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'America's Got Talent:' The top 47 acts were chosen

Howard Stern judge on America's Got Talent
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Last night on “America’s Got Talent” the top 47 acts were chosen to move on to the live shows. The performers came from all parts of the U.S.A. some with heartbreaking stories of a life long dream, sadness, abandonment, illness, but all wanting to achieve the unimaginable.

The nerves played a major part on some of the performers, who had to give it their all without an audience and only the four judges sitting at a table scrutinizing their talent, or lack thereof. There are many favorites that made it through, and some unfortunately did not, but this brings up an outrageous and mind-boggling result when that guy that broke ice with his head, the guy on skates, and the rope twirling cowboy made it through, while real talent was sent home. Is it because there can only be a certain number of performers from each category that make it through? If that is the case, then such unfairness can be put in perspective, however, to say that those three had more talent than others that were cut, would be ridiculous and absurd. There is no way that people would pay to watch a guy break ice with his head, or tear up phone books such feats of strength have a place, but a headline act in Las Vegas isn’t the location, or the guy on skates who is just outright obnoxious and just goes around in circles with no real skill, and then there is the rope twirling cowboy, really? This is an act to see once, shrug the shoulders, be amazed for a few seconds and then move on to something spectacular.

The male singers were fascinating, the female singers were all great, but the cheer was loud when it was heard that “The Willis Clan” made it through, they are 12 brothers and sisters whose performance was even better than their first audition, Smoothini the magician also went through, Mike Super along with his invisible alter ego ‘Desmond’ also made it through, and without question David and Leeman who had Howie Mandel –one judge- forget how to read in English, also got a place for the live shows.

There is indeed much talent, with the exception of handful that hopefully were chosen just to comply with a percentage, but soon will be eliminated and thus leave space for those who are truly amazing and without question are contenders for the ultimate prize. Recaps, episodes, and information on the top 47 acts can be watched online at

“America’s Got Talent” runs on Tuesday at 8 p.m. and results will be announced on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT on NBC.


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