New York City
Last time on America's Got Talent, we
were introduced to an opera-singing mother, a piano-playing kid, and
three Texas tenors, all with good chances of surviving the Vegas
callbacks in two weeks. Right now, though... we still have to get there,
so the search for million dollar talent continues...
Back in the greatest city in the world,
we start the next phase of audition with 38-year-old government
contractor Jeffrey Widom. He just wants people to smile. Will they be
smiling after he sings "Boombastic" by Shaggy? No. They're all BOOING.
The judges all buzz him at the SAME TIME. That's a first. And also a
first... someone who doesn't know the meaning of the phrase "get off."
Prop comic Alex Feldman... same thing.
Opera singer Dorothy Bishop.... SAME THING. Moonwaker Bender... err,
Bender Moonwalker... same thing. Singer/bouncer David Glass... gets
Will the same fate befall 9-year-old
Tallan Noble Latz? He's a self-taught guitar ingénue who loves ALL the
greats... Stevie Ray... Jimi... Joe Satriani... Joe Bonamassa... all of
'em. He picks up his axe and starts wailing. This dude... is for real.
David says he's got a career ahead of him. Piers relates his experience
with a 9-year-old who's learning to play the guitar... his son Bertie.
Sharon says that he's got soul and charisma. This is an easy call.
America needs more Tallan. He's going to Vegas!
So the judges are happy... the crowd is
happy... Will Tony Ferrante be happy at the end of the day? He's a
sharp-looking cat, especially for a man in his 70s. He's just going to
let go. And by that, he means that he's going to go disco dancing to
"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)". The crowd likes it, but Piers has had
enough. Sharon calls him a snazzy mover. Piers thinks that he is nowhere
near a million dollar act. David says yes. Piers says yes. Sharon has to
break the tie... And with the tiebreaking vote... Sharon... sends...
Tony.... to VEGAS?! WHA?
We kick of a run with Arthur Gulkarov
dancing... Nathan Burton magicking... (again... He's a former contestant
from season 1) ... African High Flyers flying high...
And while we're on recyclables, we have a
repeat offender hoping to garner the judges' favor... American Idol
season 1 semifinalist Kelli Glover. Hey, we even have the footage from
that show. Thanks, Fremantle! Now seven years and a job in a casino as a
blackjack dealer since, she's coming back for redemption. Will she find
it with "Listen to the Song Here in My Heart" by Beyonce? She's
basically a bubbling volcano of pent-up dreams just erupting on the
stage right now, and the audience responds in kind. David says it's a
great job. Piers is still on the fence. They both say yes. Redemption is
Kelli's... if only for today.
Next is the Bad Girls from Philadelphia,
a pop group. They say they're good. They describe the keys to pop music
stardom as "great beats", "awesome vocals", and, though they don't say
it outright, tight-fitting costumes and big boobies. Will the Bad Girls
be any good with their own number? They say they're the next Spice
Girls. Judging from the vocals and the Fourth Judge's reaction, they're
just gonna be next. "You have about as much chance of being the next
Spice Girls as I have of being the next President of the United States
of America," Piers quips. "ZERO."
Oh, and the Bad Girls say the judges
don't know about music. Well, one's big in Europe and another's husband
is a rock god. So... judges 2, big-bad-booby-act, nil.
From bad girls we go to good boys, the
Platt Brothers. They were best friends growing up without television.
They spent the last 20 years in dance and gymnastics classes. This is
what they love to do, but will the judges love it as much? Imagine Blue
Man Group without the creepy blue-men, and you're nearly there. Piers
says they've got all the tools and sex appeal, but they need to go out
and be clever. They're in with a chance. All three say yes.
Last group of the day is a group of post
office workers from Richmond, VA. They've been singing for 10 years,
ever since they started singing together in a locker room and a ripple
effect began. Can the Spiritual Harmonizers deliver the goods on this,
the final act, or will the judges go postal? They sing "It's So Hard to
Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by Boyz II Men. Piers is normally bored to
stupid... but the lead singer really moved him. Sharon is glad to give
them a stage. David could not be any prouder. Needless to say, they're
all going back to Virginia. Kidding. They're off to Vegas!
And that ends this round through New York
City. The journey continues next time with another player from the past
ready for another chance. Will the second time be a charm? Have to
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