July 02, 2012 08:11 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Bid farewell to Las Vegas! America’s Got Talent is hanging out in New York City from now on. Tonight is the first of America’s Got Talent’s live shows. Keep reading for all the details from tonight’s episode.
America’s Got Talent must think it’s the Superbowl now. Before the actual live show starts, viewers get to watch some pre-show footage, including interviews with the judges, and, better yet, hilarious behind-the-scenes footage. During this montage, we learn of Howie Mandel’s welcome gift to Howard Stern (a potted plant the size of a thimble) and that Sharon Ozbourne calls her husband, “Daddy.” Oh, and, not surprisingly, Howard thinks he’s always right. He advises contestants to “head for ze hills,” because as a judge, he plans to crush them with criticism.
Then, in a slightly more disturbing twist, the audience gets to witness the removal of a blackhead located on his ear. The medical team? Why, Sharon Osbourne and Howard Stern, of course. Howie comments that “Piers would never do this.”
Finally, after a half an hour of pre-gaming it, it’s finally time for the real show to start. The first act is the Distinguished Men of Brass, a talented group of guys that, according to Howard Stern, takes “marching band and makes it exciting.” The band plays an energetic rendition of Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. Howie elicits boos when he tells the group that they need to take it beyond the half-time show, but Sharon thinks they’ve “got it going on.”
Edon continues the beautiful music with a lovely cover of David Guetta and Sia’s Titanium. He worries ahead of time that he won’t manage to hit one of the high notes, but it doesn’t appear to be a problem during the performance. The crazy thing is, this guy’s only 14! Howie, referencing Edon’s heritage, comes up with the corny joke of the night: “Jew are terrific!”
Jarrett and Raja attempt to bring humor to the stage as they perform a disappearing act to Singing in the Rain. It’s a bit of a let-down after their outstanding Vegas performance. The audience certainly isn’t buying it. Howard and Sharon are also unenthusiastic. But Howie loves both showering and beautiful women, so he’s cool with it.
Bring on the attitude! Dancer extrordinaire Lil Starr is perhaps the youngest party rocker we’ve ever seen! She tap dances to a mix of LMFAO’s hit song. The audience goes crazy when she starts doing the LMFAO shuffle. Howie thinks Lil Starr should change the first part of her name to big, because she’s going to be the next Shirley Temple. Howard, predictably, isn’t into it.
Is a guy who talks to dogs talented or just crazy? Todd Oliver may be a little of both. He has a nice little chat with his buddies Lucy and Irving. The dogs love Todd, but they’re having a bit of a skirmish. Lucy resents Irving for “sticking his nose where it don’t belong.” Sharon loves the concept, but she’d like Todd to work on the material.
The pressure’s on for the American BMX Stunt Team. Their act is incredibly dangerous, and thus, incredibly exciting. The guys manage to make it through without any injuries. Howard admits that, while this is not usually his type of act, he’s still impressed.
Australian Nikki Jensen has always dreamed of going to New York, so here’s her big chance. She’s stepping out of her comfort zone tonight and singing without a guitar. Her voice is amazing as usual, singing Coldplay’s old favorite The Scientist. Howie compares Nikki to Alanis Morissette but Howard doesn’t think the song was particularly memorable.
The Scott Brothers are next, and boy, are they groovy tonight! Their act is made all the more entertaining by a unique music selection featuring all kinds of sound effects. Sharon notes that, while many dancers are quicker and more athletic than the Scott Brothers, but she loves their originality.
Teacher Michael Nejad couldn’t afford musical instruments, so he began to create his own. Today, it’s a clarinet baseball bat, a vaccuum cleaner bassoon and a shovel violin. It’s certainly unique, but the sound is, well, annoying. Howard thinks that Michael has just dug his own grave with his shovel violin.
The guys from 787 love Puerto Rico, but they’re ready for some new opportunities. After a nasty fall in Vegas, they play it safe, much to the chagrin of the judges. Howie and Howard think this might be the end of the road for the Puerto Rican sensations, but Sharon disagrees.
Father-daughter duo Shanice and Maurice are back, and the question tonight is, will Maurice hold Shanice back? The judges are still more into Shanice’s voice, but they love the duo as a whole. Howard thinks that Maurice is the spice of the act and compares the two to Sonny and Cher.
Finishing off an excellent show is David Garibaldi and his CMYKs. They take their artistic act up a notch by creating a perfect rendition of Mick Jagger, all with the Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black. Sharon thinks that David and his CMYKs are the very definition of rock and roll.
Tomorrow, we learn who survives and who goes home. And we’ll get a sneak peak of Cirque du Soleil’s new show!
Photos courtesy of NBC