I already mentioned the kid in another thread, so I'll just comment on some of the other acts.
Loved this second escape artist. The judges were right to compare him to Houdini and can't wait to see what else he does.
Svet and his "hip hop violin"--I've seen this done before. In Britain there's a performer who does classical violin pieces set to a modern beat. I saw a music video of her doing Vivialdi's "Spring" from his "Four Seasons" to a modern beat and it was pretty cool. I'm glad I'll get to see more of Svet.
I thought the movie voiceover guy was cool, but I also agreed with the judges that how would you make an act out of it? It seems more like something to impress your friends with. It's a shame that he can't do other sounds like that African-American guy from the "Police Academy" movies.
I read somewhere that Michael Griffin, the escape artist reject, claimed that he was practically "forced" to do what he did by the producers, probably so they could feature Spencer the following episode. If this is the case then it's definitely not the first time the producers purposely screwed over acts. It seems to happen so often, especially in the live shows, so they could rig the show in favor of who they want to see win.
I did hear Sharon say on Talk when Howie Mandel was a guest, that as a prank, she and Howie keep encouraging Stern to go up to the stage! They tell him he should go, and then laugh with each other when he does!
I watch this show every year, for the first weeks and then always lose interest when they narrow down the field!
I liked Howard the first couple of episodes, but yeah, his grandstanding is getting just a tad bit old. I'm still enjoying the show, though.
Yes. Arcadian Broad, the kid dancer from Season 4 actually had the guts to call them out after the judges criticized his semifinal performance. Same with the Fiddleheads last season. And remember Miami All Stars and that stupid football/mascot/whatever theme they did in the final? Even though nobody stated it I couldn't help but think that it wasn't up to them.