Live blogging the premiere of America’s Got Talent tonight! Just so you know, the premiere continues tomorrow at 8/7 pm, but I’ll be covering the two hour Glee extravaganza. I’ll put up a post and add videos later. We’ll see how new judge, Howard Stern does tonight!

So, what did you guys think? Howard Stern was a veritable quip machine. He thinks fast on his feet, which should help him when the live shows begin. Come to think of it, radio people are a good bet for these live gigs, if only because a good DJ is quick and resourceful.  It’s too bad we’ve entered an era where these jobs go to the biggest celebrity rather than to the smartest or the quickest wit.  But I digress.

Howard got lots of screentime, and like I knew he would be, was perfectly family friendly. Not only that, but he wasn’t really very mean–more like X Factor era Cowell than the early Idol version.  Howard promised to be the tough truth teller on the panel, but he let a couple of questionable acts through, including that horrible, Simply Sergio, and the mediocre crying dance act.  So far, Howard is proving to be more of a pushover than he promised.

The chemistry between the panelists is good.  So far everyone gets along, but Simon’s not going to like that! Rivalries and feuds will have to develop, or it wouldn’t be a Simon Cowell competition reality show.  It will be interesting to see how things develop.

After the typical blah blah, touting brand new judge, Howard Stern, host Nick Cannon introduces the judges. Howie Mandel is first, followed by Sharon Osbourne and saved for last is Howard Stern The crowd is very rowdy. Howard says the executives at NBC are out of their minds for taking a risk on him and that whoever is responsible needs to be fired.

Aoni Jackson – Fontana, CA – 34 – Magician – Howard believes a magician could win AGT. Aoni wants to borrow Nick’s ring, but he pretends he can’t get it off. Aoni ends up with Howie’s ring. Aoni stumbles through his routine. Things are not going well. Howard buzzes him, but then Aoni scoots behind a screen and reappears in a stripper outfit. He rips off his clothes to reveal Howie’s ring hanging from a chain attatched to his nipple. Germ-phobe Howie is completely freaked out: I had hopes for you. And all I saw was a guy with his pants off and a rather small package. 3 nos.


Aoni Jackson, 34 ~ America’s Got Talent 2012… by HumanSlinky

Miss Les – 55 – Bird Lady – She’s covered with birds admitting that they do indeed crap all over her. Howard asks her if she’s a vegetarian. He wants to know if she’d eat her birds if she were starving. The answer is of course no. Bird Lady isn’t a bird act–she sings while covered with birds. She’s a music teacher, by the way, but still a bad singer. Howard buzzes her. He feels bad–he thinks she’s a very sweet woman. Howie loves it. He says he’d see that a million times before a mediocre singer. Howie says yes, Howard says no, Sharon says no. Bye bye bird lady.


Miss Les, 55 ~ America’s Got Talent 2012… by HumanSlinky

Next, a string of terrible, terrible acts. Howard is a quip machine. He’s definitely getting the lion’s share of screen time.


Unsuccessful ~ America’s Got Talent 2012… by HumanSlinky

William Close – He’s there with his fiance. He plays an instrument that’s made out of 3,000 feet of string strung all over the auditorium. It’s called a “Earth Harp”. Howard wonders if he makes a living from his “Earth Harp”.  William makes money teaching kids how to make instruments. The “Earth Harp”  turns out to be very impressive. It’s ethereal in a new-agey sort of way. The crowd goes nuts. The panel gives him a standing ovation. His wife is crying offstage. Sharon: We get to see these gems. There’s no other stage for them but ours. Howie: We want something we haven’t seen. You are amazing. Howard: I’d given up hope. It’s totally original. This is why I’m here. I made my career on originality. I bow to you. 3 yeses.


William Close, 42 ~ America’s Got Talent 2012… by HumanSlinky

Elements Dance Cru – 8-12 – Clogging mashed up with different styles of dance. Oh look. It’s a kiddie dance act. They aren’t bad though, and the mixture of dance styles is interesting. Sharon: I loved the concept. The clogging is crisp and precise. Howard: I truly admire your dedication. You’re truly dead on. Howie: Need to focus on the weaker dances, but still very well done. 3 yesses.


Elements Dance Cru, 12-18 ~ AGT 2012, Auditions LA by HumanSlinky

Now, a montage of variety acts. A tiny girl does some amazing aerial silks. Her parents allow that? It looks dangerous. All 3 judges put her through. A freestyler raps about the judges. You knew that was coming. Impressive though, because he swears it was off the top of his head. They put him through.


Successful ~ AGT 2012, Auditions LA by HumanSlinky

Alexa and Jorge Navarez – “Home Is Whenever I’m With You” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Fields – Father daughter singing act. Alexa is only 7 years old and very very precocious. She has an answer–usually a little sarcastic-to everything the judges say to her. And it turns out they are a You Tube sensation, essentially. The singing isn’t all that, but father and daughter have a nice chemistry and awesome taste in music. Props to Alexa for her ability to whistle the intro. She needs a sitcom, stat. Howard calls it a touching moment. He votes to send them to Vegas. Howie and Sharon says yes. The auditions move from Los Angeles to St. Louis.


