|Academy of Villains|
In sharp contrast, at the end of the episode, an exasperated Sharon Osbourne said, "finally, finally, finally."
She was referring to the final of 12 performers, dance crew Academy of Villains, who were fairly entertaining after a drawn out, dull night where the previous 11 performers ranged from terrible to almost not terrible.
The episode began with Clint Carvahlo and His Extreme Parrots. Clint had a bird soar down from a nearby building into the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to cheers. But, um, that was it.
It got worse from there.
Rudy Coby performed magic to pretty whacked-out 80s music. Singer Drew Erwin, who taught himself to play guitar when he was injured playing high school football, was cute and sweet. But, on stage, he proved he's an athlete, not a singer. Singer Bria Kelly was better. Well, she wasn't terrible.
The dance troupe 7 in Unison are decent dancers who chose a dull song that, over 90 seconds, felt like an eternity.
Reverse Order is a rock band that needs to practice, a lot, before they return to the stage. Comedian Melinda Hill bombed, hard.
But the biggest thud came from Cast in Bronze, a masked performer who played a four-ton piano-thingy outside the theater. Eric Buss also played a piano thingy. Nutty. Speaking of which, air guitar player Romeo Dance Cheetah couldn't have tried harder to keep all eyes focused on him. Yowks, bad.
All that dullness helped explain why one act, The Magic of Puck, was set up as, "OK, this is tonight's big act." No doubt, viewers stuck around to see him, but only to witness another crash and burn.
All of which led up to Academy of Villians' pretty good dance crew performance. "Finally, finally, finally" is right.