Performing Masterclass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 8: The Semi-Finals Group 2

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Last week, 12 of the best acts on America’s Got Talent Season 8 were featured in a performing showcase, with six moving on to the coveted Top 12 next week: Innovative Force, Forte, Cami Bradley, Collins Key, Taylor Williamson and Catapult.

And on Tuesday, September 3rd, we do it all over again!

Performing this week for your votes ( courtesy of BuddyTV) are:

John Wing: I’ve never been a big fan of his, though the rapid-fire end to his last set got at least a chuckle. He either needs the routine of his life or everyone else to bomb.

American Military Spouses Choir: I really think the only reason they made it this far was because they got the pimp spot during their quarterfinal show. I hope they tone down the uber-patriotism a bit as well. I mean, I know it’s what they’re about, but I find all the American-flag-shoved-down-my-throat thing distracting from their voices.

Illusionists Leon Etienne and Romy Low: As Howard Stern’s wildcard pick, these two have the deck stacked against them. They didn’t get enough votes to stick around before, and unless they do an amazing and innovative trick we haven’t seen before, I don’t think they garner enough this time either.

Marty Brown: Of all those who made the semifinals, this is the guy who did it with the worst performance. He was distracted, off-key and basically just horrible, but America loved his story. He won’t get two second chances, so he’d better nail it.

Jimmy Rose: Another benefit of the pimp spot, he’s another country boy with a smooth voice. But will either he or Marty be able to distinguish himself from the other? Will he sing the coal song again?

Anna Christine: I had written her off as an easy elimination after she got swallowed up by the big stage at Radio City Music Hall. But America loves its pint-sized singers, and this girl sounds about 20 years older than her 13-ish years. I’d be shocked if she pulled out a win over her superior competition, but I’ve been shocked before.

D’Angelo and Amanda: It took a while for me to come around to these two, namely because I strongly dislike kid ballroom dancing acts. But they took their performance to another level in the quarterfinals (poor annoying Ruby found that out the hard way), so expectations have to be high for them to wow us again.

Branden James: It’s a shame because I feel like Jonathan Allen was a smidge better than him. But Branden didn’t have to go up against Forte, at least not until next week. Then I imagine his fate will be the same.

Timber Brown: I love, love, LOVE this guy’s act, and I can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for this week’s performance. He’s the one person whose safety I’m legitimately worried for each time he takes the stage. He checked in at number two in my semifinalists rankings, after Forte.

Kenichi Ebina: He blew the judges away with his intricately choreographed video game battle in which he took on villains also played and pre-recorded by Kenichi. It was a lesson in innovation, and who knows what he has planned this time? For a guy I had pegged as a “bad” audition when we first saw him, it would be a surprise (and a shame) if he disappoints.

Chicago Boyz: They jump rope with ropes and a human child, but the act is so much more than that. I cannot comprehend the precise timing necessary to do flips and hop on your stomach through three simultaneously flipping ropes. Though it still remains to be seen how much the guy with the shattered tibia meant to the routine.

The KriStef Brothers: After suffering a neck injury in a painful-to-watch drop while rehearsing for last week’s show, who knows if they’ll even be up to performing? But they seem to be a crowd favorite, and the added overcoming adversity angle will be tough to vote against. With Duo Resonance gone, these guys are our only remaining strongman act. “

Please note once again that the comments listed above are from Buddy TV, although, overall, I agree with their analysis.

So, get yourself ready for Tune In Tuesday and flip the remote to NBC at 9:00 Eastern. It’s going to be a great show.

Join me in the comments – don’t leave me hanging here.

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


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