Americas Got Talent – Semi-Final Pt Two Results

America’s Got Talent results–the Semi-Final round part 2. Here’s how it went down tonight:

Debra Romer, Michael Grasso, Murray and Nathaniel Kenyon took the stage, Michael Grasso advanced to the next round. Boo hoo for the rest.  I was askeerd that Nate would make it on his looks. Whew.

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Sarah - Wexford Has Talent

Fighting Gravity and Jeremy VanSchoonhoven are next.  Sharon was bummed, because both acts were in her top five.  Yep. You guessed it. Both acts made it in.

Next, it’s Haspop, Jackie Evancho and Maestro Alexander Bui.  I think this one is pretty obvious.  Jackie Evancho, the freaky kid opera singer advanced.

There’s one spot left. The judges pick the last act from the 6th and 7th place finishers. Studio One Young Beast Society, Michael Lipari & Ashleigh Dijon and Alice Tan Ridley are left.  Michael and Ashleigh are eliminated based on votes.  Now, it’s between the 0ver-the-hill singer and the adorable young hip-hop dancers. Uh YEAH.  Studio One Young Beast Society are in.

In between the eliminations, singer, Jason Derulo and dance group Le Reve performed.

No surprises tonight.  The judges paid a lot of lip service to the singers, but most of them were never meant to advance in the end.  I think one of the non-singer acts are gonna take it this year, with Jackie Evancho taking the Susan Boyle Memorial second place spot…

Going through to the Top 10 tonight:

  • Michael Grasso (Magician)
  • Fighting Gravity (blacklight act)
  • Jeremy VanSchoonhoven (stunt bike rider)
  • Jackie Evancho (kid “opera” singer)
  • Studio One Young Beast Society (hip hop dance troup)

Last week’s results HERE.

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30 Comments

  1. I think this week was stacked with the better talent. Last week there were some pretty terrible acts, and unfortunately a couple of them got through to the Top 10. IMO This week’s acts could have easily filled 7 or 8 of the Top 10 spots.

    Specifically, I think Alice Tan Ridley is by far a better vocalist and performer than Christina & Allie. I think Maestro has much more talent than the kiddie ballroom dancers, and Michael & Ashleigh were pretty amazing performers, trumping the two WGWG from last week.

    I’m happy that Fighting Gravity and Jeremy made it through. I really enjoyed both of their acts. I’ve never watched AGT, so I’m not sure what happens from here on out, but whatever happens I hope the variety acts are able to come up with new, spectacular performances in a week’s time!

  2. Alice Tan Ridley an over the hill singer? Ouch. that’s mean. And so odd to say after SUsan Boyle was such a hit. I liked her performance a lot. SHe’s got an amazing voice. SHe may be 57, but WHitney Houston, now a vocal mess, can only wish she sounded like her. I would much rather have Alice Tan Ridley in the finals than Jackie Evanko. I love opera, but not kid singers, who are more novelty acts than singers. Yes, Jackie Evanko has an amazing voice. So what? It’s not just about the voice. Opera is about the emotion and she’s far from there. And her song choices on the show are bad. Let her grow up and then see if I want to see her perform. I hate watching kid singers and I hate cashing in on kids.

  3. Last week there were some pretty terrible acts, and unfortunately a couple of them got through to the Top 10. IMO This week’s acts could have easily filled 7 or 8 of the Top 10 spots.

    Too true. ANd I too am sorry Maestro didn’t make it through.

  4. Ugghh I know this is mean but I really am gonna hate watching Jackie!! Yeah her voice is amazing but she seems so coached in everything she says and her motions are so robotic. What happens when her speaking voice isn’t a little girl’s voice anymore? Will her singing voice stay the same. I don’t think so. I also can’t believe that a little girl would rather sing opera than Disney songs.

  5. Alice Tan Ridley has received emails from all over the world. I am hoping she gets some gigs in Europe and other places as there are people around the world who appreciate her type of music more so than they do here. I think she is a marvelous lady and should be able to get some classy gigs in this country as well. She’s not really, IMHO, a Vegas act, more of a “nightclub” singer of yore which would make her a niche performer. There are plenty of spots around Manhattan which would suit her. I don’t consider her “over the hill” as her spirit makes her ageless.

    I also don’t consider the little opera singer a freak. She is incredibly gifted and looks like an angel. If she doesn’t win I’ll eat my hat. Classifying someone as “over the hill” and “freak” is internet speak for “I’m feeling grouchy”. I know cuz I’ve been there and done that :)

  6. As long as Alice Tan Ridley doesn’t have to go back to singing in subways for a living, she will probably be happy, but I happen to think she should have been in the Top 10 over at least 2 of the vocalists there now.

