A human field goal and a giant harpist: 'America's Got Talent' gets even more circus-esque
Every year during the 'AGT' quarterfinals, there's a curious mix of ubertalented and "How did they even get here?" acts. Last night showcased both sides, including our first live triple-X'd contestant in Ulysses, the sweet Don King/Bill Cosby hybrid who loves to sing seventies theme songs -- and looked nothing short of shocked when the judges bashed his best efforts. From mariachi to mind reading, dancing dogs to sand painting, men hitting each other with large objects, and a human cannonball, the last leg of the quarterfinals was by far the most competitive. Let's take a look at some of the impressive acts who battled it out for the last four slots in the semifinals.
Most Surprising: Homespun Music
William Close was one of three acts sent straight from the audition rounds to the live shows, and this instrument-making musician did not disappoint the judges or America. All three judges firmly labeled Close the one to beat, and Howard Stern even suggested he'd be willing to put up his own hard-earned cash to give the musician a chance at the big time.
Appealing directly to the judges is quite a gamble for contestants. If all goes well, it's that much more impressive, but one wrong move and it can look like you're poking fun at them. Eric Dittelman played the Vegas odds last night, hosting a special mind-reading edition of "Deal or No Deal." How did it pan out? This is one you need to see for yourself.
The Human Field Goal