Vegas Callbacks 1
America's Got Talent has finished with
its auditions. In total, over 100 acts have been called back to Vegas to
fight for 48 spots. But now the hardest cut of all approaches, as one by
one the acts will find out if they will move on to the public vote or if
the dream ends before it even begins.
After dropping off their stuff, dropping
a few thousand at the casinos, and dropping by the hot spots via
double-decker bus tour, it's time to drop a few acts early.
In an auditorium at the Palms, the judges
arrive and deliver their first verdict. The acts are in three different
groups. Group A in the center.... is going to perform today, having the
best chance to move on to the Hollywood shows. They're the judges'
Group B... isn't as good as Group A. But
they are put in a standby position to wait it out until the judges think
that there are spots left.
Group C... has ZERO chance to going to
the Hollywood rounds through the callbacks... BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING
STRAIGHT TO THE LIVE ROUNDS! Those ten acts are..
- The Belly-Dancing Duo
- Strikers All-Stars
- Cheer SF
- Future Funk
- Da Maniacs
- Fighting Gravity
- The South Philly Vikings
Ten down, 38 to go.
First, the magicians, starting with
William Scott Anderson, who saws himself in half. Michael Grasso has a
little sleight of hand. Murray makes a car and a model appear out of
nowhere. Chipps Cooney rounds out the magic bracket. How droll.
Next up, the harmonica players, starting
with Pierre Herbineaux and Jia-Yi He. Pierre has a big one. He has
Next up, the acrobats, starting with
AscenDance, followed by Michael & Ashleigh with a technical glitch, and
Next up, danger, which includes one act
that missed a fire torch, a few act that has to take the judges outside
(The Strong Man and the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show), and Antonio
Restivo pulling off the same trick that Michael Grasso did... albeit
Next up, the classical singers, who have
been contending not only with each other, but with the dry Vegas air.
First is Prince Poppycock, whose alter ego John Quale has a virus. Then
comes Hannibal Means, with a jester's outfit and a rooster on his head.
Finally is Carlos Aponte with "The Impossible Dream".
Next up, dancers. We have the Hot Shots
Tap Dancers, who screwed up. Then... the other dancers take the stage,
all unique from each other. Wreckless from Florida and Style Pros Crew
in LA are locked in an east-coast/west-coast battle.
Next up, female vocalists have the
hardest time keeping time with each other. April Lane, Alice Tan Ridley,
Debra Romer, and Mary Ellen are your standouts. Unfortunately for Mary
Ellen, it's in the bad way.
Then, here come the kids. They're all
cute backstage, but when it's showtime, out come the claws.
Show me the funny, comedians, including
Doogie Horner, who... sucks less than before.
Next comes... the novelty acts, or
"miscellaneous". We have seductive painting, dogs, roping, stunt eating,
handwhistling from Sally Cohen, and the one-man band known as Arthur
Finally, we have the male vocalists. The
standard is higher than ever before, with more of this category than
ever before. Standouts includes Taylor Matthews and Michael Grimm.
And now, the moment of truth. Some of
these acts are going through to the final 48. Others are not so lucky.
Among the final 48 are...
- The Strong Man
- Antonio Restivo
- Chipps Cooney
- Hannibal Means
- Prince Poppycock
- CJ Dippa
- Anna & Patryk
- Sally Cohen
- Pierre Herbineaux
- Rudi Macaggi
- Doogie Horner
- Mary Ellen
- Alice Tan Ridley
- Debra Romer
- Taylor Matthews
- Michael Grimm
So far, the final 48 is 37 strong. Next
time, the standbys get their one last chance.
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