  7. I also can’t believe that a little girl would rather sing opera than Disney songs.

    As a boy of 8 or 9 or so, I used to prefer to play piano all summer (started off easy stuff, then become Beethoven, then Rachmaninoff, ended up Gershwin and Liszt) as opposed to being outside and doing “normal kid stuff.” I recall writing music during mid summer at age 15 or so, just because it’s what I preferred doing. She may in fact rather sing just what she’s singing now over other stuff – we don’t know that.

    I also don’t consider the little opera singer a freak. She is incredibly gifted and looks like an angel. If she doesn’t win I’ll eat my hat. Classifying someone as “over the hill” and “freak” is internet speak for “I’m feeling grouchy”. I know cuz I’ve been there and done that

    Well…she won’t win, I’m pretty sure of that. It does seem they’re pushing for a variety act of some sort. If a singer does win, it’ll probably be what’s his name that started out at the piano last week and then stood up from the piano with the mic. Now that Nate’s gone, the other guy (whose name I can’t be bothered to go look up) is the remaining teenage appealing WGWG (or piano), and considering the squealing when Nate was on last night, those girls will need someone new to squeal over. I called this other guy last week as the winner. I’m sticking to that.

    And I agree, Alice was a good singer – but she was doomed by going first, as well as by singing an old fashioned style.

  8. Yes, this was a better *group* than last week, but IMHO, the best act came out of last week. PRINCE POPPYCOCK ALL THE WAY.

    In him, we have a singer, an opera singer, a WGWP (that’s girl or guy) take your choice, a novelty act, a campy comedian and as Sharon says, a true artiste and individual, plus most important of all, a VEGAS ACT! Liberace, Freddie Mercury and Adam Lambert rolled up into one. He can entertain for over an hour with a mixture of singing and comedy and *maybe* even do a song or two as John Quale without costume? Who knows how far he can take his act? IMO, it is infinite with backdrops, costumes, etc. Liberace ruled Vegas for many years and I find the PRINCE more interesting: Prettier and handsomer and a much better singer all wrapped in one.

    All I know is I smile throughout his performance. I laugh with him and I do believe, *tongue and cheek* he laughs with us.

    I do hope he wins, but I do believe, either way, he will have a contract to perform in Vegas.

  9. I am not sure why the producer stacked better performances this week . Last week total was a mess. Only couple good performances.

    Anyhoo, Michael Grasso become the first magician in 5 years to advance to the final 10. At last!

    Studio One become the first group dance to advanced to final top 10 since first season.

    At least this year AGT got only 5 singers. 2 dance acts. 1 magician. 2 variety acts.

    My prediction: Top 3 will be between Michael Grimm, Jackie Evancho and Fighting Gravity. And a singer wll be a winner (again) this season.

    I am rooting for Fighting Gravity to win though. I like Studio One but they got no chance to win since they are only at 5 & 6 spots in semifinal week.

  10. I liked Michael and Ashleigh. Of course, I’m only “watching” this by video clips here at MJs so I didn’t vote so I guess I can’t complain.

  11. I also don’t consider the little opera singer a freak. She is incredibly gifted and looks like an angel. If she doesn’t win I’ll eat my hat. Classifying someone as “over the hill” and “freak” is internet speak for “I’m feeling grouchy”.

    Your analysis of my motives would be…INCORRECT!

    I hate kid singers, especially ones that are coached within an inch of their lives. That kid will be washed up by the time she is 20, and it will be a very sad thing.

    Also, I’ll eat my hat and my arm if Jackie wins. If she does, it will be despite the machinations of the judges’ panel. They’ve had two singers in a row win the competition. I think they are gunning for a variety act this year.

    My remarks about Alice Tan Ridley were partly tongue-in-cheek, looking at the situation from the judges’ point of view. I never expected her to make the top 10. And if you’re pitting an older act, over a talented younger act…well young wins every time. That’s just the way of the world.

    Personally, I found Alice’s vocals solid, but not remarkable.

  12. I liked Michael and Ashleigh. Of course, I’m only “watching” this by video clips here at MJs so I didn’t vote so I guess I can’t complain.

    MaryS, I also liked them a lot! I believe they got enough publicity to be hired by one of the Vegas clubs as an act within an act.

    Yes, this week had more talent which put a few at a disadvantage. As nice as he is, I wouldn’t have picked Jeremy VanSchoonhoven as a finalist. I like Studio One Young Beast Society over Fighting Gravity. They have a lot of heart and the ability to improve.

