Season 5 started with 90,000 acts putting themselves out there and going for the $1 million and that headlining show in Vegas, but only 10 took the stage Tuesday night to go for the finals. No one could have imagined the level of talent that has emerged before the record millions who have watched, and what was offered Tuesday was truly unbelievable, and made foe a very special might of television!
Studio One Young Beast Society literally kicked off the night with their most dangerous, most high-energy performance yet, mixing tumbles across the troupe’s towering legs! Howie Mandel was right on in saying that their unique mix of dance and danger set off the night with a very high bar! Christina and Ali never sang better or had more fun onstage, with their flirty, fun twist on Love You I Do all decked out in red, and making themselves completely irresistible as they spread their special kind of happiness. Christina hit notes Jennifer Hudson herself would applaud, proving how these sisters have come as singers. Jeremy von Schoonhoven is not just a stunt bike rider– take it from any true cyclist, including my husband, he is a supreme athlete. The young man risks his life and proves his ingenuity with every new, daring display. Jeremy chose to ride solo to the tune, Ridin’ Solo Tuesday, and on solo wheel, too! His leaps through a junkyard scene were flawless, and Piers Morgan dubbed him “fantastic” and a “crowd pleaser”. I call him phenomenal! Taylor Mathews found his easy rhythm and that infectious smile of his again, doing an original, pseudo- calypso arrangement for What a Wonderful World, and it was his best ever night! His dad wasn’t the only one standing when his number ended, and Piers said he was not the best singer, but he was perhaps becoming the best performer.
Anna and Patryk could have been straight off the set of The Mask with their swinging, slick stepping. Anna was in tears at the end because she had an early slip on stairs, but as judge Sharon Osbourne praised, she exhibited all the courage of a seasoned pro in getting up, and going on! Fighting Gravity took their audience to the moon in their performance, serving green lasers rather than green cheese. Every time, they create fun, fanciful, and forever appealing displays, and these creative college kids have an act already ready for the Strip. Michael Grimm shed his guitar and got the audience, including his grandparents, completely eating out of his hands as he sang Let’s Stay Together was such soulful passion they would have licked his fingers! Daggers, damsels, and a crystal clear lockbox were all part of another incredible illusion by Michael Grasso. Every performance of his is more and more amazing. Howie Mandel named him the King of Magic, and implored him to divulge the source of his wonder, but Grasso declined in gracious illusionist fashion when asked how he did it, saying, “I don’t know, I wasn’t watching!”
Prince Poppycock proved he was American royalty, too, and an artist who defies description and conventional boundaries as he gave a rousing Star Spangled Banner montage that utterly captivated the judges and his audience with its Yowza Wowza song, dance, and production quality. He is the best of Broadway, the premier star of the Metropolitan, yet still as relevant as Lady Gaga, all in one! Jackie Evancho brought the best evening of television in years to its end with her sublime voice soaring to heavenly heights. She is a talent and a presence onstage like I and millions of others have never experienced. It was a fitting close, because the next time I hear notes even nearing that beauty, I’ll be in heaven!
Enrique Iglesias performed I Like It, from his Euphoria album, but the tape-looped, more talk and technology than singing performance was the low point of the night. Any of the contestants outshone him by light-years.
Only four performers can make it through to the final competition next week!
Source: America’s Got Talent telecast, September 7, 2010 NBC TV.