Wow. Just wow. What an absolutely awful episode. Out of the top 10, we have exactly 1 non-singing act.
In the first half, I was very mad that Extreme Dance FX didn’t make the cut. Other than perhaps Birkin, this was the most talented act left in the show. You could tell they were devastated too (they got all my votes on Tuesday). It was made even worse by the fact that I was optimistic they would get put through when paired up with The James Gang, but then Springer pulled the rug out from underneath both of them. The only saving grace in the first half was the judges mercifully putting Daniel Jens out of our misery. While I’m not the biggest Jessica Price fan, she was lightyears better than Mr. Iraq, and I was pleased with the judges’ decision. So that means:
Queen Emily – very overrated
Paul Salos – peaked a while ago, and not very excited about him going through
Neal Mom-lover – He’s good, but the backstory is a little much each week and his last performance was a bit boring.
Jessica Price – She has a good voice but had an absolutely horrid song choice this week. Hopefully she can bounce back.
The Wright Kids – The only act from the first half I was happy to see move on. Not sure if they’re enough to keep me watching though.
As for the second half, it didn’t get much better. I let out a huge moan when Katewin got paired up with SickStep as it was obvious who would be moving on. I can’t believe that the judges think some of these acts wouldn’t be able to sustain in Vegas, but somehow think Kaitlin would. Can you imagine wisteining to that wittle voice for 90 minutes?? I think I’d put a gun in my mouth and pull the trigger. Then to see Braswell paired up with the Tapping Dads made it a lot worse, as it was also obvious. Tapping Dads were by far my favorite act last night (I split my votes between the Dads and Birkin). Seeing Eli and Sarah together was the one genuine moment of the night, as they are both very nice people, talented singers, and both want it (and deserve it a lot more than some). Was sorry to see Sarah go after that, but happy Eli stayed. Thankfully, Nuttin But Strings let us breathe a sigh of relief to not have to hear the Tabul’s again.
Finally, seeing “Elvis” and Mr. Birkin paired up together at the end, it was obvious who has a LOT more talent here, but it was also inevitable that the judges would pick the other one. The judges basically said that while Jonathon is absolutely flawless and sensationally talented, the act is one-dimensional and there’s nothing left to see. And when it came down to David, hearing him pick Joseph simply because it would be an act that could sustain a Vegas show more than Birkin, that was the last straw.
This is not supposed to be a show about who can make the best 90 minute Vegas show. This is supposed to be about finding the best talent in America. And I think that, as one-dimensional as the act may be, few would argue that Jonathon Birkin was the single most talented act left in the top 20. So as for the second half:
Eli – pleased to see move on
Nuttin But Strings – also pleased to move on
Braswell – Don’t care at all about this guy. His whole “hasn’t sung in 11 years thing” has already proven to be BS, and his voice kind of grates on me.
Elvis – My dad used to sing back up for a local Elvis impersonator, and that Elvis was a MUCH better Elvis than Joseph Hall.
I am disgusted with this show right now. In the last 10 acts, there are 9 singing acts and 1 violin act. I have watched this show through the good and the bad this season (suffered through all the audition eps), but now I really don’t think I will be watching from here on out, as I simply don’t care. The only acts I would care somewhat about are Eli, Nuttin But Strings, and The Wright Kids. So I’ll probably just watch those 3 acts on youtube the day after next week’s episode.
Edit: Anyone notice we actually saw the REAL Zooperstars tonight?!? I have a feeling that NBC knew they were on an extremely tight schedule to get this in in half an hour and forced them to walk out like normal humans instead of plodding around the stage for 5 minutes in costume.
Edited by TheRabbi, Sep 11, 2008 @ 8:09 PM.