Redemption was key at the wild card show on "America's Got Talent," as the Season 7 judges selected eliminated acts to face off.
Escape artist Spencer Horsman, Howard Stern's choice, was belted into a steel suit. While cement poured into his box, he picked open locks, escaping after the entire box had filled. Howard said, "With an act like Spencer's, you never fast forward."
As promised, Sharon Osbourne brought back the male clogging group, Season 1 finalists All That! They danced with a filmed projection of themselves. Then, one dancer removed his shirt (for Sharon). She said, "They did not disappoint me." Howie Mandel and Howard, however, didn't find it exciting.
Howie's pick, magicians Jarrett and Raja, did an illusion disappearing Raja and a piano from a giant box to the back of the auditorium. Howie was impressed, and Howard said they'd redeemed themselves.
Young singer Jake Wesley Rogers was Sharon's pick. He sang Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" with a band. Sharon loved the "whole package," especially his retro jacket. Howard thought he wasn't connecting with the audience.
Howie selected balancing act Cristin Sandu, who fell last time. He stayed up longer, turning in a circle atop a stack of tubes, but fell again. Howie gave him credit for returning; Sharon dubbed him "Mr. Dangerous."
A Howard pick, pet ventriloquist Todd Oliver, did election-based jokes with his dog. The judges liked the topical monologue.
Sharon brought back the acrobatic Bandbaz Brothers. In their most dangerous stunt, the younger guy balanced vertically upside down atop the other's head, joined by mouthpieces. Howard called what they do "Superman stuff."
Mariachi singer Sebastien "El Charro Del Oro" was Howie's choice. In English, he performed "New York, New York," and received a standing ovation. Sharon found it superb, saying, "You've got my heart." Howard said singing in English highlighted his weaknesses in his mid range. Sebastien vowed to work on that.
Howard's pick, Horse, got hit in the gonads with a mallet and a tire as friends did stunts. Finally, he jumped off a platform onto a breakaway rail. Howard said he's hysterical. Howie told him, "You are nuts." Then Horse allowed Howard to shoot him in the crotch three times with a tennis-ball bazooka!
Dancer/acrobat Lindsey Norton, Sharon's pick, performed in front of pyrotechnics. Sharon liked her use of the stage. Howard predicted she'd be overlooked.
Andrew De Leon, whose nerves overcame him in Las Vegas, was Howie's selection. He sang "Unbreak My Heart" in Latin, receiving a standing ovation. Howie said he'd redeemed himself. Howard agreed.
Precision crossbow act Ben Blaque was Howard's pick. Blindfolded, he started a sequence of shots, the final one aimed at him. Howard found it phenomenal.
- Howard Stern
- Sharon Osbourne
- Howie Mandel