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America's Got Talent 4, August 25: Great Butts of Fireby Tyler Sandersfeld -- 08/26/2009
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Ladies, gentlemen, and Serenades! Welcome to the fourth and final quarterfinal episode of America's Got Talent!
The last batch of quarterfinalists are: Bollywood dancers Ishaara; sideshow freak Coney Island Chris; music/tap combo Matt & Anthony; Pam Martin's Top Dogs; acrobatic team African High Flyers; dance duo Erik & Rickie; vocalists The Eriam Sisters; season three reject Mia Boostrom; trash players Recycled Percussion; opera singer Barbara Padilla; wildcard musician Drew Stevyns; and wildcard burlesque dancers The Lollipop Girls.
Piers Morgan compliments Nick Cannon's jacket, then says this will be a tense night. Sharon Osbourne says the point is that everyone is talented in their own way. David Hasselhoff has to say more words with "hoff" replacing a syllable. Ow.
Since they are a dance group, Ishaara will perform first. These Berkeley friends are all first-gen Indian-Americans, and their parents are proud of them bringing their culture to America. Piers believes one great performance from Ishaara will propel them to stardom. They will be combining Bollywood with Hollywood in the hopes of being the first Bollywood act to headline in Las Vegas.
Ishaara dances to a song I have no hope in identifying. It starts out with some horrible lip-synching. The dancing itself is much nicer. It's definitely an Americanized version of Bollywood, which will either appeal to the Bollywood neophytes or disgust hardcore Bollywood enthusiasts. In either case, I like it. They need a little more pizzazz in order to headline Vegas, but they can add that in the next round.
Piers says this was a wonderful start to the show, even though he could only focus on the blond. Yeah, I'm sure the rest of the girls will appreciate that remark. Sharon says they are exotic and sexy, not to mention great dancers. David says "America's Got Bollywatch." Ow. David thinks Ishaara is the best dance group of the season.
Now that the dance group is done, let's go to the first singing act of the night. It's cancer survivor Barbara Padilla. Due to Barbara's cancer treatments, she can no longer conceive. Thus, she and her husband adopted a daughter. She wants to be an example for her daughter. Sharon says Barbara is a strong woman and a great singer. If pattern holds, she's done before even singing simply by performing second.
Barbara sings an opera song I have no hope in identifying. The first time I heard this performance, I thought it was rough all over the place and not very good at all. Then I listened again more closely, and I started to like it. The more I watched it, the more I realize that Barbara really IS good. Perhaps the second-spot curse will break Wednesday night.
All three judges give Barbara a standing ovation. Sharon's breath was taken away by the perfect performance. David says Barbara is exactly where she's supposed to be in life. Piers credits Simon Cowell's creation of this show for finding Barbara and singing that wonderfully.
Next up is Pam Martin's Top Dogs, formerly known as Pam & Viva Martin. Turns out Pam has six dogs, all of them performers. Viva holds a special place in Pam's heart, but this performance will feature Spy, Viva's older brother. Sharon knows Pam loves what she does. Piers reminds us that there is a dog act in the semifinals already, so Pam & Spy will have to make no mistakes. Spy can be unpredictable, so can he and Pam pull it off?
Pam & Spy dance to "Do You Love Me." Zzzzzzz. It's nice that Pam has more than one dog to perform with, which is a good sign for a full show. Also, the little adoption story was cute. The choreography, however, was incredibly dull. I've seen all of these tricks before. This won't attract crowds outside of families with very little kids.
David says Pam and her dogs have a place in Vegas even if they don't win. Piers was certain he would buzz them, but he couldn't because Spy didn't make a mistake. Sharon has sixteen dogs and all they do is pee on her silk curtains. Spy, on the other hand, is a genius dog.
I guess I'm just in a sleepy mood with these acts tonight. Perhaps the African High Flyers can wake me up. The members grew up on the beaches in Kenya, performing for tips. Sharon calls them the American dream, and hopes they can deliver something different. With their show moving from the sand to the hard stage floor, one miss could mean serious injury.
The African High Flyers perform to "I Like to Move It." They perform a lot of human towers, and they even throw in a bit of flaming limbo. And yet, I just wasn't enthused. I must be sleepy, so I welcomed Piers' buzzer waking me up.
Piers had to buzz them because Barbara raised the bar so high that the African High Flyers couldn't raise their own bar high enough. Sharon doesn't know if they added enough different elements to their act. David doesn't know what Piers and Sharon were watching because he loved it.1 2 3 Next-->
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