The last performances to make the cut for the America’s Got Talent finals not only set records for the show’s ratings and voters, but also raised the talent level into the stratosphere. The choices weren’t easy on anyone. Here are the final acts going for the million dollars:
Michael Grasso. This wild-card save by Sharon Osbourne has become better and better with every sensational, magical illusion he has conjured since, and has the moxie to make it to Vegas or anywhere else he chooses. He has morphed himself into a star before the viewing eyes through these pressured performances!
Jeremy Von Schoonhoven. The courage of this young man has been astounding since his initial Portland performances, and the originality of the stunts he designs seems boundless. He rose from incredible injury and disallowed any insecurities in his performance this week. It’s great to see that kind of character honored as well as his talent.
Fighting Gravity. The act these college boys have created is more clever and compelling than anything seen on any talent stage in a long time. Their performance art is pushing their college careers to the side for this moment. They can always go back to school after they’ve signed a few contracts!
Jackie Evancho. Described aptly by Howie Mandel has “an angel from another planet”, but having the unaffected charm of any classmate of any 5th grader in the country, Jackie has an incredible life journey awaiting her, and what a rare gift it has been to watch her talent begin the unfolding of it.
Studio One Young Beast Society. The final choice falls to the judges between two voted acts, so last night, Alice Tan Ridley and the dancing dynamos stood for the final decision. Both performances were described as “sensational” by judges, without a single noted glitch. Ms. Ridley rightly spoke that her window of years to find life changing opportunities like the one before her was far less ajar than that of her youthful counterparts. Piers Morgan made the first pick for the dancers, and Sharon followed likewise, so the decision was sealed. Both of these acts were deserving, but in this case, seniority and the wisdom gained from it should have counted for more,
Le Reve tumbled their way onto the stage, taking a break from their running show at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Seeing them reminds us that the next time your 5-year-old says “Watch me!” as she does her cartwheels, we should probably pay more attention! Jason Derulo got his own ovation after performing his newest song, Ridin’ Solo. His rise is evidence that millions can still be sold in music these days, however fleeting the staying power. Jerry Springer stopped in to pitch the first touring show of acts from the AGT season. The 25-city run begins in Oakland, CA on Oct. 1, and continues through the fall. Details are available at NBC’s website.
The finals are here next week!
America’s Got Talent telecast, September 1, 2010 NBC TV.