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America’s Got Talent 6, September 6: Beautiful Like a RainbowPage 3
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Anyway, the spooky troupe with the ordinary name dance as vampires this week. Piers buzzes them halfway through, and I don’t blame him. The vampires don’t do anything we haven’t seen them do already until the end, when the leader impales two lackeys with his bare hands. Despite that really cool ending, the dancing is just slow and limited in range. And here I thought this was the year of the dance.
Sharon knows what to expect now, so West Springfield gives her no more surprises. They still have good moves and precision, but it’s too predictable for her. Howie says this was not a step up from last time. He doesn’t think they are living up to finals capability. Piers says this team should have surprised them and not do horror. So he chastises Miami All-Stars for being too different, then does the same to West Springfield for not being different? Is there some sort of magic middle-ground, or is Piers just being inconsistent? Anyway, he was still bored.
Going next-to-last is Landau, whose full name is just too cumbersome for me. He was tricked hard during the last results show, but he is so happy that he made the top ten. It means so much to him that he can show his kids what one can do at his age. Sharon calls Landau an underdog, while Piers says he is living the dream. Vegas needs a crooner, Landau says, so he better knock this out of the park.
Landau sings “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.” What I would like to see from Landau is more risk like POPLYFE and Lys have been attempting. If he makes the finals, he ought to take a non-big-band song and convert it fantastically. Either that, or he can just bill himself as a tribute act. In any case, this performance is pure Vegas-y goodness. His voice is on pitch, his personality shines through with every move, and he even makes the big band behind him look good with his presence. I usually try my hardest to hate singing acts on this show, but Landau is just so perfect for America’s Got Talent that it doesn’t matter.
Howie wants to kick America in the head and get them to vote for Landau. He is a great guy with great talent. Piers says Landau got his mojo back. Who would he pay to see live? It would be Landau. Sharon agrees, especially knowing how tight Piers is with money. She says Landau is a class act and looks beautiful this week.
Last but certainly not least is Team iLuminate. Miral is so excited that they made it this far. Howie says the Team is already a show, but stepping it up at this point will be a challenge. Miral will dance in the team this time, after battling the cancer that once ended her dancing career. This is a big step for her, and she doesn’t want to let the team down.
The Team dances to a song by AGT alumni Nuttin’ But Stringz. Yay! None of the suits malfunction this time. Yay! My one complaint is that the precision in this performance is not as great as other dance acts. However, the bulky suits and darkness give them a little excuse. Other than that… just watch the darn performance already. It’s fantastic. Excellent imagery, great dancing, awesome technology... If they keep this up, we will certainly have our first non-singing champions.
Piers calls them the icing on the cake. This was their best performance, and the best of the night. There have been no acts more original and dynamic than this team. Sharon sees them in Vegas right now, and she still can’t believe they aren’t world famous already. She also welcomes Miral back to dancing. Howie hopes the viewers can see the headliners they can see live.
That does it for what I call the semifinals, or whatever it actually is. Here are the rankings for this batch of performances:
1. Team iLuminate
Like my list says, the top four should be Team iLuminate, Silhouettes, Landau, and POPLYFE. I also believe that these four will be the top four, with just two possible spoilers. The first is Landon Swank, who delivered a good, if slow, trick and will fill many voters’ needs for a magician in the finals. The second, unfortunately, is Anna. I still really like her style when she’s on the piano. Her voice, however, just does not work on its own, if you ask me. The Twitterverse disagrees with me quite a bit, so I won’t be surprised if she usurps the redemptive Silhouettes or the more well-rounded POPLYFE in the finals. I will be ticked off, though.
We’ll find out which four acts will compete for the grand prize with Barbara on Wednesday. Joining the results will be Il Divo and Howie Mandel himself. Oh joy. I’ll be back for the final four performances next Tuesday. See ya then!
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