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    AGT2 Ep. 5 Recap: What Happens in Vegas…Requires a 911 Call?

    Everything is a gamble in Las Vegas, and AMERICA’S GOT TALENT is no exception. Isn’t it fitting that after weeks of auditions across the country, producer Simon Cowell’s million dollar talent show finally arrives in the city that has only two types of people: winners or losers. By the end of the two-day Las Vegas Callbacks, 70 acts will be reduced to only 20 who will go on to compete in performance shows for the million dollar prize. The rest go home like so many do from Vegas: without a thing. These acts are really risking their necks—in one man’s case, all too literally. Let’s hope he doesn’t break it!

    Vegas House Rules

    So now it is more crucial than ever that they impress judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan, who will be keeping an eye out for those who have taken their act to the next level. The callback format will be different from the auditions in several different ways. For one, the acts have been separated into two groups: music and variety. They will all be allowed to complete their 3 minute performances. There are no X’es this time, the judges will only give their feedback at the very end of all the performances, and the only audience will be their fellow performers. By the end of the day, half will stay, half will go home. And the 35 remaining will go on to the next round of Vegas Callbacks (airing Wednesday), when the judges will select the final 20 for the studio performance shows.

    I apologize in advance if there are any mistakes (or a complete lack of) names due to AGT’s annoying habit of not telling us who people are. The only thing I hate more than AGT’s maddening lack of captions is the ad nauseum repetition of “All Or Nothing At All” (by whatever-generic-boy-band) that accompanies every touching moment or plays whenever someone leaves. Every time I hear it, I fear myself on the brink of “Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch” insanity. But I digress…

    Before the auditions, the competitors were allowed a bit of fun. Many got a taste of Vegas by watching Stomp Out Loud, Blue Man Group, and magician Hans Klok (whose lovely assistant for one night only is…Jerry Springer? I’m sure glad they didn’t put him in a skimpy costume to escape from that small box). These Vegas Strip successes show just how far a unique act can really go in show business. Other people are enjoying a more relaxing time, like ventriloquist Terry and his dummy getting the full spa treatment (funny, I didn’t see varnishing on the spa menu of services). Others are treated to a showing of the Broadway musical import, Phantom of the Opera.

    The Whole Song and Dance

    By 7am the next day, it’s make it or break it time at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. First up are the musical acts, beginning with the Glamazons. If you recall, this beautifully bodacious burlesque troupe bowled us over back in the Big Apple; one of the members says that being in this group has helped her learn to love and accept herself by giving her a community of women who share the same feelings. How can you not want to give these gals a hearty, “You go, girl!” They give their rendition of “Big Spender,” delighting the crowd despite whispers among the judges that “their harmonies were a little off” this time. Whatever happens, these ladies are all ready winners; filled with emotion, they tear up as they leave stage. One woman, in particular, considers the magnitude of this moment for her, personally, since a year ago her mother’s death left her unable to perform.

    Teen rockabilly band, Johnny Come Lately, caused a sensation in L.A. Unfortunately, their version of “Rock Around the Clock” fails to impress the judges, or even the audience if the cricket chirps are any indication. “They weren’t nearly as good as the last time,” the Hoff laments. Even the band members themselves are disappointed, asking backstage, “How come Vegas had to be like our worst show?” Another member simply chants, “Bad, bad, bad.” Sadly, not good timing for what was my favorite act from Los Angeles. Will the judges give them another chance?

    Nerves are getting the best of many performers today. Fallon was the pretty, humble blonde with the penchant for polka-dotted headbands who wowed the judges with her rendition of a Jewel song. Will she shine tonight? A combination of “stage fright” and technical problems with her guitar result in a performance lacking “that extra oomph” as Sharon puts it.

    In L.A., Cinda Ramseur was the smooth singer with the soulful eyes who’s struggled for years for the opportunity to share her talent. She sings, “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” a song that is hard to make sound not corny. But Cinda, in my opinion, gives a gripping performance; you really can feel her emotion and sincerity when she sings. “I like her,” both Sharon and Piers say. She cries backstage, saying she believes she’s going to make it through to the next round, because, “If you really, really want it, you can have it; nothing is impossible.”

