Summer is here and that means the Vampires gather in front of the big screen TV and watch America’s Got Talent. It also means we drink cocktails and I record all of the comments from the Peanut Gallery.
This well worn tradition of blogging about the show started in the summer of 2012. We’ve been watching it since 2008 when my daughter and I discovered it one night while we were on the road for the artistic roller skating regional championships. We were hooked. We still haven’t hooked my husband Teddy but that’s ok because he drinks, makes rude comments and makes cocktails for the rest of us.
So without any more boring history let’s get on with the show. Right now the show is in the audition stage. Two acts have already received the Golden Buzzer. That means they can go on without a second try-out. One was one of those dance troupes with a zillion kids being thrown into the air and twisted around like so many cute pretzels. Teddy thinks the man who run these groups have latent tendencies towards pedophilia. Hey, I’m just writing down what I hear. I’m not overly fond of those groups either.
The SECOND Golden Buzzer, which was pressed by Simon himself was for Michael Ketterer a pediatric mental health nurse who is also the father of six children. He and his wife had two girls, then they adopted four boys. Michael’s story was that he wanted to show his kids that they could dream big. He also showed everyone that he not only has a big heart but a soulful big voice.
For the first two auditions there weren’t very many acts that stood out. Oh, except the CATS. There were CATS that did tricks. Big fluffy house cats that did amazing tricks! We loved those cats. See the link to the cats at the end of this post.
So last night we watched auditions #3. Yes, we record everything so we can fast forward thought commercials and stuff we get bored with.
My husband, kids, brother Val, Grandmama Lola, and a few friends were over. I was going to give the usual warning about snarky rude comments and bad language but there wasn’t any. By far round three was the best so far. Alright I take that back. We fast forwarded through a large block of dancers (Clara said they copied their moves from YouTube videos.) Most of the dance groups are on the level or below the level of most high school or middle school dance groups. Just an observation. We also fast forwarded the circus acts and the weird techno acts because they are BORING.
But this is what we liked:
This precious 13 year old just might end up being the 2018 Winner (if the cats don’t get it)
I usually don’t like “Quick Change” acts but this is an exception. These two put on a great show, and they were adorable.
And finally… OMG this guy was brilliant and funny and weird. We loved it. And no, he isn’t really German.
Teddy said that the AGT folks should just give the cat act from the first audition group a million dollars just because they’re a CAT ACT. This is seriously fun.
AND NOW IT IS TIME FOR COCKTAILS!
Summer Chai Chai Cocktail
Last night Teddy fixed something different.
- 4 ounces cold Chai Tea. Use unsweetened tea bags and either brew it and chill it, or make sun tea. Make it strong. 1 bag for each cup.
- 3/4 ounce passion fruit puree or juice. You can also use pineapple, or any other tropical fruit depending on what you like.
- 1 ounce blood (leave out if you’re not a Vampire)
- 1/2 ounce sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 ounce balsamic vinegar
Mix this all together and pour over a glass full of crushed ice. Garnish with mint if you have it on hand.
So have fun, drink responsibly, sing a song, smile, hug your kids, and enjoy the summer. I’ll see you next week for more AGT fun and cocktails.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman