Performing Masterclass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 8 Top 60: Group 5

20130820-173441.jpgOkay – this is the last week of Quarter-Finals and I am done here.

I am packed and ready to move on to the Semis next week and see where this show will be taking us.

However, we still have 12 acts fighting for a spot in the Top 24 and they will be performing on Tuesday, August 20th at 9:00 PM on NBC.

I am running behind today, so thank you for BuddyTV for filling me in on this week’s acts:

D’Angelo & Amanda: They are kid ballroom dancers, with D’Angelo also competing against his little sister Ruby. They are quite talented, but I’m always completely creeped out by children ballroom dancers.

Ruby & Jonas: See above, but substitute “D’Angelo also competing against his little sister Ruby” with “Ruby also competing against big brother D’Angelo.”

2Unique: They are a kid female DJ and a kid female rapper. The DJ is more entertaining than the rapper, but in all honesty, I’m surprised they made it this far. It’s a gimmick and not much more.

Sprice: The act we’ve been waiting to see again for weeks now, Sprice builds Rube Goldberg machines and reads (or at least one time) this very blog, having commented on it after his audition. Provided everything goes according to plan, I expect him to be a lock for the semifinals. But if one domino falls the wrong way, it’s all over.

Melody Caballerro: Melody is an acrobatic contortionist who was originally eliminated in Las Vegas. But she gets another chance after unicycle-riding bowl flipper The Red Panda either withdrew or was disqualified. Melody wobbled a bit in her last performance, but she also spun around while balancing herself on a pole with her mouth.

Catapult: Expectations have to be pretty high for the shadow dancing troupe after they proved to be one of the more innovative acts this season. I think they need to up their game, though, because I thought the idea was better than the performance the first time around.

Dave Fenley: He’s your resident pudgy rocker with a voice that you don’t expect to come out of his body. He wins this season’s “Best Beard” award.

Selena Mykenzie Gordon: She’s a 15-year-old with a big voice that is very mature sounding for her age. Young singers have fared well thus far in season 8, coming close even when they don’t advance, and that should hold true for Selena as well.

The Virginia State University Gospel Chorale: A nice story and a lively choir, but I don’t know if they’ll be able to do enough to stand out compared to the other acts. Performance position will be key for them. If they’re up early, no chance.

Sam Johnson: This dude is nuts, and I have no idea what to expect from him. He climbed a pole like 75 feet in the air and did a handstand, and then doused himself in gasoline, lit his hat on fire and juggled flaming torches on a unicycle on a tight rope.

Duo Resonance: They are gymnastic acrobats who mix balance and contortion to pull off some pretty crazy stunts. It’s going to be close for them, but they could sneak through.

John Wing: We already have a comedian, and I haven’t found this guy that funny yet, so I’m not expecting much.

Also, earlier today, America’s Got Talent tweeted that each judge will choose a Wild Card Act to perform in the semi-finals – thus the move from Top 20 to Top 24.

So, maybe your eliminated favorite will have a chance. Who would you enjoy seeing once again during the semi-final shows?

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

4 Responses to “Performing Masterclass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 8 Top 60: Group 5”

  1. I liked Heidi’s Wildcard pick…Did not like Mel’s…of all the acts to pick from!!!


  2. Yes, I was happy to see Duo Resonance move in to the semis.

    But, what was Mel B thinking? She was bored by Splice but loves the Booty guy? Whatever!


  3. Ditto. Loved Heidi’s pick and hated Mel B’s. How many times do we want to listen to this one song?


  4. Kitty – exactly!! Talk about crazy!!


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