    So many acts, so little time…Time for a music montage! We see the country lad who caused controversy amongst the judges, some slickster in a sharp suit, the shy blonde girl form Texas, the rock-apella band doing a song by the Police, a trio of young crooners, and some big, crazy, fiddlin’ family band.

    The spotlight finally lands on Cass, the stay-at-home dad who proved the surprise hit of the night with his interpretation of Sting’s “Walking on the Moon.” The judges were critical of his look, advising him to dress more like a star. He comes back with new Chuck Taylors and pearl snaps on his shirt. He thanks his wife for supporting his dream to become a musician, and whatever he looks like, every time Cass comes onstage he proves that music is just in his blood. His performances are always effortlessly entertaining. He gets a standing O from his peers, but Sharon and Piers are still not pleased with the clothes.

    Butterscotch, another one of my personal favorites, amazed everyone the first time we saw her with the freshness and versatility of her beatboxing act. She admits she’s quiet (she doesn’t like the word “shy,” because she feels it implies weakness), saying that she lives her life through music and it’s on the stage she really comes alive. This time, she not only beatboxes and sings, she beatboxes and sings and plays the piano at the same time. There is really something special about Butterscotch, and I’m happy to see the banana make an appearance again (this time sitting on top of the grand piano). “So shy!” the Hoff says later, using Butterscotch’s dreaded word. He is worried that her presence, doesn’t “suck you in.” Ew, just something about that phrase coming out of the Hoff makes me shudder to think.

    Byrain Wynbush was the backup singer that the judges urged to go solo when he first auditioned in NYC. He takes an oft-performed song, “Superstar,” but does it in an utterly unique, and wonderful way. I personally love his voice, which is smooth as silk. Piers and the Hoff each say they like this guy. Surely that makes him a shoo-in for the next round? (Or does it?)

    Meanwhile, Michael, the elementary school teacher who begged for his chance to remain on the show, has been fighting the flu. He is worried about how it will affect his performance, but he will not give up. Michael does his students proud by giving his best musical performance despite being visibly sick. The judges seem pleased, with Piers commenting that he is more impressed every time they see Michael. Will we be seeing him again in the competition?

    Time to Face The Music

    Once all the musical acts performed, the judges deliberate and then call the acts back in, sorted into lines of Yes’s and No’s. The first line of folks includes many of the youngsters, like Johnny Come Lately, the cute dancer/rapper (that the judges had told to drop the rap) and other fresh-faced kidlets. They are all going through to the short list!

    Next up, a line including the Glamazons, Butterscotch, the a capella rockers, some handsome young guy, and the black and white suited slickster. Piers gets everyone nervous by solemnly starting with, “I’m sorry…” but then goes on to say they’re going to have to keep them in Vegas a bit longer. That was a dirty trick!

    Cinda comes out in a line, and I’m thinking for sure this line is getting in. Sharon tells them that they’ve “seen something really special in you” but the decision is that this line will be going home today. Seeing Cinda’s hopeful face fall breaks my heart, and I’m stunned not only at the decision, but the distasteful way in which they announced it.

    The next line including Cass and the big family band, among others, will stay. I assume we’ll see more of the unmentioned acts later on. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing more of the line with Byrain. I am reeling over how they could get rid of Cinda and Byrain, two great talents that they themselves seemed to enjoy. Fallon, Michael and the Redneck Tenors, however, are going through to the short list, along with Disco Granny, adding to my sense of “What the hell?” Nothing against them, but were they really better than Cinda and Byrain?

    Ultimately, 17 musical acts were sent home, and 21 made it through to tomorrow’s show. This will be the last round before the LA performance shows.

    Variety: the Spice of Life

    The afternoon brings out the variety acts. Remember Grannie Pearl? His comedic homage to his mom and grandmom won the judges over last time, but not today. “The same schtick,” Sharon murmurs regrettably. But Grannie Pearl’s not the only one having trouble today. Remember the brother/sister magic team? Technical difficulties with a box containing his sister and white birds results in a clumsy moment that makes the judges cringe. Gold-shirted dancers have r outine that David feels “wasn’t as well-executed” as it should have been. The Reverend Knife Thrower misses again with one of his blades making me think that his assistant must really have faith in him.

