Dance acts shined at the Tampa Bay auditions for Season 7 of "America's Got Talent," while a waterskiing squirrel delighted the judges.
The Untouchables, kids ages 8-13, was formed and choreographed by the same couple who brought us the Miami All-Stars, a Top 10 act last season. This group of youngsters was remarkably precise and full of energy, showing off Latin moves that earned them three yeses and a trip to the Las Vegas rounds.
The Scott Brothers also relied on precision, with their simultaneous popping moves causing judge Howard Stern to declare them "captivating." This dancing duo was older and presumably more experienced, wearing matching black outfits with black-and-white fedoras. They also moved on.
Acrobatic dance soloist Lindsey Norton, a bubbly young blonde woman, who laughed at everything Howie Mandel said, made Howard rethink his views about dance. Her graceful movements incorporated acrobatic poses, and she moved on to the next round.
Although not a dance act, Twiggy, the Waterskiing Squirrel, needed some grace in order to stay upright on little skis and zip around a wading pool. The act charmed animal lover Sharon Osbourne, and Howie was also excited about what the act might deliver next. Howard was skeptical, but it only takes two votes to make it to Vegas.
A few other dance acts were less successful, such as Rangers in Reality, a group of young guys in white pants and colorful sleeveless tops who were buzzed by both Howie and Howard. Afterward, Howard promised to "call the guys in the white coats" and "get them help."
Other highlights included:
- Charlie C: A singer who sang "So Amazing" and got three yeses.
- Taylor Reed: A magician who made a motorcycle appear in a box with help from about half a dozen assistants with flashlights that no doubt served as a distraction to aid his illusion. He also advanced to Vegas.
- Puppets on Hand: A puppet and kazoo act who stage something they called Willy Wallaby's Worm Circus consisting of making little pink, wormlike puppets dance. It was odd, and the answer was no.
- The Air Sexpert: A guy with a scruffy beard who claimed to be an expert at "air sex" and then made the judges squirm by pantomiming a lewd make-out session.
- Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew: Rapping pirates whose act Howard called "pathetic." They were rejected.
- American BMX Stunt Team: A team who performed stunts on a ramp to wild applause from the audience and unanimous consent to advance.
- Big Barry: A 4'10" singer who made up for his lack of singing prowess with his personality. Perhaps because they liked him, or perhaps because the audience was screaming "Vegas," they put him through.