Recap of The America's Got Talent 7 Auditions for New York City (Part 1)
The seventh season of America's Got Talent features judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel. Host Nick Cannon has also returned. This season has had auditions in Los Angeles, St. Louis, and San Francisco.
This recap is for the first of two original New York City auditions for AGT 7. It aired on Monday, May 21, 2012. NBC will air a rerun on this same audition tomorrow (Tuesday, the 22nd) at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Following that repeat, Part 2 of the America's Got Talent 7 New York City auditions will air at 9 pm. Eastern for one hour.
This recap is not going to give every single detail. I like to stick to the contestants, their auditions, and the results. There is a lot of stuff going on in these AGT auditions episodes that is not really relevant to the contest.
The first act to audition is The Flyte Cru. These guys do a basketball dunking show like you see at halftime of some NBA games. It certainly has some potential to make money in that limited arena. The guys use trampolines to catapult themselves into the air and dunk basketballs in a goal. You can tell they have practiced a lot, but there was a missed dunk or two. Howie gave it a NO vote because he is looking for something original. The other two judges said it was good enough for at least one more round, so The Flyte Cru is off to Las Vegas.
The next segment went by super fast. Three acts made it through, but only a small portion of their acts was shown. This usually means they are not a favorite and will need to do something in Vegas to stand out from the crowd. They included aerialist Max, Jason Cordero (a kid who plays some pretty good piano); and the New York Irish Dance Company.
A 7-year-old rapper comes out next. He goes by the name Mir Money. Howard and Sharon buzz him, and he eventually cries. This gets Stern to go up on stage and give him some kind of pep talk. Howard caves in and says YES, pretending to be heartbroken for making a kid cry. Sharon and Howie said NO, anyway. This whole segment seemed to be about promoting Howard even more and little about the kid rapper.
Next up is an amazing act. The Olate Dogs are a dog act that used labradoodles and some other dog breeds to do unique tricks. I have seen a dog or two do back flips, but this is still unique. But I have never seen some of the walking-on-hind-legs tricks, and the jump roping dog was phenomenal, too. The judges just loved it, especially Sharon. This act got three big YESES and may vie for the finale if they have enough other tricks.
The next act makes me kind of puke. Horse has a very tough crotch. He has friends in his act that kick him in the groin and break or bust things over it. I wouldn't call this a talented act any more than I would call being beautiful or funny looking a talent. He clearly has done NOTHING to create or work on improving a talent. Inexplicably, the judges put him through to Las Vegas.
There are two acts left in the first New York City audition episode for America's Got Talent 7. The first is Wordspit, The Illest! Despite the horrible name, this band has some talent. It is a rapping act but with a twist. They play their own instruments and also have a pretty good singer on board. The rapping is probably not going to get them many votes, but the overall act is unique enough that, if given a chance, they could potentially make a run for the Top 10. There is a lot going on in this act - maybe too much. A more streamlined approach with more singing and less rapping would probably help them.
The last act on this audition is Burton Crane. He is not a very good rapper, but Burton gets to close the show because he wrote a catchy song called "Whatcha Gonna Do." It's one of those hooks that you can't get out of your head. In spite of the bad rapping, his songwriting skills got him three YES votes to go to Las Vegas. Crane says he has more than 100 other songs. They will need to be just as funny for him to have the slightest chance of advancing in AGT 7.