Ladies and gentlemen, ‘America’s Got Talent’ has its final 48 acts Hollywood-bound from this year’s game-changing Vegas Week at the Palms Casino after Wednesday’s show. More than half the 100 acts from around the country that auditioned in front of judges the past two nights were sent home packing after their auditions didn’t stand up.
So, who’s the best left? (The winner takes home $1 million and a Vegas show deal when the TV show picks its winner later this summer.)
Singer Michael Grimm. He has true star ability, presence, and name to beat his competition. While his acoustic singer act is in the same category as last year’s winner Michael Skinner, Graham is a different kind of music. Compared to this season’s talent, he has an edge.
Kid dancers Future Funk. So cute they didn’t even need to do a Vegas Week performance, the break-dancing 5-year-old and 9-year-old are sure to be a fan favorite. It’s either these kids, or 11-year-old rapper CJ Dippa, who has quite a dominant stage presence and legitimate musical ability despite his comical pre-adolescent swagger, as the runaway kids choice.
Singer Alice Tan Ridley. If she was just Gabourey Sidibe’s mother, she wouldn’t be so strong. But her singing chops put her in the category of her own, as she has a soulful, throaty voice and eye for picking the right songs. With the right production, Ridley could really become a dominant force. Could Ridley became a bigger star than her ‘Precious’ Oscar nominee daughter?
Strikers All Stars dance crew, alums of ‘America’s Best Dance Crew,’ is a super-polished dance collective of longtime friends who can do hip-hop with an edge and precision that can make others look sloppy and unimaginative by comparison.
Guitar player/singer Nathaniel Kenyon. This kid has what it takes to be an all-around ‘America’s Got Talent’ success story, and potential music hitmaker with writing talent. Also, producers seem to be interested in his back story. All-important screams from girls in the audience don’t hurt his cause.
Fighting Gravity. These glow-in-the-dark dancers were another of the acts so good they didn’t have to waste time performing in Vegas to advance to Hollywood. Their eligibility represents the dominance of the youth culture electronic music age . They don’t have a great social story, but let’s see where they go.
Fire artist and illusionist Antonio Restvio is really taking this competition seriously. He was in tears and emotional about being his Vegas performance, showing off big muscles in a fiery display. He has a good creative mind behind the theatrics, and the act is tailor-made for Las Vegas.
Guitarist singer Luigi Seno has an everyman’s anonymous allure that works exceptionally well. He’s cool and unassuming, though his presence onstage explodes, and the audience loves it.
Dancer Haspop, from the streets of Santa Monica, is a Frenchman who dances for no money, but is a dynamo. And, he is a viral hit on the Internet. Of the 48 finalists, Haspop’s audition video has more than 600,000 views on YouTube.
ArcAttack, the lightning act, is like a mysterious force that could take everyone by storm if the right show were put together. Because they had a bye in the Vegas round, all is quiet on their Texas front (their home state). Look for them to be a dominant force.
On the bubble:
Ali and Christina. The two little girl singers got a big break when they advanced past some of the other more experienced, and possibly more talented, singing groups in Vegas. But they have a fun story, and people could vote for them. To see them have a show in Vegas? A little doubtful.
Performance artist Prince Poppycock would like to think he can make it all the way, with his painted face and lips, but his misstep in the Vegas week of having a cold bug, could indicate vulnerability. The Prince character is interesting. It would be fun to see him take it beyond the stand-in-one-place-and-sing thing.