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post #271 of 361
There are also plenty of acts that I struggle to care about for a full 90sec.
post #272 of 361
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Originally Posted by ambesolman View Post

There are also plenty of acts that I struggle to care about for a full 90sec.

And those acts should rightly be voted down. After all, this is a show with the primary purpose of finding a headlining Vegas act... One who's act presumably lasts longer than 90 seconds.
post #273 of 361
Tonight is stacked.

I voted for:
D'Angelo and Amanda
John Wing
Kenichi
Kristef Brothers
Leon and Romy
Jimmy Rose

Other than Military Spouses and Marty Brown, I think every act has a chance to go through.
post #274 of 361
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Shame on the director for the poor view given to the TV audience during Timber Brown's act, with far too much time spent on long shots that made it impossible to see enough detail.

Shame on me: I replayed episode 803 with Kenichi Ebina's audition, and he clearly says his first name as keh-NEE-chi; the judges and Cannon haven't gotten it perfectly right (the first E is short, not zeroed to a schwa), but they've been much closer than I was.  I've gone back through my posts here and struck through my complaints about what I thought to be a mistake by the judges or the host.

After Forte started in Spanish and switched to English for the ending last week, Branden James did Spanish-English-Spanish this week.  He still leaves me cold, as did Marty Brown, Jimmy Rose, the American Military Spouses Choir, and Leon Étienne and Romy Low -- excuse me, Illusionist Leon Étienne and Romy Low, since apparently he feels we can't figure out on our own what type of entertainer he is.  But the teenage pianist in Season 5 who billed himself as Maestro Alexander Bui was worse; he wasn't just explaining his act but also awarding himself an honor.

Not so cold for me tonight, in no particular order: Anna Christine, Kenichi Ebina, Chicago Boyz, D'Angelo & Amanda, and KriStef Brothers (glad to see Kristofer had healed).  John Wing gets a lukewarm from me: I tired of the intolerable-fake-spouse mode in standup fifty-odd years ago when Phyllis Diller was cracking one-liners about "Fang," who bore no resemblance to the personality of her real-life husband.
 
Edited by dattier - 9/3/13 at 9:56pm
post #275 of 361
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After Forte started in Spanish and switched to English for the ending last week, Branden James did Spanish-English-Spanish this week.  He still leaves me cold, as did Marty Brown, Jimmy Rose, the American Military Spouses Choir, and Leon Étienne and Romy Low -- excuse me, Illusionist Leon Étienne and Romy Low, since apparently he feels we can't figure out on our own what type of entertainer he is.  But the teenage pianist in Season 5 who billed himself as Maestro Alexander Bui was worse; he wasn't just explaining his act but also awarding himself an honor.
 

I'm not a fan of opera singer singing pop rock ballad like Brendan James did. He has a strong voice but he was like competing with the loud backup vocal of the band.

Leon and Romy weren't spectacular but at least they performed some real magic acts last night.

I don't like Timbre Brown's setup this time. Constantly jump into the pool of water breaks up the rthym of his act. Also, the key to his act is danger of falling from 20 ft above to the ground. The pool of water takes away of the danger element now that I know he'll more likely to be fine even if he falls.


After rewatching the show the second time, I can only say that Kristef Brothers and Kenichi will go through. The other 4 are hard to pick.
Edited by darklord700 - 9/4/13 at 7:49am
post #276 of 361
My picks:

Kenichi
John Wing
Anna Christine
Chicago Boyz (they weren't that impressive but they won the people)
Magicians

the 6th is going to be hard, maybe the dancer kids but they had the huge disadvantage of being first, like the producers want them to fail
Most likely will be one of the sob story guys that will make it, either the country singers, Brandon James or the choir
post #277 of 361
I gotta say, the recap part of the result show is the best recap of any talent show I have seen. They show extra footage, behind the scenes, the judges, etc. We actually enjoy watching it compared to others where we fast forward through the recaps.
post #278 of 361
Heck if there wasn't nothing else on Tuesdays I would only watch the recap show, way better, less interruptions and everything in an hour even some other camera angles we didn't see on the live show..

