July 11, 2007 12:07 AM by Joe Blackmon
On the America’s Got Talent Vegas callbacks, seventy acts received
one chance each to perform for three minutes in front of the judges.
The judges narrowed the field down to just thirty-five contestants.
However, the contestants were told in groups whether they made it to
the short list or not so the show left it confusing and unclear as to
the names of all the contestants continuing in the competition.
Most of the ninety minute episode was filled with short clips of the seventy contestants performing, but there was one very traumatic moment. Ivan the Urban Action Figure who had dazzled the judges with his acrobatics during the auditions took a terrible tumble that left him motionless on the floor.
As part of his grand entrance, Ivan the Urban Action Figure attempted to use a small trampoline to propel himself over several chairs. However, the trampoline appeared to slide out from under him, and he wound up flipping head first into the chairs. When Ivan the Urban Action Figure landed, he laid motionless on the floor. At first the crowd and judges seemed to think it was part of the act, but then part of the production staff rushed out to the floor and closed the curtains.
Host Jerry Springer explained “This was not supposed to happen apparently. The question is whether or not he landed on his head. At first everyone thought ‘oh, that’s part of the act.’ It’s not part of the act. He’s lying still. I don’t see any movement at this point. This is a horrible moment.”
Ivan the Urban Action Figure was unconscious for a couple minutes, but he finally came around and appeared to be ok. As a precaution, emergency personnel fitted him with a neck brace and carried him away by ambulance to the hospital for tests. After Ivan the Urban Action Figure was whisked away, Jerry Springer told the audience “We have thankfully good news. Ivan the Urban Action Figure took a fall, but now he’s up and he seems ok. We’re going to take him and make sure that everything is physically ok, but he’s talking, he’s lucid.”