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Old 06-05-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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America's Got Talent (AGT) - Season 8 (2013) Discussion

Haven't watched last night's premiere yet...reviews?
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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I thought it was pretty good.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:30 PM   #3
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Pretty good, the first act needs his head examined though... I like the new judges so far, they keep Howie from passing on goofy acts, at least they did last night.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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That Strange Head guy really freaked me out. Great illusion.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:08 PM   #5
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That Strange Head guy really freaked me out. Great illusion.
It is done similar to this (spoiler alert):

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"Special Head" seemed to 'anchor' his walking stick into a spot on the rug when he put it down, and the smoke bomb was designed to allow him to 'unhook' himself and the collapsible seat without being obvious.





Also, has AGT always started with shows just once a week? I thought it started in the standard twice-a-week format, but the next episode isn't on until the 11th.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:05 PM   #6
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Also, has AGT always started with shows just once a week? I thought it started in the standard twice-a-week format, but the next episode isn't on until the 11th.
It switches to a twice a week format when the voting starts.

Personally I'm too busy to watch a 2 hour program once a week, let alone twice. I did a lot of fast forwarding for the first episode. I did manage to catch Special Head and the 10 year old piano player/singer.

They seem to be primarily showing highlights. I'm guessing they are rushing through auditions.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:06 AM   #7
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Watched last night. Thought Mel B and Heidi were fine. But Howard (and I love Howard) standing up for some of these acts drives me nuts.

Hated the orchestra/choir. And I hate that song even more. I would have X them immediately. And putting through B-Double-O-T-Y?!!! Really?!!
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:10 AM   #8
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I think Heidi and Mel B are great.
I am quite frankly happy to see Osborne gone.

I thought the orchestra act was great.
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:14 PM   #9
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Heidi always leers at the guys without shirts.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:49 PM   #10
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The 10 year old girl who sang House of the Rising Sun was phenomenal!

Her voice reminded me of Alica Keys. I'd love to hear her sing Fallin.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:55 PM   #11
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I liked several acts.

The snake guy had me on the edge of my seat.

Special Head was interesting, and creepy!

The 10 year old girl was phenomenal!

Didn't care for the act with the guy eating the pepper, but did like Howie eating it.

I like the new judges, although what happens in case of a tie? With 3 judges, there was no chance of a tie.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:07 PM   #12
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I like the new judges, although what happens in case of a tie? With 3 judges, there was no chance of a tie.
They explained during the show that you need 3 votes to proceed.
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They explained during the show that you need 3 votes to proceed.
Thanks! I FF'd through everything but the performances and judging.
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They explained during the show that you need 3 votes to proceed.
I wonder what will happen if it's a 2-2 split in a vote for the final advancing spot (i.e. "top three, and the judges choose from #4 and #5"). My guess is, whoever got more viewer votes advances.
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So far I think Mel B has had some pretty good points/opinions, but haven't noticed Heidi bringing anything to the party.
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So far I think Mel B has had some pretty good points/opinions, but haven't noticed Heidi bringing anything to the party.
I have.
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Heidi has good points too. Just her points aren't as well developed as Mel B's.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:21 PM   #18
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I thought the dancers who made figures with their shadows were entertaining. The same goes for the "comedian" who didn't tell jokes.
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I didn't like the song the orchestra was singing, but I like that idea. Hope they do other songs I like.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:16 AM   #20
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The 10 year old girl who sang House of the Rising Sun was phenomenal!

Her voice reminded me of Alica Keys. I'd love to hear her sing Fallin.
Personally, I'd rather not hear a 10 year old singing about falling in love or yearning for a lover or anything that implies "experience". There are so many other songs which would be more appropriate from such a talented youth.

But that's just my opinion.
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That 10-year old's speaking voice even sounded much older than 10.

It didn't take long for me to remember that I HATE that Howie will play the stupid 'I'm not hitting my X' game just to be annoying (it works).

Add me to the list of those that didn't care for the orchestra/chorus thing.

Did they really just go through auditions for three cities in one night? That'll move things along nicely! Or is every week going to be portions from some of the same cities?

