"America's Got Talent," like most reality TV talent competitions, pads out its results shows to the point of tortuous boredom and make you wait forever to find out how the votes went down. But here at the "Reality Dish," we don't play that game. We cut right to the chase. (Besides, we don't have the money to hire Steve Harvey and the Neon Trees).
And so here are the three acts moving on to the finals:
-- William Close, the man with the gigantic "earth harp."
-- Tom Cotter, the reliably funny -- if not edgy or inventive -- stand-up comedian.
-- Joe Castillo. the ultra-creative sand painter.
While they celebrated, it was the end of the line for two acts from the Bay Area -- Turf, the stretchy/bendy street dancer, and the Academy of Villains, the energetic dance group out of San Mateo.
Other acts walking the plank included goth opera singer Andrew de Leon, the synchronized Scott Brothers, sexy/strong acrobats Donovan and Rebecca, mind-reader Eric Dittelman, teen singers singers Bria Kelly and Edon, and ventriloquist Todd Oliver (with his dog Irving).
Of the castoffs, we'd have to say we're most sorry to see Turf and Donovan/Rebecca go. Their talents are very distinctive, though clearly America had seen enough.
In dragging out the agony, host Nick Cannon methodically whittled the field down to the top four vote-getters with the final two spots held by Castillo and Oliver. That left it to the judges to decide on the third
Next week, 12 more acts will vie for three spots in the finals.