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August 3, 2011 5:21 AM   Subscribe

Illuminate -- Amazing performance from "America's Got Talent"
posted by empath (26 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
That was really neat. (Should win America's Got A Neat Idea, not America's Got Talent, though.)
posted by DU at 5:27 AM on August 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


That's like a hi tech Mumenshantzspellcheck from the '70s.
posted by NoMich at 5:31 AM on August 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


Holy THE SHIT. That was impressive.
posted by SPUTNIK at 5:31 AM on August 3, 2011


Great use of technology to take dance a step further without removing the human element. Fantastic, thanks for posting.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:35 AM on August 3, 2011


I came to moan, but I actually really liked that. Pretty sure it's a gimmick that will get old really quickly, but it looks incredible right now.

of course, gagging every member of that bloody audience would have made it a hundred times better...
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 5:41 AM on August 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


these guys are neat to watch. it does look like they basically exist to sell the lights but it's more interesting than a billboard for sure.
posted by nadawi at 5:48 AM on August 3, 2011


I am pretty sure I had to shoot a lot of these guys in an arcade back in the late 80s. Now they are dancing? I guess 8-bit people still need to work, huh?
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:50 AM on August 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


Agree with sodium. If the format of this show is to advance through rounds, isn't this a one-trick pony? All lit up and shit, but still that pony?
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 5:51 AM on August 3, 2011


Apparently, this is already the second time they've been on the show.
posted by empath at 5:59 AM on August 3, 2011


yeah, the judges put them through, they didn't have to perform for one of the rounds, and then they were on last night. tonight they'll either be voted off or make it to the next round.

ignore me, i'll just be in the "don't judge me" thread.
posted by nadawi at 6:01 AM on August 3, 2011


This is awesomely like playing Child of Eden.
posted by running order squabble fest at 6:13 AM on August 3, 2011


based on the music, I expected this video to be about JENOVA
posted by rebent at 6:29 AM on August 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


The second video that was posted makes me really annoyed at the show's format. It's like the directors don't think the audience can go for 30 seconds without a reassuring shot of the judges or Nick Cannon to give them emotional cues on how to react.

Anyway, even if it is gimmicky it's a cool gimmick. Not an uncommon gimmick it seems.
posted by codacorolla at 6:34 AM on August 3, 2011


codacorolla, it reminds me of Japanese TV where they put a screen-in-a-screen shot of some audience member in the corner so the home audience knows how to react. Are we becoming such herd animals we constantly need to know what others think so we can act accordingly?
posted by Enron Hubbard at 8:00 AM on August 3, 2011


Glow Opera!

(best part of Renn-Fayre at Reed, I swear)
posted by whimsicalnymph at 8:40 AM on August 3, 2011


It's like the directors don't think the audience can go for 30 seconds without a reassuring shot of the judges or Nick Cannon to give them emotional cues on how to react.

Nick Cannon and the judge are the stars of the show. Their reaction is part of the show.
posted by inigo2 at 9:08 AM on August 3, 2011


This is very much like the black light theater shows in Prague.
posted by of strange foe at 9:33 AM on August 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


America's got EL wire.
posted by leapfrog at 9:37 AM on August 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Should I drop acid before I watch that?
posted by Mental Wimp at 9:51 AM on August 3, 2011


"Whoa," says my four year old. "Are they superheroes?"
posted by KathrynT at 10:29 AM on August 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


Nick Cannon and the judge are the stars of the show. Their reaction is part of the show.

I see what you mean, like how people love the tear-downs on American Idol more than the songs themselves sometimes, but as someone who never watches the show I guess I expected more focus on the talent itself.
posted by codacorolla at 10:46 AM on August 3, 2011


Holy shit that is awesome.

Also oh man I wonder how much their software/interfaces costs, I am working on a similar performance myself and going crazy trying to work up the choreography AND write the software to control my LEDs and EL.
posted by egypturnash at 11:27 AM on August 3, 2011


There was a "Korea's Got Talent" clip floating around featuring the usual "surprise amazing singer" thing. Every detail of the clip was EXACTLY THE SAME as the other ones I've seen of the same type (those two from England spring to mind), right down to the expressions on the faces of the judges. Only the actual people involved were different. I wonder how many rehearsals it takes to get it all down perfect like that?
posted by telstar at 2:06 PM on August 3, 2011


I thought it was a cool idea, but the dancing itself wasn't that great. It seems like maybe they were compressing a much longer piece and it suffered because of that. If you want really good dance performances, watch So You Think You Can Dance (shutupitsawesome).
posted by anotherkate at 11:07 PM on August 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why is it that AGT has all kinds of different acts like these, but singers keep on winning?
posted by The ____ of Justice at 1:42 AM on August 4, 2011


because the viewers vote and apparently overall like singers. they try to stack it with fewer singers, but they always rise to the top. fwiw, these guys got third place last year. i think it's telling that for the last two years a down home kind of guy won and an opera singer came in second. jackie evancho is nothing short of amazing though.
posted by nadawi at 5:10 AM on August 4, 2011


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