The final 12 acts have had their chance on stage. Now their fate is up to America — and the judges.
Tuesday night’s performances included a complete bomb by comic Jacob Williams who was nearly drowned out by the sound of crickets as he stumbled through a disastrous comedy routine. “You are just very awkward in a funny way,” judge Sharon Osbourne said. But Howard Stern cut right to the bottom line: ”This was not your best material… You lacked confidence.”
Later, Stern (who somehow now has Nick Cannon calling him “America’s Judge”) shock everyone by giving a standing ovation to Joe Cocker sound-alike Tim Hockenberry. Based on voting patterns over the past few years, Tim has long looked like a shoo-in for finals. But this season, the judges have been tossing every singer under the bus. Howie Mandel tried to play the “we’ve seen it all before” card before Stern came to the rescue, saying he was “great” and deserved a place in the finals.
Also impressive: The Olate Dogs (one of Sharon’s favorites) and David Garibaldi and The CMYK‘s, who both likely earned a spot (along with Hockenberry) in next week’s finals.
Our friends at CarterMatt.com have a pretty detailed recap of each act. Here’s a bit of how they saw the night’s performances:
All That! – The guys set their shoes on fire! Even though we must admit that clog dancing is still not something that we would ever pay to see in Las Vegas, this was their best performance ever on the show by a long mile. The guys at least tried to show off some of their individual skills, and we appreciate that they took the judges’ advice and tried to put some new things into their act.
Sebastien “El Chorro De Oro” – The joy of Sebastien’s performance last week was that he took a little bit of his Hispanic heritage and mixed it with a Frank Sinatra classic in “New York, New York.” This is not to say that mariachi classics are not fantastic, but it is harder to get America to identify as a whole with them versus something that has a little bit for everyone. With that in mind, we don’t see the 10-year old sensation lasting another week.
The Magic of Puck – It’s been a tough season for magic on “America’s Got Talent” this season; even though we have seen some great illusions all season, none of the acts of this variety has made it into the finale. Puck is not the flashiest one we have seen, either; even though we liked his levitation trick well enough, it was not anything completely new to us.
Clint Carvalho – Clint really surprised us with this performance! We went into this seriously thinking that this was just a one-trick act where we were going to see the same thing over and over again. He did a variety of different tricks in the span of a minute and a half; and while it was thoroughly entertaining, it is more or less the sort of show you would see at the local fair.
Jacob Williams – This show is all about having good material, and unlike Tom Cotter from last week, Jacob did not have it this time. Really, the 90 seconds he was on stage were absolutely painful to watch. Really, we just took this as proof that even though he may be a pretty funny guy, he’s simply not at the stage in his career yet where he can handle this.
What did you think of Tuesday’s performance? Which acts do you think will make it through? Let us know in the comments section below.