A supermodel, a Spice Girl, a
comic cut-up, and the self-proclaimed King of all Media criss-cross
the country in search of million-dollar talent.
Recaps by Chico Alexander, Lee DiGeorge & Gordon Pepper,
Melanie "Mel B" Brown
FremantleMedia North America
Radio City Music Hall, New
8p ET Tues & Wed, NBC
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(C-Note: some of the acts that you are
about to read involve real danger in front of a live television audience. They were
designed, practiced, and supervised by professionals, taking the
contestants' safety into full account. They are extremely dangerous and
should NEVER be attempted anywhere, by anyone, at any time.)
Ten seasons ago, Simon Cowell had an idea... do the Gong
Show, but bring the audience into it and offer up $1
million and a headline show in Las Vegas. Ten seasons -
and a magician, a robotic dancer, a ventriloquist & an
endless barrage of singers - later, it's time to
celebrate. The talent will be bigger, badder, and bett...the
talent will be bigger and badder than ever before.
WELCOME. TO SEASON 10!
Last year's rules are in play, including the Golden
Buzzer. If a judge decides that they want to put an act
straight through to Live Shows, then they can hit the
Golden Buzzer, which overrides all judge votes and
advances an act straight through to Live Shows. However,
the judges can only use this power ONCE.
Also, since this is the 10th anniversary season, be
prepared to see some familiar... and not-so-familiar...
faces joining the awesome foursome of comedian Howie
Mandel, singer/dancer Mel B, supermodel Heidi Klum, and
the King of All Media Howard Stern. The stage is set,
the Fifth Judge (TM) is in place. Let's rock this joint!
Noah & Elin (7-8; Nashville) are best friends & dancers.
No, they're not a couple, because, and now I'm quoting
them, "that's gross." They will go down in history as
the first act to perform on AGT10. They perform a
hip-hop number to MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This". They
look... they look like kids who've seen one too many
YouTube videos of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This". The
judges think it was cute, and Howie called Elin a
"superstar". They begin the season with... FOUR yeses!
Triple Threat (21; Benton, AR) are friends from high
school who sing together. They met whilst injured on the
same high school football team. They say their resume is
pretty diverse. They've done everything they could do in
a small town in Arkansas, but they'd love to make a
career out of this in the big city. Should be noted that
Tyler is singing wounded. The stage is theirs with
"Classic" by MKTO. They've got some mad harmonies, which
is odd, because they look like Alvin & the Chipmunks.
Howie calls them "a real boy band". The "beautifully
nerdy" Caleb, Will & Tyler get a triple yes... and one
Next up, Ira Fennelbloom & his mother Miriam (32; Los
Angeles)... who are puppets who live together. Ira's
excited to sing for Mel B. Creepy. Hoping that there's
some legitimacy to all of this. He sings "You Are So
Beautiful"... Mel B... can't you see... The voice is
good, but I have to know who the author of this insanity
is... Perhaps we'll never know. But what we do know?
He's got the three needed to go through. The lone hold
out... ironically, Mel B.
Back to humans with Howie not being touched. Maybe Chris
Jones (28; Chicago) will help him out with some
hypnosis. Nick arrives with the disclaimer that anyone
who wishes not to be hypnotised please leave the
theater. NBC has taken the additional precaution of not
showing the hypnosis on TV (C-Note: or in my case, on my
phone). Howard falls asleep on his buzzer. Chris
hypnotizes Howie to believe that he's wearing gloves so
he can shake hands. Couple of notes: 1) Howie is a known
germophobe. 2) Chris is not actually wearing gloves. IT
ACTUALLY WORKS! Howard may just have to take his X back.
In the course of judging, Howie is STILL under. And he
shakes each judge's hand as if it were nothing. The
judges put him through.
Adonis Crash Boom (22; Brooklyn, dancing flipper), got
four yeses. From there, we go back to the holding room
with four professional gymnasts known as Show Project
(21-33; Germany & Czech Republic), veterans from
European national gymnastic teams. They will try to win
over the judges with a trampoline/parallel bars routine.
