Top 48 - Heat 1
(C-Note: some of the acts that you are
about to read involve real danger in front of a live audience. They were
designed, practiced, and supervised by professionals, taking the
contestants' safety into full account. They are extremely dangerous and
should NEVER be attempted anywhere, by anyone, at any time.
The following has been adapted from We Love to Interrupt, episode dated
We've pared it down to the final 48, but
now they're going to come at you, 12 at a time, until there's a
champion. First up... the first 12.
CBS Television City
1) MIAMI ALL-STARS (Miami, FL) - Latin
Hey it's the exact same style of dancing
we already saw! In fact, the head of the troupe told the judges they had
more than what they brought. You simply just told the audience that you
mailed it in. Bad move, Bad Form and not only that, it was better
performed in the auditions.
2) DEZMOND MEEKS (Pineville, LA) -
singing "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones.
The judges, unfortunately, were right.
It's a lounge act that isn't going to get America's vote. If anything,
he lowered the bar, not raised it. Meeks once again was better the first
time. And Lounge Acts are a dying breed nowadays, so even if he did move
on, his style wouldn't have wowed anybody afterwards.
3) THOSE FUNNY LITTLE PEOPLE (Chicago) -
Singing in the rain... "It's Raining Men" by the Weather Girls.
Singing in the rain? Really? Add props,
do SOMEthing besides dance around with half naked people.
4) FEARLESS FLORES FAMILY (Myakka City,
FL) - cycling in the Globe of Death. Again.
That act looked exactly like their first
audition... Wait! it was! It's like they only had one bullet and they
used it up on their audition. They tried to reuse it, and it
backfired.And that's the major problem with people who go on talent
shows. Most of them are just one-note performers. If you're not
multidimensional, then you're not going to last. This is why singers
win. They have a repertoire of different songs to pick from. Of course
that leads us to....
5) SQUONK OPERA (Pittsburgh) - More
How did they get here? Their name? And
the fact that in their audition stage, they were after a long batch of
losers, so even if you were passable, as they were, they were shoo-ins
to get in. Hell, I would have taken another performance from Leonid the
Magnificent over this.
6) J CHRIS NEWBERG (Birmingham, MI) - a
set that includes a "Bad Idea" song.
I liked him, but again, he didn't raise
his game from what we saw from him. He's just not ready yet.
7) SNAP BOOGIE (Boston) - dancing
The ONLY one who raised his game, adding
lights, effects, people, etc. Snap Boogie, in this lethargic group, can
go a ways in the competition, further if Haspop can go far. He's not
nearly as good as Haspop, but he shown this week because no one else
8) ECHO OF ANIMAL GARDENS (Lake Geneva,
WI) - singing with a creature named Binky.
For an animal act to advance, they need
to pull out everything. This group did nothing. There's an old rule when
it comes to acts. Never work with family or animals, because they seldom
work. They didn't work here.
9) THE FIDDLEHEADS (Dahlonega, GA) -
performing "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson? Really? Way to sacrifice
what made you good to an audience that skews older. You needed to go AC
or Classical, not pop sleaze. It's like Idol singers who try to do
something out of their normal range and alienate their core group of
voters. Thus leaving you with nothing. They also committed a cardinal
sin, which we will discuss later on.
10) DUO AERO (St. Paul, MN) - aerialists
11) ANNA GRACEMAN (Juneau, AK) -
performing "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
Didn't bring anything new to the party.
However, she actually executed her performance very well. That being
said, that will not win her a million dollars. She has to do better and
think bigger on her next performance.
12) SANDOU TRIO RUSSIAN BAR (San Antonio)
- acrobatics on a Russian bar... above spikes
What they did was great, don't get me
wrong, but we've seen it already. Again, what they did will not win them
a million dollars.
Performance of the night goes to... ANNA
GRACEMAN. Also strong: J Chris Newberg and Snap Boogie. But who could
join them in the next round?
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