I agree about Horse. When you put in the perspective Howard put it in, that actually makes sense: Which act is America going to fast forward through on the DVR? It certainly wasn't Horse. I also agree with the comment by Jarod, that Horse continues to evolve the basic concept of getting kicked in the nuts each time he performs. I was initially down on him, but the more I think about it he actually has more showmanship in his one gimmick than most of the other performers have in their entire acts, combined! Gotta give the guy credit for continuing to come back and up the ante.
I was mostly right about the other acts, but as far as what Amurrrica is gonna vote, I think they're going to get this week wrong.
All That continues to be lame. Its cabaret on clogs. Lindsey Norton is absolutely fantastic as a gymnast, and what she does is amazing, but it's not a stage show. She needs props or tricks or something (think Cirque du Soleil). Jake Rogers claimed he loved that Gaga song, but I saw absolutely no emotion in his singing... the way Gaga sings it, she BELTS out those notes. he fell flat. And I'm afraid Old Guy acrobats are going to hurt themselves. That was an amazing trick, but it's unsustainable.
Spencer Horsman absolutely delivered. He's my pick. Crossbow guy got the crowd excited, but again he does a trick that's essentially for show, because all the crossbows are preset. It was impressive that he hit that target while blindfolded, but it was ultimately unnecessary for the overall trick of the apple because that was a surefire success. The apple wasn't even on his head, it was attached to a target! Todd Oliver delivered the political humor, but when it comes down to it he's just a ventriloquist with a dog.
Sandu fell off the tower again. XXX. Mariachi Boy is just 10, and like Jake, he has trouble conveying the emotion in his songs. Singing in English probably hosed him, because we were able to compare his singing to Frank Sinatra, and now we know what vocal cues he missed out on. Jarrett and Raja got a standing ovation, but I think that trick was incredibly simplistic; Raja said it was dangerous in the promo, but how? It was obvious how he got out of the box; as soon as it was sealed up, he changed into the costume of the stagehands and went out the back of the box! You can even see his feet coming out of the box right before he walks off stage. It was a brilliant performance, though, and it should be enough to advance. Better than the it's singing in the rain bit. Andrew De Leon didn't show the range that he's probably capable of, and I think he still needs to practice some more. Amurrrica will still vote for him.