After surviving the hottest day of the year in the Midwest (101 degrees today, 107 in other places), it's Chris in KS back once again to blog tonight's AGT for you. Our summer here in the Midwest has been just as bad as it has on the east coast, but Nick Cannon seems to think that AGT needs to heat us up some more!
The first act up tonight is Da Maniacs. I honestly don't remember them any of the auditions. They are a group of bigger guys that are a dance act. They come out and do a Blues Brothers type act that includes a wardrobe malfunction of someone's pants falling down…errrrr, make that a MC Hammer act. The guy with the wardrobe malfunction must have got over-anxious for the wardrobe change. Piers ends up X-ing them. He says that he likes them, but thinks they may belong on The Biggest Loser. Sharon and Howie both say they like them, but their act tonight isn't probably good enough if they are to continue in this competition.
Next up is NU Covenant. They are they the modern gospel type singers. They are singing One Republic's "Apologize" (BTW I really like this song). Piers X's them once they reach the chorus, and Sharon gives them another X as they reach the tail end of the chorus. Sharon says she didn't think the harmonies were working very well tonight, and said vocally it wasn't happening for her tonight. Howie said their performance was very flat sounding to him. Piers said pop songs are not their thing, and he agreed with Sharon and Howie.
Anna & Patryk the young dancing duo are the next act.
….And as I finished typing this last sentence a giant stretch Escalade limo pulls up outside my house…seriously. Turns out a friend of mine drives one part time and happened to be around here so he stopped by to show us the limo while his riders were at the Lady Gaga concert.
Anyway, back to Anna & Patryk. They dance to "Candyman" by Christina Aguilera. Nick Cannon and Howie both told them "way to bring it" tonight. However Howie isn't sure they'll be good enough for a headlining act in Vegas. Piers says he can see them in Vegas tomorrow and that Howie doesn't know what he's talking about. Sharon says that she agrees with Piers and could do very well in Vegas.
Next up is hip-hop violinist Lindsey Stirling. She tells us that she's a Mormon, and that most people think it's odd that she plays hip-hop violin. I didn't know Mormons weren't allowed to play hip-hop… She is performing "Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz, and then it switches to "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha. Midway through Piers X's her (of course). The wife and I think that the background music is too loud for her violin playing to show through. Piers said that at times she was missing so many notes that it sounded like rats being strangled (ok Simon…). Sharon says that she needs to be in a group of musicians and that what she is doing now isn't good enough to be a headline act in Vegas. Howie says that she's already a winner, but says that Piers is right, too much movement on the stage took away from her violin playing.
The comedian Doogie Horner is next up on stage. He tells us in his intro that he is a book cover designer, and hopes being here isn't a freak accident. Doogie starts off by saying that the producers have asked him to add some flair to his act, but he refuses (as fireworks shoot off behind him). The act goes on from there with different types of self-depricating and silly things like that. Sharon and Howie both think it's great that Doogie was able to make Piers laugh. Piers says he was determined to find Doogie as funny as a "smack in the chops", but says that his type of humor finally got to him tonight, and said that Doogie is actually funny.
So far the wife and I are in agreement that we don't think any of the acts so far should move on.
The next act is Rudy Macaggi. He tells us that he is risking his life to perform tonight's act. He is a 3rd generation circus performer, and tonight is going to introduce us to the Circular Saw of Death. There are 2 stands that appear that they will be where he balances his hands, and below that is a giant circular saw. As he is talking to the crowd his assistant puts 2 blocks standing on end on each of the stands. Rudy then proceeds to balance on his hands on top of those blocks, and then manages to push the blocks out of the way and catch himself on the stands, bringing his head within inches of being sliced open on the running circular saw! It was literally one of the most dangerous acts I think I've ever seen on this show before! Sharon gives him a standing ovation. We find out that Howie turned his back during his performance, but the audience reaction tells him all he needs to know. Piers says that was the most exciting, daring, and dangerous performance he's ever seen on this show. Sharon says that Rudy brings a sense of danger that is very needed to this show, and that he delivered tonight.
