NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” visited Tampa Bay, Fla., on Tuesday night for more auditions. Judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern greeted a pirate-themed rapping group, a water-skiing squirrel, a petite elderly singer named Big Barry, and more.
Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:
– The episode began with a dancing performance by a group called “The Untouchables,” consisting of girls between the ages of 8 and 13. They moved gracefully around the stage to the sounds of the Jennifer Lopez’s “On The Floor.” Osbourne praised them for their technical precision, and Stern said he was totally captivated by what he saw. “The Untouchables” are moving on to the Las Vegas round.
– “Puppets on Hand” was a trio who put on a circus show using pink puppet worms. Osbourne declared that she would go bonkers if she had to watch the act for 45 minutes. Stern was similarly unimpressed, joking that producers were going to destroy the tapes of their audition. We’ve seen the last of “Puppets on Hand” on the show.
– The hip-hop group “Captain Dan & the Scurvy Crew,” dressed as pirates, implored the crowd to “put their hooks up” and chant “Ho” when they yelled “Yo.” Mandel quipped that he didn’t get a chicken dinner to go with the performance, as he would at pirate-themed restaurants. Captain Dan and his crew were dismissed.
– You may have seen “Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel” on YouTube. On Tuesday’s show, it rode around in a kiddie pool on a mini water ski. Mandel was intrigued, telling its owner that he wanted to see what else Twiggy is capable of, but Osbourne and Stern declined to pass through Twiggy to the next round.
– The American BMX stunt team put on a dazzling display of flips and twirls on ramps set up on the stage. Stern said it was the best of the daring acts during the audition process. Osbourne added that she loved the “danger aspect” of the routine. The American BMX stunt team are going to Vegas.
– Sixteen-year-old acrobatic dancer Lindsey Norton showed amazing flexibility, and she punched her ticket to Vegas.
– The final contestant of the evening was a petite older gentleman named Big Barry, who sang a nearly-incomprehensible rendition of “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Stern didn’t care much for Big Barry at first, but he ultimately decided to cast the deciding vote in his favor.
The final auditions will air next Monday night on NBC.