And they show how serious they are by taking their
shirts off. They're not as in sync as they could be, but
the fact that they work well together could see them
through. Mel thought it was pretty spectacular, while
Heidi thought it was very unique. They sweep the panel.
Joining them: Chapkis Dance Family (dancers), Sasha &
her father (acrobats), and Extreme Tricking & Tumbling
Johnny Shelton (25; Tampa by way of Knoxville) started
playing guitar when he was 6. He wanted to be a musician
at an early age. Tonight he will be performing a song he
wrote for his son, whom he taught to embrace love,
because there's too much hate in the world. He lost his
son to cancer at age 5. Johnny's just getting back to
performing since his son's death. His original song is
called "That's Love". It's a very pure composition. The
judges agree and send him through!
As we begin the second half, we welcome a dragon, Piff
the Magic Dragon (34; Las Vegas) who is as he says he
is... a magic dragon. (C-Note: from eagle-eyed reader
Josh Widdowson, he was on Penn & Teller: Fool Us!) He
says his dream is a big pile of gold and a big pile of
princesses. With him in the middle. He'll be performing
some card sharking today, because "it was either this or
'Game of Thrones'." I would've buzzed this a long time
for taking too long to get to the damned trick, but it's
pretty neat. Howie thought it was "surprising". Mel
shares his spectacularly dry British sense of humor.
They give him a unison "yes".
One of them is a lie detector test between Howard & Nick
in hopes of squashing this beef once and for all. They
really couldn't find an act to fill this time.
Seriously. Four more segments left, kids. Kids... Oh,
here's some. It's the Humongous Whoopee Cushion of
Doom... It's four buzzes. It's knife throwing on a slack
wire... it's a no. It's The Sexy Baby... and it's
another round of Xes.
Turn down the house lights for Japanese act Siro-A
(23-36, dancers), who combine dancing with spectacular
visual effects. It's something you have to see to
believe, but it's a nice little tweak on the
dancing/performance artistry we've seen on this show.
How many were there? Only five. Howard calls them
"seamless". Mel B thought it was "exciting". Howie says
"amazing." It's another sweep.
Someone's going to get a Golden Buzzer in the next 15
minutes. Who will it be? Samantha Hess (31; Portland,
OR), a professional cuddler, is next... and it seems
that she's very versed in this subject. So that's what
she's going to be doing on stage with a couch to do her
cuddling. She's a divorcee who apparently didn't like
that her ex-husband didn't cuddle. So she's going to
cuddle the newly-single Nick. Nick... ends up cuddling
HER. As long as it doesn't get past "cuddling", I think
we're going to be safe. The question is... is this a
million dollar act? Probably not, as Howard demonstrates
by hitting his buzzer AND
cuddling Nick on stage with the rest of the judges. She
gets three yeses, Howard being the lone voice of
sanity... err, hold out.
We're down to the last act of the night, Drew Lynch (23;
Indianapolis), who has a stutter. He's a comedian who
got his stutter from a softball injury to his throat. He
got into comedy from his girlfriend who thought of this
as a coping mechanism. He says that before the injury,
he was a jerk, and that who he was would never hang out
with who he is now. He talks about ordering at a
drive-thru ("I don't know why I work there.") and using
his voice as a GPS ("In one, one, one thou thou thousand
feet ma ma make a U-turn."). One thing I like about him
is his timing, and for something as traumatic as what he
went through, he's taking it in stride with a lot of
humor about it. The Fifth Judge want to put him through.
Howard agrees. Mel likes that he was laughing at his own
jokes. Howie can relate to what Drew did, looking for
the light at the end of the darkness. He hasn't been
moved so much by a comic on this show... so he HITS THE
GOLDEN BUZZER! DREW LYNCH IS THROUGH TO LIVE SHOWS AT
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL!
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to cuddle my
girlfriend on a giant whoopee cushion. Back next week
for another round of talent.
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