Sorry I haven’t been around too much.  I have been doing some  blogging on http://tvwarrior.blogspot.com.  As America’s Got Talent moves on to the Vegas round, I want to give you an idea of who you should be watching out for.  I admit, this is turning out to be a GREAT season so far. The judges have done a very good job of choosing quality acts to go to Vegas. I have a feeling it is going to be a tough choice to whittle these down to a top 40.  Her are my top acts so far:

1. Prince Poppycock— This store-clerk come singer is dramatic, talented and HIGHLY entertaining.   From the foppish aristocratic costume to the beautiful voice, I was enthralled with the Prince.  I had to watch and re-watch this performance the next day, I was so taken.  With the right music and costumes, I can see him going to top 3.  I am really looking forward to seeing what rabbits he pulls from his hat in the Vegas rounds.

2. Fighting Gravity— This is a performance dance group out of  Virginia Tech. The members are fraternity brothers, none of whom have had dance training.  They performed this wonderful black light, gravity defying dance routine that resembled a puppet show.  I was completely  impressed by the timing and the choreography of this group.  I think we could see even better from them and could make the top 5 to 10 of the show.

3.Carlos Aponte— We have this year’s Susan Boyle and his name is Carlos Aponte.  He is a young wedding singer from Puerto Rico; and at first blush you wouldn’t expect a whole lot from this unassuming man.  Yeah, you’d be wrong, too.  Carlos has a voice on him. It, and he, fill up the stage as the performance goes on.  Doesn’t hurt, either, that he’s a cutie. (fan girls notice these things) I could see him in top three or even winning this thing.  I can’t wait to see what he brings to Vegas.

4. Debra Romer— Debra is a 21 year old college student and waitress. She has one of those heartbreaking, yet hopeful tales that AGT (hell, ALL reality shows) LOVE.  She was a foster child who ran away from home at 17 and didn’t look back. She sang “Arms of an Angel” by Sarah McLaughlin.  I think Sarah Mac would have really liked Debra’s take on this song– even though Debra WAS nervous. There was a debate between Piers and the other two judges about how ready Debra is for the big stage. Howie had voted no and Sharon had to be convinced to vote yes. We will see if Debra can grow in presence to reach the top 40 this year.

5. Strikers All Stars– This is a hot dance group. They stem from the FAMU Strikers out of Florida A&M University.  These gentlemen have danced together for many years and were contestants on America’s Best Dance Crew.  This is truly one of the most talented dance groups I have seen in a long time. Their stepping and dancing was as tight as can be and the athleticism was a sight to behold. I can seen them going pretty far in this show.  Another act that I look forward to seeing more from.

6. Ascendance— This is an engaged couple who combine dance with rock wall climbing. I was skeptical, I admit; but after watching them, I was impressed.  They are graceful… and (DAMN!) athletic. This is also a very UNIQUE act. That could work very well for them as the contest moves on.  Should be interesting…

7. Nick Pike— Nick is a young British juggler who now lives in the US and performs his juggling act on cruise ships and the such. He has talent, wit (catch the Riverdance bit… hella funny), charm and he’s cute to boot.  Yes, he did drop one thing… but he juggled while on FIRE. He juggled a CHAINSAW. I know I will get some disagreements on Nick… but I enjoyed him and I REMEMBERED him. That is important in a show like this– who is memorable and who is not.  Those are the people that get the votes.

8. New Directions Choir– This is a choir made up of formerly homeless veterans from all branches of the armed forces.  Some members of this choir were homeless for one or two decades  before finding New Directions and rebuilding their lives. This act is GOOD… their a cappella was lovely and their stage presence was wonderful.  Seeing this choir reminds one that our veterans should NEVER.EVER. be forgotten.  I am hoping against all hope that this group goes far.  They are good enough for it. They deserve it.

9. Alice Tan Ridley– Another singer, and yet, not another singer.  This is Academy Award nominee Gabby Sidibe’s mother. Alice has raised her family, now she is chasing her dream of becoming a singer. She spent the past 20 years singing in the subway stations, entertaining the passers by. Well, she gets the big stage and she TORE IT UP. Her version of  “At Last” was superb and powerful… honestly, there aren’t enough adjectives to describe how good this lady is.  She has a great personality and stage presence, too.  Could definitely be a real contender.

10. HasPop– HasPop is a 32 year old dancer/mime originally from France.  His dance routine left everyone amazed. Piers had even said that he’d never ever seen  anything like that before.  I agree with that.  He uses his body very well. This dance is artistic AND entertaining.  The tempo changes are things of beauty…. and I have to give props to anyone who can use the song “Barbie Girl” and get away with it.  I see a top 10 for HasPop.

11. CJ Dippa– This is an 11 year old rapper and dancer. Yes… a mini-Eminem– except “Eminem can’t dance” (his words, not mine).  Thing is, though, he’s good.  He’s got the little swagger, he has the pre-teen ladies eating out of his hand.  I don’t see him winning, but he’ll be cute to watch for awhile. I do think that he will also get better as he gets older.

12. Conner Doran– Conner is a 16 year old who lives with epilepsy. Conner’s talent is indoor kite flying, which he does to take his mind off his health difficulties.  This act was beautiful.  It truly does take a lot of skill to fly a kite indoors and do so with the amount of choreography that Conner used in his performance. What was amazing is that the audience was spell bound. You could hear a pin drop during this performance.  The audience knew they were seeing something special and you will too once you watch.  I am hoping this kid goes far.

13. Future Funk– This is the most adorable kids act on this year’s AGT. These kids are 5 and 9 and they were gettin’ all funky with their little selves.  They are very good little break dancers.  And they are  cheek pinchinly cute, too.  I am excited to see what other routines these little guys give us.

14. Michael Grimm– Michael is a singer who seems to have stolen everybody’s heart. Almost a million hits on YouTube since his performance aired a month ago. He has it all. The backstory, the looks, the talent.  I think he is an easy lock for the top 40, and from early buzz, he might be the one to beat this season. His performance of  “You don’t know me” was smoking hot… and I don’t think we’ve seen everything he has to offer, either.  I have a feeling we are going to be in for a treat.

These are just the acts that have struck MY fancy.  I am sure you will have differing opinions. Please, feel free to write me and let me know.  Also,  come join me on Twitter by following  Alexis_Rueal. You name it, I’m usually tweeting about it.  I will keep everyone posted on this weeks Vegas editions of AGT. We’ll see how my top 14 acts do on the strip.

Til Then!

Alexis-Rueal

(fan-girl confessor)

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