Man I was only right on Kenichi and Chicago Boyz, bit surprised that Anna Christine didn't make it but I guess D'Angelo and the mute girl made it (I know she's not mute but they won't let her talk)

Sorry to see John Wing gone and the Magicians at least got a gig on a Jimmy Fallon.
post #279 of 361
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Originally Posted by DrLar View Post

I guess D'Angelo and the mute girl made it (I know she's not mute but they won't let her talk).
If you mean D'Angelo Castro's partner Amanda Carbajales, she may defer to him during the immediate post-performance comments, but she's often spoken her piece during the prerecorded segments.
post #280 of 361
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If you mean D'Angelo Castro's partner Amanda Carbajales, she may defer to him during the immediate post-performance comments, but she's often spoken her piece during the prerecorded segments.

Last night, Nick handed her the microphone and D'Angelo started talking. She even took a deep breath like she had something to say.

I know the important storyline this season was D'Angelo and his sister competing against each other, but she's gone now and it's time to hear from Amanda. She's been really sweet in that she hasn't appeared frustrated on camera with the whole situation, especially considering she is a PHENOMENAL dancer, and is due all credit.
post #281 of 361
Surprised at John Wing not making it. He is smooth but his material seems a little throwback and is absolutely non offensive, perhaps to placate Heidi's kids.

I guess the finals favorites are Kenichi and Forte. The Kristef Brothers and Taylor Williamson will be looking in from the outside.

I'll be suprised if the winner is not from one of these four acts.
post #282 of 361
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Last night, Nick handed her the microphone and D'Angelo started talking. She even took a deep breath like she had something to say.

I know the important storyline this season was D'Angelo and his sister competing against each other, but she's gone now and it's time to hear from Amanda. She's been really sweet in that she hasn't appeared frustrated on camera with the whole situation, especially considering she is a PHENOMENAL dancer, and is due all credit.
But would you pay to see them dance for an hour? Not me. They can't keep that pace up that long regardless.
post #283 of 361
illuminate was great, so 3rd or 4th place gets you this and where's Landau now? still singing in Las Vegas? At least Cotter still out there doing comedy
post #284 of 361
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Originally Posted by darklord700 View Post

Surprised at John Wing not making it. He is smooth but his material seems a little throwback and is absolutely non offensive, perhaps to placate Heidi's kids.

I guess the finals favorites are Kenichi and Forte. The Kristef Brothers and Taylor Williamson will be looking in from the outside.

I'll be suprised if the winner is not from one of these four acts.
You can't discount Jimmy Rose. Country singers with a "heart strings" back story always do well on AGT Jimmy has a much better voice than Kevin Skinner, winner of Season 4. Although he was more blues than country, Michael Grimm, a boy from Mississippi helping his poor grandparents, beat Jackie Evancho, Prince Poppycock and Fighting Gravity.
post #285 of 361
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But would you pay to see them dance for an hour? Not me. They can't keep that pace up that long regardless.

Oh, absolutely not. But that wasn't the point of my post; the point was that the producers of this show have an agenda, and that agenda is to pump up D'Angelo and his story, and she's just a pretty face along for the ride. I'm looking at it form the point of of view that 15 years from now, she's going to be watching the tapes (because face it, if you were on TV for 15 minutes, you'd have tapes!!!) and she's going to think to herself, "why didn't I get to say anything on TV?"

As far as who I'd pay to see in Vegas, who's left in the competition right now?*

Kenichi
Kristef Bros
Collins Key
Taylor Williamson

*Unfortunately, I don't think any of these guys will actually win, but that's who I'd pay to see. And the way things work out, those are probably the acts that will actually get work out of this season, and not the actual winner (what's Olate Dogs up to these days?) I would pay to see these acts, but I'm not saying they'd win. I thought the Olate Dog act last year was the stupidest effing thing ever, and they somehow won.
post #286 of 361
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Originally Posted by tighr View Post

Oh, absolutely not. But that wasn't the point of my post; the point was that the producers of this show have an agenda, and that agenda is to pump up D'Angelo and his story, and she's just a pretty face along for the ride. I'm looking at it form the point of of view that 15 years from now, she's going to be watching the tapes (because face it, if you were on TV for 15 minutes, you'd have tapes!!!) and she's going to think to herself, "why didn't I get to say anything on TV?"

