(C-Note: some of the acts that you are
about to read involve real danger in front of a live 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)
NBC says that the summer of 2011 is the
summer of talent. ... So will we find any MORE in New York? Time to
bring in the... Zorb?
Paul, Emily, Kara, and Mary Kate, AKA
Triple Threat (Lake George, NY), sing, act, and dance in a theme park.
Today, they'll bring their act to the big stage... the heart of
Broadway? Not necessarily. Things go from bad to worse with Joel "The
Cannon" Podelsky and his 90-second pumpkin pie, the Boston Typewriter
Orchestra, and the Parrot Wizard... not being wizardly.
New York needed a bit of fire. They get
Nick Pizzi (ventriloquist). But it's simply put with Cjaillon Andrade,
aka Snap Boogie (Boston), a teenage dancer who dances for cash for his
mom's bills. It looks like he may very well be on his way to a giant
paycheck, as the judges put him through.
Michael Turco (29, magician) hopes to
magically appear in Vegas.. With a box of ladies, how can he not? Timing
was very slick... and he's through.
Hoping to follow in his footsteps is
Riley Schillaci (27, Rochester, NY) who swallows swords. She says that
she's one of less than 20 women in the world who can do so. And she
doesn't stop at swords, going to drumsticks with hammers and swords
being pulled out by hosts. And now that your gag reflex is on
overload... the judges send her to the showers.
The weather takes a turn for the worse
when Steven Retchless (New York City) takes a stage. He's a trained
dancer... a trained POLE dancer. In silver lame pants. And body paint.
You don't see males pole dancing... but there you are. And right now,
I'm wishing that we had the sword swallower back. Sharon wants to call
her Steve the Magnificent (and no, that's not a compliment). Piers
didn't get it... but the rest of the judges put him through, 2-1.
Darkness falls.. and the acts are getting
weirder, from the Human Knot... to Ten31 Productions... to Squonk Opera,
but the most bizarre of the night.. ELEW, who has been playing the piano
since 2. Today, he'll be doing so... with vambraces. To balance beauty
with strength, of course. He wails with "Sweet Home Alabama"... and it's
more strength than beauty. "That was a shock." Got that right, Sharon.
He shocks his way to Vegas.
Final act of the night is a guy by the
name of Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., a 36-year-old car washer who really
LOVES Frank Sinatra. He gives us a little something something... and the
judges and New York LOVE him for it. He gets a pass EASILY.
And that'll do it for the Audition Tour.
Next time, we pare the field to the acts that you'll see on stage in the
live shows. It's Viva Las Vegas next week.
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