Round of 10
Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper - and are
you ready for the Round of 10? I am. Jason Block is. Don Harpwood is.
Jerry Springer is.
Don: This should be good.
Gordon: Who will win the million and the trip to Vegas? Us voters get to
decide. The judges can't save anyone anymore. Piers hopes that the
sympathy votes are over...maybe. We get the mandatory spiel and recap
from Jerry Springer, which of course you need for a 2 hour show with 10
acts. First 11 minutes, despite the fact that this week is heroes week
and the performers will be talking about their heroes...nothing.
Don: And I have nothing to say so far.
Gordon: There's nothing worth saying. Maybe Paul Salos will give us
something to talk about. Failure is not an option for Paul, who used to
be in the armed services and that's where his heroes are. Paul is the
Frank Sinatra impersonator, and he selects the right song - Frank
Sinatra's New York New York. Piers buzzes him and that seems to charge
him up. he sings much better after the buzzer. The problem is that he's
missing both notes and lyrics both before and after the buzzer.
Don: Could've been worse, but... yeah, could've been better.
Gordon: Paul is flabbergasted to be there. Piers says that he did
Sinatra proud...BUT...at this stage of the competition, he is not a
million dollar act. The audience boos Piers, and Sharon says that thank
G-d Piers doesn't get to decide. David also disagrees with Piers, saying
that he nailed it and he wouldn't be surprised if he made the Top 5. I
would be surprised.
Don: I agree with that.
Gordon: Next up - 4 year old Kaitlynn Maher. Who's a 4 year old's hero?
Don: Of course.
Gordon: Kaitlynn sings "I'll be there' I would like to 'X' to the person
who picked the song. Terrible choice - she can't hit either the lower or
Jason: You don't make a kid hit high notes when she has a cold.
Gordon: Her parents or whoever chose that song should be shot.
Don: There were definitely a few rough parts, but I'm still impressed by
Gordon: I'm impressed that she got that far. Piers says that for a 4
year old to remember the words is amazing. He's right. He also says it
wouldn't be fair to stick her on a Las Vegas stage - and that gets boos
from the audience...but he's also right.
Jason: I agree.
Gordon: Sharon loved the song choice and David is happy to be on the
journey with Kaitlynn, adding she did a great job.
Jason: She did OK. She may make the finals.
Gordon: Again, she nailed the words and was technically excellent - but
the song choice may do her in this week, I'm afraid.
Jason: I dont think so. I think she makes it.
Gordon: I think it depends on what the other 8 musical performers do.
She may make it if a few of the people falter. Next up - Donald
Braswell, who thinks that it's unbelievable that he's gotten this far.
His wife is his strength and pillar of hope, who supported him after he
is run over by an automobile. As for the singing - An X to Donald for
selecting a song that no one has ever heard of.
Don: I know I can't recall hearing that song before...
Gordon: Another 'X' to the sound technician for us not being able to
Jason: And an X for me. I hate Josh Groban...and I hate Josh Groban
Gordon: He sings it well, but he's gotta do better than that at this
stage. The Hoff is right - he needs to connect with the audience and
that is the wrong song to connect with. Piers wonders if he is as good
as some of the others. Sharon thought he is a fabulous romantic song
singer. David would buy his album in a minute.
Jason: I wouldn't.
Don: Me neither.
Gordon: I may, if he has music I've heard of.
Jason: His music makes my ears bleed.
Gordon: He's not THAT bad. Though then again, I like Josh Groban.
Jason: I don't. I never had.
Gordon: Hopefully, you prefer Jessicas Price over Josh Groban, because
Gordon: She sings 'In the Arms of an Angel', and dedicates it to her
mom. Whats up with the technical sound director this evening? Its coming
in way too distorted. Unfortunately, the technician has nothing to do
with the pitch. X. She does recover in the second half of the song, but
the first half was painful to listen to.
Jason: Ugh. Sarah McLachlan she isn't. X.
Gordon: And she has pitch issues near the end of the song also.
Don: That didn't do much for me, either. X
Gordon: Piers says that it all came together this week (no it didn't).
Sharon says that the song was perfect (no it wasn't) and David says that
she channelled her pain and heartache through the song (maybe she did).
He also says that she can win the competition (no she can't). Next
Jason: He is in the building?
Gordon: Joseph Hall is in the building. And Mr. Hall dedicates the song
'A Little Less Conversation' for his father. And we have dancers
disguised as screaming fangirls.
Don: Think those jumping ladies in the audience were planted there?
Jason: Uh...yeah. He is mumbling the lyrics. Bye. X Elvis has left the
Gordon: Actually, I thought that this was the best that I've seen him.
If the sound technician did any justice, he'd be in. The problem, as Jay
said (and I agree) is that the sound was terrible. The sound
technnicians tonight should be shot.
Jason: I agree.
Gordon: Piers says the singing was terrible, but he was entertaining.
Sharon says she couldn't hear the song because everyone was screaming.
That's being diplomatic. She says that it was fun. David thought he
sounded terrific. David is delusional.
