Last night was the second half of the top 20. The top ten will be announced tonight at 8 / 7 central on NBC. Now on to last nights acts:
1.) SickStep First off I think their name is a liability. Camera work wasn’t very helpful because they made it hard to see what individuals as well as the group as a whole was doing. I guess weird camera angles were more important. From what we could see however, they weren’t in sync much at all. The Hoff said that they’d be voted back. I doubt that.
2.) Donald Braswell Good voice with some feeling in what he’s doing but he needs to improve beyond the mechanics that he’s doing now. You can almost see him anticipating the next lines instead of truely feeling the song.
3.) Joseph Hall He did a very good Elvis act. He’s got the act down pretty good and it helps that his voice is close to the original. Peirs said that “Elvis is back in the building” and the hoff said that it was so close he though he was listening to a track.
4.) Taubl Family A family music act. They’re good but their harmony was out of sync part of the time and there was a voice or two cracking at first. They need to concentrate on keeping together and sync’d up.
5.) Sarah Lenore She’s a good signer and apparently was willing to take a chance with her song choice. I think she’d be better to stick with a country music sound as it suits her voice better.
6.) Nuttin But Stringz The streets meet classical music with a pair of violin players that put on an absolutely kicking performance that was more than a little bit reminiscent of Thriller’s feel.
7.) Kaitlyn Maher This four year old is irrepressibly cute and is actually pretty good given her age. The only question is whether or not she’s up to Headlining in Vegas at that age.
8.) Tapping Dads Eighteen dads doing a tap routine. They were reasonable and did improve over their previous appearance according to the judges and they were obviously having fun with it.
9.) Eli Mattson His voice is Elton John meets Jim Croce. He’s loaded with emotion and power in his voice. He does need to amp up the lower registers some because they were harder to understand but just the same, this kid definitely brought his “A” game and is going to be a serious force to be reckoned with in the finals. Hoff called him “The Piano Man” and he certainly qualifies.
10.) Jonathan Burkin A very good flaming baton twirling act that featured six pinball machines with pyrotechnics and the “Pinball Wizard” playing. He did a lot of high tosses and never missed one nor made any mistakes.
Our pics from this batch to go on to the top ten are: Donald Braswell, Joseph Hall, Nuttin But Stringz, Eli Mattson and the fifth pick is a bit more difficult but probably either Taubl Family or Sarah Lenore
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