Jorge & Alexa Narvaez, 25, 7 ~ AGT 2012… by HumanSlinky

Ben Blague – Cross Bow Sharp Shooting Act – This could be very dangerous, Ben warns. Ben shoots at targets, balloons, pieces of paper, held by your typical woman-in-peril who looks way too relaxed than she should He promises he can escalate the act to even more dangerous stunts, so the panel advances him to the next round. If the cross bow thing doesn’t work out, he could totally be a model. He’s got the “Zoolander” look down pat. Howard: I wish I looked like you. It’s really a remarkable act. It worked for me. Sharon: How would you top the act? He shoots blindfolded. Howie: It was dangerous, it was exciting. 3 yeses.


Ben Blague, 33 ~ America’s Got Talent 2012… by HumanSlinky

Light Wire Theater – Like Fighting Gravity and Team Illuminate before them, Light Wire theater melds dance with a light show. This act kicks it up a notch, actually telling an epic story involving prehistoric animals. Unfortunately, these light acts don’t really translate well to television. I’m going to assume that was absolutely incredible in person. The panel gives the act a standing ovation. Sharon: I just love the combination of dance and the world of electronics. Superb. Howard: We are the greatest country in the world we have the most creative people. I applaud your originality Howie believes the act has surpassed every similar act we’ve seen in the past. 3 yesses.


Light Wire Theater, 25-43 ~ America’s Got Talent… by HumanSlinky

A montage of successful acts wiz by that includes an animal guy who shoves a scorpion into his mouth, a Dude who uses his dog as a ventriloquist puppet and a hip hop dance duet.


More Successful ~ America’s Got Talent 2012… by HumanSlinky

Sanjula – Oh no. I can’t stand these acts that involve sticking pins and things into people’s bodies. Gross. He says his extensive knowledge of emergency trauma medicine informs his act. He calls himself a circus sideshow act. Sorry people, I’m not going to be able to watch most of this. Yep. Not looking. Tell me when it’s over.He’s sticking pins in his face. I think. I’m not totally sure, because I can’t look. He gets buzzed. Howard: You remind me of why I don’t like people. It’s a side show, that’s where it’s got to stay. More gross out. Sharon. It’s a no for me. Howie: It’s a no for me too.


Sanjula Vamana, 35 ~ America’s Got Talent 2012… by HumanSlinky

Joke performers coming at you: Bad kazoo players are next. Some weirdo drills holes into a fake pumpkin (???), Nick joins a terrible hip hop dancer to trade some moves.


More Unsuccessful ~ America’s Got Talent 2012… by HumanSlinky

Loyalty Dance Team – They stand up for the folks who are afraid to be themselves. Not a fantastic dance act, but they have a very emotional presentation that moves the room to stand on their feet. They probably won’t make it far, but they have a good backstory. The newest member of the dance team begins crying after their performance, so grateful that the troupe took him in. Sharon: Loves their compassion. Howard: A beautiful emotional performance. You deserve this standing ovation. Howie is also moved. 3 yeses.


Loyalty Dance Crew ~ America’s Got Talent 2012… by HumanSlinky

Simply Sergio: – “The Girl from Impanema”. He dances and sings like a joke act. After Howard rejects him, he begs to sing again. Howie wants to hear it! And so does the audience. He sings “God Bless America” and hes’ better. Not great, but better. So I guess that’s his schtick. Sing REALLY horribly at first, so that your true vocal seems sensational by comparison, even when it’s not.   Hello vibrato!  Very operatic. After the audience gives him a standing ovation, the dude begins crying. Howard runs up on stage to hug him. Howie wants to see him again. Sharon and Howard also say yes. After, Sergio and Howard have a celebratory boogie on stage.


Simply Sergio, 47 ~ America’s Got Talent 2012… by HumanSlinky

A 4 minute Amaxing Spiderman preview is next!

 

Maurice and Shanice Hayes – Street musicians – “You’ve Got a Friend” – A father daughter act. They both sing pretty well. I wouldn’t call them spectacular. 18 year old Shanice has potential. The audience goes crazy for them, as do the judges. Shanice begins crying. She’s moved by the standing ovation, because she does not have much confidence in herself. Sharon assures her that she has a beautiful voice. Howard thinks the father/daughter relationship is moving and the act spectacular. Perfection. Howie is also inspired by what he sees on stage. First huge moment of America’s Got Talent, he says.


Maurice & Shanice Hayes, 62, 18 ~ AGT 2012… by HumanSlinky

 
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JSP727NMTNZTGZOULUGOH6G3CI Beth Fischer

    I watched season 5 all the way through. It was one of the hardest things to do. Dont plan to watch AGT till finale. I’ll save the rest of people’s summer hours by saying a SINGER WILL WIN. There i soiled the final results, you’ll thank me later.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    LFMAO with Howard Stern, it’s gonna be fun until the serious/boring live rounds.

