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'America's Got Talent': YouTube auditions recap

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Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on the America's Got Talent judging panel

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For the second year, America's Got Talent saw thousands audition on YouTube for a chance to join the competition live. The viewers chose their winner and the judges selected a further 11 acts, who all performed live tonight for the chance to secure a place in the fifth season's semi-final.

Here's what the judges - Howie Mandel, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne - had to say...

TNC Elite - Clogging dance troupe

Piers thinks that it "wasn't bad" and admits that while he's not a big fan of clogging and the choreography could be tighter, the general impression was "pretty good". Sharon questions whether contemporary music mixes with traditional folk dancing, as it doesn't really go well together and was "fighting each other". However, she applauds them for being "very professional" and skilled at what they do. Howie says that while they're good cloggers, they need to do something "spectacular" whereas their audition seemed like a "tap dance recital".


Brett Daniels - Illusionist

The Marilyn Monroe-inspired trick sees him make a lookalike appear on stage from out of a portrait and then disappear again at the end. Piers buzzes 'no' midway through the routine, later admitting that the trick was "fine" and well-executed, but that it was ultimately boring. Sharon likes the premise of the act but thinks that the presentation was "a bit slow". Howie praises the illusion for being "incredibly original" but also questions whether the performance aspect was up to par. However, he sees potential in the act.



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Gabe Rocks - Bulldog performer

Piers buzzes 'no' halfway through as it contains lots of jokes about his dislike for animal acts. He calls it a "completely pointless act" and says that he "can't wait to see the back end of it" while Sharon loves it, praising the dog's trainer as getting bulldogs to do tricks is incredibly difficult. "This dog is worth a million dollars!" she adds. "Sensational!" Howie thinks that Gabe will "steal America's heart" and says that he would buy a ticket to go see the dog in Vegas.


Aeon - Acrobatic performing group

Piers buzzes 'no' again midway through the act, later saying that while he appreciates their energy, he found it to be poorly coordinated and choreographed and thinks that their egos outweighed their performance. Sharon calls it "very clever", but admits that it was very repetitive and got boring. Howie disagrees, however, applauding them for blending parkour with music and dance and being able to bring all of the elements together in an edgy and original way.


Breena Bell - Contorionist and Dancer

The 8-year-old gets yet another buzz from Piers, who says that while she's a "delightful young girl", she is a gymnast and does not have an act that's worthy of the show. Sharon praises her talent, calling her "very very good", but thinks that it's early for her to be in such a big competition. Howie also calls her a "beautiful young lady" and loves watching her, but agrees that she should keep practicing and come back in a few years when she's older and stronger.




Kevin Colis - Singer/Songwriter

Howie loves his version of Bruno Mars's 'The Lazy Song', calling it "great" and saying that he deserves to be there. However, he questions whether the act stands up to other singers in the competition. Piers thinks that he has a good voice, and has potential to improve his stage presence to potentially win the competition. Sharon agrees about his talent and says that the performance was well done considering that he's never sang in front of such a large crowd before.


Beth Ann Robinson - Dancer

Piers says that Beth is "really good", and thinks that she's a "brilliant little dancer" with proper talent. However, he is unsure whether a solo dancer could actually win the competition, advising her to work hard in order to stay in the game. Sharon also praises her technique, calling her ability to put so much emotion and technical precision into her dancing at only 14 years old is "phenomenal". Howie agrees, declaring that she will be a star in her field of dance even if she doesn't remain in the competition.


Gymkana - Acrobatic Team

The act sees the gymnasts tumbling and performing stunts on tall ladders, a combination which Sharon finds "mind-boggling" as they are so good for an amateur group. She finds their coordination and talent "amazing" and says that it reminds her of an old Busby Berkeley film. Howie agrees, calling them "wow" and admitting that he wants to see what they will come up with next. Piers thinks that they were "great" and showed lots of strength and discipline, but advises them to keep from becoming too repetitive and "really make it dazzle".


Kalani Basketball Freestyle - Basketball Stuntman

The act sees Kalani spinning and juggling multiple basketballs, though he does drop one towards the end and earns a 'no' buzz from Piers. Howie thinks that it was great to watch on YouTube and compares it to a dinner theater version of Space Jam, but doesn't think it's a live show. Piers says that he was good with the juggling but can't tolerate the mistakes, while Sharon finds it difficult to say that she also was not fond of the act.




West Springfield Dance Team - Hip Hop Troupe

The "dark" group, who admit that they want to scare people in their original package, perform an unconventional Matrix-themed routine. Piers admits that he was most intrigued by their YouTube video and thinks that they lived up to his expectations and did a great job. Sharon loves the "drama" involved with their act and thinks that they had great choreography and costumes. Howie also calls them "great", and thinks that America will most definitely send them through to the semi-final.


Matt Wilhelm - BMX Stuntman

As the winner of the YouTube competition, he brings his "breakdancing on a bike" act to the stage, performing in the dark with only his bike visible at first. Sharon calls it "really really great" and thinks it's "fantastic" what he does as it's unique and "very special". Howie thinks that America made the right choice by giving him the most votes, calling it "phenomenal" and insisting that there's definitely an entire show in his act. Piers loves his unique talent, saying that it was "really thrilling" to watch and that he appreciates how far he's come.




Powerhouse - High School Choir

The group performs a version of Katy Perry's 'Firework' and gets a 'no' buzz from Howie. Piers admits that it made him happy in "a weird way", comparing it to Glee meets Star Trek and calling it "the cheesiest thing he's ever seen". Sharon also admires their enthusiasm and calls their love of singing infectious. "Loved the whole nine yards. Fabulous!" she adds. Howie disagrees, calling it Glee lite and insisting that the show needs something greater than amateur level.

America's Got Talent continues Wednesday at 9/8c on NBC.

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