Yes, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” first round auditions seem to drag on forever. They even go to cities twice.
Three weeks ago, “Talent” opened with Atlanta and they returned Tuesday. Nick Cannon opens in a tank in the Georgia Aquarium. Why? Why not? We get plenty of shots of the foyer of the Fox Theatre as the judges enter. The show taped over three days there in April. Piers noted that this was the largest audience “Talent” has ever seen. Go Atlanta (or as Nick dreadfully says multiple times, “Hotlanta.”)
And although much of the talent at the Fox Theatre was from elsewhere, it’s nice to be praised.
“Atlanta’s been fantastic,” Piers said.
“The amount of talent here in Atlanta is incredible” burbled Sharon.
“We can do the entire season here in Atlanta,” Howie said. “I talked to Piers who has been here from the beginning. This is the most talent we’ve ever gotten out of one city in the history of ‘America’s Got Talent.’ ”
Here are the acts:
- Drag queen Hershae Chocolatae: Piers buzzes her/him as he/she tries to sing Macy Gray. Then the goofy dancing keeps her from getting buzzed by the other judges and the audience actually kind of likes it. Is this $1 million act? Not even close.
- Three acts then go through: Summerwind Skippers, a jump rope team, from Idaho. The Fiddleheads, a bluegrass band from Dahlonega who plays pop songs (”Forget You” by Cee Lo in this case), six-year-old DJ Face who I think is local.
- Attack Dance Crew from Tallahassee, Fla.: College students in red jumpsuits dancing to.. .Justin Bieber? It’s entertaining though the difficulty level does not seem terribly high. I”m not sure the group would get past the first round of “America’s Best Dance Crew.” They create a supposedly new dance move called “drilling.” It doesn’t seem all that groundbreaking.
- Joseph Ravens is a photo stylist who wears an outfit stuffed with pillows. He sits on a bike and exterminates the pillows from a lip out of the center of the costume. I don’t get it either. Then there are more bad acts like Michael Potts (Robo Mike) and Kevin Harlo Jasper (a bad yodeler) and Mr. Shake it Up! (a horrid dancer).
- Captain and Maybelle. Captain swallows hangers and a long metal something that allows him to lift concrete blocks. A sideshow act? Yes. Piers chooses to not look for a good portion of the act. Surprisingly, Piers says yes because the crowd liked it and they are off to Vegas.
- Two more acts make it through. Necessary Diva, then Armand and Angelina do “popera,” a genre “AGT” audiences embrace. “It’s like making love to our music,” Armand said. They sing “Titanic” song “My Heart Will Go On” but this is even too cheesy for the AGT audience. Yes, that IS possible. Sharon looks shocked. Howie is bemused. Sharon inexplicably says yes, along with Howie. The audience boos. “Have you two lost your minds?” Piers asked, appropriately.
- Closing act: Anna Graceman,11, from Juneau, Alaska. The last act is always a good one. She goes for Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.” Naturally, she is pretty darn good. Not Susan Boyle territory but good enough for Vegas.
By Rodney Ho, email@example.com, AJCRadioTV blog