Does New York have talent? The resounding answer is "Yes!" The buzz has been generally positive about Howard Stern's debut as a judge on "America's Got Talent" and expectations were high for the talent in the shock jock's home town. Also, let's not forget that New York is the home of Broadway. Every actor trying to test their mettle has flocked to the Big Apple for a chance at fame and fortune.
The first act came on with so much energy and passion, that it was hard not to get excited. The Flyte Cru combined acrobatics and basketball and showmanship. Howie Mandel pointed out that the show wasn't original but Stern and Sharon outvoted him and let the flying basketball team through to Vegas. The montage following showed another acrobat on a hoop , robot Irish Dancers, and a child piano prodigy.
Stern Makes a Seven-Year-Old CryHearts melted with the most adorable rapper, Mir Money, a seven-year-old who said his favorite rapper was "himself." The tiny artist also said he would take care of his family if he won the million dollars. The audience "Aahed" until Howard Stern heartlessly axed the little guy a mere few seconds into the rap. Mir Money's eyes welled with tears and he began to cry as Stern explained why he exed him. Stern tried to make it better by giving the little guy a hug and told him he was great. Nick, the ever gracious host, gave Mir Money a heartwarming pep talk. Hopefully, the miniscule rapper left feeling he had accomplished something by putting himself out there and doing something very brave.
Dogs and A Horse Steal the ShowThe act Olate Dogs had Sharon, ever the sucker for an animal act, cheering as the fluffy poodles danced, hopped, and formed a conga line. The crowd cheered when it was revealed that most of the dogs are rescues. The dogs were followed by a guy who called himself Horse, who said he was there to "Shock the shock jock." Horse proceeded to get kicked and whacked with a stick in the nether regions. Stern dubbed him, "The King of the Nut Shot."
"What You Gonna Do?"The show ended with two really different musical acts. The first, Wordspit, the Illest! an eclectic and serious musical group had the audience riveted by its sound. Mandel said it was "one the most glorious moments we've had this season."
The true surprise of the night came with Burton Crane, a 77-year-old retired teacher who rapped, "What You Gonna Do?" The annoyingly catchy tune had the audience singing the refrain and the teacher dancing his way to Vegas.
New York has seen the most fun-filled and talented auditions so far. With so much talent in one town, audiences can look forward to more Big Apple talent tomorrow night.