America’s Got Talent 9 – Top 48 Week 2 Liveblog and Discussion

America's Got Talent - Season 9

I’m going to be live-blogging the second night of semifinals tonight on America’s Got Talent. Since I was on vacation last week and couldn’t live-blog, I’ll summarize my thoughts: none of the acts really impressed me. 12 acts perform again tonight, including several of my favorites. I’m particularly looking forward to Aerial Animation, John and Andrew, and Mat Franco. The show starts at 9 EST, please join me in the comments!

Here we go! Starting with a recap of last week. Talentnado is the last word shown. I watched sharknado but frankly talentnado is pushing it.

Nick walks out on stage, dressed in purple. Only 5 will survive tonight! Judges are introduced. Howie has to REPEAT “talentnado” to drive home that this show is “in touch” with the “kids”. Ugh.

Hart Dance Team is up first. They were put straight through by Mel B to live shows. They are all about boys and selfies. (Stereo)typical teens. 26 girls on the team. They dance to Lorde’s Team. They are still doing camouflage but this time with what looks like ice and its really cool looking. Wow, one girl is spinning really high up. That was neat looking but frankly I wouldn’t need to see them again. Mel B calls them stunning. Howie talks about how the props make the act, loves it. Howard says that it was the same thing as last time, if they go through they need to change it up. Heidi agrees with Howard, tells them to do more stuff like the flying girl. I’m with Howard and Heidi.

Cowboy Loop Rowlins is next. He has been married for 7 years and has two kids. He is having trouble making money. He’s just flicking a rope around and then the stage catches on fire for no reason. This is unimpressive so far, compared to the previous tricks. I think he’s screwing something up. Howie just said “Whips, ropes and fire – Some people call that a dream date, I call that a lot of fun.” Howard says he was spectacular, really hopes people vote. Am I missing something? Heidi thought it was fabulous. Mel B asks the key question: can it last a whole show? The answer: NO. It can’t. Howard and Loop say it could be an act in a show.

John and Andrew are next. They keep talking about how Andrew is gay. But it’s about the dancing. They add cool lighting and screens to their act, and they are still awesome. It’s really incredible how fast they move. Howard says we forget that they are two men dancing together because of how great they are. Mel B found it repetitive, didn’t think it was as good as their last performance. It was slightly repetitive but when its that good I don’t care. Howie thought they did step it up. This act represents freedom and equality, says Howie. Howie says Andrew came out on the show, that his family didn’t know. My dad burst into laughter, says “HOW?” I’ll be voting for them tonight.

Livy Matt and Sammy are next. They are acoustic, this will only be their third performance together. They sing Fat Bottom Girls by Queen. Who chose this song for them? It doesn’t fit. At. All. And the acousticy thing just doesn’t work on Queen. This is almost painfully bad. I mean she’s ok but they are almost whispering, they aren’t very good singers. Mel B says they were just nice, safe, not grabbing their attention. Heidi didn’t feel the energy. Howard says that they seemed like an opening act. Howie says people should vote based on previous performances, put them through. He’s just trying to be nice.

Andrey Moraru is a hand balancer who came to America 10 years ago. He was inspired by the circus. He has screens behind him now. But other than that, nothing is really different from last time. I mean, he’s really graceful. But I don’t see anything special about this act. There’s no danger in it, there is no suspense. It’s just him being strong and flexible and moving around in the air. But the judges disagree, Howie, Mel B, and Heidi are standing up. Mel B calls it graceful, and says she’d see him in a heartbeat. Howie says best of the night so far. Howard says he is like a painting coming to life, begs people to vote. Is it bad to say I was slightly bored? EDIT: Maybe I was a little harsh. My dad talked with me and was blown away by it. I get his appeal, and he is really talented, but it’s just not my kind of act.

Juan Carlos is next. Ok, time to cringe people! He is such a joke act. Howie was standing up for the intro. Juan says this will be spectacular. Oh god, he has sparks shooting from his skates. Howard buzzed him, as expected. This is the most flamboyantly bad thing I’ve ever seen. No question. And there is no talent here, at all. I’m trying not to think of all the acts who were cut so he could be on our screens one more time. Howie gets “killed on twitter” for defending him. Howard says he wishes it was fun but he was bored out of his skull, mentions all of the talented acts who were cut. Heidi says he is not a million dollar act. Mel B was smiling, says he is an entertainer.  Can’t wait for him to go home tomorrow. PLEASE let him go home tomorrow.

