I’ve neglected ‘America’s Got Talent’ of late as I’ve been grabbing some summer sun. But last night, for the beginning of the third week of live performances, I fell right back in love with the show as judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Nick Cannon continued their search for the million dollar act.
Twelve more acts performed live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for the chance to win the $1 million prize and be named the most talented act in America.
The four acts moving forward from last week were: Tim Hockenberry, TURF, Donovan & Rebecca and Tom Cotter. Howard Stern was probably delighted that Big Barry wasn’t so successful.
But performing last night were: All Beef Patty, All Wheel Sports, Cristin Sandu, Elusive, Inspire The Fire, Jacob Williams, Jake Wesley Rogers, Light Wire Theater, Rock Star Juggler Mike Price, Spencer Horsman, The Untouchables and Wordspit and the Illest.
The show started well with The Untouchables. Howard said “America has just learned why they put them through. Watching these young people – the level that they are dancing act is absolutely inspiring. Great job!” Howie was more impressed than he usually would be with a large dance group. He thought they were amazing. Sharon adored them.
Mike Price juggling with fire didn’t go so well. He dropped a pin but the rest of his act wasn’t amazing either. Howard said he loves wha Mike does but he doubted America would vote him through.
Inspire the Fire, a song and dance group didn’t live up to their name. All the judges found this act cheesy and more like a rehearsal than a performance.
Cristin Sandu comes from a long line of circus actors. He is also studying to be a doctor. Howard was amazed the 18 year old could have perfected his act so much. He bombed, according to Howard and Sharon had little more than sympathy for him. All Howie could muster in praise was: “There is nothing anyone can say you are your own critic. You showed up, you tried it and you deserve a big hand.”
Elusive was much more inspired and inspirational. “Your dancing dazzles me,” said Howie. Both Howie and Sharon marked his competition out as TURF. Sharon liked him but didn’t find his moves original enough, although he was great at them. Howard too said TURF were better.
Jake Wesley Rogers impressed Howard most with his hair and said he lacked emotional attachment to his “vapid” song choice. Howie said, “I think you are talented and a good singer but I did not like the arrangement of that song.” He predicted that the show this year would be won by a singer and said Jake would have to up his game if he got through.Sharon, however, would put money on him and she liked the way he worked the stage. But then she usually does like the young ones.
All Wheel Sports were a bit confused and confusing for Howie, doing so many different things at the same time. Sharon too seemed overwhelmed by them, but in a good way, telling them, “My goodness, me what can I say. I have to tell you we have a lot of extreme sports on the show, but we have never had an act like this before. You guys are the first group to combine it perfectly.” Howard thought they did a great job and are great athletes. Howie seemed very impressed, saying, “I want people at home to take our word this was a fabulous spectacle. Fantastic, you are worthy of the vote and I hope they vote!”
Wordspit and the Illest is a singing group who Sharon thinks has a lot of talent. They sang an original song called “Lights, Camera, Action.” Howie was made angry by them as his previously favorite act, choosing to sing an original song and thereby potentially jeopardizing their chances of getting through. Sharon loved their energy and the way they were the first group to get the crowd on their feet but she too thought it was a mistake to choose an original song. However, Howard loved it. “You guys are tight. This is a very, very accomplished band. Thank God for originality,” he said.
Jacob Williams, a standup comedian was next. Sharon liked the “oddball” but found his material weak. Howard too said he has the likeability factor. “Your persona is fun and engaging. I think you are fantastic.” Howie called him “the best act of the night. You have great material, people are going to remember you. I think we are going to see you again!” That sounds promising.
All Beef Patty is a drag queen singer. Is he still here! The judging found the act too cabaret but Sharon seemed to like it and wanted to see it again. I don’t.
Spencer Horsman brought his escapology act. He escaped, but Sharon found it boring. Howard was also less impressed because unlike the other auditions he had done, this time we couldn’t actually see him escaping. Howie didn’t get that either.
Light Wire Theatre put on an illuminated puppet show and the judges were very impressed. Howie had been checking his Twitter and he said his followers loved it. Sharon said, “That was spectacular, in every sense of the word. I love the story, the new characters. I will see you in the finals.” Howard was really impressed too, so they seemingly saved the best act for last. He called it a million dollar act and that’s exactly what we’re looking for.
Only four of the acts from last night’s show can make it through to the finals. We’ll find out who they are tonight (Wednesday). Who’s your money on?