Season 14, Episode 2
Date of airing: June 5, 2019 (NBC)
Nielsen ratings information: TBD
I actually can’t believe I made it to the second round of audition, since I was thinking that AMERICA’S GOT TALENT is only a show good enough to be reviewed once — no one is reading these wall of texts, when the videos on YouTube speak a much better language in showcasing the contestants, so why am I here, writing these words for the internet to read in the future? AMERICA’S GOT TALENT is a show that is probably not reviewable, simply because you can’t always just talk about how good or bad a certain performer was. At one point it’s gonna get boring, and when you really want to read performance-based reviews, some online publications do send their reporters to concerts and have them look long and hard at how musicians do their thing on stage.
So, am I going to talk about how the performers in this episode did their thing? But what is there really to say, when every performer being given the eight to ten minutes of screentime they get is being given all the “yesses” they could dream of and therefore move to the next round? None of the featured performers in this episode was booted off the stage — only the few unlucky ones who were smuggled into a quick montage of the judges quickly saying “No” were the victims of getting turned down, but other than that every featured performer and artist you were introduced to in these 84 minutes you will be seeing again. And each of the performances had their individual good thing, making me wish to see more of them, but since I am not a YouTube head, the only time I will most likely get to see the eleven acts featured in this episode is on television, when they are up in the next round of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT.
What I do have to say though is that the editing of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT episodes is great. It took the episode about 90 seconds to get from the introduction to the first performance, and the montages of contestants behind the scenes, waiting for their time to share, introducing themselves to the audience, were cut short as well — as if the producers only want performances in the show, and every other waste of time is immediately burning to ashes on the floor of the editing bay, because they know it’s not what makes the show interesting. I only have a couple of seasons of AMERICAN IDOL to compare it with, but AMERICA’S GOT TALENT is already the better show, because it gets to the point immediately. You want to see great acts? Wait no longer, because here are eleven of them.
Unfortunately though, no performance was really a stand-out for me. A couple of dance acts, a couple of musicians, one danger act and one horror show magic act — it’s not particularly what I would connect with, except for the musicians, but here only when lyrics make it interesting. 21-year-old Joseph Allen, who was the final contestant of the episode, came close to being a stand-out performance, and while he got the golden buzzer thanks to Howie’s foot stamp, and while Joseph impressed me (and apparently the whole of the theater) with his inspirational lyrics about making it in the world and taking that chance, it’s not really a performance I would want to look out for when I’m on YouTube the next time around. Sometimes it needs a freak occurrence for me to instantly like someone or something. It took me an airing of a live concert on the radio during night time hours for me to discover Emiliana Torrini and immediately consider her one of my all-time favorite musicians (thank the heavens I was unable to sleep that night and decided to listen to the radio on an otherwise uninteresting night in the early 2000s). It took me to read all the tweets about how people freaking loved the Hamilton musical for me to even consider listening to it myself and instantly falling in love with it. Joseph Allen on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT isn’t really one of those instances, but who knows what he will bring the next time around he is on stage, and whether he will wow the world with another chance to bring inspirational lyrics to the audience.
This time around though, it was the dance numbers that had me smiling from ear to ear. The high kick group Emerald Belles were fun to watch, and I was even wondering whether their performance is more appreciated from a bit of a distance, when you have the entire group of seemingly hundreds of girls in your eyesight. How difficult was it for the judges up front to enjoy the performance for what it was, and might it have been a reason Howie decided to give them a “No?” Meanwhile, the Lightbalance Kids from the Ukraine proved that you can revive a specific performance for the show, remake it to your own specifics, and entertain the judges once more. I might have no idea what Howie was talking about when he told the kids that the Lightbalance performance from years ago was one of his favorite acts ever, but let me tell you, my nerd and geek heart grew a few sizes, when the kids brought Iron Man elements into their dance. Here is to hoping that their upcoming performances will be comics based, because that’s what my broken and cold heart needs, and it would be sort of understandable that the kids would perform with elements they are growing up with — the Marvel Cinematic Universe being that thing they are growing up with and everyone loves. Besides that, the Lightbalance show could be a stage act quite easily, and if I had the money I would pay for a ticket.
At the end of the day, not the Spice Girls slash K pop kids group G-Force could do it for me, stand-up comic Ryan couldn’t bring me to check out who the guy is and what might make him a greta teller of jokes, and even horror show magician Nick Wallace (is he a magician though?) didn’t get me excited enough, although his performance made me wonder what Gabrielle Union was thinking about the whole time she was sitting in that rocking chair and lifting up her arm. She was doing something simple, yet the entire theater was screaming like they just saw a ghost. Doesn’t that feel a bit awkward when you’re on stage and you don’t know what is happening to you?
Best part of the episode: Okay, I say it, the Messoudi Brothers from Australia were interesting. They really had chic abs and some powerful strength, but I am wondering how awesome their show can be when they turn their acrobatics performance into a MAGIC MIKE-kinda gig.
Worst part of the episode: I didn’t have to bitch about how the wasteful sequences of judges doing stuff in their off-time, or performers wasting everyone’s time at home in front of the TV. It’s really the worst when I can’t write about it here, because there was nothing about it in this episode.
Weirdest part of the episode: When G-Force won’t make it on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, they might have a show on the Disney Channel (or Disney+) ready to go already. Which begs the question why they started on NBC in the first place, when they could have gone straight to the Mouse house.
Contestant of the episode: Teenage singer-songwriters seem to be doing it for me these days. Maybe it’s because they have the knowledge of being in an emotional minefield right now, and putting those emotions on stage, making things more interesting? It certainly felt like that when I saw 14-year-old Benicio Bryant. Besides that, he delivered a Christina Aguilera-like performance that would do well on a Broadway stage.