    I am sure Alice Tan Ridley will get gigs. I didn’t think she would be in the Top 10. Obviously, the audience loves Jackie Evancho; however, would she really be a Las Vegas act? She is already booked for Carnegie Hall and will receive many invitations to sing Opera. EDIT: I misunderstood what the top prize is on AGT.

    PRINCE POPPYCOCK ALL THE WAY.

    JoDeb, I am convinced he has an excellent change of winning – all for the same reasons you have cited. but, how do you top that Queen (Freddie Mecury) number? That was awesome!

  13. Can we talk a little about AGT’s voting system as opposed to Idol’s? Seems to me, if this were American Idol, Nate and Debra might still be in the competition. Nate definitely had the young girl vote while cute little Debra may have garnered more votes from the horny guy section. AGT controls the number of votes coming in. Older viewers can easily handle 10 votes on their land line and maybe their cell phones and even their computers. Or texting for that matter…don’t want to stereotype too much here. But most of us, when a show is done for the night, would like to get our voting out of the way and move on. Not so much the teen girl with a major crush…..or am I stereotyping again?

    This is what has started to worry me a LOT about Idol. Same ol, same ol for the last 3 years.

  14. . I didn’t think she would be in the Top 10. Obviously, the audience loves Jackie Evancho; however, would she really be a Las Vegas act? She is already booked for Carnegie Hall and will receive many invitations to sing Opera.

    If she doesn’t wreck her voice with somewhat odd vocal-production methods that can get a young body like hers out of whack, she might later. But we notice very very few actual children singing actual opera anywhere.

    The Carnegie Hall gig that everybody is so hyped about is with Tim Janis, the classical-crossover, write-pretty-old-fashioned-symphonic-type-music-and-back-it-with-a-patriotic-or-Christmas-themed-slide-show guy, who does a lot of music for charity. It’s not in any way an endorsement from the actual opera or classical-music community. Not that this fact means that it isn’t a compliment to Jackie and her very pretty voice to get this invitation. But what it means is that, no surprise, her pretty voice and her status as a sweet child makes her major bait for music-as-sentimentality, classical-crossover ticket buying. And if she had an equally pretty voice as a 20-year-old, she wouldn’t be on this bill. I guarantee it.

    This is a big market, but succeeding in it over the long term does depend not only on your voice — and having that persist in beauty and strength is a big if, for a child being over-trained and pushing herself quite hard, as this little girl is doing — and continuing to have some kind of sentimental draw for the audience. You can make it as a kid, or a feel-good-story-chubby-cat-lady or a really-pretty-boy group like Il Divo. But it’s not entirely clear that you can get a very strong long-term career here as just a young woman with an age-appropriate very pretty voice, which is what Jackie will be, if she’s lucky, 10 years from now.

    If she’s not lucky, her voice will go the route of Charlotte Church’s voice — not allowed to properly develop but pushed and therefore no longer able to really deliver at the level once promised. Of course, CC has had other problems not voice related, and let’s just assume that JE is having a different growing-up experience and will avoid these. Having her voice hold out for the rejiggering it’s going to need to be equally successful 10 years from now is still an open question. Hard to tell how much they’re letting her voice develop in a more natural manner and how much they’re allowing her to do slightly funny muscle movements to get the older sound. If it’s more of the first and less of the second, then she can probably rejigger later and be fine. But what will happen if her success as the “older-sounding” singer grows? Will they allow her to do more and more of that kind of singing, thus cementing some bad habits so she’ll have a harder relearning task later and also straining her larynx perhaps? This could happen and it wouldn’t be good.

  15. Personally, I found Alice’s vocals solid, but not remarkable.

    ITA; however, when comparing her to Christina and Allie and Taylor Matthews (I think those are their names), she’s quite phenomenal, so I think she should be in the T10 over those 2, but she was screwed by having a lineup stacked with talent this week.

    This is my 1st season watching AGT. I have no idea what happens to performers after this show if they don’t win. Do losing performers typically get opportunities/offers elsewhere?

  16. Lucy, MasterClassLady agrees with you and wrote several things about Jackie. One thing was:

    There is no freedom to her vocal sound and, with time, this approach is going to cause her irreparable harm if it is not addressed sooner than later.

    So, there is a concern about her voice and future problems. I found your post quite interesting. Thank you!

    J9BT, this is also my first season watching AGT. I know there is a tour, but I don’t know much else.

  17. Well, add me to the list of people who would have liked to see Alice Tan Ridley advance to the Top 10. She is soooo much better, imo, than others who made it.
    Do NOT care for child opera singers, or children doing ballroom dancing either.
    This Top 10 is definitely not my Top 10. I am glad to see Michael Grasso, Michael Grimm, and Defying Gravity advance. Many of the others I would replace if it were up to me.

