You have to love Simon Cowell. On America’s Got Talent he has mellowed somewhat until, that is, something really yanks his chain. His obvious annoyance at Mel B. for taking too long to buzz the “compliment guy” was funny. Yet on Week 4 of the auditions he used his golden buzzer for a cancer survivor who could bring tears to the audiences eyes. Cowell also, quite rightly, made the statement that the “kids are taking over.”
In this season the age range has been pretty dramatic. From a 62 year singer with a voice and soul for days to a pair of nine year old twins performing a piano duet. In the terms of the older contestants the 68 year old former teacher as stand up comic was very funny. And the 14 year old singer who is living with her mum at a neighbor’s was impressive and got four yes votes.
A professional footballer from the NFL blew everyone away with a magical card trick that was above and beyond “slight of hand.”
There were a few heart stopping moments. Such as the chap who hung things from his face and nipples, and a couple of heart tugging ones. Like the Golden Buzzer singer and the stand up comic who waited a long time to follow a dream.
A knife throwing act went over very well as did the piano playing nine year olds who both adored Simon Cowell and wore their hair long. These two lads were cheeky and talented.
In terms of singers, it was 62 year old Ronee who captivated the audience after Simon stopped her moments into her musical number. With that trademark directness, Cowell told her the song was not for her. “What else have you got,” he asked. The response was a heartfelt and inspirational performance of Natural Woman.
Once again too much time was spent on the “wasters;” the delusional and the nutters. Granted it was mainly via montage, except for “complement man,” but it did limit the time spent on really exceptional looking acts.
For example: Cinematic Pop got a few seconds on the telly. We had to make do with their closing moments and the panel of judges waxing lyrical about their act. Why do we have to waste time on the odd ones and miss out on the talented. I had to look up the act’s picture via the press site to even learn their name.
A little time was spent on the married couples on the show, two of which went on to the next round; the knife act and the “magician clothes changing” act.
Not being a huge fan of those tissue moments (call me cynical but it is clear that these are spotlighted to ring a certain amount of schmaltzy tears out of the audience) I was surprised to find a lump in my throat when Calysta sang her fight song.
Below are some videos from the show, including Calysta’s number. The one that prompted Simon Cowell to push that Golden Buzzer; the last one in this season of America’s Got Talent. Watch them and see what you think.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays on NBC.