America’s Got Talent Top Ten: Three dance acts remain

On NBC’s summer show “America’s Got Talent” only three dance acts are left. Can any of them make the final four? While dancers have won “Britain’s Got Talent” no dancer or dance act has won “America’s Got Talent.” With the stunning opera singer Jackie Evancho, does any other act really have a chance?

America has fantastic dancers, on Broadway and on various reality shows. Some of them make it on to “America’s Got Talent,” but in four seasons, dancers, even those who like JabbaWockeez have won dance shows and even eventually made it to Las Vegas,  haven’t won.

In season one, the winner was the 11-year-old singer Bianca Ryan. The other semi-finalists were The Millers, a musical group of two brothers, and All That, a clogging ensemble. Celtic Spring, a family that does Irish step dancing and fiddling, made the top five with the 11-year-old yodeler Taylor Ware. Realis, a mixed acrobatics pair who performed hand-to-hand balance and release moves were among the finalists.

Season two had singers as the final four with singer/impressionist/ventriloquist Terry Fator winning, beating out fellow Texan, singer/guitarist Cas Haley; beatbox singer Butterscotch and a 14-year-old singer Julienne Irwin. A martial arts group, Sideswipe, made it to the final eight as did The Glamazons, a group of Rubenesque burlesque singers.

Season three, was all singers and musicians in the top ten. Nuttin’ But Stringz, a hip-hop violin duet fusion act of two brothers, was in the final five, and that’s the closest really to actual dancing. The other finalists were a pianist singer (Eli Mattson) who finished second, two opera singers (Donald Braswell and Neal E. Boyd) and a soul singer (Queen Emily). The eventual winner was Boyd.

Last season, season four, one-time chicken catcher but wanna-be country music singer Kevin Skinner from Kentucky, won. The then-35-year-old Skinner had to beat other musicians because no dancer made it into the top four. The final four acts were opera singer Barbara Padilla, country-classical singers the Texas Tenors and the junkyard percussionists Recycle Percussion.

The dancers in the top ten were contortionist Hairo Torres and the clogging sisters Fab Five.

Last week saw the pop-lock soloist Haspop cut and aerialists who shocked the judges in the semi-finals Michael Lipari and Ashleigh Dejon were eliminated, but the dance group Studio One Young Beast Society and black light performers Fighting Gravity moved forward.

The ten acts performing last night were:

  1. Studio One Young Beast Society (Dance Troupe)
  2. Christina and Ali (Singing Sisters)
  3. Jeremy VanSchoonhoven (Extreme Cyclist)
  4. Taylor Mathews (Singer/Musician )
  5. Anna & Patryk (Ballroom Dancers)
  6. Fighting Gravity (Blacklight Performers)
  7. Michael Grimm (Singer/Musician)
  8. Michael Grasso (Magician/Illusionist)
  9. Prince Poppycock (Opera Singer)
  10. Jackie Evancho (Opera Singer)

Fighting Gravity had a space-related piece which involved green light shooting around strategically. Studio One Young Beast Society were good, but not as good as the Jabbawockeez. Anna fell during her entrance while coming down the steps, and there were some synchronization problems as well. I don’t think her dress looked as sharp as Patryk’s yellow tux with tails.

Still, I don’t think any of them can beat Jackie Evancho and I think Evancho will win and none of the dancers will make it into the final four and that’s just based on the history of “America’s Got Talent” voters.

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About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on September 8, 2010, in America's Got Talent and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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