As far as who I'd pay to see in Vegas, who's left in the competition right now?*

Kenichi
Kristef Bros
Collins Key
Taylor Williamson

*Unfortunately, I don't think any of these guys will actually win, but that's who I'd pay to see. And the way things work out, those are probably the acts that will actually get work out of this season, and not the actual winner (what's Olate Dogs up to these days?) I would pay to see these acts, but I'm not saying they'd win. I thought the Olate Dog act last year was the stupidest effing thing ever, and they somehow won.
Exactly...
http://www.pollstar.com/resultsArtist.aspx?ID=278242
post #287 of 361
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Originally Posted by tighr View Post

Last night, Nick handed [Amanda Carbajales] the microphone and D'Angelo started talking.
He's Manny Castro's kid, so it's no surprise.  Whenever his sister and her partner were on stage or even in the prerecorded pieces, Jonas Terleckas just about never (maybe literally never) got to make a sound while Ruby did all the talking.
post #288 of 361
My wife and I rolled our eyes the last couple times when they raved about Kenichi being the most talented, etc. but gotta admit, that last routine was very impressive, and one of the best parts was how he kept it going during the critique.
post #289 of 361
4 out of 6. I had Marty Brown over Jimmy Rose, and Anna Christine over the Kristef Brothers. That chair maneuver they performed was an incredible display of strength.

Too bad they put so much talent on this week and so few last week.

It should be a close contest between Kenichi and Forte. Kenichi is very creative.
post #290 of 361
Wow thanks for the upcoming events link, Tom Cotter is very busy man

http://www.pollstar.com/resultsArtist.aspx?ID=6563&SearchBy=Tom%20cotter


Landau Jr. no dates

http://www.pollstar.com/resultsArtist.aspx?ID=261366&SearchBy=Landau%20Eugene%20Murphy%20Jr.

(although there's no dates for illuminate and we know they are doing Broadway so)
post #291 of 361

Just a late reminder that the Obama speech tonight will likely affect this live show.  If you DVR, you might want to pad the end time to be safe.

post #292 of 361
West coasters will almost get it live then? nice
post #293 of 361
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Just a late reminder that the Obama speech tonight will likely affect this live show.  If you DVR, you might want to pad the end time to be safe.
Thanks for getting that posted, Flint350.

The listings here say that the speech will delay the start of the show by fifteen minutes and that AGT will still run for two full hours, ending fifteen minutes late.  Of course, political speeches and sports events never end as early as broadcasters expect, so if you're recording it, pad the end time more than that.

This will probably hurt the acts who perform eleventh and twelfth tonight, as timeshifters in the Eastern and Central Zones are likely to miss them.  Even if their recorders adjust for a scheduled delay, there's a good chance that thedelay will be longer.
post #294 of 361
The Good - Kenichi, Catapult, Cami Bradley, Kristef Brothers, Forte
The So So - Brendan James, Chicago Boyz, Jimmy Rose, D'Angelo and Amanda, Innovative, Taylord
The Ugly - Collins Key

I'm becoming anti Collins Key after tonight as the trick was even more confusing, contriving and the worse of all, pointless. What's the point of having the bags when he can see from up top, asking the judges to pick a bag and smashing up the watches? The whole point of the trick which I'm still not sure is to match the time to Howie's watch. Given the size of the trick watch, couldn't there be some sort of mechanism to do it remotely?

All of Collins' tricks involve a lot of explaining, narrative, audience participation and his self congratulations at the end. I think his new found fame from the show might do his career more harm than good seeing how his tricks got worse and worse each time he performs.
Edited by darklord700 - 9/10/13 at 9:45pm
post #295 of 361
The Collins trick I am sure involves a guy under the floor who can access the watch of Nicks, sets the time after he hears it read aloud, then replaces it. All his tricks are similar and I am tired of it.

As for your picks...I do not see what anyone sees in the Kristef Brothers. To me boring and pointless. So I would go with your good list but add Brendan or the kid dancers. I am sick of Taylor as well.
post #296 of 361
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The Collins trick I am sure involves a guy under the floor who can access the watch of Nicks, sets the time after he hears it read aloud, then replaces it. All his tricks are similar and I am tired of it.

I think you are right. Watching it again, the top part of the table is rather thick and a small child could fit in it. And when only two bags were left, Collins deliberately put the bag with the watch at a certain part of the table so maybe the opening is from the top of the table for the assistant to access the watch. All in all, it's just not an impressive trick no matter how you slice it.