  18. LUCY ITA – whatever her vocal coach is having her do now will most certainly hurt her voice in the end. She has a pretty tone, but my god, the facial gymnastics and the way she “swallows” her sound can’t be good, for anybody, much less a little girl learning to sing. Her coach needs to be fired and quick!

  19. Yes, it is “freaky” to listen to a young child singing opera like an adult, with such a forced, mimicking tone. I find it rather disturbing, actually, and share others’ concerns that she’s ruining her voice.

    She’s nothing more than a curiosity at this point, and like I said, will probably be washed up once she stops being “angelic” and “cute.”

  20. Lucy, MasterClassLady agrees with you and wrote several things about Jackie. One thing was:

    There is no freedom to her vocal sound and, with time, this approach is going to cause her irreparable harm if it is not addressed sooner than later.

    Grammie Kari, thanks for finding Masterclass Lady’s stuff on this!

  21. ITA; however, when comparing her to Christina and Allie and Taylor Matthews (I think those are their names), she’s quite phenomenal, so I think she should be in the T10 over those 2, but she was screwed by having a lineup stacked with talent this week.

    I agree about Alice Tan Ridley. I think she’s much better entertainment than some of the acts that made it to the Top 10. I agree that she’s not a “Vegas Act” but I hope that she received enough exposure to at least give her some decent opportunities to sing and earn an income. Hopefully she won’t have to sing underground again.

    I personally don’t think children should be considered for a Las Vegas act and I don’t really find them that entertaining. I would rather see someone win who has been working at their craft for awhile but hasn’t had a break. To me, that’s what America’s Got Talent is all about. Children simply haven’t been around long enough to need a break. :)

  22. would someone please tell me how that LOG is doing that sound? i’ve been searching the internet, all i could find is possibly – she is moving her larynx down, she is not lip synching, she is building up muscles, singing from her diaphram,, please someone who knows tell me what is she doing? and why does she move her mouth in that odd way where it makes her look like her lips are not moving with the sound of her voice.

    and i am NOT in love with her as the judges are exclaiming “you have won the hearts of everyone!!!’ NOT!!!

  23. would someone please tell me how that LOG is doing that sound? i’ve been searching the internet, all i could find is possibly – she is moving her larynx down, she is not lip synching, she is building up muscles, singing from her diaphram,, please someone who knows tell me what is she doing? and why does she move her mouth in that odd way where it makes her look like her lips are not moving with the sound of her voice.

    Well, I don’t know exactly what she’s doing, but I am a singer so I know the kinds of things one can do to force out a certain kind of sound. Basically, there are many many many many many muscles in your head and neck and mouth and face that can be moved around or tensed to change the way sounds resonate out from you. Among those things is your ability to move your larynx up and down a bit.

    From the video of JE, it’s pretty clear in spots that she’s tensing some muscles in her throat/head area that she shouldn’t be tensing. (I don’t know exactly which ones — it likely varies quite a bit from person to person, since everybody’s body is unique). Sometimes you see her chin quiver a bit; she lifts her chin sometimes, which usually indicates that you’re using your neck/throat muscles too much to force out sound rather than letting it flow; and she also seems to have a tightness around her mouth when making some sounds.

    But ideally, when you’re training as a young singer, you should first just focus on the sound that flows out of you when all those muscles are relaxed and when air flowing up and out through your vocal cords is basically doing *all* the work in producing your sound. If you don’t do that, tensing some muscles in your neck or elsewhere to “help” your vocal production becomes a habit, and that tension can, at worst, eventually build on itself and lead to actual strain and injuries, or, at best, habituate you to rely on those extra muscles for your vocal production so that you fail to work with and strengthen your whole *natural* voice over your whole natural range. Even in this best case scenario, where you don’t develop any kind of strain or injury, you’re still going to have to retrain yourself down the line to build up the strengths you avoided working on and to get those “helping” muscles to get out of the way again.

  24. I think all one has to know to realize that Jackie won’t end up winning is to see the sorts of comments there are on here. There’s too many people who just find her odd or something, or who just plain don’t like operatic singing, in addition to the ones who don’t think a child act belongs in Vegas (which I kinda tend to agree with). With the others that people CAN vote for, she won’t get the votes to win it.