    A recurring problem with the variety acts is, well, the lack of variety. A lot of them return with more of the same, leading the judges to believe they are one trick ponies. The Hoff is so incensed, he actually gives a lecture to the remaining performers. He tells them they really need to wow the judges and show they want that million.

    Joey Mitchell is a baton twirler like none other. His act is literally ON FIRE, with twirling sticks of flame. He has a great answer for the judges when they ask what it means for him to compete, saying, “When I step off this stage, I step off with a new life.” He gives a high-energy performance that keeps the crowd captivated and Jerry thinks is “awfully good,” but what do the judges think? The judges seem pleased, with David commending Joey for being “on his game.” Piers thinks “he gave the performance of his life.”

    Next, in direct competition are magic mentor, Kevin James, and mentee Anthony Reed (tonight played by Guy Pearce). Anthony praises Kevin James for being one of the greatest magicians of all time. Kevin likewise thinks Anthony is “great” and “the competition is stiff.” Anthony is first, pulling a modern Houdini by escaping from a tank of water while shackled in chains. In the blink of an eye, not only is he free from the chains, but he has instantly switched places with his HAWT female assistant. The judges are clearly dazzled by this “sexy” magic act.

    Kevin James’s assistant, is not quite as HAWT as Anthony’s, but he is a cute a midget Chaplin, a nod to the silent film style of the act. Kevin James’s whole performance is truly stunning, and morbidly amazing. Kevin seems to cut through a live guy with a chainsaw, and the fellow continues to wiggle and move even as he is carted around and reassembled before our very eyes. It’s definitely a big WOW type of act that will have anyone screaming, “I have no idea how he did that?” I could watch this routine a million times and still get goosebumps.

    15-year-old acrobat Christian and his pup will have a tough time following these two incredible acts. They already have a challenge to overcome, since Scooby was attacked by a bigger dog and is still sporting stitches. The act is a little shaky, but does Christian pull it through?

    30-year-old Boy Shakira says he’s not “selling image” but simply being himself. Will he be able to advance despite tough opposition from a huffy Hasselhoff? “My heart is what I’m going to give to the audience,” he says. He gives his all in his bellydancing act. “I love him,” Sharon gushes, with Piers adding, “He’s growing in stature before our very eyes.” David is still not a fan however. Will his vote keep Boy Shakira from going on in the competition?

    Megan Miller also had one detractor, Piers. This ventriloquist has been practicing to bring something new to her act in the hopes of impressing the judges. Will her ”Broadway-style” duet with her pink puppet give her the edge she needs? Megan does the ever-popular, “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. Piers admits she has “some ability” and Sharon and David still seem to be fans. Will they put her through to the next round?

    The next act, Bruce Block (thank you for having your name on a sign onstage!) has his assistant bail on him last minute. He whips up something last minute, “pulling a Rabbi out of a hat.” Oy vey! Bruce is an old-time sideshow huckster, and his act pleases the judges who like that he did something “totally different.”

    The variety acts go on. There are masked dancers, stilts, cowboys with whips, oh my! How will sandwich shop manager Kashif, the Bollywood dancer, stack up to these sensations? Will he be the Sanjaya sleeper of this year’s AGT? His act is oddly mesmerizing, with Sharon deeming him “sexy.” The Hoff looks like he’s about to lose his lunch, however.

    Break a Neck! Er, I Mean, Leg

    Another act is here to make a big impression on the judges, although perhaps not the one he intended. If you remember Ivan, the self-proclaimed Urban Action Figure, his act involved daring stunts from great heights. This time, his act begins with him leaping over a long line-up six metal folding chairs…but this time when he lands he does not get up. People don’t seem to know if this is part of Ivan’s act. After crashing through the chairs, he rolls over his head and flips over his neck to land in a perfect face plant. The silence and stillness after the clatter of metal and the music stops is eerie.