Judging from Stern's facial expression, I think he probably would have some choice words for Collins but he toned it down to suit the show. It's a pity that real magicians like Leon and Romy didn't make it because they don't have the look nor youth but Collins made it this far. But this show is about popularity so it is what it is.
post #297 of 361
WTF is a "real magician"? They are all illusions.

I absolutely love Kenichi, and hope he gets through, but I think that the television cameras (and that director again) didn't do his act any favors. The strobe light obviously played better to the judges who raved about it, so I think it just didn't translate at 60fps.

The kid dancers did a phenomenal job, and even though last week I said they weren't winners, I still say they get through. Kristef is an automatic yes for me, and I still like Taylor as well. Forte probably gets in, and at least one of the many singers left. Tough week.
post #298 of 361
This are my predictions (not necesarly who I voted for)

- Kenichi
- Forte
- Taylor
- Cami
- Kristef Bros
- Brandon James

I really hope America doesn't vote for the mediocre sob story country singer or liked Collins trick, the other acts I don't even remember LOL
post #299 of 361
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Kenichi Ebina's strobe light effect certainly worked well on my screen, Tighr.  I thought the coordination of the strobe and his jumps to give the appearance of flying was the highlight of his act last night.

Collins Key (Brown called him "Colin") is as smug and annoying as ever.  About three seasons ago another contestant did a much better form of the same trick, smashing his hand down hard on each box that the judges picked by number and managing to avoid the one with the spike that would have destroyed his hand (and there were four, not just three).  It was also highly amteurish of Key not to notice which way he was holding Cannon's watch when he pulled it out.  So far the most magical thing Key has done is that when he "dreamed" for the quarterfinal that Stern would not only select the tuches as his chosen body part but even dreamed Stern's spelling "tuchas," he failed to dream Stern's pronunciation of it, even after hearing it from Stern.  "Took us"?  Really?

I hope coming on outside the originally scheduled time slot didn't hurt Cami Bradley; she isn't among my favorites but she deserves a fair shake.  If Jimmy Rose and Collins Key had been on after 11 PM EDT, I wouldn't have felt so bad about it.

I'd suspected that Branden James was dropping a surname and that James is his middle name, and since his father has been identified as Jim Smith, now we know.  I still think his real first name is Brandon or Brendan and that "Branden" is an affectation.  OK, it's certainly an affectation, but I think it's on his own part rather than on his parents.  What with him and Anna Christine and Jonathan Allen, this season has had its fill of singers who stop after their middle names.  But the bad thing about James's (or Smith's) act last night was that, as if it weren't bad enough that he'd performed "You Raise Me Up," he had to add the second tritest song choice imaginable, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."  Sing one of those and you should get an X; sing both and you should get a laryngectomy.

Last night it was Stern who mispronounced "Forte," though he got it right later.  Cannon (whom it had taken a few weeks) and Brown got it right.  Forte sang another Spanish translation of a lyric originally written in English; they're getting into a rut.  If they make the top six, I hope they change languages for the finals, or if it must be Spanish, that they sing a lyric written originally in Spanish (or at least not in English).

Amanda Carbajales must have had some words with D'Angelo Castro about his grabbing the mic in the semifinals; last night Cannon put the mic in front of him to talk, but it was she who spoke, and he had the good sense to stay silent.

Taylor Williamson did the cowboys and Indians joke several years ago on Comedy.TV, and it was disappointing that he was recycling old material, but he followed it up with the garage damage joke, which had me doubled over.

We'll see tonight.
post #300 of 361
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Originally Posted by dattier View Post

Kenichi Ebina's strobe light effect certainly worked well on my screen, Tighr.  I thought the coordination of the strobe and his jumps to give the appearance of flying was the highlight of his act last night.

Kenichi IS amazing, he's my front-runner. I was mostly complaining about the director again. I could tell that he was "flying" with the strobe, but it would have played out much better on TV if the director would have zoomed out. From where the judges were sitting (and for the entire audience of the theater) it probably looked amazing. For a live show like this, there HAS to be a dress rehearsal, right? There have been several curious camera angles taken with some of the performances this season.
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