NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” returned to Austin, Texas Tuesday for a second round of auditions that included a “Goth” opera singer, a mind reader and a promising vocal duo.
Judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern once again had the task of deciding which 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 Vegas.
Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:
– A group calling themselves the Aurora Light Painters did just that — they painted with light. The performance artists used flashlight devices to paint pictures from light trails, which were captured on an overhead screen. Howie appreciated their originality, and Sharon thought the show was spectacular. Aurora Light Painters advanced to the Las Vegas rounds with ease.
– Eric and Olivia are a singing duo who went to great lengths to say they’re not dating. They met in college and started singing together as friends. They performed an acoustic version of Maroon 5′s “Moves Like Jagger.” Howard liked the new arrangement, but Howie thought the style might be too much of a “lounge” act. Sharon liked what she heard, so Eric and Olivia advanced.
– Self-proclaimed opera singer Richard Grossman came across as a trained singer backstage, giving singing advice to others and comparing himself to several of the greats. However, when he took to the stage, he was terrible and was sent home.
– Eric Dittleman is a “mind reader” who wants to take his act to the next level. He asked each of the judges draw something on a piece of paper while he had duct tape placed over his eyes. Eric correctly identified Howie’s drawing of an ear, Howard’s self-portrait and Sharon’s sketch of a pair of eyeglasses. The judges all agreed Eric’s act was amazing and sent him on his way to Vegas.
– A jet-black-haired singer named Andrew De Leon is a fan of Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. The goth-rocker had never performed in public before hitting the AGT stage. Dressed in black leather, with pale contact lenses, he surprised everyone by singing opera with a high falsetto, which sounded female. His parents were in the audience to see and hear him sing for the very first time. Howie called Andrew “great,” and all three judges gave him a “yes” vote. He advances.
Other acts securing a place in the Las Vegas rounds include an aerial dancer, a female singer/guitarist and a male break-dancer.
The list of unsuccessful hopefuls included several clowns, an all-female singing group, a troupe of dancing mascots and a circus sideshow act.
“America’s Got Talent” returns to NBC on Monday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.