The America’s Got Talent final four will soon be announced! So who out of the top ten should make it through the final four? Here’s a review of the America’s Got Talent top ten performances and a look at who deserves to be in the top four (plus why I’m upset with Michael Grimm):
Michael Grimm – Michael Grimm tackled a real toughie in Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”. Why I’m thrilled that he’s a fan of such a great soul song, I just don’t think this was his strongest performance. I don’t mind him getting rid of the guitar, but if I could offer Michael Grimm one bit of advice if he makes the AGT final four (which I hope he does) it is this: sing another Joe Cocker song! Michael Grimm’s voice and stage presence are tailor-made for “With a Little Help from My Friends”, and I just know he could give the audience chill bumps with that one! He did an amazing job with Joe Cocker’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On”, but if he does make it to the final four, I certainly hope to hear him sing another of Joe Cocker’s biggest hits (I’ve been dying to hear Michael Grimm sing it on the AGT since I first heard his voice). And if we don’t get a chance, here he is singing the moving song, just like Joe Cocker (while also playing his guitar). He should make it to the final four for this video, but I’m a little scared for him at this point.
Fighting Gravity – Here’s one of the performances that I think will definitely make the final four. It’s nice to see former frat boys doing something so artistic and original, and, out of all of the ‘America’s Got Talent’ acts that have made it to the top ten, ‘Fighting Gravity’ is the one that would made the best Vegas act. Who else can go from skateboard tricks to a space walk (complete with space invaders and lasers) in one week? MTV better book these AGT guys for the VMA’s ASAP!
Prince Poppycock – The patriotic performance of Prince Poppycock may have been a bit too over-the-top for him to make it to the ‘America’s Got Talent’ final four, although it definitely went well with the show’s theme and décor. I love the Harvey and Rosa salute, as well as Lady Liberty all decked out like our little Yankee Doodle Dandy. I personally prefer him in Freddie Mercury mode, and even if he isn’t in the AGT final four, I really hope to see him do a version of ‘Killer Queen’ someday (Prince Poppycock as Marie Antoinette? Magnifique!)
Michael Grasso – I loved this magician’s twist on a classic sword trick, using a clear box and what I’m guessing were a few very quick costume changes. I think I somewhat figured the trick out (although it’s not any less creative). If Poppycock or Michael Grimm falls, I’m hoping he’ll step in to take one of their places for the ‘America’s Got Talent’ final four.
Jackie Evancho – What can I say about this little girl with a voice that’s simply too good to be true? Piers got so wrapped up in her amazing performance that Nick Cannon had to remind him that it wasn’t his moment. And whether or not this pint-sized Prima Donna wins, I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of Jackie Evancho, who will definitely be in the final four of AGT, at least.
Studio One Young Beast Society – The only remaining dance crew on America’s Got Talent with a shot at the final four had a few good tricks mixed in with their choreography, but I think they’re going to have to go the way of JabbaWockeez and give the show ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ a shot later on (hey, it worked out extremely well for their AGT predecessors). I also wasn’t wowed with their costumes, which, unfortunately, kind of blended in with the stage background.
Christina & Ali – Their story is great, but they really shouldn’t be in the top ten of this amazing season of ‘America’s Got Talent’, and there’s no way they’ll make the final four. I’ll forego the judges niceties and say that their heart-filled Valentine’s Day performance loaded with red and pink was cheesy and over-the-top (and not in the good Prince Poppycock way). The judges loaded on the fake flattery and stammered all over themselves trying to explain the sisters making it this far, but I can’t help but think that another blonde beauty, Jewel protégé Debra Romer, should be in their spot.
Jeremy Vanschoonhoven – This extreme talent from Talent, Oregon can be tough to watch at times, and I found my heart pounding before he even started his performance. After the accident last time around made us so nervous for him, the runaway wheel was an excellent, heart-stopping idea, and he made no mistakes this time around (impressive considering how little time he had to get prepared). Unfortunately, I don’t think he’ll make the final four of AGT, but I know I wouldn’t mind seeing more of his performances in the future.
Taylor Matthews – I’m guessing that those behind ‘America’s Got Talent’ are hoping this young star could become the perfect combination of Clay Aiken and Justin Bieber, but I just can’t get into his style of singing. When I heard his version of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’, I at first thought he was singing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ again and making a big mistake, as it sounded so similar to his song that first wowed the AGT judges. However, Piers was definitely seeing a double rainbow after his performance.
Ann and Patryck – Okay, so I was a little merciless towards the other child stars with a shot at the final four on ‘America’s Got Talent’, but I felt genuinely heartbroken for poor Anna. I really don’t think these tiny dancers had a shot at the final four anyway, but that fall on the steps had to hurt! While she and her brother were channeling ‘The Mask’, as Howie pointed out, her tumble wasn’t a cartoon gag, unfortunately (and I have a feeling that the mask she was wearing while walking down the stairs had something to do with it). They might not make it to the final four on AGT, but these two definitely have successful professional dancing careers to look forward to.
And what was up with the wild card act thrown in on the show? I didn’t know they allowed auto-tune on this AGT, and the guy that performed just repeated the same phrase, “I like it”, over and over again! Plus he sounded like a robot version of Weird Al Yankovic. All joking aside, there’s no way Enrique Inglesias would have made the top four (or the top ten, for that matter) on ‘America’s Got Talent’ with his performance, but I’m guessing he made more with that one song than Michael Grimm, Prince Poppycock, and Jackie Evancho would make in a year combined (end rant).
Anyway, I’ll quit trying to be Howie here and express my biggest hope: that the ‘America’s Got Talent’ final four will be transformed into a final five with Michael Grimm, Prince Poppycock, Fighting Gravity, Jackie Evancho, and Michael Grasso (surely the producers can lie about a tiny little tie for America’s viewing pleasure!).