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Is there a time-limit for how long I'm allowed to be on here before the site temporarily removes my posting privileges!? Somebody please tell me, because if I have to continue having this site randomly keep me from posting for some unknown reason, I'm leaving here and posting my reviews on Tumblr or something... Okay, so aft...

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3 days ago
Judge Cuts 3

Another night, another manipulation to your emotions...

Lopez was yet another guest judge who failed to make any sort of presence...Granted, like the other guest judges, he made a good choice for his Golden Buzzer pick, but at this point, I suspect that the other judges/producers just told him to pick the act ahead of time...

I mean, they seem to plan a LOT ahead! I can understand that Ryan Beard's song wasn't that great, but even so, as soon as he started singing, the judges were just eyeing him like a piece of dead meat! It's like he was selected to fail, just like Zach Sherwin last week, who was probably motivated by the producers to perform a not-so-funny song...Some acts in this game seem doomed to get buzzed out no matter HOW much they put into it...

Also, Sam Morril should have ...Read more
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Jul 14, 2016
Judge Cuts 2

Okay, first of all, since this is the first week of both Tuesday AND Wednesday having shows that are actually worth discussing (last week didn't really count), I must tell anyone who's only checking the most recent post to also be sure to see my other post from last night...

http://www.tv.com/shows/americas-got-talent/community/post/judge-cuts-1-1468388363/

So this was Night #2 of callbacks, and this time we had country singer Reba McEntire as the guest judge...While she didn't have any truly stand-out moments, she still has a likable personality, and if she were to ever become an official judge on this show, I could see her being better at it than either of the two women who are doing it now...

Also, it looks like I was right about Zach Sherwin being a contestant this season...And it's a real shame to ...Read more
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Jul 13, 2016
Judge Cuts 1

Okay, Night #1 of the "Judge Cuts". I can tell they had to make some pretty tough decisions tonight, but I'd say they generally made the right choices...

Ne-Yo was a pretty forgettable judge, despite a few amusing wisecracks here and there...That said, he now has the pleasant distinction of being the first judge to give the Golden Buzzer to a legitimately good variety act! (Surprising...For a musician like him, I would have expected him to pick a singing act...or maybe a dance act...But I guess it's nice to see that singers don't have to be all about other singers...)

And on a less significant note, it was definitely...interesting hearing some of the sob stories tonight...There's been a lot of them over the years of this show, covering all sorts of topics, but I think this is the first time ...Read more
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Jul 06, 2016
Final Auditions

Another delay due to this site's glitchy servers...You're on thin ice, TV.com!

Well, here it is! The final night of auditions! Let's waste no time, and see who our big breakouts of the night were...

11: Dorothy Williams. Well...The Golden Buzzer didn't go to a singer...Though due to the nature of this act, it might as well have gone to one...Seriously, what even was this!? Who wants to pay a million dollars to watch a 90-year-old strip down and shake her saggy ta-tas!? Regardless, I would have accepted a simple advance into the Callbacks, because she seems like a nice lady, and if nothing else, she put heart into...that...But the Golden Freaking Buzzer!? Look, I know Nick's not a judge, but seriously...This was a MASSIVE waste! What frustrates me the most about this is that with all ...Read more
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Jun 30, 2016
Auditions 5

I apologize for the delay...This freaking site wasn't letting me post for some reason...

9: Christopher. Just Christopher...I'm sure we'll get his last name in later rounds, but for now, it's all we know...Anyway, as this week's joke act...I enjoyed it far more than I had any right to! Don't get me wrong, it was stupid as hell, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm looking forward to seeing what he does in the next round...

8: Kadan Bart Rockett. Not bad for a child...The whole sawing-in-half trick is a pretty standard magic act by now, and many people probably know the trick...But as somebody who doesn't bother to look this stuff up, I'm still pretty baffled...Still, it's quite standard, and while this kid could very well make the ...Read more
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Jun 22, 2016
Auditions 4

Tonight had some nice variety...First of all, I'll give a brief shoutout to the dance/DJ act, which was something new, as well as guy who did the balancing act (already having stepped it up higher, no pun intended, than that other guy who kept screwing up a few years ago...) Now let's focus on the acts we actually committed time to...

10: The Baron of the Universe. So there weren't any REAL joke acts tonight, though this guy may have come a little close to that...He had some unique weights, and the way he danced around with them was somewhat impressive...Aside from that, it's nothing we haven't seen numerous times before...

9: SOS & Victoria. I still can't for the life of me figure out how a trick like this is done...But I've still seen this same performance numerous ...Read more
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Jun 15, 2016
Auditions 3

I'll skip the acts we didn't see much of, and just go through the more notable ones...

10: John Rothman Dancers. Not bad for their ages, but I'm with Howie on this one; It's not an AGT act...

9: Miranda Cunha. A little unpleasant to the eyes, but her singing isn't too bad...Still don't see her making it past callbacks...

8: Kadie Lynn. Yeah, another preteen girl with a nice singing voice, real nice, good for her...It was pretty amazing the first couple times I saw it, but after the third-dozenth you start to see that maybe these types of kids aren't quite as rare as one would imagine...It LITERALLY felt like I was watching a repeat of one of the last couple seasons, every step from her introduction to her hugging her parents was just THAT formulaic!

7: Good ...Read more
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Jun 08, 2016
Auditions 2

Tonight's auditions were a definite improvement over last week...It had a bit of a slow start, but it managed to pick up by the second half...That said, there were more singers this time around...I suppose they all had...SOMETHING to offer...But I've still grown cynical with all of the types of singing acts I've seen on this show over the years...

Anyway, on to the acts that have advanced...


13: John Hetlinger. Here's our joke act of the week...This had a very similar effect as that little girl who sang death metal a few years back...While the man was no singer though, it wasn't nearly as annoying...I honestly wouldn't be against this guy making the live shows if he's the only joke act in there...

12: Daniel and Alla. Cute, the kid is good for his ...Read more
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Jun 01, 2016
AGT Season 11 Premiere
Hello, fellow AGT fans! Welcome to the new discussion layout! (Personally, I greatly preferred the old forum...And now everything I wrote there is gone...Thanks, TV.com!)

So I guess while we're all getting adjusted to this, I'll go ahead and get the ball rolling on this new season...

So Simon Cowell, creator of the "Got Talent" franchise, has joined the judges' panel...Most people were eager to see how he does due to his reputation as the tough-as-nails judge who tells moderately talented pop-singer-hopefuls that they flat-out suck! Others have voiced their concerns that he might turn the show back into the singers' platform that it was notorious for being in its first six seasons by focusing his interests on the singers in question, setting back the progress made on variety ever since Howard Stern joined before Simon took his place...It would be a pity ...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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