Music took center stage Tuesday on ‘America’s Got Talent‘ when auditions hit Chicago. Most of the acts were traditional song-and-dance – with the exception of the Strong Man and I’m-too-sexy-for-this-show hula-hooper who flirted with Nick Cannon (Howie called her ‘hooters on steroids’ – ‘nuf said). If you like the silly wanna-bes, though, you should note that this was the fifth and final week of auditions and the kookiness now comes to an end, relatively speaking. As for undiscovered talent, a diminutive 24-year-old opera singer named Carlos Aponte reminded us of Susan Boyle, and who knows, her performance may go viral, though it will be hard to compete with the success of last week’s hip-hop viral crossover song, ‘Studio.’
Last night’s comedic stretch: Sneezy Zach Cardy, 20, who was gross. Judge Howie Mandel, a famous germ-a-phobe, recoiled in horror. I thought ho-hum and the judges tossed this waste of time like a used tissue.
Last night’s best act: The dance group, Strikers All Stars. The Florida-based group of college friends had polish and originality and were clearly in their own league. Tight choreography, hot music, and even hotter bods helped, right? Yeah.
For comparison, remember this group of “hot shot” tap dancers?
Also noteworthy: The Gentlemen of NUCO, another group formed in college, set out to break the stereotypes of classic music and they did, attacking Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since You Been Gone’ with multiple violins and a stand-up bass. Howie appeared to enjoy their inventiveness.
Nashion, an unemployed 18-year-old dancer, could have been a joke, but his gyrations to Lil’ Wayne rocked the house. His ego was a a little hard to stomach, but his tattoos impressed judge Sharon Osbourne.
Here’s last night’s show:
Back to Carlos Aponte: We liked the 24-year-old opera wedding singer. We knew he was going to be good when the producers teased him upfront and painted him as a stinker, a la Susan Boyle’s dramatic debut on British TV. With rocky English, he was getting snickers from audience members and so, duh, we braced for something interesting to happen.
And it did!
He opened his mouth and a bold, rich operatic voice came out. It was the kind of TV moment the show loves. Aponte didn’t storm out of the gate perfectly, though; his first few seconds sounded a little quiet. But he soon picked up steam, and judges applauded his performance. Howie called it “one of those fantastic, unexpected moments.” Fantastic? Uh, it was a little cheesy, it was a little been-there-done-that, but he had the audience waving their arms side to side.
What did you think of Tuesday’s show? Which acts stand out as front-runners? If you have any questions about the show, let me know and I will find out the answers.