Tuesday night’s episode of America’s Got Talent was the YouTube special, and despite my disgust over the fact that YouTube is to blame for Justin Bieber (along with Usher and my home country of Canada), I was excited for this episode. I was hoping at least one of the YouTube talents would be a ninja-like cat (I could watch cat videos on YouTube for hours), but they limited the acts to humans only.
Oh, college a capella groups. So American. So nerdy. So hilarious. And yet, sometimes, so awesome. Especially when they wear turquoise sweater vests, bow ties and nerd glasses, and then break out into a rap song. These guys weren’t particularly talented in the vocals department, but I dug their performance. How can you not love that?
I love this kid. How many other 12-year-old boys would admit that they were crazy about jump rope? I was in the skipping club in elementary school (Yes, a skipping club. There were competitions. I won endurance.) and there were no boys involved.
Pup (and Ed)
Well what do you know, a non-human contestant! I knew we couldn’t get through YouTube auditions without seeing at least one pet, even if he was accompanied by a human. The sad thing, though, was that though Pup was apparently playing the accordion at the beginning, he broke free of the instrument and for most of the act it looked like he was simply watching Ed sing. Didn’t he know this was his big moment? Geez! It’s like the dog has no ambitions! (Sidenote: If you have a dog with a talent, you should really name it something more creative than “Pup”.)
It sounded like Cam messed up his cue to come in (he said he’d never sung with a backtrack before), but the kid has a decent voice. He didn’t sound as though he’d confident enough to go far in the competition, but he could win America over with his raw talent and good looks.
It’s not that Ryan isn’t good, because he was OK. It’s just that I have no interest in watching him. Who were all those people crawling around on the floor like Morlocks in The Time Machine? Was he even dancing? He didn’t deserve to be X’ed, but he doesn’t deserve a Vegas show either.
This guy might be one of the worst comedians I’ve seen in a while. Even though some of his jokes could maybe work, his delivery was off and I just didn’t find him funny. At all. And his behavior after he got feedback from the judges made me dislike him even more.
Did he really deserve to be X’ed? I thought Booker was a pretty good dancer. Not great, but decent.
I was already hungry, so watching someone make fresh, delicious pizza on TV at 11:00 at night was not what I needed. What this guy did with pizza dough was pretty amazing, although it would be much better suited to a restaurant than a Vegas show.
How cute is Kristina Young? She took on Carrie Underwood, who is one of my favorite singers and has a crazy strong voice. I think she might have been better off going in a more mellow, acoustic direction, but I still think she’s talented and has potential.
Maestro Alexander Bui
When piano playing gets to a certain level of skill it all sounds the same to me. It’s good, but I’d never be able to tell if the pianist screwed up. I was surprised that Sharon X’ed him. She said it was boring, but so are a lot of acts. It seemed unnecessary.
Gross. Gross, gross, gross, gross, gross. I’m sure some people loved this act, but I really hated it. It’s just not my thing. I watched enough to understand what he was doing, and that was enough to gross me out for the rest of the night.
Wow. Just, wow. The fact that such a little girl like Jackie has such a strong, mature voice is just unbelievable. She’s the young Susan Boyle. Only, you know, young and cute. She completely stole the show and blew all the other YouTube acts completely out of the water.
Other than Jackie’s performance, the YouTube episode was pretty weak. There were a lot of X’s from the judges and not a lot of fantastic performances. Who do you want to see make it through in tomorrow night’s episode?