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'America's Got Talent': YouTube acts perform - Live blog

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America's Got Talent is back! The Olympics are over, and while we may not see gold medallists, there are plenty of contestants hoping to secure a show in Las Vegas and the $1 million prize that comes with winning the show. When we last left our hopefuls, the Top 16 semi-finalists had been announced. Tonight, we embark on the legendary YouTube show, where talented acts chosen from the website vie for a place in the finals.

Join Digital Spy live from 8/7c to find out how it goes!


21:59Well, thankfully, that's it for tonight. Join us tomorrow night (August 15) at the same time to find out which acts will be going through to next week's semi-finals.


21:55"Finally something to be proud of!" raves Howard, saying that they kept things moving and kept everyone entertained. Sharon agrees, admitting that it's been a "tough one" tonight but it was worth it to get to this group. Howie jumps on my train about saving the best for last. It's unanimous - they were the best tonight and are just great in general.




21:53It's actually.. pretty clever. They do a strange theatre performance to 'Bohemian Rhapsody', though it does take them a bit to get to the actual dancing. They're definitely the best of the night, and it switches into proper hip-hop just when you might lose interest. Yeah, they're good. I like it. It's a very clever concept, and really well executed. I guess, much like Vanessa Williams once observed, they saved the best for last. (Zing!)


21:51Academy of Villains is - get ready for it - is a "theatre-based hip-hop group". Sigh. I'm just not sure how I'm supposed to feel. I want to believe that this could be something interesting, but I'm afraid. I've been hurt too much tonight already.


21:49Luckily, he got three 'no' buzzes from the judges, so it's finished for him. Sharon says she couldn't decide whether she was watching Quasimodo or was in a department store at Christmas, saying that she was "very confused". Howie wonders what his process was in putting this act together, adding that maybe it's a Broadway show. "If hell had a musician, you would be it," says Howard. Enough said.




21:43He's playing (what else?) 'Carol of the Bells' and pounding on a giant bell set as if it's a piano, and it's all very weird. He is doing this outdoors, as well, and frankly this is like the stuff of my nightmares.


21:42Now for something a little different - Cast In Bronze... a bell player. Whaaaat? To make it even weirder, this guy must think he's a Gothic deadmau5 or something, as he's in head to toe black with his head covered by black fabric and a mask. What is going on tonight?


21:36Howard thinks she's young and that people will remember her since, again, she's on such a terrible night. Not exactly high praise. However, he adds that she needs to get some charisma. I'd agree. Sharon thinks she's confident and has a great voice, but advises her not to shout so much and stick to the melody, even if she gets nervous. Howie calls her the best act of the night. Again, not saying much.


21:34She decides to sing Miranda Lambert's 'Gunpowder and Lead'. Girl, sorry, but you're no Skylar Laine. This is very, VERY average.




21:33There's another singer on the loose. This time, it's country (?) singer Bria Kelly, a teen who dreams of performing for millions. Aw, isn't that sweet? "I'm not meant to do anything else," she says in her VT. Well, you may have to revise that thought a bit, dear.


21:27Howard says that he's seen this kind of act before but hopes to see him again, though he advises Puck to try to get more "wow factor" if he gets to come back. Howie thinks that he has talent and luck (the luck is that he's on tonight's show, which has been terrible), and that he seemed to shine in comparison to the others. Sharon likes his presentation, which she sees as professional and confident. However, she thinks it was "too small" and that he needs to bring a bigger show.


21:25His act sees him make a handkerchief dance around, hide behind a cloth, "die" and come back to life.. and zzzzz... oh, sorry, I fell asleep at the keyboard. The grand finale is this handkerchief dancing its way out of a jug and back to his pocket. Whatever.




21:23Let's move on, shall we? It's another magician who's been performing since he was six. It's The Magic of Puck. Sigh. My hopes aren't very high, but he seems like a nice guy.


21:18Sharon says that he's "very good at mime" and leaves it at that. Howard questions who decided to make a YouTube night and says that it doesn't count as talent. He doesn't want to see it and claims that it looks like he's playing with himself. It's just a mess. Goodbye, Romeo Dance Cheetah. (I can't believe I'm being forced to type such a ridiculous name.)


21:14It's two 'no' buzzes early on for this yahoo, who is wasting all of our time by "performing" The Darkness' 'I Believe In a Thing Called Love'. Charming.




21:12It's Romeo Dance Cheetah next. What a colossal waste of time. He does air guitar. I'm going to say no more.


21:07Howie didn't buzz him as he wanted to see if there was something more to the act, adding that it's not a $1 million show, but maybe a $1 million birthday party. Howard says that all he managed was to make a mess of the stage - he also thinks it's a "colossal waste of time", saying that he can't even think of anything interesting to do, calling him "boring" and telling him to get a good job. Sharon pretty much agrees.


21:04Next, it's... a "visual chaos" mixed artist who combines magic, choreography and a bunch of other stuff. His name is Eric Buss, and he begins dressed as a conductor, shooting fake snakes out of his sleeves and handheld tubes. And then he shoots more out of a musical instrument. What? How is this on TV? Sharon and Howard have already buzzed 'no'. This is awful.


21:01Howard was looking for "something dynamic" and says that while her first few jokes were good, she lost the audience and picked the wrong material for tonight. Howie says that her YouTube show was "really funny" but again, that she made the wrong choices tonight and had bad delivery. Sharon says she's one of the funniest comedians but agrees with the guys - not such great material tonight.