Mara Justine is next. Let’s see if she sings something contemporary this time. She loves her mom, starts crying. She sings Unconditionally by Katy Perry, and at least its new-ish and uptempo-ish. The high notes are a little iffy but overall its a competent performance. My issue is we’ve seen better kid singers before. Like Carly Rose Sonenclar, Rachel Crow, etc. Howard says he enjoys seeing her, but tells her she should be a little bit more subtle next time. Heidi thinks she has an incredible talent, loves the growl in her voice. Mel B loves her, says it started off wobbly. Howie says she rose to the occasion.

Aerial Animation is next. I loved her audition. She does a routine to Wake Me Up, and I have to say she is just mesmerizing. The act is really hard to describe. It involves a tornado, another guy, and really cool drawings which she interacts with in space. Needless to say she had me. I’ll be voting. All four judges stand up. Howie says she started in the boat from last time, makes him feel really lucky to be on the show. Howard says she came up with something new and fresh.

Jaycob Curlee is next. I don’t know how he’s made it this far, let’s see if he can impress me this time. He brings up his backstory again about being adopted. He sings Beneath Your Beautiful, and he’s still nothing special. But he’s a cute boy, so he will probably make it through. Now if this was X Factor, Idol, or The Voice there is zero chance he would have made it this far. This is really boring. Heidi says she was underwhelmed, says he stayed in valleys and never peaked. Howard says it was nice but not passionate. Mel B says it was monotone and a bit flat. Howie inexplicably loved it. I’m pleasantly surprised that the other three were honest.

Mat Franco is next. He visits his grandma, doing card tricks and stuff. This performance is for her. He does two tricks with the judges involving spraypainting a prediction of a card that Heidi would choose. He appears to be wrong at first but burns off the spraypaint revealing the correct card. The first, seemingly wrong prediction appears out of Howie’s back pocket. Seriously impressive trick. Heidi was wondering how he did it. Mel B says he makes magic hot. Howie was wondering how the second card appeared. Howard loves him, thinks he made magic cool.

Darik Santos is next, he’s the awkward comedian who I don’t really enjoy. Let’s see if he can win me over this time. He does bad puns and bad jokes. I really don’t find him very funny. I’m assuming its purposefully bad but even if it is I don’t enjoy his style. The audience is barely laughing, I’m not laughing at all. I think he just totally bombed. Mel B didn’t laugh once. Heidi wasn’t laughing either. Howard is a fan, calls him “interesting” but that it wasn’t very good. Howie says he is a funny guy, the material wasn’t funny, but he liked it.

Last up are Acte II, the two opera singers. I’m not a good judge of this type of music, they sing Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You. They switch languages halfway through, not like I could understand any of it anyway. Heidi stands up. She loves opera music (who knew?) and she hopes they make it through. Mel B was surprised again, loved it. Howie agrees with Mel, says she’s in a bad mood. Howard thought it was a little off, doesn’t know if they will make it through.

I’m off to vote for Aerial Animation, Mat Franco, and John and Andrew. The results are tomorrow night at 9 PM and I’ll be here to liveblog them. Lindsay Sterling will be performing.

  • lola

    Nick Canon looks great tonight.

  • lola

    That spinning person in this first dance act is kind of random. Just ok for me. More like a cheerleading squad.

  • Blirel

    I think hart dance team was just ok they were better than first and the camouflage looked good and all and the high spinner but I don’t think they r big enough for radio city music hall and that they will be on the edge of making it or not.

  • mason williams

    i agree with mel b on loop, whips and fire gets boring after a while

  • lola

    agree with you and mel b

  • Blirel

    Loop Rawlins is just boring…

  • lola

    Have a feeling Howard, mel b will have the same comments about these 2 guys. They are good but nothing different. Not sure how they could change that.

  • lola

    Well, I was wrong about Howard.

  • vd88

    He looks like a pimp. Lol

  • Blirel

    I thought John and Andrew did fabulous the twirls r spot on. And John and Andrew r the best dancers on the show. I think they r better than Baila Conmigo.

  • Blirel

    Mel B was wrong about John and Andrew

  • mason williams

    NO THEY DID NOT PUT THAT IDIOT JUAN CARLOS THROUGH!!!
    who do i slap first

  • ericascher93

    we will suffer through it together.

  • Blirel

    And some ppl like that guy… ????

  • lola

    haha that’s what I thought too! Yipes! What a waste of a contestant.

  • ericascher93

    I was literally about to write that on my blog but glad you said it for me.

  • mason williams

    i’m a fedora guy, so i like the hat

  • lola

    Yes, QUEEN! But this song? lol…

  • Bunny391848

    Fat Bottom Girls? Really?

  • mason williams

    underwhelmed by song choice,next

  • lola

    Queen has hundreds of songs in their catalog. Why this one?

  • Bunny391848

    Think 39″ would have been a better choice for this group…..

