In the first "Quarterfinals" round of "America's Got Talent" Season 7, 12 acts competed for viewer votes.
The Distinguished Men of Brass performed a funk-inspired routine against a city background. Judge Howie Mandel questioned if they could be more than a half-time show. Sharon Osbourne loved it, and Howard Stern pointed out that on TV the sound gets muddled. Howie suggested solos might work for them.
Edon, 14, the singing and piano-playing sensation, sang "Titanium" by David Guetta. Howie said, "One to another, Jew are terrific," an allusion to Edon's yarmulke. Howard felt that he did much better than he had in rehearsal.
Jarrett and Raja, magicians, did an act to "Singing in the Rain," with Jarrett in a shower, making people appear under large towels, with Raja winding up in the shower. Howard said if they get through, they should "bring the pizzazz." Sharon thought it was cheesy. Howie, however, thought it was a good trick: "I love showering."
L'il Starr was next, the 6-year-old tap energetic dancer, who wore a retro-'80s outfit and danced in a huge box. Howie told her she's actually a big star, calling her the next Shirley Temple. Howard feels she does the same act every time.
Dog ventriloquist Todd Oliver brought out a second dog, doing two voices. Sharon said the only weak point is the material, and Howie and Howard agreed.
The American BMX Stunt Team performed tricks on two half-pipes to music. Howard liked the spinning and jumping. Sharon was impressed with how they worked with limited space.
Nikki Jensen, a singer, ditched her guitar for Coldplay's "Nobody Said It Was Easy." Sharon called her out for her lack of emotion.
The Scott Brothers, dancers, displayed some eye-popping tricks. Sharon called them original, and Howard thought they hit a home run.
Michael Nejad got buzzed by Howard for his tuneless performance on a baseball-bat flute and then a shovel violin. He got buzzed by Howie while playing a vacuum and finally by Sharon. Howard told him, "Sometimes a shovel is so you can dig your own grave, which you did here."
Dance group 787 Crew wore futuristic costumes for their hip-hop routine. Howie thought they were better in the previous rounds. Howard predicted they're in trouble.
Shanice and Maurice Hayes sang Faith Hill's "There You'll Be." Howie found it emotional and wonderful. Howard said the daughter is a superstar.
Finally, David Garibaldi and His CMYKs did something unexpected, creating a portrait of Mick Jagger on glass and then painting it black at the end, rotating it to show a completed painting.
Howard predicted David Garibaldi, Shanice & Maurice, Edon, and The Scott Brothers would be going through. Will he be right?