Tonight, in a refreshing change of decorum, Nick Cannon brought out the final four acts for extended praise instead of the judges. Even though the show is only an hour tonight, there is still a fair amount of obligatory reflective fluff. Because giving each act ten minutes would be preposterous, I suppose. Sharon is looking like she just stepped out of the Emerald City but I'm not mad at it.
So what is Prince Poppycock going to do tonight? After perplexing me yet again with how different he is out of costume, Prince Poppycock brings us a delightful narrative about rescuing a princess, who is suspended by wires. He's also going back to old-school opera (arias?), which I like but often makes true opera afficionados angry. Don't make the opera people angry, or Piers, who gave Prince Poppycock an X. Sharon, on the other hand, gave him a standing ovation. I'll give Piers this, it was a little weird and less fun than normal. I agree with Piers that it took itself a little too seriously. Did he blow it?
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Next to perform is Michael Grimm, who is back on his guitar (yay!). He's singing "When a Man Loves a Woman," which is another great song choice for him. Consistency, thy name is Michael Grimm. I started this season determined to stick to my "no mercy, no exceptions" policy on singers but Michael Grimm is so deeply good. Sharon tells him that Ozzy bet $100 that Grimm will win the whole thing, and Howie agrees that he could take it. Do you think Ozzy will win the bet?
Just when we thought we'd seen the last of the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee and that awkward question about sacrifice, he's floating over Jackie Evancho's shoulder as a final "screw you" to Orville Redenbacher. But enough about product placements, let's listen to Jackie Evancho sing "Ave Maria" with video screen stained glass windows behind her (that will soon be replaced by a live choir in white robes). I understand why people like to have this song at their weddings now, it was really lovely. But not even the most powerful of power couples could afford Jackie Evancho because you can't put a price on Heaven. Could this YouTube sensation take the whole thing?
Before we see the last act perform, it's time for an AGT Variety Mash-Up
. Harmonica Pierre introduces Michael Lipari and Ashleigh Dejon, who give way to Michael Grasso, who brings Haspop out of a box. That same box then produces Anna and Patryk, and Studio One Young Beast Society sneaks up from behind the judges' table. This is the most delightfully strange and awkward thing I have witnessed on television this year and I kind of never wanted it to end. Also, Ashleigh Dejon almost kicked one of the Studio One Young Beasts in the face when she was spinning around (she ducked it, though). I hope this is what the live touring show will be like (you can win tickets for the show right here on BuddyTV!
I hope Fighting Gravity brings it harder than ever tonight. THey have awesome potential, but last week was a little bit of a letdown. I see tonight as a bit of a tribute to the original Mario Brothers game for Nintendo, or possibly Scooby Doo. I thought it was cool, but not mind-blowing. The live studio audience, however, was on its feet. What was the mistake at the end Piers was talking about (or did the camera crew manage to cover for them)? I thought it was a little off-putting how Piers said flat out that Jackie should win, then apologized to Fighting Gravity. Will the frat boys fight Piers's opinion as well as gravity?
Now that all is said and done, I think it will come down to Jackie Evancho and Michael Grimm.
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