While last week had a few outstanding performances – Prince Poppycock and Michael Grimm – the first week of Semi-Finals was really a disappointment. With this second week of Semi-Finals now upon us, plus the promise of another performance by Jackie Evancho and Fighting Gravity, expectations run high again, but will they disappoint like last week? Let’s hope not. Let’s watch.
Alice Tan Ridley – Well, well, well. OK, first off let me say I fucking hate, hate, hate, hate, hate this awful Whitney Houston song. Really, they’re all awful, but this one really bugs me. But this isn’t America’s Got Bad Taste In Music, it’s America’s Got Talent. She was good, better than good, but I worry she may not have been good enough tonight. The level of talent we’ve seen and yet to see thus far makes me think she’s got a big, big hill to climb. It was good, but I have my doubts. That said, no way this lady’s headed back to the subway, unless it’s for a sandwich. This woman will be singing professionally and starting her pro music career at 57.
Haspop – One of my absolute favorite contestants this year. Play back this guy at slow speed on your DVR. It’s absolutely incredible what he does. While this was a fun performance, it just didn’t “pop.” When it got started I was hopeful, but it never quite jumped. The last performance was far higher energy. He’s incredibly skilled, but I fear this may be the last we see of Haspop. Au revoir, Haspop. You’ll be missed.
Maestro Alexander Bui – This is one of those acts I am surprised is in the semi-finals. It’s not that he’s not talented, it’s just that first performance was odd, at best. Well, as interesting and fucking crazy as it was to play two songs at the same time on the same piano with the same two hands, bah. OK, sorry, it sucked. Play one song, dammit. Fucking choose! At times it sounded like a total mess, while at other times it sounded amazing. Just wasn’t enough consistency. Clearly talented, but no. Won’t get my vote.
Howie booing the audience cracked me up. He’s not a cultural ignoramous, he just gets it.
Michael Lipari and Ashleigh Dijan – Last time we had the stunt fall, which sucked everyone in. Can they top it? I doubted it and well … OK, that was pretty damn good. I liked the copious use of smoke effect to hide Michael. I liked the love story. Loved the change in aerial options. Overall, a very good set.
Michael Grasso – Mother fucker, three kidney transplants? Are you fucking kidding me? Stop making your kidneys disappear! OK, seriously. We’ve seen that trick before, on AGT even, but Grasso brings a certain flair and style to his act that’s really compelling. In fact, Murray did this same trick with a Tiger this season, but Grasso’s style carries him very well. I like this guy a lot. Would like to see him move on to the finals. Plus, if he wins he can buy a different kidney for each day of the week!
Debra Romer – One of my favorites. I gotta say I enjoyed the Fleetwood Mac song from her last performance far more than this one. I wanted some energy out of this performance, and we didn’t get it. It was a nice performance, but like Howie said I don’t know if nice is good enough. Keep trying, keep working at it, but I don’t think you’ll be back next week.
Studio One Young Beats Society – Outstanding! They danced their asses off! Some absolutely amazing stunts. Automatic! Final rounder’s! Really impressive, but in the finals I want to see them jumping off shit and coming close to dying. That’s what it takes to win this show, especially one that has Fighting Gravity as a competitor.
Jeremy VanSchoonhoven – Wow. Look, this guy is a fighter. The guy’s totally jacked up, yet he comes out and wows the audience. Dude’s a baller. I don’t know that I’d see this guy in Vegas, but there’s a very real future for this guy. Get healthy, man.
Nathaniel Kenyon – I was thinking to myself when they brought this guy on stage, “OK, I’m kinda over you now.” This performance did not increase my interest. And is it just me who felt like when he got buzzed he shut down?
Murray – Look, it’s simple, as both Murray and Piers stated, there’s not enough room in the finals for two illusionists. Nice trick, but Grasso has your number, buddy. That said, don’t cry for Murray – this guy’s getting an act in Vegas anyway.
Jackie Evancho – One of the two most highly anticipated performances of the night. Can she match her audition? SUPER duper close. That said, she’s so good, so appealing that you can’t help but root for her. Go Team Jackie!
Fighting Gravity – And now we have the other most anticipated act of the evening.
MIND. FUCKING. BLOWN. KILLED IT!
Howie said it right, only Fighting Gravity could follow Jackie Evancho. Really, there’s nothing more that needs to be said other than FUCKING YEAH BROTHER YEAH MAMA WOAH!
Yeah, they’re that good. Leaving me kinda speechless. The moving stage was a very nice touch. I just want more, more, more. The choice to take off a semester of school was the right one. These guys are guaranteed to show up in Vegas and I will make the trek there to see them. Can you say sold out shows? NO one touches these guys.
So who gets my vote? Pretty easy this week. Top picks are Fighting Gravity, Jackie Evancho, Michael Grasso and Studio One Young Beats Society. So who gets that coveted fifth spot? It’s between Jeremy & the flying crazy people and in this case performing injured gets some extra points. My vote goes for the gimp – Jeremy.
MUCH better Semi-Finals compared to last week. Thank you contestants – see you at the finals!