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I wasn't intending for this to be an article, but something's keeping me from posting it as a comment...Maybe there's suddenly a length limit or something... A real rollercoaster of emotions this season, am I right? It's been a real rocky journey, and in some spots could have been much better…But I'm always willing to...

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Season 13: Finals

Well, it’s the finals, Tyra’s dressing up like she’s stuck in the 80s, and most of the acts seemed to have brought their A-game! My reviews will be mostly positive, so this ranking will be based quite a bit on personal bias…Anyway, let us begin!

10: Vicki Barbolak. I knew it should have been Angel City instead…Looking back, Vicki’s main draw has always been her personality…But personality alone, while it may get you places, does not make a funny comedian (just look at Amy Schumer!) A lot of the punchlines were either obvious or designed to get everyone going “Whoop-whoop!” Arsenio Hall style…I like Vicki’s character, but there were other acts that I considered more deserving in her place for this final round, INCLUDING singers…Take that for what you will…

9: Duo Transcend. These two do continue to impress me ...Read more
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Sep 12, 2018
Season 13: Semi-Finals 2

11: Da RepubliK. Still missing Future Kingz…I do like these guys, but I never expected to agree with Simon as much as I did tonight when he talked to them…He almost sounded like the professional tough judge people have been hyping him up as! But yeah, this was bland…It’s telling that the opening package was more memorable than the actual performance…(Seriously, what the hell was up with that!?)

10: We Three. You know, I really do like this band! They’re no Arcade Fire or Black Keys, but I do respect the effort they put into ALL of their songs! And I applaud them for trying something more happy and upbeat for once! I would gladly listen to their music! …But they don’t mesh very well with this show, do they? It’s not even entirely their fault...A lot of it has to ...Read more
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Sep 05, 2018
Season 13: Semi-Finals 1

Okay, semi-finals and stuff, let’s talk about them…

11: Front Pictures. I believe it was the great movie “The Dark Knight” that said the following: “You either get eliminated as a great act, or stay in the game long enough to see yourself get X’d.” It pains me to have to put this act of all acts dead last on my list, but I really don’t see who else it could be; Everyone else had at least something special to offer…These guys look like they have officially run out of ideas, at least in the unique mixing of onscreen graphics with live actors department…Last time we had a guy bouncing all over this haunted hotel with all these crazy 3D effects that I thought impossible before! Now it’s just…some guy floating through space…With some admittedly really nice graphics, I’ll give it ...Read more
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Aug 29, 2018
Season 13: Quarter-Finals 3

12: Joseph O’Brien. So we’re still putting on the “can’t get a girlfriend” act, huh? Are they really still expecting us to believe that NOBODY has at least SOME kind of attraction toward this guy, especially now that he’s singing these heartfelt (if incredibly generic and bland) original songs on a big reality gameshow? Whatever; He sings nice, and he can write songs…Whoop-de-freaking-doo! It still brought an otherwise energetic night to a sudden boring crawl…This was easily my least favorite singing act of the round (and apparently for the judges as well), and if he goes through over the really good variety acts, then there is officially no integrity left in our American voters…

11: Rob Lake. I’m sorry, but what was so exciting about this act that they had to line it up second-to-last!? Sure, he can do a bunch of different ...Read more
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Aug 22, 2018
Season 13: Quarter-Finals 2

12: Quin and Misha. This legitimately bored me…I know the age thing is a legitimate factor and all that, it’s impressive and stuff…But we’ve seen all their tricks now! I’d say their previous performances were better…

11: Yumbo Dump. While this was TECHNICALLY the weakest act of the night as well as the entire live shows (as much as Simon wants to insist that Human Fountains is the stupidest act they’ve ever had), at least they’re MEMORABLY bad! And while I was ready to give them the bottom spot on this list, especially while watching most of it (the same routine: They say what sound they’re emulating, “Ssshhh!”, they make the sound, it barely sounds like anything other than two guys playing with each other’s flab, “Feel so goooood!”, next one, rinse, repeat…), they saved it a little in the end ...Read more
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Aug 15, 2018
Season 13: Quarter-Finals 1

Well, here we are! It’s time to see how these acts fare on live television! And Tyra Banks brought her best banana dress for the occasion!

And now for ranking!

