NBC's America's Got Talent visited New York City Monday night for a round of auditions that included a 77-year-old rapper, a dog act and a male performer who allowed his genitalia to be punched and kicked multiple times, with the blows set to music.
But the most buzzed about audition was that of 7-year-old rapper, Mir Money, who won the judges and audience over even before his performance when he was asked what he'd do with the show's million dollar prize. He replied, "look after my family."
That wasn't enough to get him into the competition. When new judge Howard Stern and the rest of the panel buzzed him off, he started to cry, and Stern jumped on stage to tell the kid that he's already a winner for having the courage to perform.
"You're a terrific young man - you are so brave," Stern said, showing his soft side. "This job is too rough for me, I don't really wanna do it anymore."
Too bad that's his job. Along with judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, Stern went on to decide acts would go home and which would advance to the next round in Las Vegas. Contestants are competing for a $1 million grand prize and a chance to headline a show in Las Vegas.
Here's a summary of the rest of the evening's highlights:
An act called Flyte Cru combined basketball skills with acrobatics for a high-energy high-risk performance that featured hoops and trampolines. Howie didn't think the act was original, but Howard said they were "a cut above." With Osbourne's "yes" vote, Flyte Cru was through to the Las Vegas rounds.
A guy calling himself Horse had one of the most bizarre acts ever seen. He allowed his genitalia to be beaten, punched and kicked multiple times, with the blows set to music. He dedicated his performance to his two young children. Mandel remarked after the act that there would not likely be any more kids. The judges deemed Horse to be "an original" and he advanced to Vegas.
Animal act Olate Dogs featured several pooches performing all kinds of balancing, jumping and walking tricks. All the animals are rescue dogs that are trained by Richard and Rebecca Olate. They got an easy yes from all three of the mutt-loving judges, putting them into the next round.
A rap-rock fusion band called Wordspit, the Illest mixed rhymes with a mash-up of musical styles, which looked odd but sent the crowd crazy. The judges deemed it a "beautiful moment" and a tearful Osbourne said she loved the show for acts like this. They advanced to Vegas.
Dapper Burton Crane is a 77-year-old entertainer, who has been at various times in his life a teacher and a boxer. His act was to perform his original rap, accompanied by a beat from his Casio mini-keyboard. He got the crowd singing along to his chorus of "What you gonna do?" The judges loved Burton and want to see more raps from him in Las Vegas.
"America's Got Talent" returns on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.