The trial for the top 48 acts continues on the second night of America’s Got Talent 2012 Vegas Week. After a disappointing showing last night, I’m hoping to see more actual talent tonight. Let’s hope these acts get their.. well, acts… together and provide some real entertainment in our America’s Got Talent 2012 recap of Vegas week, night two.
Eric Dittelman, who you may remember from his initial mindreading audition on America’s Got Talent 2012, returned to the program tonight, and set out to read Sharon Osbourne’s mind. In an astonishing flair of trickery, he had her write down the name of her first crush and fold it into fourths, then accurately guessed what she wrote. I was even more impressed when Sharon admitted that she made the name up, having never dated anyone by that name. I don’t know how he does it, but he’s one to watch.
Some truly horrendous magic acts followed, but Spencer Horsman – the guy who was handcuffed into a burning apparatus in his first audition – arrived on stage to break up the bad and boring stream with a dangerous water escape act. Nothing gets folks on the edge of their seats like underwater acts with chains and handcuffs, and I’m no exception.
As the clock ticked down, approaching one minute and 20 seconds of breath holding, I felt like my own lungs were about to burst. The strategic cut to commercial with seconds remaining only served to up the anxiety. Well played, America’s Got Talent 2012 producers. Well played. He made it out just fine, of course, impressing all of the judges, especially Howard Stern.
Eric & Olivia, the platonic duo from the Austin auditions, blew me away yet again tonight with a fantastic rendition of “What a Wonderful World,” but judge Howie Mandel seemed bored during the performance, while Howard said they could be a headlining act. The desperate unrequited love was still present.
A few “eh” duos followed, nothing that really stood out. The America’s Got Talent 2012 judges were inexplicably impressed with Shanice Hayes, who performed with her father. They must hear something that I don’t, because I didn’t see anything special.
The father and young daughter duo Jorge & Alexa Narvaez, who got through this far on cute factor alone, gave another barely-tolerable audition. The kid is cute, yet can’t sing at all, which is a shame, since her father would have a decent chance to make it farther on America’s Got Talent 2012 on his own.
Finally, my favorite grouping: the comedians! America loves to laugh. No comedic act has won America’s Got Talent thus far, but this year looks extremely promising.
We got to see a few jokes from a handful of comedians, who all gave me a couple of chuckles. My favorite from the first round, Tom Cotter, brought it home yet again, and had me laughing the whole time he was on stage.
Frank Roche – the guy who did impressions in his first round – went outside of his comfort zone and had a rocky start with a bad joke, and then just froze and gave up. They brought him directly back onto the stage and became the only person to be sent home immediately tonight.
Instant smiles for me when I saw my two favorite little guys from the first round of auditions. Sebastien, the miniature mariachi maestro, performed fantastically well once again, while Issac Brown, who I called mini Michael Jackson, didn’t do quite as well as he did the first time around.
The remaining acts in the childrens category were all decent. I was looking for more from Edon, but tonight’s act on America’s Got Talent 2012 was too reminiscent of the first round to stir any emotion for me. The judges liked his act more than I did. I would have liked to have seen something a little different, but his voice was still amazing.
The male singers were led tonight by Ulysses, whose schtick is 70s theme songs. Despite his rather unconvential appearance, he has a pretty good voice. The judges had mixed reactions. The next several singers did well, and then my jaw dropped when I saw Timothy Poe on the stage. I have to admit to being rather disappointed to see him being allowed to continue on America’s Got Talent 2012 after his shameful scandal, but I have no doubt that he won’t be a part of the show for long, because his singing was mediocre tonight, verging on bad.
The standout male vocalist for me tonight was Tim Hockenberry, whose suprisingly soulful singing and superb piano playing combined to create a beautiful melody.
The America’s Got Talent 2012 judges were in disagreement during deliberations, seemingly on nearly every front. It will be interesting to see who advances and whose dreams end now.
Notable acts that made the cut were comedians Tom Cotter and Jacob Williams, mariachi singer Sebastien (whose happy tears nearly brought some to my eyes as well), the country boy cloggers, the Puerto Rican dance troupe, and All Beef Patty.
Also making the cut were singers Ulysses and Tim Hockenberry, the sand artist, the mind reader, and escape artist Spencer Horsman. For some reason, the doggy ventriloquist made it through as well.
The news was not so good for father/daughter duo Jorge & Alexa, cutie pie Isaac Brown, Flo Jo’s daughter, the two older opera singers, and the drill team. Timothy Poe didn’t make it through, either, as predicted. Good. He wouldn’t have even gotten this far without his sob story.
The decision to send goth opera singer Andrew De Leon home had me in tears, and made me just a little bit angry as well. The name of this show is America’s Got Talent. The judges had immense talent standing in front of them, and they sent it home. Wonderful operatic singing versus a ventriloquist act with a bug-eyed dog, and the dog goes through? Open your eyes, judges. I’m starting to question your ability to recognize talent at all.
Tomorrow night is a two hour special showing, so adjust your schedule accordingly! The bar is set and I expect to see some new and engaging material. I’ll be recapping live as the show airs, so check back for updates on America’s Got Talent 2012.