America’s Got Talent was live from New York for the first time last night. Here’s our recap of last night’s jam-packed show (including a look at Nick Cannon’s choice in fashion).
The show began with a half hour look back at the audition and Vegas rounds. We hear how being on AGT has changed the contestants lives. Blah, blah, blah, we get it. Of course it has changed their lives, they’re on national TV for Pete’s sake! We got to see several outtakes, including Sharon and Howard going to work on the germaphobic Howie’s ear, much to his dismay. The “fun” eventually ends, and the real show begins.
The show kicked off with the Distinguished Men of Brass (D-Mo-Brass!). They looked fantastic and sounded as good as they could. Howard is right, a group with as powerful of a brass sound as they have doesn’t translate very well over TV, and it’s a shame. As somebody who has played trumpet for almost as much time in his life as he hasn’t, it’s clear that they have a very powerful, bright sound. It’s likely that they’re on the outside looking in, but they have a decent shot of making it into the semi-finals.
Next up was Edon, a 14-year-old singer/pianist. Howard noted that he doesn’t think Edon’s high notes are good and that they sound like a cat’s meow. Edon said that there are notes in the chorus that are sometimes too hard to reach and that if he doesn’t hit the note it’s over. Edon hits the note and it’s very unlikely that it’s over. Edon got one of the strongest crowd reactions of the night. When commenting on Edon’s performance, Howie made several Jewish jokes and should be ashamed of himself. Yes, Howie is Jewish, but there’s no need for that.
The magician duo Jarrett & Raja was next, and they set quite a standard for themselves in Vegas when they made an entire orchestra appear on stage. Their act is unique as it combines magic and music, and this time it included the song “Singing in the Rain.” They made people appear under towels, but their feet were showing and the live audience could clearly see how the tricked worked. It’s not likely they move on.
Lil Starr was next, and she’s the same as she always was. Sure, she’s adorable, very energetic, and very good for her age, but it’s just that. She’s good for her age, but only for her age. She really can’t compare with the other acts, and it can get boring watching her.