‘America’s Got Talent’ review: Olate Dogs, David Garibaldi impress again

America’s Got Talent” wrapped up its semifinal rounds on Tuesday, and there was a good bit worth celebrating. Was the start of the show a little bit forgettable? Sure, but the final hour delivered some of the best entertainment that we have had all season long. We had some new dogs, some fantastic artwork, and also even a dance group that upped their game.

The acts

All That! – The guys set their shoes on fire! Even though we must admit that clog dancing is still not something that we would ever pay to see in Las Vegas, this was their best performance ever on the show by a long mile. The guys at least tried to show off some of their individual skills, and we appreciate that they took the judges’ advice and tried to put some new things into their act.

Sebastien “El Chorro De Oro” – The joy of Sebastien’s performance last week was that he took a little bit of his Hispanic heritage and mixed it with a Frank Sinatra classic in “New York, New York.” This is not to say that mariachi classics are not fantastic, but it is harder to get America to identify as a whole with them versus something that has a little bit for everyone. With that in mind, we don’t see the 10-year old sensation lasting another week.

The Magic of Puck – It’s been a tough season for magic on “America’s Got Talent” this season; even though we have seen some great illusions all season, none of the acts of this variety has made it into the finale. Puck is not the flashiest one we have seen, either; even though we liked his levitation trick well enough, it was not anything completely new to us.

Clint Carvalho – Clint really surprised us with this performance! We went into this seriously thinking that this was just a one-trick act where we were going to see the same thing over and over again. He did a variety of different tricks in the span of a minute and a half; and while it was thoroughly entertaining, it is more or less the sort of show you would see at the local fair.

Jacob Williams – This show is all about having good material, and unlike Tom Cotter from last week, Jacob did not have it this time. Really, the 90 seconds he was on stage were absolutely painful to watch. Really, we just took this as proof that even though he may be a pretty funny guy, he’s simply not at the stage in his career yet where he can handle this.

Shanice and Maurice Hayes – We really never cared for this singing duo as much as the judges have, and during this performance, we think that the judges really started to agree with us more this week. It is a cute story, but we have to be honest here and say that the singing just really was not good enough at this stage.

All Wheel Sports – We have liked this group when we have seen them in the past, but the biggest problem with this sort of stunt act is that there is a much higher chance for error here than for a singer or a comic; and when failure happens, it is far more spectacular than just a bum note. There were mistakes in this show, and even when it was on, it wasn’t that thrilling.

Tim Hockenberry – We cannot question Tim’s talent or devotion to his craft of singing. We also can’t question his voice. Howie Mandel unfortunately is right here in that he simply came on the show at the wrong time; we’ve already had Michael Grimm. Having another one winning this show would really be a disaster if producers are looking for a superstar.

The Untouchables – We’ve said this before, but it is worth noting again: these guys have been overlooked in comparison to the Academy of Villains, All That!, and some of the other acts that have been on recently. They are technical, smart ballroom dancers that even included an element of quick-change. These young people may be All-Stars on the same level as their choreographers from the Miami All-Stars.

Olate Dogs – For the first half of this act, we noticed what felt like a little bit of a lack of energy as we saw the same tricks that we have seen for three straight performances now. However, they then took it up a notch courtesy of Bella, a new pooch with a crazy jumping stunt that was among the coolest thing that we have ever seen. Easily, these guys have cemented themselves as the best animal act in the history of this show.

Lightwire Theater – Now, let’s put on the critical Howard Stern cap for a minute. This is basically the Tim Hockenberry of the black-light world. These guys have their work cut out for them to eclipse Fighting Gravity. For this performance, this group created what was in many ways a dinosaur sword fight, and it was exciting. At the same time, though, this just doesn’t feel as fresh as it would have a few years ago.

David Garibaldi and His CMYK’s – We knew that the show was going to end on a really high note, and they do that courtesy of this act. We have seen a number of art acts on the show over the course of the past few seasons, but what makes this different is that there is something new to the table week after week. There’s really nothing quite like David on this show, and with that in mind we really hope he is proclaimed a finalist tomorrow.

Who was your favorite act from this performance show? We want to hear some more of your thoughts with a comment below! If you do want to check out some more news pertaining to Howard Stern’s future on “America’s Got Talent” beyond this season, be sure to head on over to this link.

In case you are wondering, our prediction is that Lightwire Theater, David Garibaldi, and Olate Dogs all advance.

Photo: NBC

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