It was a slow boat to sail to Vegas-worthy stars in the making on America's Got Talent for the second round of New York auditions, but just like lady liberty in the harbor, the torch of talent at last ignited to make the night worthwhile. Howard Stern deferred his judging duties to his pop, proving no one, including the King of All Media, outgrows the need for fatherly advice, but it took more than words to wrestle talent from some taking the stage, and a hands-on, hips-on intervention had to be done!
The phrase "I do it all" has been the undoing of many a young hopeful, and Ronald Charles proved no exception, as he muddled through semi-dance steps and dodgy sounds of supposed singing. Howard was first to select his X, followed by an introduction to his parents, who sacrificed their morning routines to lend their support to their son. After "completely analyzing" the presented act, the senior Stern surmised that the young man seek his future in other endeavors, although "it was hard to say" just what those might be. At least the kid got his high school diploma, but he needs to work on basic social greetings, after replying to Howard with a "Yes, Ma'am." Not even in "another planet, another world" could he capture a concept of talent! At least America's Got Talent can call on Stern the elder if a stand-in judge is called for, since he passes the panel test!
Holly and James had heart, but no sizzle or synchronicity at all in their roller-skating dance routine, and a troop of mimes only made the judges buzz. A rock rebel didn't rock the panel at all, never allowing him to reach his "powerful" second verse. The talent meter took off when ventriloquist, John Pizzi, presented his virtual dialogues with Howie, Howard, and Sharon, rich with double entendre and originality, sparking even the fun pomposity of a Howard-Howie offspring! Howie Mandel said Pizzi just became "the one ventriloquist" he liked, and Howard called him completely "original," and Sharon got his humor, too, making three votes to Vegas.
The flow of talent surged afterward, as acro-balance artists, Donovan and Rebecca, brought beauty and bold moves in an incredible display of strength and sensuality, at one point, holding each other up just by holding hands! Sharon Osbourne said watching them was like seeing "a science fiction movie love scene," Howie Mandel also concurred with their sexy strength, and Howard Stern said their act was "spectacular." Unity in Motion proved to be very pliable ladies in pink, and wowed the panel plenty. Ivy Rose rose to their moment, as the all-girl rock band will soon be rocking their Las Vegas auditions. All Beef Patty has a king size voice to match his or her stature, whichever you choose, and the judges chose to see more.
At 48, Tom Cotter, has found a way to make a living at comedy for 20 years, but the way has never been easy. His performance on stage this week put a big stamp of "paid in full" for his dues, as his fresh, funny, dysfunctional family humor had everyone rolling with his rapid-fire timing. Howie Mandel lifted two big thumbs up, respect from one standup to another, saying he was Cotter's big fan now. Howard stressed his laughs were genuine, and Sharon said his routine was "spot on." Howie Mandel reminded Tom that his bookings just got a boost after showing all he had honed to America in two minutes. The comedian may well find himself playing Vegas long after the competition closes the season.
Tyrese Green calls himself Stepz, and saying he's had a rough road to the stage would be a cruel understatement. Finding a sense of identity and self-worth through his animation dance, determined to rise above the drug addiction of his parents and create his own way of "how you go for it," he crafted moves nothing short of stupendous for his audition, but somehow, Howard Stern, seemed blinded to being able to see him as able to carry a Vegas production. Howie Mandel did envision a Stepz show, however, and the young man and his family watching from the audience clung to hope as Sharon Osbourne said, "I'm sorry, but you'll have to go to Vegas," bringing his dream another step closer, and making those family embraces more memorable. The pride was palpable in another early but singular America's Got Talent Season 7 moment.
The Savage Men seemed the perfect kind of act to allow Sharon Osbourne to in the evening with an affirmative vote, but she dubbed them distinctly "not dirty" enough, and their dancing was dreadfully lacking in Howard Stern's estimation, so he took off for the spotlight, to demonstrate his mastery of male dancing. He did shed his jacket, and he shook something, although it seemed to be mostly loose skin on his skinny arms, but he got a tip in his waistband before ending the audition, and the dream for the dudes who weren't savage or sexy enough.