Sunday, August 14, 2011

Colorado's got talent

Posted By on Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 5:41 PM

My favorite part of America's Got Talent is the train wrecks. People who just want to get on TV, but really just end up embarrassing themselves. The key to enjoying their flame-outs, of course, is knowing that you'll almost certainly never run into one of them.

Now some Coloradans have gone and ruined all that. As the Denver Business Journal pointed out last week, of the 48 contestants chosen for this NBC season, five are from Colorado. And they've actually got talent.

Two of the contestants are from right in our backyard. Thomas John, who does a variety act for his talent, is from Woodland Park. Spitting a ping-pong ball at a xylophone held over his head to play the opening of "When the Saints go Marching in" is what got him chosen for the show at his audition. In his first performance, he did a juggling act, incorporating humor to give it a little more excitement. Though he was set to become a literature professor, he switched to juggling because, as he said, "I thought it would be impressive for ladies."

Watch his performance from the show:

The Yellow Designs Stunt Team is from Monument. The BMX crew is comprised of 13 members, but only four of them will be performing on the show: James McGraw, AJ Anaya, Jon Chin and Brian Gavagan are the chosen ones. Though the team usually does street performance, they brought in theatrical elements for their first performance on the show: costumes, makeup, music, dancers.

As judge Piers Morgan said, "I was really interested to see how you guys would develop this act from being a street act you might see in any park in America to an act that could actually be in Vegas." And well, they did. And even though one of them fell, it was still good enough that Morgan didn't buzz them out.

Watch their performance from the show:

Other Coloradans chosen for the show include Professor Splash, a high-diver from Lakewood (real name Darren Taylor); Lys Agnès, an operatic singer from Denver; and The Silhouettes, a young dance troupe from Arvada.

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