America's Got Talent - Season 8
Every once and a while on America’s Got Talent a night rolls comes along filled with more talent than anyone expected.  Of course everyone hopes that every performer will astound, but reality and nerves often get in the way.  So last night’s perfection was something that no one should miss.  As for our host, it was another blue suit for Mr. Cannon, only this time Nick’s ensemble was a dash more florescent.  A purple shirt, a bright pink tie—oh Nick, you never cease to amaze.

Aerosphere Aerial Balloon Show

Floating on a balloon over the audience, bathing onlookers in a sea of glitter and lights Aerosphere Aerial Balloon Show looked like finalist contenders right from the start.  Two acrobats twirled joined together over the crowd with no safety net.  They never performed any big tricks, causing Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Howard Stern to wonder whether the group could expand on their performance.  Like Mel B we believe the danger in performing suspended in air over the audience was impressive enough for them to clinch a spot in the semi’s.  When they make it on, they’ll be able to incorporate more stunning choreography.  If anyone disagrees, close your eyes and imagine twirling over a crowd of hundreds by your neck.  That should be reason enough.

Chicago Boyz

This group of young men performed a spirited routine filled with Double Dutch and acrobatics.  They were phenomenal; there was no second of their performance where someone wasn’t leaping, jumping, or flipping.  They never missed a mark, making each moment more thrilling than the last.  Ending their set by again using their youngest member as a jump rope, the Chicago Boyz upped the ante by flipping over the jump roping trio with the help of a trampoline.  Their precision and energy warranted nothing but a standing ovation and well deserved praise from the judges.

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Misti Dancing School

If even one person’s hand was out of sync during Mitsi Dancing School’s performance, their allure would have disappeared.  Luckily that was not the case.  However their performance lost a tad of its luster moved from the intricate unified hand movements to a whole floor routine.  The judges lauded the ladies with compliments, marking this night already one of the most stunning of the season.

Kelsey and Bailey

Last year Olate Dogs took the crown so Kelsey and Bailey have a fighting chance to win America’s heart.  Performing as Dorothy and Toto from The Wizard of Oz, they were cute at first.  Their series of jumps and high fives got repetitive quickly.  The judges liked the act, but felt that the performance fell flat.  Perhaps the voters will feel differently.

Brandon & Savannah

From performing for crowds of twenty at camps to a packed house at Radio City Music Hall, sibling based band Brandon & Savannah made the transition smoother than anyone could have dreamed.  Their rendition of Imagine Dragon’s powerful hit “Radioactive” was so professional and perfect we forgot the duo are just 14 years old and 13 years old respectively.  Mel B didn’t approve of Savannah’s outfit, and when the rest of the judges shouted her down we had to agree.  Her performance wear was appropriate for her age and role.  When it comes down to it, no one is going to talk about the girl that showed a sliver of midriff.  They’re going to praise the young duo that rocked the stage like superstars.

Illusionist Leon Etienne and Romy Low

Illusionist lovebirds Leon Etienne and Romy Low claimed to be showing America a backstage view of their trick by putting the audience on the big screen behind them.  Instead it just gave everyone a different angle to watch Romy and a few stage hands stick silver canes into a box long enough for us to forget what we were watching.  It ended in grandiose fashion, with the magician popping out of the box of canes and Nick Cannon appearing from under a cart.  The lag during the performance didn’t go unnoticed by the judges though.  Howie might have approved, but most everyone else was looking for more.

Deanna DellaCioppa

Standing center stage with a commanding presence Deanna DellaCioppa officially threw her hat into the ring.  Belting out Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is,” it was clear that a star was being born in front of everyone’s eyes.  Her passionate plea reached the heart of anyone who heard it.  Even though she barely moved about the stage, her presence was felt everywhere.  The applause was deafening and the critiques gushing moments of admiration.  If Deanna isn’t in the next round, there is no justice.

David “The Cobra Kid” Weathers

Performing with a snake so dangerous it’s never been allowed in New York City, David “The Cobra Kid” Weathers attempted to approach the venomous reptile bare handed while corralled in a ring.  First pinching the snake he then pulled it out of its box before holding it over his head well within striking distance.  Chasing and pulling the snake for some time the dangerous serpent seemed uninterested before attempting to strike twice.  After a few more playful jibes David grabbed its head, finally subduing it and putting it away.  Mel B and Heidi’s fear clouded their judgment, but Howie was impressed.  Howard didn’t like the act because the performance relied too heavy on the snake and not David.  It was a thrilling act but Howard’s critique held enough merit to put David’s future in question.

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen’s triumphant performance was everything it should have been.  His performance of “Impossible Dream (The Quest)” was transcendent and beautiful.  By performing a show tune instead of another aria, he was able to manipulate his operatic voice into a different format.  The change was a billboard for Jonathan’s astounding voice.  All of the judges loved it, but Howard reminded him that he’s facing tough competition.  Unnecessary as it might have been, those competitors are a very real problem.

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Kenichi Ebina

Using a video game like backdrop, Kenichi Ebina put his martial arts skills on full display fighting beasts.  Afterwards he danced his way through an aquatic, fire breathing, and futuristic game level.  All of the judges were wowed by his performance, especially since all the characters in the video were Kenichi.  There must have been some sort of disconnect—we found his act to be no different than the many others that utilize electronic screens for their performance.  America will have to decide which was the right point of view.

Jim Meskimen

Though his performance began with a malfunctioning microphone Comedian Jim Meskimen immediately flew into a round of impressions.  He depicted how Joe Pesci, George Clooney, Sting, Woody Allen, Robin Williams, Dr. Phil and Robert Downey Jr. would portray Ben Franklin.  By adding the Ben Franklin aspect, he had to make all of his comments dually topical, relating them to the celebrity as well as the founding father.  Never mind the fact that each of the celebrities were picked by Nick and the judges, along with one from Twitter.  His ability to be prepared for a host of different requests made him beloved by all except Howard.  Surely he has to be the only one; Jim’s talent is amazing.

American Military Spouses Choir

Singing Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” the American Military Spouses Choir left their mark on the crowd.  The standing ovation from both the judges and the audience was predictable, but their performance wasn’t as amazing as others.  Mel B was right, their voices have improved, but we can’t help but feeling like their passage to the next round will me the loss of someone far more deserving.  Time will tell.

Who Should Advance: Aerosphere Aerial Balloon Show, Chicago Boyz, Brandon & Savannah, Deanna DellaCioppa, Deanna DellaCioppa, and Jim Meskimen.  Any one of these performers deserves a shot at the semi-finals.

Wildcards: American Military Spouses Choir, Mitsi Dancing School,  and Kenichi Ebina are threats; they were beloved, even if their appeal was a little lacking.