“America’s Got Talent” – Quarterfinals 1
America’s Got Talent kicked off the Season 8 live shows last night at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It’s by far the biggest venue the show has aired its finals in. Throughout the next several weeks, the Top 60 acts will perform for America’s votes. New this year is the chance to vote via Twitter, by using #agtVOTE, followed by the act’s name. With a maximum of 10 votes via the NBC website and phone, there’s only a one limit vote per Twitter handle. As usual, we here will give you our Top 4 acts of the night that we think will advance in the competition. Last night was a mixed bag. Some acts were really good, but a handful were just boring an unoriginal from their auditions and Las Vegas week.
What the Cristef Brothers do is incredibly difficult. It requires an acute sense of concentration and balance, but when they add the element of comedy into it, you have a solid act. There were times I found myself laughing throughout the performance and being mesmerized by their endurance. The judges deemed the act to be the best of the night, and we agree.
I’m a sucker for magic acts. It’s all about the presentation and execution. We could sit here and argue how the trick is done, but instead of wasting our time doing that, why not enjoy the performance? Key decided to utilize technology trends to predict what the four judges would write on the official AGT Twitter page via tablets on their table. I followed the Twitter page and everything was in real time. Key is very likable and he has a fun time performing for the audience. I can’t wait to see what he does next. Could he be the next Dittleman?
One of the best voices this season, and quite honestly, the past few years. James’ performance draws you in and you can see the emotion through his voice. His stage presence and professionalism ultimately gave him a standing ovation at Radio City Music Hall. James fought a personal battle with his family due his lifestyle, but as you can see, that didn’t stop him from delivering an amazing performance.
We may be in the minority here, but tellAvision definitely has potential. It was a bit slow building up as the judges mentioned, but tellAvision has the ability to use their unique act to produce dynamic and engaging stories. It’s quite difficult to orchestrate 12 screens because one wrong move, the entire image is impacted and it would be blatantly obvious. There needs to be more movement to keep the audience engaged.
Those are our predictions. Do you agree or disagree? Find out who moves on tonight live at 8PM ET on NBC.