Since Monday was the first night of live performances for this season of America’s Got Talent, Tuesday evening naturally brought the first results show. Personally, we’re a huge fan of these sort of nights: you know, the ones where they drag out the only bit of information you’ve tuned in for, slip in a few guest performances, and blatantly hawk products of big-spending advertisers.
But surprisingly, things got down to business rather quickly. The way it worked is that for each three acts brought onstage, one act was revealed to be advancing to the next round.
Up first was Michael Nejad, the multi-instrumentalist who plays baseball bats and brooms as instruments and got blasted by Howard Stern on Monday; Shanice and Maurice Hayes, the father-daughter singing duo who delivered a stellar performance; and Nikki Jensen, the Australian singer who unleashed a rather dull rendition of Coldplay’s “The Scientist.” So who made it through? The Hayes – no surprise there. “We thank God for the pleasure of being here to perform,” Maurice said after the announcement.
After a performance from Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana, which included bouncing tennis balls, some tap dance, ballet, and a dude flipping 15 feet in the air only to land on another dude’s shoulders, the next trio of acts up for elimination were brought onstage.
This time we had The Scott Brothers, a dancing duo that impressed the judges but not us; Lil Starr, a six-year-old dancer that Howie Mandel compared to Shirley Temple, and 787 Crew, a group of Puerto Rican B-boys out to prove they’re American, too. And the act that advanced? The Scott Brothers. As much as it pains us to say this, we’re not terribly shocked; the judges couldn’t stop praising this duo. “I don’t know what to say,” said one of the brothers (we can’t tell them apart). That was awesome!”
Who was in the next trio? David Garibalidi and his CMYK’s, the standout act on Monday who combined painting and dance and produced a killer portrait of Mick Jagger; Jarrett and Raja, the magician duo booed offstage after a laughable performance; and American BMX Stunt Team, a collection of X Games types who likely spend most of their money on things like front and back pegs. We were a little disappointed with this group before the results were even announced; we’d hoped that both BMX and Garibaldii would advance. But it was not to be. The act advancing is … David Garibalidi and his CMYK’s. Another non-shocker. America seems to be getting this thing right so far. “We just feel grateful right now,” Garibaldi said.
Before the final act to advance was revealed, will.i.am performed his new Eva Simons-featuring single, “This Is Love.” Wearing all white and playing a matching baby grand piano, the Black Eyed Peas frontman busted out what sounded like a completely Auto-Tuned song (again, no shockers tonight). Afterwards, he told host Nick Cannon that people should listen to it at their neighborhood 4th of July barbecues. We’ll see about that, Will.
OK, so who was the last act to advance? The way AGT‘s results work is that the final trio of acts brought onstage includes the ones that earned the fourth and fifth-most votes from America. Then the judges pick who will advance from these two. But first, one act needed to be eliminated. Would it be Edon, the 14-year-old prepubescent singer who belted out David Guetta’s “Titanium”? Or the Distinguished Men of Brass, a rowdy marching band? Or Todd Oliver, a dog ventriloquist? Sadly, the Distinguished Men of Brass were let go first. Who would the judges pick? This one was a no-brainer. All three judges went with Edon. “It’s so surreal that I’m even here,” the young lad said.
So there you have it! Shanice and Maurice Hayes, the Scott Brothers, David Garibaldi and his CMYK’s and Edon have advanced to the semifinals.
NEXT WEEK: 12 more acts battle it out to advance to the semifinals.