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.)
This is it. If you can't make it on this stage tonight,
there's no way you can make it to Vegas. Welcome to the
final night of Auditions.
But first, Howie's late. But in plenty of time to meet
Daditude! (42-55, LA), a dance troupe of dads. But in
another life, each one of them was a professional
dancer. They say they still have moves in them, but
enough for 90 seconds? It could use a few moves that
don't look like dads at a daughter's wedding, but at
least they're on the same page physically. Mel thought
it was cute and funny, while Heidi thinks America will
fall in love with them. Howard says that they are not
worth a million. We have 2 yeses, one no. Howie.... gets
them 3. Joining them: Nick & Eddie (singers), Xavier
Mortimer (magician), and Benton Blount
While we see the usual cadre of contortionists, we also
see Scott Churchson (39, actor), a hand-and-face
contortionist who sells life insurance on the side. He
swears that what he's about to do has never been done on
the show, but a lot of
martial training went into it. It is... face... and
hand... contorting. And the Fifth Judge isn't feeling
it. Howard isn't either. Or Howie. He gets four nos.
A nice rendition of "Yesterday" makes it through. Shame
we don't know who he is. But we will. Next is Larry
Callahan & Selected of God Choir (Detroit), a gospel
choir who are of the comeback mentality. They work
together. They struggle together. And they're going to
be singing together "The Prayer". They have a great tone
about them, but they are a little sharp. Mel was waiting
for an act like this. Shame she already used her Golden
Buzzer. Howard thought it was "superior" and
"perfected". They get 4 yeses!
"Are you a couple?" Awwwwwwwwwwwbarf. The spotlight in
this act is this act: Duo Volta (31-34; restaurant
server & consultant), a static trapeze act who's been
training longer than they've been dating (just four
months). Her life is in his hands. Oh, did we mention
they broke up two months ago? Apparently their
relationship off the trapeze was affecting their act.
Let's see if absence did indeed make the heart grow
fonder. The act was pretty much old hat until the
reverse gravity flip and grab. That was worth seeing
again. Howie thought it was spectacular, but the guy was
stupid for leaving her ("That's actually what SHE
said!"). They get through. But man is that guy stupid.
She's HOT! He blew it!
Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti (29; chef; Chicago) is a
competitive eater. You may have seen him at the Hot Dog
Eating Contest last week. Nobody has attempted what he's
going to do tonight... which may involve barfing. He is
drinking raw eggs. 120 of them. We hae chuck buckets at
the ready.... but he's downed all of them. Howie is
strangely intrigued. Heidi is amazed... I guess. Howard
liked it. It's a 2-1 split pending Mel's vote... YES!
And now he's gonna vomit.
Now let's rock with Three Shades of Blue (19-21;
Morgantown, PA), a band of brothers. The three brothers
were the oldest of nine kids. They'd always escape to
the basement to write and play music. Now they're hoping
to translate the fan worship into a career. Howard's
been looking for a good rock band for a while now. Let's
see how good they are with "Feeling Good". They can play
in the classic style a la the Who and the Stones, but
the vocal needs work. Still, they know how to rock it.
Howard says that his time had come. Mel B liked the
band, but the song has been done vocally better
elsewhere. Four yeses!
We've seen an Evil Chicken get buzzed, Septimius the
Great get buzzed, Latin Swag get buzzed. What about The
Gem City Jewels (26-31; hairdressers)? They say they
have IT. I don't know what they have, but with moves
like... that... and voices like... those. They have
something, but it isn't IT. BUZZ THEM HATERS OFF,
Pretty Big (full figure dance company) was started to
give a platform to the lovely lady lumped ladies.
Tonight, the stage is their platform, dancing to "Get Up
Offa That Thing". They are together. That's the start of
something. Mel thinks it's "bloody brilliant" and
"inspiring". They get four pretty big yeses. Joining
them: Aaron Smyth (dancer), Craig & Micheline (dancing),
and the Move (dancing).
That's one deep-voiced woman. Oh, a drag queen? Oh,
okay. So what other singers do we have? We have not your
typical boyband. For one, they aren't boys. They're Vox
(25-35), singers who met in college, but they've only
been together as a group for a month. They'll be singing
"Nessun Dorma". In harmony. In tone. In pitch. Could we
have finally found the million dollar act? Howie said
they feel a lot of power, calling them "the classiest
boy band there is." Mel thought it was a home run.
Heidi's a big fan of these guys. Howard was pleasantly
surprised. Together, it adds up to a ticket to the next
Have we saved the best for last? We'll find out as Nick
decides to strut a bit before we meet Joanna Kennedy
(47; Boulder, CO; passion & intimacy expert), who will
be teaching kissing... to Nick. (C-Note: RATINGS
MOMENT!) This has to be at least better than the
professional cuddler. Joanna proves her professionalism
by bringing out a blow-up doll. He'd rather have an old
lady. Instead, Howard brings up... a random audience
member with enormous... lung capacity. Maybe we should
just leave. But not before Howard, Howie, and Mel decide
to stop the act prematurely.
His kiss gets a buzz from Heidi. Joanna's not going
through to the next round, but Nick's going home with
his... uh... new friend?
Okay, that's it for the auditions. Next up, it's the
Callback Round. And if you think you had it easy. You
think you know this round. You think you know what
THINK AGAIN. Because joining the panel... Neil Patrick
Harris, Michael Buble, Marlon Wayans, and Piers Morgan.
It's put up or get cut next time.
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