Auditions continue in Austin tonight for America’s Got Talent 2012. There were a few Texans from last night that will be a tough act to follow. I hope they bring their big game! Check back for updates, as I’ll be recapping live as the show airs.
WARNING: AMERICA’S GOT TALENT 2012 SPOILERS AHEAD
Please be aware this post contains America’s Got Talent 2012 spoilers from Tuesday night’s auditions in Austin, Texas. Please stop here if you don’t want to know what happened!
Apparently they wanted to start out with the bizarre tonight, with the Aurora Light Painters, a group of strange folks that paint with light sticks. I didn’t have high hopes for this act, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was quite impressive, beautiful, and unique. I’ve certainly never seen anything like it. The audience and the judges both loved it, and they were put through with a unanimous yes.
More of the bizarre, but not the good kind this time, as we see several acts who have zero entertainment value. This culminated with the Doppleganger Circus Sideshow, a strange mix of magic tricks and shock act that was quickly buzzed by Howard Stern. Why chainsawing an apple hanging out of someone’s mouth is supposed to be enjoyable, I have no idea. The most entertaining part of this act was the paramedic leading the woman away for lockjaw. Not surprisingly, it was a no across the board.
They were followed by what is possibly one of the worst female singing groups I’ve ever heard, and a bunch of guys wearing inflatable suits of some kind. Not sure what they are supposed to be, but they resemble giant Lego people. If that wasn’t bad enough for you, take a gander at the overweight guy flopping his manboobs around.
This is still America’s Got Talent 2012, right? Where is the talent?!
Eric & Olivia, a platonic musical duo, took the stage, and it was pretty obvious that Eric is head over heels in love with her, which Howard Stern didn’t hesitate to point out in front of a national audience. WOW! This chick absolutely stunned me, and the crowd, with an amazing remix of Maroon 5′s “Moves Like Jagger”. She has a very rare talent, but I fail to see what Eric brought to this act, playing a rather mediocre and plain tempo on the guitar. Howie Mandel disagreed with the majority, calling the act “lounge-y,” but they got through with votes from the remaining two judges. They’re going to do fabulously in Vegas!
A very stately looking – and verbose – opera singer with an interesting warm-up routine, Richard Grossman horrified the masses with his awful voice. After hearing this guy talk himself up, you’d have thought he had at least marginal talent, but… you’d be disappointed. The fun came when he told Howard Stern that he didn’t “appreciate the rudeness.” Oh, snap!
Up next is a mind reader. Yeah, I admit that I’m a skeptic, but I put my doubts to the side to give Eric Diddleman a fair shot. He was blindfolded by Nick Cannon and had the judges draw random pictures, and then guessed what was drawn. I’m not sure how he did it, but it was pretty amazing. He got every detail right. I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with for his next act.
He was followed by more who got through to Vegas: a bad ass (and smoking hot) chain dancer, a gorgeous girl singing and playing guitar, and a hip-hop dancer. Here’s the talent I was looking for in a show named America’s Got Talent.
America’s Got Talent 2012 Austin auditions closed tonight with Andrew, a cute goth guy with bright white colored contacts. He has a very striking appearance, and his softspoken manner clashes somewhat with his stark look. You could tell that the judges didn’t have high hopes. He’d mentioned his love of Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, so I expected a performance in that vein, but he surprised everyone by busting out with an emotional and beautiful opera rendition. He brought the crowd to their feet and had many audience members (and okay, I’ll admit it… me) in tears.
Andrew talked himself down and we heard some motivational words from all three judges, ending the show on a very uplifting note. America doesn’t just have talent tonight, it’s got heart, too.