‘America’s Got Talent’ 2011: top 10 perform September 6, judges comment — NBC’s summer program America’s Got Talent is winding down in time for the start of the fall season of shows. Tuesday night, the Top 10 acts performed for the votes of the viewing public. The judges made their comments, which may or may not sway the opinions of the audience at home, but it is up to America’s viewers of the show now to pick the Top 4 acts that will compete in the finals. What were the acts, and what did the judges say about them?
The show started off with a passionate performance by Season Five winner, Michael Grimm. The singer performed his song, “Stay With Me.” After his performance, show host Nick Cannon asked about the singer’s life since winning the contest last year. Mr. Grimm said that he has been touring with Stevie Nicks, has “married my Lucy,” and has nearly completed work on a new home for his grandmother as he had talked about wanting to do last year during the show. His self-titled CD came out in May.
The first act competing for the same prize of $1 million and a headlining act in Las Vegas was singer, Lys Agnes. Standing inside a large dream-catcher, the operatic-style singer switched things up and sang a surprisingly low rendition of Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” made popular by the high vocals of Steven Tyler, now a judge on American Idol. Judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne did not like it. Mr. Mandel said it may have been too big a risk for her to sing such a different style song; Ms. Osbourne wondered why she sang it so low when Steven Tyler has such a high voice. She also thought parts of it were out of tune. Judge Piers Morgan disagreed with his colleagues saying that they ask finalists to raise their game and show them something new, and that’s just what Ms. Agnes did.
Illusionist Langston Swank performed a different kind of magic act as well. Posing as a well-dressed, sophisticated young man home in his apartment, he ate a goldfish cracker, then spit a real goldfish into a wine glass. Walking over to an aquarium, he bashed his hand up against the glass and pushed the goldfish into the tank as water spurted and gushed out the side. Viewers at home saw a hand inside the tank, though the goldfish swimming free was not quite visible. All three judges were impressed. “I love the way you make it contemporary,” said Ms. Obourne. Mr. Swank said that it was the first time the illusion “actually worked,” so he was pleased with it.
Little Anna Graceman sang next. She chose to sing “True Colors” recorded by Cindy Lauper. Howie Mandel said the performance was “still brilliant,” but he didn’t think it was as good as her last performance. Sharon Osbourne said she always loves her song choice, and Piers Morgan said that she has a “nearly perfect voice,” but that he is torn about whether she should be in the Top 4 because she is not as strong in her lower register.
The Smage Bros. motorbike stunt team jumped and rode over their brave brother as always, but Piers Morgan said they missed a few moves, leaving him “a little bit disappointed.” Sharon Osbourne disagreed and thought the act was as exciting as ever.
Fans wondered how the young pop group, Poplyfe could top their Beatles song from last week. The group did not shy away from the challenge, singing a Jackson 5 medley. Their performance brought a standing ovation from all three judges. Howie Mandel said that viewers would have to be “idiots” not to call in and vote for the young band.
Unfortunately, the West Springfield Dance Team, with their zombie and ghoulish performance, hit the judges as “too predictable now,” according to Sharon Osbourne. Piers Morgan said he found their performance “quite boring” at times and “felt we’d seen it.”
Contrasted to that was the dance team, Silhouettes, which performed an uplifting routine about overcoming adversity through believing in love and helping others. The judges all praised the performance. Howie Mandel said he had just seen the first Top 4 act.
Sinatra-like signer, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. switched things up by sidestepping from Sinatra and taking up a song by another member of the rat pack, Dean Martin. Backed up by a band, Mr. Murphy sang “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” with swagger and confidence. All three judges approved with Piers Morgan saying the singer got his “mojo back” and that he would pay money to see him in a show.
Finally, Team iLuminate, which has consistently been a favorite of the judges and the audience all season performed another new light-dance routine. This time, the dancer turned programmer also danced in the routine. The judges and audience liked the performance once again. Sharon Osbourne welcomed the programmer back to dance, while Howie Mandel assured the viewers at home who may not get the same impression as they do in person watching in the studio, that this group is “one of the best live acts you can see.”
America’s Got Talent will broadcast its results show Wednesday night where the Top 4 acts going into the finale of Season Six will be revealed. Also performing on the program will be Il Divo and Def Leppard. The hour-long show begins on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.