Week two brought ‘AGT’ to the city that never sleeps. From an adorable dog crew to the ‘Grandfather of Rap,’ the May 21 episode was the most entertaining of the season so far.
“Does New York have talent?” host Nick Cannon boomed at the top of the hour. Judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern took to the streets of New York City to an answer that question and find their million-dollar act. Arriving in their luxurious limos, they did not know what to expect. Surely, what they did not expect to find was that rap fever had struck the Big Apple.
Let’s break down tonight’s top five best auditions, shall we?
5. Mir Money, 7 – Rapper
Adorable. He’s a tad too young for such a grueling competition, but his rapping skills were admirable for a seven-year-old. He entered the stage with such swag that I was sure he would wow the judges. Unfortunately, for Howard and Sharon, he just wasn’t their cup of tea. Howard called him “brave to get up there,” but that only sent lil’ Mir into a waterfall of tears. Mr. Stern then leaped onto the stage to comfort the future rapper. It’s OK that he did not move forward in the competition; his future looks promising.
4. The Olate Dogs
This feisty dog crew impressed the panel with a series of cute stunts and tricks as the canines performed backflips, dodged blue flags, and jumped hurdles. They even formed a samba line! Howie dubbed them the “best animal act he’s ever seen.” With the recent crowning of a dog act on Britain’s Got Talent, this act could go very far in the competition.
3. Horse, 25 – Bouncer
This was by far the most off-the-cuff audition of the season. As the man with the tough-as-steel groin, he endured multiple kicks — including a few from Nick– a cinder block being hammered and crushed to dust, and a leap into the air on top of a long piece of wood. He was a dare devil, there was no doubt about that. The concern was: How was that physically possible? All three judges were incredibly impressed with his “talent.” The most dangerous stunt, yet? Perhaps so.
2. Wordspit, the Illest – Band
This unlikely rap group was a breathe of fresh air after a montage of battle of the band wannabes. Their audition began as a bizarre hodgepodge of electric guitar, violin, R&B and rap. Midway through, however, it all came together. The lead singer worked the crowd with such high energy, it felt like a concert. It will be interesting to see if they can keep up the momentum going into the Las Vegas rounds.
1. Burton Crane , 77 – “Grandfather of Rap”
Decked out in an all white suit, Burton took to the stage with his Casio keyboard to entertain the crowd. According to him, he’s been rapping since 1972 and is the “grandfather of rap.” Within seconds, he had the crowd captivated with his confidence and uncanny ability to create a clever hook. To be honest, I did not expect him to be as good as he was. That’s the funny thing about shows like this; you never know what to expect. Yes, I’m now going to have “whatcha gonna do?” stuck in my head.
Hollywoodlifers, what was YOUR favorite act of the night? Did you enjoy the “Grandfather of Rap” as much as I did? Sound off in the comments.