Anywho, during the intro video for Marty Brown, I kept thinking, "Is that the same Marty Brown???" Common enough name that it may not have been, but it seems it really was the guy I was thinking of - wikipedia indicates he released four albums between 1991-1996. I have a copy of his second album, "Wild Kentucky Skies". Not a main stream success, but I liked him quite a bit.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:34 AM   #22
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Did they really just go through auditions for three cities in one night? That'll move things along nicely! Or is every week going to be portions from some of the same cities?

Anywho, during the intro video for Marty Brown, I kept thinking, "Is that the same Marty Brown???" Common enough name that it may not have been, but it seems it really was the guy I was thinking of - wikipedia indicates he released four albums between 1991-1996. I have a copy of his second album, "Wild Kentucky Skies". Not a main stream success, but I liked him quite a bit.
I don't think this was the only "pre-Vegas auditions" show - and wasn't that just the New York auditions? That would leave two cities, followed by Vegas.

As for "names" being on the show, there have been a few; the Pendragons (a reasonably famous magic act - I think they headlined in Vegas at one point; they had definitely been on NBC a few times before this) were on the show a few years ago; apparently it was mainly so Jonathan Pendragon could show that he "was back" after nearly getting killed in an accident (he fell on the broken shaft of an arrow while trying to hang a light fixture of some sort, and it managed to pierce part of his heart).
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Thanks! I FF'd through everything but the performances and judging.
i have to do this too, when i saw only 3 acts in 33 minutes i was indeed vindicated. anyone who watches this live must go crazy from all the fluff.

the floating guy needs a better intro to his trick, it's sorta freaky and not in a good way. and i do wish they eliminated singing from this show. while it's a legit talent there are 1000 other shows for singers and virtually none for stuff like cats jumping through hoops. i feel singing is out of place on this show

i do realize there's a 'fan factor' here but certain acts you just know arent going to make it through to the end but just like AI, they put them in here for the entertainment value i guess.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:03 PM   #25
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I kinda like the early shows. They show all the goofball acts which get weeded out. They aren't worthy at all, but great for comic relief. If they aren't going to show much of them (which they didn't this time around) then that will be disappointing.

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Personally, I'd rather not hear a 10 year old singing about falling in love or yearning for a lover or anything that implies "experience". There are so many other songs which would be more appropriate from such a talented youth.

But that's just my opinion.
I don't necessarily agree, but I can understand the sentiment.

I do wonder, however, why then by those standards House of the Rising Sun was okay.
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I don't think this was the only "pre-Vegas auditions" show - and wasn't that just the New York auditions? That would leave two cities, followed by Vegas.
I'd have to go back and look (but don't think I'm thati nterested to do it ), but I thought I saw 'transitioning segments' that mentioned New York, San Antonio (I think) and one other city on this week's show.


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I did happen to go back and look at this today before I deleted it from my TiVo, and about the first half-hour (just the snake guy and Marty Brown) were from San Antonio, the middle hour or so was from New York, and the last half-hour or so was from Los Angeles. I imagine we could still see more from those cities if they're just splicing stuff together I suppose.

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I'd have to go back and look (but don't think I'm thati nterested to do it ), but I thought I saw 'transitioning segments' that mentioned New York, San Antonio (I think) and one other city on this week's show.
It's possible, especially considering there were 14(!) cities where auditions took place:
Los Angeles (11/14-15)
Seattle (11/29)
Portland (12/1)
Birmingham (12/10)
Memphis (12/11)
Nashville (12/13)
Savannah (12/14)
Raleigh (12/15)
Norfolk (12/16)
San Antonio (1/12-13)
Columbus (1/19-20)
Chicago (1/26-27)
New York (2/1-2)
New Orleans (2/15-16)
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i have to do this too, when i saw only 3 acts in 33 minutes i was indeed vindicated. anyone who watches this live must go crazy from all the fluff.
Agreed, and that's my biggest complaint about the show. I don't need 5 minutes of backstory on contestants in the first round (which Idol is also famous for). They should be showing parts of 30 acts per hour. Just show the acts. Frustrating.

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and i do wish they eliminated singing from this show.
I agree with this too. There's enough singing shows, just show talent other than singing.
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Personally, I'd rather not hear a 10 year old singing about falling in love or yearning for a lover or anything that implies "experience". There are so many other songs which would be more appropriate from such a talented youth.

But that's just my opinion.
I hear ya! I also find it uncomfortable to watch 10 year olds doing dances like the samba and other "sexy" latin dances. I just don't like it.
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