‘AGT’ stayed in the Big Apple on May 22, with acts ranging from acrobatic balancers to stand-up comics to a pink-haired drag queen.
“I gotta feeling it’s going to be a great day,” host Nick Cannon asserted from his helicopter looming over the Statue of Liberty on the May 22 episode of America’s Got Talent — and it was. This episode demonstrated the pure golden talent that still flourishes across the country; and not only was the talent mind-blowing, but it was some of the most original we’ve seen yet.
Also, a big plus of the night: We got to meet Howard Stern’s parents! (In my little world, they stole the show.)
Now let’s break down the night’s Top 5 acts, shall we?
5. Donovan, 44, and Rebecca, 36 — Acrobalance Performers
Spandex included, they took the stage all in white. With a tight embrace, they fluidly moved together and performed some jaw-dropping stunts. If they didn’t have such strong physically chemistry, this would not have worked. Their in-the-moment, sharp focus and concentration was evident. This was one of the best auditions so far this season. Howard thought it was “spectacular.” Well, he wasn’t the only one!
4. “All Beef Patty” — Drag Queen
Even though it was a brief audition segment, she proved that talent can be found in the most unlikeliest of places. She sang Lady Gaga’s “You and I.” Fantastic choice in song and fantastic delivery. Her beehive style wig was a little misleading, but once she got going, she nailed it. We could be seeing great things from her.
3. Tom Cotter, 48 — Comedian
I’m usually not a big fan on standup comics, but this guy delivered. His comedic timing was great — spitting out joke after joke without even flinching. He was poised, polished and could do well going forward (as long as he focuses on precision and clever word jumbles).
2. John Pizzi, 50 — Comedian/Ventriloquist
He brought along his iPad and projection display for a modern and tech-savvy twist to the ole wooden doll routine. He performed a hilarious skit about “the sexual tension” between the judging panel as each of the judges’ faces appeared on the display. Creepy, but oddly riveting. He worked better as a comedian than a ventriloquist, though. Howard gave him a standing ovation and called him “original.” Well deserved in my book!
1. Stepz, 22 — Teacher/Dancer
He certainly brought dance to life tonight! After pulling doing his white shades, he broke out some incredibly awesome robot moves set to “Telephone” by Lady Gaga and Beyonce. His movements (hilariously) synced up to the lyrics and supplied a full-energy show. His timing was spot on; certainly a refreshing take on something that is done to death on these shows. So breathtaking! Can he win the show already?!
OK, Hollywoodlifers, what was YOUR favorite act of the night? Did the judges find their million-dollar performer(s)? Sound off in the comments below!
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