Tonight, the talent has finally been whittled down to ten mostly talented acts. The Top 10 Acts will perform for America's votes tonight, and only America's votes! Finally we call the shots without the judges! I'm mad with power. Also, there's been some confusion (mostly on my part) as to what the winning act receives outside of money. They will headline the America's Got Talent
tour, which has a stop in Las Vegas, from what I can discern. I was under the impression that it stops there and stays there for a while, but maybe that's not the case. Anyway, the Top 10 perform tonight in addition to Enrique Iglesias, who I hope is performing while Jeremy VanSchoonhoven does bike tricks on his head or something.
After that completely inane "AGT goes to dinner" clip package that ate up some of tonight's extra time, it's time for Studio One Young Beast Society to perform. I think this week they may have focused too heavily on the tricks; their dancing wasn't as tight as we've seen them. But the tricks were good. We'll see if it was good enough!
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Up next, it's Christina & Ali
, who like singing better than school. Piers argued that America is starting to see Christina & Ali as singers and not just an inspiring act. I am not sure that's true. They're singing a song from Dreamgirls (the movie), and I'm just praying they don't ruin it for me. Nobody can do it like Jennifer Hudson, I don't care how many dancers you add to the act. They were better than two weeks ago, but still not Top 10 singing quality if you ask me. I miss Alice Tan Ridley.
Moving forward (onto the edge of our seats), it's time to watch Jeremy VanSchoonhoven. I hope he has healed from his injuries last week. I don't want to see someone die on this show. I wasn't even sure that wheel was supposed to fall off of his bike--I'm so nervous! Again, I'm not sure the backup dancers are adding anything except more potential injuries. He executed all his tricks flawlessly, but for some reason it wasn't quite as exciting for me this week as last week.
I don't think Taylor Mathews would be in the Top 10 if the talent distribution hadn't been so uneven in the semi-finals but here he is. He's performing (another) variation of "What a Wonderful World" and if it turns into "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" I'm calling him out. I don't care for his mostly-white outfit choice tonight (it's after Labor Day, after all). It was a cool rendition and he was at his personal best, but will it be enough?
Piers Morgan's clear favorites, Anna and Patryk, perform next. Good news, guys, Patryk would buy a Ferrari. I don't like the idea of 12 year olds having so much money, it's a little too Richie Rich. In the first seconds of their routine, Anna fell down the stairs, but she's young and nothing was damaged. In other news, they are keeping those backup dancers busy tonight! It wasn't Anna's best night, with a failed trick to bookend the whole thing, but good for them. They are better at dancing than I was at anything when I was 12. It was rude of Howie to ask, "why are you crying if you're not hurt?" It's called embarrassment, Howie, it happens when people still have shame.
And now, we pause for Enrique Iglesias. . . . And now, we can move onto what the producers (and I) consider the top 5 contenders.
Fighting Gravity is the act I would put my money on to take this whole thing. I also predict that, like in the musical Cats, they will go out into the audience tonight. They started out IN SPACE. And they added LASERS. It was really cool, but no Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. My only complaint is that we could see a couple of things that should have been covered up every now and then, but it's a minor complaint and bottom line: I love Fighting Gravity.
I've been looking forward to Michael Grimm performing again, he's one of the few acts that doesn't make me nervous. This week he's going guitarless and taking on Al Green. His voice is so, so tasty. At first I wasn't sure if it would be exciting enough to garner votes, but it definitely worked for me. The judges loved it, too. You can't even compare that performance to Christina & Ali's. He's in another league.
The other dark horse of the competition, Michael Grasso, is ready to fight for a place in the finals. He will even cut a girl up for that spot. He pulled a DOUBLE switcheroo this time, one I did not see coming! He switched with the girl in the box, then it wasn't him in the box, it was a second girl, and he was one of the sword guys! You just have to see it. If you watch it again you can see where he makes the moves, but it was a great trick.
Are you ready for sparkle? I'm more than ready for Prince Poppycock, but not entirely ready to see that regular John guy (Prince Poppycock without his makeup and costumes). Bring on the dancers! He's singing a love letter to America and it is beyond fabulous. He's very smart to vary his music choice, realizing that he's not the opera guy anymore. I died when the dancing capitol building came out. Prince Poppycock shut it down!
We all knew the final two performances would be from Prince Poppycock and Jackie Evancho, but young Jackie got that crucial last spot. She's so sweet. Why did they put her in that elongated figure skating costume, though? As usual, she sounded perfect and melted at least a thousand more hearts. I'm pretty sure she's got one of those final four spots on lock.
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