insane. There's always the chance that Wreckless created a Facebook army, though. AUGH, I was wrong. Hannibal Means, the new most interesting man in the world, is sent away. So it's down to Wreckless and Antonio Restivo, who will set you on fire if you don't vote for him. Howie had better not run out my DVR this time.
Howie votes (dramatically) for Antonio. Piers talked too much before voting for Wreckless. So it's all, supposedly, up to Sharon (that's why they discussed it beforehand, so it would just randomly turn out this way). Sharon gives it to Antonio Restivo. I agree, and I am getting better at this show.
So the next four moving on are AscenDance, Alice Tan Ridley, Michael Grimm, and Antonio Restivo. Do you agree? Who did you want to see move forward?
(image courtesy of NBC)