Thursday, October 21, 2010

where dreams really do come true….

I went to watch the America’s Got Talent road show last night in Chicago (actually Rosemont, but nobody knows where that is).  The host was Jerry Springer, and it was apparent the crowd was very familiar with his daytime show.

I didn’t know what to expect.  Would the contestants be as good as they were on TV? 

Almost all of them came from proverbial rags hoping to ascend to riches.  Each came with dreams, and the desire to attain them.  Each came with their own personal struggle.

Taylor Matthews showed why he could be the next American heartthrob crooner, part Jason Mraz, part Jack Johnson. 

Taylor Matthews America's Got Talent 2010

Michael Grasso kept making people disappear and appear with quick precision, never giving the audience a chance to second guess.

Michael Grasso of America's Got Talent 2010

Studio One Young Beast Society took their street dance to the stage and amazed with acrobatics and speed. 

Studio One Young Beast Society America's Got Talent 2010 

Prince Poppycock, part Little Richard, part Louis XVI combined opera and farce in an amazing display of strutting and singing and lots and lots of make up.

Prince Poppycock America's Got Talent 2010

Christina and Ali delivered in spite of them both having Cystic Fibrosis, and having lost a sister in the last year.

Christina and Ali America's Got Talent 2010

Jeremy Van Schoonoven showed why he’s going to break every bone in his body with his fearless bike maneuvers.

Jeremy Vanschoonhoven America's Got Talent 2010

Vegas won’t be far away for Fighting Gravity.  These fraternity brothers from Virginia Tech turned a college talent show act into an amazing display of “Blue Man Group” meets “2001, A Space Odyssey”.

fgravity_espys-1.jpg Fighting Gravity black light illusion performance image by rubinjudith

Twelve year-old Anna and Patryk swept the crowd and each other off their feet, bringing back memories of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.

Anna and Patryk America's Got Talent 2010

And, the winner, Michael Grimm, did a short set that ranged from Joe Cocker to Ray Charles to Al Greene.  I know now why he will be a star.

Michael Grimm America's Got Talent 2010

As I reflect on the night, I felt the power of America.  This could never happen anywhere else.  That made me feel proud.

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