    “Is he winding us up?” Sharon asks. But time goes on and he does not get up. At all. The crew finally springs to action, calling for a medic, and surrounds the unconscious Ivan. They are worried that he landed on his head and perhaps is suffering from a serious injury. Even after the medic comes over, Ivan does not respond one bit. They call 911 to get an ambulance on scene.

    After some time, Ivan finally gets up but is clearly in shock. The producers insist he get tested, but do invite him back. Ivan leaves on a stretcher with a neck brace, conscious at the very least. He seems completely dazed, however. “I never thought it’d come to this,” the Action Figure says as the ambulance pulls away.

    Know When To Fold ‘Em

    The judges deliberate again, and then reconvene to reveal what variety acts will continue tomorrow. Going home: Grannie Pearl, the latin dancers, and Bruce Block. Staying: Leonid, Kevin James, Lazy Legz and his posse, plus that one funny comedienne whose name unfortunately escapes me. Also staying: Kashif, magician Anthony Reed, the happy Cowboy, Boy Shakira.

    Getting the confusing, “We love you but we’re sending you home” schtick is the group with the 15-year-old acrobat, and the Baton Twirler Joey Mitchell. Ventriloquist Megan, the Chinese plate spinner and the masked dancers will also go home. The judges are killing me. It’s not just that some of their decisions baffle me. Why do they trick these people by acting like they love them when they’re sending them home, and like they hate them when they keep them? It’s just cruel. Almost as cruel as making us listen to O-Town until our ears bleed.

    So now 35 will continue in the Vegas Callbacks. Come back tomorrow for Mantenna’s recapitulation, sure to be more fun than a barrel of Hasselhoffs!

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    Re: AGT2 Ep. 5 Recap: What Happens in Vegas…Requires a 911 Call?

    Quote Originally Posted by SnowflakeGirl;2470444;
    The only thing I hate more than AGT’s maddening lack of captions is the ad nauseum repetition of “All Or Nothing At All” (by whatever-generic-boy-band) that accompanies every touching moment or plays whenever someone leaves.

    Next, in direct competition are magic mentor, Kevin James, and mentee Anthony Reed (tonight played by Guy Pearce).
    Great recap, Snowie.
    The show is kind of all over the place.
    You did a great job of making it all make sense.
    Very entertaining recap
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    Re: AGT2 Ep. 5 Recap: What Happens in Vegas…Requires a 911 Call?

    Quote Originally Posted by SnowflakeGirl;2470444;
    Every time I hear it, I fear myself on the brink of “Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch” insanity. But I digress…

    Ew, just something about that phrase coming out of the Hoff makes me shudder to think.

    The Reverend Knife Thrower misses again with one of his blades making me think that his assistant must really have faith in him.

    He whips up something last minute, “pulling a Rabbi out of a hat.” Oy vey!

    Almost as cruel as making us listen to O-Town until our ears bleed.

    ...sure to be more fun than a barrel of Hasselhoffs!
    Snowy, thanks for the entertaining recap!
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    Re: AGT2 Ep. 5 Recap: What Happens in Vegas…Requires a 911 Call?

    Snowy, great recap! I'm with you about how they were told if they stayed or had to go. I'm blown away that shakiraman was able to stay!

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    Re: AGT2 Ep. 5 Recap: What Happens in Vegas…Requires a 911 Call?

    The only thing I hate more than AGT’s maddening lack of captions is the ad nauseum repetition of “All Or Nothing At All” (by whatever-generic-boy-band) that accompanies every touching moment or plays whenever someone leaves. Every time I hear it, I fear myself on the brink of “Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch” insanity. But I digress…
    This seems to be an ongoing theme with this show.

    Thanks for a terrific recap for such a ridiculous show, Snowy. This show does not deserve your talent, but a big thank you for recapping it.

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    Re: AGT2 Ep. 5 Recap: What Happens in Vegas…Requires a 911 Call?

    Glorious work as always, my friend! How this show became fortunate enough to get your lovely and literate recapping wit, I will never know.

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