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.)
So far, we've seen singers, dancers, and... other such
acts vie for the $1 million & a headline show in Las
Vegas. But we've only begun to scratch the surface!
First up after another epic opening montage (C-Note:
part & parcel for audition shows, but y'all knew that),
it's DM Nation (14-29), an all-female hip-hop dance
crew... 14 strong. It's not as clean as I've liked it to
be, but points for creativity. The judges are all
awe-struck, and we start the show with four yeses!
Wayne Hoffman (33, Estero, FL) is a mentalist who
studied psychology at university. He thinks he can use
this for entertainment. He's also a new dad, so this is
sort of nerve-wracking. He's going to light firecrackers
in his mouth. Because entertainment. Actually, he's
going to try and avoid a live firecracker amongst two
duds. Let's see if he can. He starts with the one
farthest from the left (C-Note: because Howie is left
handed and mixed them beforehand)... One down. And...
the other one! Great act, but took WAY. TOO. LONG. TO
SET UP. The judges give him a pass, though.
After lunch, we meet Jeffrey Lewis & Zuri Craig,
collectively known as The Craiglewis Band (33, 30;
Atlanta). They met as competitors in a talent show, but
since getting together, they've sung anywhere that they
were able (especially in places that feed them). Can
they make it on the big stage, though? They're going to
sing "It's a Man Man's World" by James Brown.
Separately, they've got great tones and a nice sound...
but together as a group? I have no idea, because they
don't even try, which is a shame, because that's what I
was waiting for. Howie says that they deserve "a million
dollar buffet". They're through to the next round, but
honestly, it's nothing I haven't seen before.
Next is Stevie Starr (52; Scotland, originally), a guy
we've seen... well, everywhere. He's the guy who
swallows things and regurgitates them. Professionally.
Like dollar coins. In order. Like he's done. EVERYWHERE
ELSE. He does do something new... regurgitating sugar
that has not dissolved in water. Frankly, I'm surprised
he doesn't make any money off of this... Except it's not
exactly a million, is it? Of course the judges are going
to give him a pass... because they're sadistic freaks
Ronnie The Dancer (52; Vancouver, BC) is a martial arts
teacher with a nice pair of shoes... and apparently
50,000 fans. He feels like a tornado on the dance floor,
but are we gonna be swept away? "Nobody dances like I
do." Yeah, usually they dance well. Before Snap can get
to "I'm the lyrical Jesse James", all judges give him
the X... and Ronnie gives them a two-finger push-up.
Nick joins him on stage... and it's still a no.
Benjamin Yonattan (14; Kalamazoo, MI) is a dancer who
was adopted from Guatemala as a child. He shares his
feelings through his dance. He also has a special pair
of glasses (equipped with a special Google Glass), which
expands his field of vision. You see, Jonathan is
legally blind, and his vision is quite limited. He wants
to follow his dream of dancing... to OneRepublic's "I
Lived". If it were anyone else, it'd be pretty
impressive, but given that he has a limited field of
vision, it's even more so. The judges love his dancing
as well as his message. He gets the four-and-in.
Someone in the second half is going to get a Golden
Buzzer straight through to Live Shows. Will it be
Shirley Claire (87 years young; San Antonio)? Like
Nick... she's single. Unlike Nick, she was a showgirl at
17. You do the math, folks. She's a singer, and she'll
be regaling us with "I'm Gonna Live 'til I Die". She's a
saucy little number, isn't she? She's got the stage
as far as the voice? It's ... well, she's 87, what do
you expect? The judges like that she was as feisty as
she was, being super funny and super elegant. FOUR
Insert montage of Heidi being excited as more acts (The
Treadmill Dance Crew, On a Roll Skate Crew, and magician
Xakary by name) take the stage. Let's see more of Xakary
(54; Seattle), as he splits Heidi in half... SAWS Heidi
in half. After a quick apology to her kids... Heidi gets
spli...SAWED in half. The judges liked the new twist in
the old trick. Mel B was completely awestruck. All four
judges give him the yes.
Alicia Michilli (23; Detroit) is a hostess. Her father
makes teeth & mom makes hair. But she grew up around
music, so that's what she gravitated toward. She is
severely introverted and shy, but that will not stop her
dream of performing. She'll give us 90 seconds of "I'd
Rather Be Blind" by Etta James. Starts out subdued....
but when she gets to the bridge... that's when she gives
us what she's made of. Mel thought it wasn't pitch
perfect from start to end (C-Note: it wasn't), but she
had a great tone. It's good enough for the next round,
but she's got work to do.
Here we see Howie be a more discerning judge... by doing
absolutely nothing to his buzzer. Next up to face his
lack-of-wrath is Youngblood (24; busboy at a bowling
alley), who will do something with milk... drink is
through the nose... and cry it out of an eye. Got milk?
Howard and Heidi do...not. That's what we call a HAM
sandwich (HAM = hot ass mess). The irony: Youngblood is
lactose intolerant. He splits the panel... which means
that his HAM sandwich is to go.
FUN FACT: Howie's a grandfather. Derek Hughes (43; Los
Angeles), a magician who is hoping to follow in Mat
Franco's footsteps, is not. But he's a new father. He
had to have open heart surgery, and his mode of recovery
was a magic kit. The difficulty of being on the road
could be assuaged by a show in Vegas. He'll balance a
ping-pong ball on the nose... right before he makes a
deck of cards disappeared, including the 2 of spades
that was picked earlier. Where is that 2 of spades? In
his butt crack. After he puts his pants back on, he goes
We're down to our final act, Jalen & Olga, aka Freckled
Sky (20, 28), who will be doing all the dancing, while
Val is going to provide some background work...
Literally. He'll combine water and lighting to provide a
suitable backdrop for Jalen & Olga's dancing. It's very
multi-dimensional, taking the graphical interface
dancing up a notch. Howard thought it was "spectacular"
& "absolutely different". He rewards the acts with a
trip to Live Shows! GOLDEN BUZZER!
So far, two judges have exercised their right to use the
Golden Buzzer, including a possible contender to win the
whole thing. We will see what next week has in store.
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