America's Got Talent

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Final Five with a Flourish

Eli Mattson is next, which, if my math is correct, means that Queen Emily has landed in the coveted final spot for the evening. Do you think they flipped for it? Or since she's the only lady (Nay, Queen!) that she automatically got it? But enough about her. This is Eli's five minutes! He is performing Phil Collins' "Against All Odds." Which I believe is from the movie of the same name. Eli and his hat claim this song is incredibly meaningful to him (them). Eli explains that his life was sort of falling apart before he got to this show and he can't think about losing and going back to all of that. As the stage lights up, we see that Eli has opted to perform without his hat. Risky. He also has a very nice head of hair. I will go so far as to say he is cute without his hat. What was he hiding? A Keebler Elf who sings Bruce Hornsby? Eli has borrowed Neal E. Boyd's orchestra. His piano looks white, but it's hard to tell for sure. It could be the black light. He and his piano are center stage and singing the song very nicely. Nice enough for The Hoff to stop and write something down on a notecard. He's probably going to give Eli his number. Eli has a very exuberant drummer in his backing band. He keeps raising his arms well over his head and crashing down his mallets. Eli is unfazed by this (probably because he didn't notice it). He does a nice quirky job with the song. Piers starts by greeting the man beneath the hat and remarking that Eli's female fan base probably just multiplied (amen!). Piers likes that Eli can take all these classic songs (Phil Collins? Classic? How old am I?) and give them his own twist. He sang "Against All Odds," but doubled his odds tonight. I am not a gambler, but I think that's a good thing. Sharon lists Eli's best attributes (hair, voice, hair) and thinks that he would be a great winner to represent this show. Not just here but around the world. Bringing up the question of a Talented Americans world tour. Does it exist? Are the Lagos Lagos tickets already sold out? Are people waiting in line in Osaka? How about in Sao Paolo? Are they just aching to see Neal E. Boyd? The Hoff finishes the judging by telling Eli that he is the dark horse in this competition. The song he sang was, "Take a Look at Me Now" and Eli should go stand in front of a mirror and say, "Take a Look at Me Now." Nice segue and all, but I don't think that is actually the name of the song. [Editor's Note: The song is actually called "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)," so both Piers' and the Hoff's puns were technically correct, if incredibly lame. - Zach]

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