Gordon: 5 more acts to go. Neal E. Boyd is next - and he is taking a
risk on 'All By Myself'. He was lonely as the big fat kid. AwwwBarf. He
found his choir director in the hallway and told him to audition for the
choir. He dedicates the performance to William T. Gregor. Mr. Gregor
will not be happy to hear him mangle the opening bottom notes.
Jason: He is the best I have heard tonight...but that is not saying
Gordon: I could not disagree more. This is a new level of pain. X
Don: I thought the second half was good. The first half, I wasn't really
Gordon: I didn't like either half, and the erupting for me was too
little, too late. Piers equates him to a volcano, and he
erupted...BUT...he tells Neal to go back with opera. Sharon got all
goosebumpy on the second half of the song. However, Sharon didn't like
the song choice - and me neither. what's up with the bad song selection?
Jason: American Idol syndrome.
Gordon: David said oh no to the first part and David calls him the
front-runner. I'm not so sure he makes it to next week, kids. Do you
think he makes it?
Don: I'm not sure. I think it may depend on how the remaining acts do.
Gordon: The Wright Kids are up next. Their hero is their music teacher,
Sharon. Sharon apparently doesn't have a last name, but I'm sure all the
Sharon's out there in the world will feel loved. They perform 'ABC' on
top of giant building blocks. It's a blah song that's just there. They
were technically smooth, but the musicality wasn't there. The song
selection this week is just plain old awful.
Don: It was good, but honestly, I wouldn't call it exciting.
Gordon: Piers says that they were amazing - but the competition is
ferocious, but they did everyone proud. Sharon thought it was very well
done. David thought last week was better, but he loves them.
Gordon: Are these people performing to try to not be in the Top 5?
Jason: I think so.
Gordon: Maybe Queen Emily wants to be in the Top5. She sings the song
for her mother, who is her hero. She sings 'And I Am Telling You I Am
Not Going'...Hey! We finally found someone who wants to win! And she's
in tune, too! Bonus!
Jason: She is UNDERPOWERING her performance. Which is a plus
Gordon: I agree. She's not screaming out the song. She's actually
Don: She's definitely sticking around. Great performance!
Gordon: Best performance of the night, by a mile.
Gordon: Piers calls her something special, adding that she ripped the
stage to pieces. Sharon calls her the perfect combination of talent and
stage presence. David calls her a money player and throws in a bunch of
sports cliche's. I think this is the first person who is a lock for the
Jason: I agree. Everyone else is up for grabs.
Gordon: Next up - Nuttin' But Strings, who will do a big risk for their
hero - mommy. They are playing an original piece of music. This could be
very good...or really really bad.
Don: A big risk, eh? Oh, boy...
Gordon: They play...and have circus performers around them? Huh? I think
the song itself is boring - but I also think that based on what everyone
else did, it will be good enough to get them through.
Don: I thought it sounded nice.
Jason: That is an ACT. This is EXACTLY what AGT is looking for. That is
your winner right there.
Gordon: Piers says that they are the act that he would pay money to see.
Sharon loves their vision. NBS add that its their own original music.
Sharon loves the versatility. And she loved the Cirque Du Soleil girls
and she wants to meet their mom. David says that they are fresh every
time they come out. I personally thought they took a step backwards, but
I think they are a lock for the finals. Now can we have something better
than this week, please?
Gordon: The final performer for the night - Eli Mattson. He thought he
could have sung last week better - but his idol is Elton John. he got to
see Elton when he was 12 years old. He says the song's going to be good
- or not. I'm guessing since he's last, it's going to be really good.
Now remember when we were talking about emotionally connecting and
finding the right songs?
Jason: Yeah. This is it.
Gordon: THIS is a perfect song for Eli, just like Queen Emily picked the
perfect song for her.
Jason: He has a David Cook vibe to him.
Gordon: Sure does - and he just nails the piano part. And that's lock #3
for the finals.
Don: Wow. I am really impressed.
Jason: That's your favorite in the finals?
Gordon: He sure is my favorite to win the whole thing. Piers thought it
went great, and called the piano playing spectacular. Sharon says that
Elton would not be disappointed. Piers reminds people to vote for the
best talent, and not the sympathy vote. Kaitlyn Maher haters, anyone?
David calls him a money player and says that he nailed it. And we get
the final 10 reminder to call in graphic. So who makes the Top 5?
Jason: Queen Emily, NBS, Eli Mattson, Kaitlyn Maher, and Neal E. Boyd.
Don: Well, Queen Emily, NBS, and Eli Mattson are definitely advancing.
As for the other 2, it's a tougher pick, but I'll agree that Kaitlyn and
Neal will also go through.
Gordon: I'm going to be a bit different. I'll go Eli, NBS, Emily,
Kaitlynn...and Donald Braswell. Neal E Boyd gets bounced in a massive
Jason: I wouldn't be shocked.
Gordon: We''ll see in 24 hours. For the Donut and the Block, this is The
Pepper, saying game over and spread the love.