- Tue, 05/08/2012 - 23:53
May 8, 2012 00:05:00
It was a perfect ending for the Canada’s Got Talent semifinals.
Producers have been touting the show’s diversity since auditions started, and the last two acts to make the finals were a South Asian dance troupe and a circus performer who learned her craft in China before immigrating to Canada.
The exuberance of Broken Dance could not be denied as the troupe took the most viewer votes on Monday night and was sent straight on to next week’s finale.
Circus artist Aygul Memet got her spot by unanimous judges’ vote, over musical duo Francelle and Matt.
All in all, there was some stiff competition on Sunday’s performance show. Besides Francelle and Matt, who were excellent, there was plenty of love from the judges for singer Marianne Demers and impressionist Laheeb Quddusi. We also heard from high school charmer Jack Ettlinger.
But when results are hard to guess, all you have to do is listen to the audience. The cheers in the studio on Monday were loudest for Broken Dance, a 10-member troupe from Toronto that does Bollywood and other styles of South Asian dance.
Once Jack and Marianne had been dismissed by host Dina Pugliese, just Aygul, Laheeb and Francelle and Matt were left. It was clear that Aygul would be among the second and third highest vote getters (we never learn which is No. 2 and which No. 3). And it was also clear that whomever she was up against wouldn’t stand a chance since the judges had loved Aygul so much on Sunday when she did a contortion and balancing act with lit candelabra.
The judges all had great things to say about Francelle and Matt, but they also said Aygul brought something to the contest they couldn’t ignore.
Martin Short said it was preposterous to have to choose between the two acts. “There is no better act between the two. I just keep thinking of the competition and the diversity of the competition,” he said.
“Francelle and Matt … you are by far, in this style, the best for me in this competition,” said Stephan Moccio. “I have to go, though, with something that I think is going to add a unique flair. Aygul, you are a yes for me.”
Measha Brueggergosman and Short quickly followed suit.
(Brueggergosman also performed on Monday’s show, a lively rendition of “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” the title track of her new album, which got a standing ovation from the crowd.)
So the 12 finalists have been chosen and will perform a final time for viewer votes Sunday at 8 p.m. on Citytv.
They are, in alphabetical order: Moncton pop/rock band Angry Candy; Aygul Memet of Toronto; Broken Dance of Toronto; Petersburg, Ont., opera singer Emilio Fina; Vancouver dance troupe Freshh; Moncton singer Ivan Daigle; Montreal opera singer Julie Lafontaine; Toronto beatboxer KRNFX; Hamilton rapper The Emsee; native dance troupe Sagkeengs Finest; Toronto beatboxer Scott Jackson; and Toronto dancer Shale Wagman.
Don’t forget that Sunday’s show is two hours long. We’ll find out the first winner of Canada’s Got Talent next Monday night.