A smorgasbord of the good, the bad, and the ugly made up the final audition show for Season 7 of "America's Got Talent." The next stage will be the Las Vegas round.
Among the best acts was Mary Joyner, daughter of Olympic medalists Florence "Flo-Jo" Griffith-Joyner and Al Joyner. A singer, she was inspired by her late mother, whom she said was looking down on her. If so, she did her proud, as the judges affirmed by giving her three yeses to advance to the next round.
One of the worst acts of the evening was impressionist Mark Ofuji, whose day job is a massage therapist. As soon as he delivered his first impression, a growling, indecipherable Freddie Krueger, he was buzzed by both Howard Stern and Sharon Osbourne. Howie Mandel, however, was entertained and wouldn't have buzzed the act, so Sharon did it for him. Howie tried to defend the impressionist, insisting that he did an uncanny Al Pacino. Of course, as it turned out, the "Al Pacino" was meant to be Sean Connery. It was the end of the road for Mark.
Other highlights included:
- Smooch Piggy and her human, Thea Wilcox, who talked up the pig's skills. Despite being adorable, the pig either had performance anxiety or simply needs more training. Her biggest trick -- honking a horn a specific number of times -- impressed Sharon but failed to win over the other judges.
- 787 Crew, a dance act from Puerto Rico. The group showed off tight moves with some acrobatic flips thrown in. Wearing black outfits with yellow T-shirts and brightly-dyed hair, the group of young men had scraped together more than $3,000 for their plane tickets. Howard predicted it was a good investment, since the team could end up making a million dollars. They advanced to Las Vegas.
- Trish Paytas, who styled herself as a fast-talking rapper but quickly got buzzed for being difficult to understand. That's when the bleached blonde young woman in a hot pink, skin-tight miniskirt revealed that she was really only there to meet Howard. Upon Sharon's urging, he gamely joined Trish on stage to give her a hug, which made her day.
- Jacob Williams, a stand-up comedian who seemed incredibly nervous and soft-spoken, but who opened up as soon as he began his act. His jokes were fresh and funny, winning approval from the judges and a trip to the next round.