Finalists Give $1 Million Performances on AGTSeptember 13th, 2012 | Posted by in Television
The finalists only had one last shot to win the $1 million prize on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, and Wednesday’s performances were no letdown.
The final six performers gave it their all, and tonight we’ll find out which one will take home $1 million (payable over 40 years at $25,000 per year). That’s a whole lot of cash (barely any cash per year). If each member of The Untouchables were to split the million, they would get $50,000 (payable over 40 years at $1,250 per year).
We have our predictions, of course, but we’ll save those until after you see the performances.
David Garibaldi and His CMYKs
We’ve always been fans of David and his creative process. The question is this: is this act something that can be sustained over a one-hour show? With some modification and a little bit of filler, I think it can. Is it enough to win the competition tonight, I’m not sure. It’s always amazing, and I would definitely pay to see it, but I’m concerned about how this kind of show might be packaged.
There’s is little doubt that Tom Cotter is a star. He’s very funny, but his sets on the show don’t do justice to how funny he can be. In fact, here’s a YouTube clip of Tom Cotter (NSFW) which made me laugh more than he ever did on AGT. Is he a headliner? Absolutely. He can carry a show with some opening acts. In a perfect world, he would win, but even if he doesn’t, he’s going to make it big from this point on.
This group of 20 dancers made up of some of the spawn/siblings of last year’s Miami All Stars had a really good chance to make it. Their semifinal performance was certainly worthy of the top prize, but this one just wasn’t. It seemed disjointed, and although the judges loved it, I did not. This one ranks at No. 6 for the night as far as I’m concerned.
This amazing sand artist tried to be less preachy and more appreciative in this presentation, which he dedicated to the folks at AGT. The result was impressive, but at the same time, it didn’t come anywhere close to the same amazing art he did in the prelims, Vegas, quarters or semis. If this was to be the performance of his life, he probably should have done something to the level of his Quarterfinal performance again. He’s No. 5 in my book.
It’s safe to say that the competition has been his to lose since his very first performance in the auditions. He got a free pass in Vegas, and his quarterfinal performance of The Who’s “Reign O’er Me” was perhaps the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. He is definitely a headliner, and if there’s anyone worthy of the million, it’s William Close.
I still don’t know how these guys made it this far through the competition, but America just loves dog tricks, I guess. Again, they presented an amazing 90 second performance. My concern with them is the same as David Garibaldi. I just don’t know if you can sustain a dog act for an entire hour. Can you control them for that long every night of your performances? Is it even humane? I don’t know. Just asking. Still, America loves them, and they have a real shot at winning.
We already told you we don’t think The Untouchables or Joe Castillo will win, but we’re hard-pressed to come up with a single name we think WILL win AGT tonight.
Personally, I love David Garibaldi, but I don’t think he’s going to make it. Last week, the audience vote left him in third (or fourth) place behind Olate and Untouchables. If that’s the basis of what America likes, it won’t be him.
Ultimately, we believe it will be between Tom Cotter and William Close. Those are the only two guys who really haven’t had to suffer through a judge’s elimination at all. Based on last night’s performances, though, we’re going to go with William Close as the winner and Tom Cotter as a close second.
What do you think? Who’s going to take the prize?