The auditions concluded in America’s Got Talent Season 8 Episode 7, and a pole dancer was perhaps the best act of the night. Now the 100 acts head to Vegas, and 60 of them will be chosen for the live shows.
Some acts will go straight to New York (Radio City Music Hall, which they are going to say over and over again), some acts will compete for a 50/50 shot to advance, and some will be cut right away. In order to know who is in what category, I’d need to be able to recognize without any hints these people who I’ve seen for two minutes each.
The danger acts perform first. David Ferman juggles stun guns while riding a unicycle. Brad Byers puts a hook through his nose and out his mouth, then uses the hook to pull people. Alexandr Magala swallows a sword and pole dances. Sam Johnson lights a hat on fire on his head, then he douses himself in gasoline and juggles on a unicycle on a tightrope. Rong Niu returns with her bowl and unicycle act, but this time she makes a mistake, though she does manage to land 5 bowls at the end.
The music acts are next. Forte, an opera singing group that just formed, has now reformed with a different singer joining their trio. Brandon & Savannah perform a cover song, rather than an original like they did last time. They consider their biggest competition to be older rock group American Hitmen.
They are followed by the kids groups, most of whom are also musical. 2Unique rap a Miley Cyrus song, from before she was famous for something other than fighting with her dad and shaving her head to look stupid. Lil Demon does some hip hop. Melody Caballero struggles through a contortion routine. Ruby & Jonas and Ruby’s brother D’Angelo and his partner Amanda keep their competition in the family. The older duo pulls it off without a hitch, but Ruby slips.
We’re done with music for now as the comics take the stage. Jimmy Failla falls flat. He says his act is not built for 4 people, but the problem is it’s just not funny. Eric Schwartz aka Smooth E has a little more success and at least gets some laughs. Taylor Williamson has the judges laughing before he begins, and he doesn’t even need to say anything for them to lose it. John Wing at 53 is able to make fun of the differences between today and the olden days.
Now more dance. Archbishop Molloy Step Team, Hype, and Art Spark are the groups. Kid the Wiz and Dylan Wilson are the solo dancers. They all perform to mixed reviews.
The acrobats go next. Tavi & Antonio perform their male erotic aerial act. “Accro” Brandon Rosario is the other pole dancer competing against the far more impressive Timber Brown. Duo Resonance have added a spinning trick to their dance, but they are disappointed by the results. KriStef Brothers have stepped out of an 80s workout video to act goofy and show off their strength and balance.
Not to be confused with the music acts, we conclude the night with the female singers. Skilyr Hicks sings another original song as she cries. Selena Mykenzie Gordon sings Martina McBride very well. Cami Bradley sings Summertime while playing piano. Deanna DellaCioppa was the first to sing but fell apart due to technical difficulties, but she returns to deliver a too emotional performance.
Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of America’s Got Talent Season 8 Episode 9, which airs Wednesday at 9/8c on NBC.