With three of the four semifinals out of the way, here’s who the judges and audience have picked as the finalists -
Taylor Ware - A yodeling kid.
The Miller Brothers - Should really be just LD Miller, a harmonica prodigy
“At Last” - The latest boy band
“Realis” - a gymnastic dance duo
“Rappin’ Granny” - A grandmother who raps
Bianca Ryan - An 11 year old singer
My first thought in looking at the list is that there’s some real talent here.
The weakest of the bunch is Rappin’ Granny, but she’s fun to watch and the audience and judges loved her. Nonetheless, there’s no way she’s winning this thing. Here’s a video of Rapping Granny. Video quality isn’t great, but you’ll get the idea.
“Realis” didn’t impress me that much. Yes, they’re gymnasts. Sure, it’s impressive when he throws her in the air. But you see cheerleaders do this stuff all the time. Maybe not quite this well, but… Anyway, here’s a video of them doing their thing: Realis
“At Last”. Whatever. I hate boy bands. They sing a-capella, and they harmonize while saying ‘girl’ a lot. Here’s the video.
Taylor Ware is pretty impressive, if you like yodeling or can at least appreciate the talent. Here’s a video of her doing her thing.
Then there’s the Miller Brothers. The younger one is the star. The older bother, not so much. But the kid is absolutely phenomenal on the harp. He’s 11, and he’s already played with people like Buddy Guy. I believe it was Buddy Guy who said he’s the best harmonica player who’s ever lived - and he’s a kid. You’ve got to check out these videos:
Finally, Bianca Ryan. I think she’s just fantastic. Not just her voice, but she’s got great stage presence, and she’s absolutely fearless. She can also express the emotion of a song better than any of the current “Diva” singers I can think of - and she’s only 11. Check out these performances:
Bianca Ryan singing “And I’m telling you I’m not going”
Bianca Ryan singing Joplin’s “Piece of my Heart”. A damned hard song to sing, and she nailed it (perhaps a little sharp in spots, but mostly spot on).
In my opinion, so far this contest is really only between two people - LD Miller and Bianca Ryan. They are the only ones who you can say, “Yep - that’s a future star”. Taylor Ware is talented, but the best she’ll do is sing at county fairs. The others, well, we’ve seen all those acts before. No big deal. But Miller and Ryan are the real deal - watching them, I figured that this was what it was like when little Stevie Wonder or Michael Jackson came on the scene. One look and you knew they were going to be around for a long, long time.
Between the two, it’s a toss-up for me.
Anyone else watching this show? What do you think?