Last night on “America’s Got Talent,” two dance acts moved forward and despite silly comments by judge Howie Mandel, the 12-year-old ballroom dancer Anna Kaczmarski and Patryk Ploszay were one of the acts voted into the semi-finals.
Anna and Patryk were one of four acts chosen by Piers Morgan. Notably Sharon Osbourne and Morgan thought that Mandel’s concerns were rubbish, but those concerns were echoed elsewhere on the Internet.
“Without a doubt the most talented dancers we’ve had in many a year, Morgan explained.
They only had two days to get their music and moves together. They went Latin. They weren’t perfect and they weren’t overly sexual. The two are from Hyde Park and Woodside, New York respectively. Anna began dancing when she was five. Patryk started when he was six in Poland.
When Patryk was seven, his family moved to America. They teamed together in 2007. As a couple, they have won the Nationals (Juvenile) for three consecutive years and represented the U.S. in Blackpool at the World Championships, dancing both standard and Latin.
Morgan gave them a standing ovation. “For me, that was your best performance…Normally Anna is the boss, normally throwing you around…Tonight I thought it was your night tonight Patryk. You were the boss tonight. a little John Travolta showing his stuff.”
Osbourne complimented their coordination and timing. She said seeing them crying when she left after their elimination broke her heart.
Mandel said, “The art of ballroom dancing is, if I’m correct and I think I am, is about being seductive. Seeing 12-year-olds dancing seductively is a little creepy to me.” Mandel got booed.
“What he knows about ballroom dancing can be written on the back of a postage stamp,” Morgan replied. “Nothing.”
You’d think with the popularity of “Dancing with the Stars,” there’d be a little more acceptance of ballroom as an art, but Mandel wasn’t the only person. Some columnists also felt it was creepy.
During the results show, they were one of three dance acts brought on stage. The other two acts were Osbourne’s choiece RNG and Mandel’s choice, the Hot Shot Tap Dancers.
During the Tuesday night performance, Mandel confessed that he got a little bit bored with his choice, the tap dancers, and Osbourne told them one needed to be a star.
RNG was eliminated previously when Mandel and Morgan chose Future Funk although Morgan and Mandel both admitted RNG had better skill level. For their performance last night, Morgan thought they were a bit disorganized and their attitude reminded him a bit of Osbourne. RNG is proud that they do not do tricks, aerial or acrobatic movements, but that may not be the right attitude.
The other dance acts that didn’t move forward was the Kruti Dance Academy, also Morgan’s choice. I agree with Morgan. This Bollywood troupe seemed like a natural for Las Vegas–they had big dance numbers, amazing and colorful costumes and can anyone deny the growing popularity of Bollywood on Hollywood?
With the growing popularity of dance and the greater viewership of “Dancing with the Stars” (over “So You Think You Can Dance”), it was heartening to see a ballroom act moving into the semifinals. Of course, in the last four seasons, no dance act has won “America’s Got Talent.” The British version, “Britain’s Got Talent,” had a dance troupe, Diversity, beat out Internet sensation Susan Boyle during season 3 (Spring 2009). That may indicate, as did Mandel’s comments, the difference between the British and American viewership.
The other acts that moved forward into the semi-finals from the Wild Card round were Connor Doran the indoor kite flyer, Michael Grasso the magician and Michael Lipari and Ashleigh Dejon the aerialists.