We started this column the first week with “America’s Got Talent,” so we thought we’d revisit it now that thousands of contestants have been pared down to the final 5.
We'll name our picks to win the $1 million - see if you agree.
Christine Simmons: The theme this week on “America’s Got Talent” was Heroes with most of the acts dedicating their performances to their moms. How sweet.
But nothing could touch the sweetness of little Kaitlyn Maher. What a precious child. However, I have to say I’m glad she got voted off. I had such mixed feelings about this baby being onstage in front of all those people, especially the rowdy audience on this show. Let’s be honest. I don’t really think she’s what the producers had in mind for a Vegas act. I hope to see her in commercials or maybe even in a Walt Disney Movie.
Susan Pierce: A 4-year-old is not a Vegas act by any stretch of the imagination. Kaitlyn was precious and precocious, but by no means should she have continued into the finals. I’m surprised she got as far as she did.
OK, all you readers thinking how harsh I’m being, can you in all honesty say you would have spent $50 or more on a ticket to go see a 4-year-old sing Disney songs in a Vegas show? Of course not.
And what would happen when she outgrew that cute preschooler lisp and her baby-face looks? She’d be a has-been at 6? Think Drew Barrymore after “ET.”
I agree, Christine, though Kaitlyn endeared herself to viewers, and I have no doubt that we’ll see her soon in a commercial or maybe on Nickelodeon.
Christine: Susan, I need to rant. Is it really necessary to have commercials between every act? I mean seriously, it could have easily been a one-hour show. I am so glad I taped it so I could fast-forward through the commercials.
On to the contestants, I think Neal E. Boyd is going to be the winner. With some voice lessons and training, he could be a major star. Queen Emily and Nuttin’ But Stringz are sensational, too. Donald Braswell should be doing Broadway - “Beauty and the Beast,” “Lion King,” etc.
Eli Mattson’s performance on the piano was good, but I wasn’t really wowed by his voice. I thought he was very forgettable.
Nuttin’ But Stringz is one of the most creative acts I’ve ever seen. Anyone who’s ever played a violin or fiddle should have some major respect for what these guys are doing. And writing their own music, too? I’d say the sky is the limit for them.
Susan: Even though my heart hopes Neal Boyd wins - what a great story - I believe Nuttin’ But Stringz will be the act playing Vegas.
First of all, there are four singers splitting votes, which should open the door for Nuttin’ But Stringz’ instrumental act. Stringz’ impressive musicians have the added plus of natural showmanship.
From the first time I saw the violin-playing brothers audition with their hip-hop dance, I picked them. They have shown consistent improvement with each round, leading to their original song last week.
The last couple of weeks, they’ve subliminally suggested to viewers what their Vegas act might look like as they’ve opened their numbers with silhouettes appearing out of billowing fog, chorus girls dancing behind them and Flash Pot-punctuated finishes.
As awe-inspiring as Neal Boyd’s operatic voice is, I don’t see him having the versatility to draw a crowd and fill an auditorium for an entire year.
I would pay for a ticket to Stringz without thinking twice.
One last note: Last year’s “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator is coming to town. He’ll do his ventriloquism act at the Tivoli Theatre on Oct. 30. Tickets are $45.50 and $55.50 plus convenience fees.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...