Taylor Mathews is up directly after Rudy (how do you follow that up though). We find out in his intro that Taylor's dad gave up his music career for his family, so Taylor is trying to win this competition for his dad. He is singing "The Man Who Can't be Moved" by The Script. I think he sounds pretty good, but I'm tired of all these singers coming out here with the background music playing so loud. Piers says that he could hear moments where Taylor sounded like a real pop star. Sharon says that he was a bit shaky at times, but he keeps getting better. Howie thinks this was his rockiest of all his performances, but still thinks he's good enough to make it through to the next round.
And next up is the act that everyone in America is incensed that she is in this round to begin with…is Mary Ellen. She hasn't hit the 90 second mark yet, and in the intro they tell her that if she doesn't keep it to 90 seconds they will be pulling the plug on her. She "sings" a conglomeration of songs that I'm not even going to bother trying to look up. She's surrounded on stage by a bunch of country western dancers with a fake barn in the background. At the end of the 90 seconds she's still playing and Nick has to come out on stage and "pull the plug". Howie puts on a wig and some make-up to make himself look like Mary Ellen, and says that she is a trendsetter, and that she's terribly unique. Sharon asks Mary Ellen why she doesn't seem as happy, and we find out that Mary Ellen has a virus. This whole time I forgot that Piers actually gave her an X during the "performance" and doesn't really have much to add as a critique.
The next act is ArcAttack. Nick tells us that their performance is so hair-raising and dangerous that they have built a stage outside for them to perform on. The man in the middle of the stage is all strapped up to some sort of guitar that is conducting lighting back and forth from two conductors on the sides of the stage. They are playing "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath (which I'm sure Sharon has NEVER heard in her life). They use a commercial break to have everyone move back inside, and it's time to hear from the judges. Howie said that he doesn't think seeing the act on TV does it justice, but to see the performance live and to hear the music coming from the electricity is crazy. Piers agrees with Howie and says that he would buy a ticket to their show right now. Sharon asks them how it works, and they try to make a very complicated answer seem easy in about 10 seconds. Sharon tells them that next time they perform that song she knows someone that can be a lead singer for them.
And now, royalty returns to the stage in the form of Prince Poppycock! He tells us in his intro that he is a metal shop worker that is actually pretty shy. The makeup and the get-up allow him to show his true self. Prince Poppycock comes out dressed as a clown tonight. The song starts off rather slow, but seems to pick up and with his costume that lights up seems to really win over the audience. Piers says that Prince Poppycock is his guilty pleasure, and thinks he could easily be a Broadway performer. Sharon says that loves Prince Poppycock and his voice and his outfits. Howie says that Prince Poppycock tonight looks like Liza Minnelli, but isn't sure how middle America will react to his performance. Well Howie, coming from these middle America viewers, we love Prince Poppycock!
Up next is the magician Murray. When he talks he totally sounds like the actor Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park & Independence Day). He comes out on stage and says that he brought Howie a present and pulls a curtain off of a giant cube with a woman inside. He then borrows Piers' suit jacket. He gives the jacket to the girl inside the cube. He then puts another curtain over the cube, and when he pulls the curtain off the cube there is a real tiger inside it! Then the girl inside the cube appears behind Howie and taps him on the shoulder. She is still wearing Piers' jacket! I thought it was a really good act. The judges all really thought Murray "wowed" them tonight.
Strikers All Stars were one of the groups that went straight through to Hollywood, and they are up next on stage. They are performing an act to "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe. I always struggle with how to describe dance acts, but the crowd seemed to really like them, and they were every bit as good as SOYBS from last week. Howie thought their performance was "stepped down" versus SOYBS who "stepped up" their performance. Piers and Sharon think they will have a hard time moving on from this week after all the talented acts that have already performed tonight. Once again, I apparently don't know anything…
And that wraps up yet another elimination round of AGT. Tonight we saw some really awesome acts, and then there was Mary Ellen… Who were your favorites from tonight? Who do you want to see move into the semi-finals? Join us tomorrow for the results show, and hopefully some cooler weather!