On Monday night, NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ featured final auditions from around the country as hopefuls gave their all for chance to advance to the Las Vegas rounds of the contest. Judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern were treated to tap dancers, comedians, singers and a performing pig.
Here’s a rundown of some of Monday’s highlights:
– The first act of the evening, Smooch Piggy, did bring smiles to the judges’ faces. The porky entertainer and her trainer went through a series of tricks that included Smooch rolling a ball, climbing some steps and honking a horn. Sadly, Smooch didn’t bring home the bacon and therefore, did not advance.
– A 6-year-old tap dancer named Liliana promised to “buy more headbands” if she won the $1 million top prize. Going under her performance name of Lil Star, she lit up the stage with her energetic dance moves. Sharon said Lil was “unstoppable,” but Howard didn’t think she would be a worthy of the big prize. Howie agreed with Sharon, and voted to send Lil Star on to the next round.
– Stand-up comedian Jacob Williams admitted being extremely nervous before hitting the stage. Beginning slowly and gaining confidence, Jacob told plenty of self-depreciating jokes which earned him a standing ovation. The 23-year-old advanced.
– A dance troupe from Puerto Rico called 787 Crew described how they spent $3,700 of their own money to travel to the ‘America’s Got Talent’ audition. They displayed a dynamic, energetic style that gained the all-male troupe a pass to Las Vegas.
– A young woman named Trish showed off her ability to speed rap, an act she said she invented just to meet her celebrity crush, Howard Stern. The Barbie-girl failed to impress with her incomprehensible lyrics, but she did get a hug from her favorite judge.
– Mary Joyner is the daughter of athlete Al Joyner and the late Olympian Florence “Flo-Jo” Griffith-Joyner. The 21-year-old sang “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles and received a huge round of applause from the audience. Howie remarked, “I think we just fell in love with you.” Sharon called the singer “a genuine performer.” She advanced.
Other acts earning a trip to Las Vegas included a rock band called The Always, an impressionist, an octogenarian tap dancer and an acrobatic dance troupe called Midnight Circus.
The first live rounds of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ will air Monday June 25 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.