On May 29 "America's Got Talent" turned up the heat as it made its way to St. Louis with the biggest audition for the show so far. The Fox Theater was filled to the brim and ready for more sparking talent to emerge, but, for all of the hype, St. Louis got off to a rocky start. Tom Bonham, a 65-year-old puppeteer was the first to grace the stage. The audience was not thrilled with Tom's puppets though, as they seemed to be made of Popsicle sticks and found objects. Although the puppets were very sweet, it was definitely not deemed to be a million dollar act. Sadly, Tom was followed by a series of sad acts including a strong woman who crushed soda cans with her bare hands and a man dancing in chicken suit.
Things started to look promising with Isaac Brown, an adorable 6-year-old with a big personality. He won the audience over with his cheeky banter with the judges then continued to charm them with his Jackson Five dance moves. His confidence and showmanship had the audience chanting "Isaac! Isaac!" When Howie said that he didn't have to be the best singer, Isaac said, "All that matters is that it comes from your heart." The little man danced his way into everyone's heart and on to Vegas.
Yet another escape artist made an appearance. This time the world's youngest escape artist, Spencer Horsman, who was tied in a strait-jacket and hung below the jaws of a steel trap. The jaws of the trap were set to crush the young escape artist after a minute and 20 seconds -- to add to the drama, the ropes were also set on fire. Tension in the audience was high as he writhed beneath the trap. The audience counted down as the time ticked and the danger grew nearer and nearer. He freed himself and jumped down to the mat as the jaws came crashing down. With such a heart-pounding act he was a definite "yes" for Vegas.
The good times continued with a clogging group, a rock violinist, and a hipster guitarist who could sing the pants off of all the women in the audience.
Little Ozzy, an Ozzy Osbourne impersonator, was surprisingly not terrible as he serenaded Sharon with a song that the dark performer had written for his wife. Howie and Howard were not impressed with the performer, and the audience booed as he completed the song, but Sharon seemed completely taken.
The most disgusting act of the night was The Cut Throat Freak Show, which included a performer who lifted a chair with his eyelids and the performer who walked over broken glass. While some viewers couldn't watch the gruesome sight, Stern and Mandel sent them to the next round.
Ron Christopher Porter Jr., a voice-over artist was completely crushed when Stern buzzed him. Even though he didn't get through to Vegas, he jumped like a little kid when he was told he could hang out backstage with the real host of the show, Nick.
St. Louis offered a wide variety of outstanding acts and was definitely the most action packed audition so far. Audiences will have to wait until next week for more talent in Texas.