After months of auditions, we were finally down to the live quarterfinals on America's Got Talent. The first 12 contestants hit the stage last night, with jitters as high and song choices poor. Let's grade each hopeful, shall we?
Miami All-Stars - After sailing through to Hollywood, the troupe hit a roadblock: their music wasn't cleared. They had to change their routine in just a few hours. It started with six couples and I hoped it remained there. It looked like a confusing army of dance when everyone formed a rectangle. There were some dancers in the back that were behind a few steps. The group solved my gripe when the dancers moved to the sides and the women and men had their own solos. Their dancing and tricks were amazing; I'm a huge fan of the pot-stir and that one woman was stirring for a long time. My Grade: A-.
Dezmond Meeks - The show isn't going to acknowledge that Dezmond auditioned for American Idol, so he had multiple chances to achieve his dream. Either way, the performance reminded of an outlandish Adam Lambert performance. I loved the chandelier dancer and the general incorporation with the James Brown style dancing. The arrangement wasn't the best and, as the first live singer, the audio wasn't balanced. My Grade: B-.