Tuesday's installment of NBC's "America's Got Talent" featured more New York auditions. A modern ventriloquist with an iPad, a stand-up comedian who told jokes about family life and a male revue group who stripped to their underwear all performed in front of judges Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Howard Stern. Nick Cannon was on hand to chaperone the acts:
Here's a rundown of some of the show's highlights:
John Pizzi did an updated ventriloquist act, utilizing an iPad linked to a monitor. He showed animated caricatures of the three judges and impersonated their voices for his comedy routine. He got an easy three "yes" votes and advanced to the Las Vegas rounds.
Acrobalance and Ariel Musical act Donovan Jones and Rebecca Peache wore white leotards and used their strength and skill to lift and counter-balance each other in a series of maneuvers. Donovan mentioned that he weighs 200 pounds, which amazed the judges, as Rebecca was able to lift him gracefully. They'll get to show off more skills in Vegas.
Father of three Tom Cotter is a stand-up comic. He came out and told jokes based around his youth and family life. Sharon said he had spot-on timing, and Tom got a thumbs-up from fellow comedian Howie, who called him polished and confident. Tom advances.
A 22-year-old dancer who calls himself Stepz popped and locked his body, and also moonwalked, bringing the crowd to its feet. Howard thought he'd seen many of the moves before but Howie disagreed. Sharon had the casting vote and sent Stepz dancing into the Vegas rounds of the contest.
A four-member male review troupe called The Savage Men performed various Chippendales-style moves, finally dropping their pants to reveal their underwear. They called Howard up on stage, and he gamely joined in with the muscle-bound antics. Howard gave a "yes," but Howie and Sharon said "no." Sharon said she prefers her men "dirty," and these guys were too clean-cut.
"America's Got Talent" returns to NBC on Monday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.