12: The PAC Dance Team. THERE’S NO EARTHLY WAY OF KNOWING…WHICH DIRECTION WE ARE GOING…But I know which direction THESE kids are going! When I considered which book-turned-iconic-movie they would do next, I strangely never put that one into consideration…I will give them credit for the costumes and sets, especially since for this one they deviated a bit from the well-known looks (though the pimp Wonka costume probably got some inspiration from the Johnny Depp version). Otherwise, the dancing lacked any…pure imagination…The Wonka stand-in definitely stole the show, but they still got a golden ticket out of this game…And now a moment of silence for all of the works they will not ...Read more
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Aug 08, 2018
Season 13: Judge Cuts 4

We need to talk about Simon…Yes, again…

While we were thankfully spared any further repetitions of the “Simon stops a singer and makes them sing something else” schtick (and going into the live shows, I don’t think we have to worry about it anymore this season…hopefully…), I still saw more than ever his apparent bias against certain acts, even ones that actually seemed quite impressive…

The acts I am mainly referring to are Academy of Villains, Diabolowalker and Street Drum Corps…Now, we didn’t see the full performances for any of these acts, so I can’t entirely tell how good they really were…But from what little of them I saw, they all looked like acts I would have loved to see in the live shows (a second time in AoV’s case). I would have liked to at least hear a concrete reason from ...Read more
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Aug 01, 2018
Season 13: Judge Cuts 3

This was a weird night! I have very mixed emotions about both the performances and the results…

I guess for starters, as FrankDoc predicted, some very deserving acts were let go tonight…These acts include Oliver Graves (who I’ll admit wasn’t as funny as before), Fratelli Rossi and Jeffrey Li…Li in particular really stood out to me with one of the best singing voices I’ve heard so far this year…But I guess when it comes to solo singers, girls are always given preferential treatment to boys in the child category, and the other way around for the adults…(And yes, Angel Garcia deserved it to a degree as well…)

(Also, poor Bensax International! He’s clearly very talented, but his talent just doesn’t seem to gel with this show…)

On the bright side, only two singing acts made it, and neither of them were ...Read more
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Jul 25, 2018
Season 13: Judge Cuts 2

Tonight was pretty much the same as last week…Which I’m certainly not complaining about!

Once again, there were some tough choices, the guest judge was mostly just there (though lacked the humor and charisma that the one last week had), the Golden Buzzer went to a choir and the judges actually made some overall sensible choices, albeit with a few unfortunate casualties (though not as many as last week).

Though I might say that this was a slight bit superior to last week, because the acts were overall better, and my main issues with last week were not exactly present this time…Neither Sophie nor Hunter made it, which is a plus (and as soon as I saw Hunter’s performance get clipped down, I knew we dodged a bullet…for now…Wildcards and whatnot…) Though even they showed a little promise…Hunter’s style is still unique ...Read more
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Premiering in 2006, America's Got Talent (also known as AGT) is an American reality television series on NBC. The show was developed with the help of Simon Cowell but due to Idol and Fox obligations, he has never judged. The show is a talent competition has no restrictions to age or act with the main focus on whether or not it was entertaining, providing for sometimes untalented but hilarious acts getting through. It is broken down into three main rounds with cuts constantly happening. The acts first compete on stage in front of an audience and the 3(4) judges. Each judge has a loud 'X' buzzer they can press if they feel an act is not meeting expectations. If an act gets all the judges to buzz it is immediately over and they are out of the competition. These remain active through-out the show, but during later rounds frequently get used.

It starts off with auditions week held across the country where acts have roughly 90 seconds to impress the judges and an arena audience. Following each act the judges quickly vote and majority rules if they go to the next round or cut on the spot. Following auditions week the show and accepted acts move to Vegas where the acts perform again, only this time in front of only the judges and no audience. Following Vegas week the judges cut the competition aggressively to 48 acts to move onto the next, most important, round. The 48 acts chosen go onto the live quarter-finals in various cities to compete on live television for the audiences vote as the power now shifts away from the judges. There are 4 quarter finals with 12 acts performing each week (4 advance each), followed by two semi finals (4 advance each) followed by the final where the winner is declared. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000,000 and a chance for their own show in Vegas.

Recent seasons have implemented a YouTube week where the judges will select from online YouTube submissions and a few lucky acts will be chosen to perform live at the end of the quarter finals with a chance to move to the semi finals as extra wild card spots.

AGT is now on it's seventh season (2012) and had numerous casting changes.

Hosts in order of appearance:
Season 1 (2006) - Regis Philbin
Season 2-3 (2007-08) - Jerry Springer
Season 4-7 (2009-2012) Nick Cannon.

Judges in order of appearance:
Season 1 (2006) - Brandy Norwood, David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan
Season 2-4 (2007-09) - Sharon Osbourne, David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan
Season 5-6 (2010-11) - Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, Piers Morgan
Season 7 (2012) - Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, Howard Stern

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