Actually, I think he’s doing a great job so far, if maybe not quite what the producers expected. I think he’s better than that. Yes, he’s brutally honest, but he also displays a heart a compassion for the contestants which I really liked, and which made his sharp criticisms even funnier, to me.
So the judges headed to San Francisco for another round of open auditions.
First up was David Garibaldi and his CMYK’s combining graffiti art, dancing and music. Wow, wow, wow! Well worth their standing ovation from the judges. Howard thought it was fantastic and I love how he admitted to feeling a jerk because he thought they were painting him. They ‘delivered wow’ as Howie said, and had no trouble securing three yeses.
Mister Special was booed almost as soon as he hit the stage. Well, what do you expect if you dress that way and arrive on a kid’s bicycle playing a trumpet! Howie didn’t buzz him because he kept thinking something would come later in the act but it didn’t. He advised Mister Special to get help and he had a point. But at least the hopeful (deluded?) contestant got to confess that he’s always had the hots for Sharon.
After a list of not very good acts, we got to Kim McAfee. She wasn’t very good either, but Nick felt bad for her that she didn’t have her partner with her so he filled in. But not even this second attempt got Kim past the judges.
17 year old Cristin Sandu treated us to an amazing balancing act, with Sharon first to give him a standing ovation, although she said she was afraid for him. Howie wanted a faster build up so voted no, but the two yes votes were enough to take him to Vegas.
The Lisa Clark Dancers impressed the audience but Howard zoned out and so did I, although for some reason he voted yes. Howie gave then a no but Sharon’s positive vote carried them forward.
A magician, musician team, a 14-year old singer with a huge voice and Mike the Juggler all made it through to Vegas.
Dave Burleigh tied me in knots. He did a parody of Dancing with the Stars with “real” stars as he said. I had to love this guy, even though he was mocking one of my favorite shows. The audience went nuts for him, which Howard picked up on, but advised him to get a couple of killer lines and be more edgy. Howie found it was spot on with good material, Sharon toldDave not to take any of Howard’s advice, and he got three yes votes.
Luiz Meneghuin is a nurse who sings opera for his patients. Even Howie felt the emotion and his family were crying as the audience gave him a standing ovation. Luiz told the judges that he was very poor as a child and his father bought a record player and classical music; his father’s dream was for one of his children to sing, but he passed away last year. Even without the back story he deserved his standing ovation. Howard said that there is a lot of emotion in this song, Sharon thought he was fabulous and had a very strong voice and Howie told Luiz that his father can see him now and he has made his dream come true. I was crying at this point but I’m guessing all three judges gave him a yes vote.
Paula Nelson (80 years old) a.k.a. “Granny G” rapped about family values. She entertained me and got Sharon to her feet but I can’t see this act going well in Vegas. We’ll see, though, as all the judges said yes.
Kotton Kandy got three no votes as a guy prancing around in a blue sparkly bikini with hot pink boas and sunglasses. But at least Nick danced with him at the news he was going home, so he got something out of the day.
Tim Hockenberry was the next performer of any note, which is an intentional pun as he’s a singer. He played the keyboard and sang “You Are So Beautiful.” I loved his voice and Howard called him a breath of fresh air, Howie said he had a phenomenal talent and toldTim that his life is about to change. Sharon loved that he sang with great emotion and she thought his voice was really good. See you in Vegas, Tim!
Funk Beyond Control were certainly dancing out of control. I don’t know why the judges loved them but they did.
Turf, the extreme contortionist dancer, had Howie up on his feet and the crowd loved it, so he got his dream come true and he advised kids to go for their dream. He was justified with three yes votes.
So that was it for a night with lots of crazy acts but some showings of real stellar talent. I can’t wait until next week when ‘America’s Got Talent’ hits Howard’s home town.