    I doubt the average person worries all that much about whether she’s hurting herself to produce the voice that you hear or not – I still think it’d be possible for someone to do that basically if they’re a “freak” (the word is kinda harsh sounding but it’s the best description I can think of). Of course we’ve got some people who are more knowledgable on those topics than I who are saying she IS doing things that could hurt her later. About the extent I know singing wise is a combination of what I picked up in high school choir and from being around vocal majors in college – imagining being pulled up by a string from the top of your head while almost looking down as you sing, and using your diaphragm and lungs to support the sound rather than forcing it from the throat. I hardly qualify as an expert ;-)

    I don’t really have a favorite. Thankfully. I’ve seen probably half or maybe a little more of the show and there’s a few I do like, but I’m totally uninvested in the show as a whole, which was my goal, after last year’s AGT and S9 of AI.

  25. One thing that distinguises this show from Idol is the voting limitation. No one can power vote their faves into the win. Ten votes is all you get.

    All of mine from the first of the season go to Michael Grimm. Don’t count him out.

  26. dflowers:
    09/02/2010 at 11:07 am
    LUCY ITA – whatever her vocal coach is having her do now will most certainly hurt her voice in the end. She has a pretty tone, but my god, the facial gymnastics and the way she “swallows” her sound can’t be good, for anybody, much less a little girl learning to sing. Her coach needs to be fired and quick!

    Also, we are only hearing her sing only one song. Can she maintain a whole performance consisting of several songs? While I know some who are just amazed by her, I do not enjoy watching her sing.

    I also do not like to see children giving up their childhood by devoting so much time to these pursuits. I’m a big believer of kids just being kids. It really bothers me to see the opera singer, the piano player, and the ballroom dancers, knowing how much time they spend practicing. Even if they enjoy those pursuits, they should still be encouraged to act their age and have some fun. There is plenty of time to carve out a career later.

  27. I liked Michael and Ashleigh.

    I thought that they were better than the stunt bike rider.
    And I’m glad that Nat Kenyon and Debra Romer did not get through. They did not deserve it.
    I got the feeling watching them sing that they were over confident, especially the girl. And by the way Sharon, it wasn’t the song, it was the singer. The song was pretty, she was very shaky.

  28. I doubt the average person worries all that much about whether she’s hurting herself to produce the voice that you hear or not – I still think it’d be possible for someone to do that basically if they’re a “freak” (the word is kinda harsh sounding but it’s the best description I can think of).

    I agree with all of this!

    The thing is, though, we do have evidence of Jackie singing other non-opera-or-faux-opera songs and in those songs she sings in a much more natural way, so that pretty much shows me that she isn’t just some very unusual person whose body structure makes a “mature” sound natural and easy at a young age. Instead, it suggests that she definitely is significantly using numerous extraneous muscles to produce the “opera” sound. And some of those recordings also suggest that she is not that good in her “break” area, transitioning smoothly from the low to the high voice. So … she’s being encouraged to use a lot of muscles that she really shouldn’t get in the habit of using to produce her sound, *and* she hasn’t (or at least “hadn’t,” whenever those recordings were made) strengthened and perfected all of her natural range and vocal production yet. … So — to me — needs wiser training!

    I’m still not sure that she won’t win, though. While she gets the most negative commentary, I wonder whether she doesn’t also get the most *positive* commentary! And it’s not clear to me that most of the people who find her “creepy” (which I don’t — just the student of a somewhat misguided vocal coach!) will be voting for anybody! It wouldn’t surprise me if a sweet-voiced cute little singer wouldn’t pull in the most enthusiasm out of the group they’ve got. Didn’t Susan Boyle lose to a kid?

    For her sake, I think it would be better if she didn’t win. She’s got a very nice voice and she seems to love music, and I think that in the long run she’ll have a more satisfying life if she doesn’t put too much pressure on the voice at this stage so she’s guaranteed it’ll still be there and in its best form 10 years from now when she has the soul to go with the sound and the body to produce the sound without straining and thus has a real shot at being a grownup pro singer.

  29. >>>>PRINCE POPPYCOCK ALL THE WAY.

    JoDeb, I am convinced he has an excellent change of winning – all for the same reasons you have cited. but, how do you top that Queen (Freddie Mecury) number? That was awesome!>>>>

    I was definitely thinking the same thing Grammie Kari, but then again, I never would have imagined that PP would come up with the Queen number. I am hoping that John Quale, aka PP has already topped himself with his choice for this week and will once again blow us out of the water. He is just awesome and makes me happy. I will root for him.

    On another note, I had originally thought Michael Grimm would win, but after the chicken catcher won last year (and went nowhere) the similarities may be too close. I do think that Grimm, PP, Jackie and Fighting Gravity will be somewhere in the top four. Not sure about the fifth????

  30. Keep in mind the sad stories going on here that are misleading. MG is one. Alice Tan Ridley is another. Forget the subways. She’s already had gigs in off broadway. And a lot of them are already on the Vegas strip.

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