  • Blirel

    I kinda agree with Howie let’s give them another chance Livy is a star she should go solo.

  • mason williams

    watching agt and commenting on it, while listening to caleb johnson’s album

  • lola

    True

  • Blirel

    Andrey nailed it he was amazing his precision is good all the movement with one hand and he dances and is graceful like Mel b said

  • lola

    First act tonight I like.

  • Blirel

    Juan Carlos the act we’ve been waiting for! (Not and he claims he’s the best roller blade dancer in the world and he’ll be famous)

  • mason williams

    yes please, juan spin into some traffic

  • Karen C

    LOL, I agree.

  • Bunny391848

    WHAT THE HECK

  • mason williams

    thank you howard for x’ing him

  • lola

    Howie loves Juan Carlos

  • lola

    The dancers looked embarrassed.

  • Blirel

    He’s gotten better but he’s still god awful lol

  • mason williams

    that’s because howie is brain damaged

  • mason williams

    OH SHUT UP HOWIE

  • mason williams

    yes exactly howard, thank you a waste of a talented spot

  • Blirel

    I feel like voting for Juan Carlos just to irritate Howard.

  • mason williams

    OH SHUT UP HEIDI

  • mason williams

    OH SHUT UP MEL B

  • lola

    Vote for the Worst.com must be behind this. (yes I know it doesn’t exist anymore but I have no other answer)!

  • mason williams

    if i was sent home for him to go through and i was at home watching, i’d be pissed,insulted and downright offended

  • lola

    Well, it’s up to the audience voters now. But aren’t only 5 acts going through? I can’t imagine him being one of them.

  • lola

    Gotta get up early tomorrow am. May have to bail out. Don’t like this Mara girl at all!!

  • Karen C

    Mara Justine was terrible tonight. I think it was the wrong song for her .

  • Blirel

    Yep. Terrible song for her.

  • mason williams

    howard just gave her some good constructive feedback

  • Karen C

    Yes, he really did. I agree with what he said, especially about being more subtle.
    I thought the judging was very constructive for her, and glad the judges were able to do that for her.

  • lola

    Zach Baird…one of Adam Lambert’s keyboard player’s sister is on tonight. She is AirialAnimation. Can’t wait to see how see does. Loved her the first time. Here she comes!

  • Karen C

    She was terrific. I didn’t know her brother was Adam’s keyboard player.

  • Blirel

    Aerial Animation was amazing and nailed it he precision the story she’s so good!

  • lola

    She’s so tiny. Must be barely 5 feet tall.

  • lola

    He only played in a couple shows with Adam but they are good friends. Sleepwalker on Jay Leno is the one I remember.

  • lola

    He fills in when the regular keyboardist can’t do it.

  • Bunny391848

    I like Jaycob but I think Matthew Schuler’s cover of this song is better….

  • lola

    I like this kid. Nice to see him not hiding behind the guitar.

  • Blirel

    Jaycob was soooo… BORING!

  • Blirel

    Mat Franco was amazing!

  • Blirel

    Darik was good but not great his jokes weren’t great but his personality was better I love him hope he goes through for another chance

  • Bunny391848

    Act II was GREAT

  • http://www.razmatazmag.com kayell

    Mat Franco was standard magic card trick using two layered cards.
    Act II’s harmony was off and they weren’t in pitch and were shaky here and there. True opera singers don’t use mics by the way. Howie talks about their voices reverberating through a theatre, he should see a professional opera singer do that without a microphone.
    Jaycob makes me want to vomit.
    Santos was painfully awkward.
    That three piece band I fast forwarded as it was just excruciatingly painful.
    Juan Carlos succeeds as a comedy act, the guy totally kills me, but is he a comedy act?
    The hand balancing act was nice and graceful and there is no question he has talent, but there was nothing special about it.
    Hart Dance Team was really cool and visually stunning, the whole point of it is the box and the costumes, saying it is repetitive is like saying to those shadow dancers last year that they shouldn’t use shadow in their dancing every week – doesn’t make sense. They stepped up the dancing and kudos to them for that.
    Loop Rawlins was absolutely incredible; what he does take a lot more skill than it seems and he does it with such flare and theatrics.
    Mara is the second best singer so far after Emily West.
    Aerial Acrobatics should win this season, so inspiring and creative and talented.
    John and Andrew are really talented, but forgettable, I had to go back to see who I forgot.

    Who will make it through: Act II, Curlee, Franco, Aerial Acrobatics, John and Andrew
    Who should make it through: Aerial Acrobatics, Mara, Loop Rawlins, Hart Dance Team, Juan Carlos just because I need a good laugh :)

  • CB40

    Aerial Animation and Mat Franco won the night for me.