20:59She's... not funny. She has a few one-liners but it's all very boring and try hard. Her jokes run the gamut of travelling to London, talking on the phone to her mother and men not calling her back. Goodbye, Melinda.


20:56Next up, it's a stand-up comedian! Her name is Melinda Hill and she's got 90 seconds to make us laugh.


20:50Sharon says that he doesn't have the advantage that many others do as he's a "complete rookie" and hasn't had the opportunity to perform very often. However, she applauds him for doing well despite being young, inexperienced and nervous. Howie agrees, saying that it's "really commendable" (what, to go up and make a fool of yourself?) and that he has a good look but he needs time to get better. Howard says that everyone is trying to be respectful of his age, but he's not ready for this competition.


20:47He adds another notch to the 'annoying' column by covering... Natalie Imbruglia's 'Torn'. UGH make it stop! He's doing the coy half smiles and the impassioned belting, and I'm going to stop typing about this kid now.


20:46Time for the next act, and it's 16-year-old singer Drew Erwin. Look, I'm just going to say it. I'm so over these Justin Bieber wannabes. Sure, he taught himself to play guitar and piano by watching other YouTube videos and he even won the YouTube Snapple contest (whatever that even means), but just... no. We've had enough. Just go home, Drew. Play your high school talent show and get lots of girls because of it, and then move on to a normal career.




20:40Howie admits that he wasn't wowed and instead got a bit bored. He also suggests that the group features some of its more talented dancers rather than trying to do everything in sync. Sharon thinks they're okay, but that they don't do anything to make them different from any other dance group. She applauds them for being technically good, but thinks they should have used a different backing track. Howard agrees, saying that they need to do something to trigger an audience to want to stay tuned, and it just didn't happen.


20:37Oh right, it was Howie. I'm surprised the others aren't chiming in.


20:37Next up, an all girl dance crew - 7 in Unison. They're just "normal teenagers" and think they have something to offer that's different from the other dancers in the competition. Their choreographer, by the way, is only 19. That's not to say that a 19-year-old can't be a good choreographer, but I'm a bit skeptical of all this. Tonight, they're doing a jazz routine to Peggy Lee's 'Fever' and it's boring as all hell, to be frank. They've got a 'no' halfway through, though it's unclear just yet who from.


20:30Howard thinks that there was too much stuff going on that no-one cares about before he got to the actual trick, saying that people got "bored" with the act. Howie thinks it's "unique and original" and that it was "exciting", claiming that the audience was a bit hard on Rudy. "I actually loved it!" he gushes. Sharon says that Rudy has no sense of timing and should cut to the chase rather than "playing" with boring parts.


20:27Next up, it's musician Rudy Coby, who looks like a combination of Morrissey and... something weird. Ha! He previously went on tour with Marilyn Manson and his magic is apparently "dark" and includes a scary clown doll, a black pleather coat and some sub-par puppetry. He then makes the clown "come to life" as a life-size person... this is just awful. Howard thinks so too, as does Sharon, because they both buzz him out before he can finish.




20:19Howard is a longtime proponent of bands on the show, but thinks they suffered from not being together that long and that they need time "to gel". He advises them to take time to develop and get some stage presence. Howie agrees, adding that his instinct is that they're "fine", but they looked like young guys acting like a rock band rather than being one. Sharon questions what type of music they want to make, saying that their song choice is odd if they want to be a rock band.


20:18It's as awful as I expected - they're covering Katy Perry's 'I Kissed a Girl' and absolutely murdering it. And that's not slang for it being amazing. Ugh, I hate music like this. I don't think we'll be seeing them in the semi-finals (or at least I hope not).


20:15Oh, great. It's a "pop rock" band called Reverse Order from New Jersey. They're a bit "screamo" for me - very indicative of the scene in that part of the country, so I'll probably hate this, but y'know. Do your thing, boys.


20:09Miraculously, this bird does indeed fly right to him. Huh. Still don't know how it would be a show, but that was pretty neat, I suppose. Howie thinks it's "really amazing", admitting that when he originally saw it on YouTube, he didn't think it could happen. He also questions what else Clint could do, and Clint explains that he has other tricks that are "different but equal".

Sharon calls him the "bird whisperer" and says that she thought it was going to be a trick. Howard jokes that he recently stopped eating birds and now he sees why - because they're intelligent. Whatever, I'm eating chicken at the moment, but to each his own. In any case, he's anxious to see what else Clint has up his sleeve.




20:06Speaking of YouTube night, it's time to get it started. First up, it's an animal act! Clint Carvahlo and His Extreme Parrots. Parrots are fun if they can talk or do weird stuff, but I don't know how impressive it'll be. Tonight's parrot is called Kitten, and she's gonig to freefall from 150 feet, fly through the lobby and over the audience's head... to him. That's an act? How could he possibly make a Vegas show out of that?


20:04The judges are even back! Howard says that he's "a little rusty" since he's been out of practice due to the Olympics, but he's looking forward to tonight's YouTube night because he thinks they could find a superstar.


20:01Be honest - how much have you missed spending two hours every Tuesday checking out some of America's best (and very, very worst) talent? Well luckily, you don't have to miss it anymore - we're back!

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