Last night’s “America’s Got Talent” semifinal results show proved two things: Howie Mandel has a twin in the musical group Train and America has lost its collective mind.
Dancing painters David Garibaldi and his CMYKs, dog act Olate Dogs and The Untouchables all-kid dance group secured spots in the finals, causing many to scratch their heads at the voting results.
Olate Dogs and Garibaldi are deserving of their spots in the finals, but The Untouchables? Not really.
Apparently, America thinks a group of dancing children is more entertaining than a cutting-edge group of professionals who artfully mix puppetry, dance and lighting and a seasoned singer with pro credentials.
As I feared might happen, America’s communal heartstrings were tugged on by The Untouchables’ crying 8-year-old who wept her—and her group’s—way into the finals during Tuesday night’s performance show.
Tim Hockenberry seemed to know he wouldn’t advance during last night’s results show, as he pointed to The Untouchables while he and magician The Magic of Puck stood with the all-kid dance group awaiting the vote results.
The illuminating Lightwire Theater made last night’s initial cut, but was the last act eliminated when it came to the judges’ choice that sent Garibaldi’s CMYKs on to the finals.
Before casting her vote, Sharon Osbourne expressed surprise and displeasure over the fact that Lightwire Theater and Garibaldi were in a situation that would send one of them home, calling it a “travesty.”
Indeed, Mrs. Osbourne.
During the “America’s Got Talent” Wild Card round, Howard Stern indicated he thought Jarrett and Raja were robbed when the illusionists were eliminated in favor of dancer Lindsey Norton and dance group All That.
I’m surprised Stern didn’t say anything last night about Lightwire Theater getting a raw deal, because they did.
As talented as The Untouchables are, they’re not as entertaining as Lightwire Theater.
What happened this week is a simple case of voters taking pity on a crying child.
As any parent knows, an uninjured crying child could signal a manipulative situation, and I think America as a whole failed to see the situation for what it was: a child getting caught up in the moment.
Hopefully, voters will do the right thing in the finals by sending the children’s dance group back to where it belongs: at home with friends and family living out a normal childhood.
Besides, headlining in Vegas is no place for a child to spend his formative years.
The six acts performing in next week’s “America’s Got Talent” finals include The Untouchables, Olate Dogs, David Garibaldi and his CMYKs, comedian Tom Cotter, sand-and-light artist Joe Castillo and Earth Harp musician William Close.
The absence of singers in this season’s finals could be an indication that America is tired of singing talent shows.
Take note, “American Idol” and “The Voice.”
The “America’s Got Talent” finalists’ performances will air on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. on KSL 5 in Provo. The two-hour season finale will broadcast on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.