  • Devin Harper

    There hasn’t been a single act make it through yet, but Howard Stern is making me LMAO, so it makes up for it. 
    It’s gonna be a good season!

  • http://twitter.com/evil_samy ginger

    LMAO  @  Sexy Sax Man at America’s got talent. He’s a famous “prankster”…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaoLU6zKaws

  • Anonymous

    I think Howard brings a really good energy to the show. I never watched AGT before but I will be now. Howard is so funny so far.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So far, Howard is great! lol Cool that you’re covering AGT, MJ. Thanks!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I watch this show with an entirely POV than the singing shows. It’s silly, fun, and entertaining, and every so often, there’s some genuine talent.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a fun show like watching a high school variety show ad sometimes better then high school.

  • Anonymous

    Howard is the best! OMG he’s so funny.

  • Anonymous

    Howard is doing a great job.  I think I am in for most of the season( there is a middle section that I tend to skip.  The youtube rounds or something like that). And that last act!  OMG, that little girl with her dad is sooo high on the CUTE quotient!  Adorable!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    WTF?? she is ridiculously charismatic but she can’t sing well yet. If she goes through live rounds votes she’ll be eliminated and will cry desperately like the girls of that age cry. Isn’t it that Stern was worried about?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think so. I don’t think Howard will be overwhelmed by mediocre singers.  But we will see.  I think the guy who played the entire room has a shot. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Howard is a fabulous replacement for Piers, who was a snobby, overly serious curmudgeon and not entertaining. I love Nick Cannon – he’s such a sweetheart, and his ribbing of the contestants is never mean-spirited, but very funny.

  • Kitwana

    The chemistry amongst Howard, Howie and Sharon is incredible. Especially for a first show. Unlike Idol, the banter seems natural and spontaneous rather than phoney and scripted. Full credit to Simon Cowell for putting this team together. Howard is going to be a Star.

  • Devin Harper

    I promise myself every season I’m not going to watch the disturbing/disgusting acts (swallowing scorpions, swallowing sharp objects, et cetera), but every season I fail. They for some unknown reasons draws me in. Let’s see if that trend continues

  • Devin Harper

    How can Simon get it right with America’s Got Talent’s judges and host, but has difficulty with X Factor? I don’t get it. 

    The chemistry is here with the AGT cast, but with X Factor everything seemed off and weird. But JMO of course.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    That guy with needles is more laughable than frightening. What people don’t do for a little bit of attention.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s because he isn’t in AGT.  He would prob have better luck with XF if he didn’t have to factor himself into the picture. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doran-Rayne/100001844671305 Doran Rayne

    XFactor has a much bigger microscope.

  • daunchan

    I had the pleasure of seeing Light Wire Theater live twice. They are all principal dancers at the Ballet where my daughter danced for years. In person it is  everything that the crowd reaction indicated that it is.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    He tried the “low profile/joke” trick but even his real singing isn’t that good. They liked jsut because the expectations were very low.

  • Devin Harper

    Off topic, but by the looks of the trailer just shown the new spiderman movie is going to be EPIC. Or maybe that’s what the inner geek is telling me. :P

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Great first show. I’m amazed at how Howard fits in so well with Sharon and Howie. So far, Howard is just terrific!

  • too-cool-for-school

    Simon is better when he is behind the scenes and isn’t involving himself in terms of judging. That seems to be where chaos and nonsense begins (and never ends).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1552146216 Shair Shamsuddin

    Howard is ridiculously funny. He’ll be great judge good thing Piers is not there anymore. His too serious

    The performance so far that I liked was William Close, the guy who plays the Earth Harp. I have been went to one of his performance which was a duo with a women, I think that was his fiancee, If I’m not mistaken and It was spectacular.. and Howie said mesmerized, that’s what happened to me. He will be straight to the live shows for sure and worthy for a Vegas act. My pick for the win :)

    The girl/dad duo singers was very mediocre and I have watch their Youtube video just once, just saying the girl was cute though

    The light background performance, is not new anymore. Kinda tired watching these since Fighting Gravity and Illuminate. But if they come up with new things. I won’t dislike it. 

  • Anonymous

    I am definitely tuning in tomorrow. This was a very entertaining first show. I really enjoyed it!

  • http://twitter.com/makeFigure8s Just Me
  • Anonymous

    Light Wire Theater reminds me a lot of Team iLuminate. I LOVED Team iLuminate so this is awesome. 

  • Anonymous

    Baba Booey

  • Anonymous

    The person who viewed agt as a variety show is correct, in my opinion. Show made me laugh tonight. Poor Howard – I love the guy without trying to dissect his foibles. Im grateful to him. Thanks Howard. Love you man!!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    AGT is a fun, variety show that is like “the Gong Show” from many years ago. I love the diversity of acts, the silliness and light entertainment, and every so often there’s real talent. Now, there’s the extra attraction of tuning in for Howard, and I agree MJ, after this first episode, he’s coming across as much more of a softie than I think people have expected.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I actually said that!  I would enjoy the X-Factor more if Simon wasn’t in it.  I love the high energy of Nick Cannon.  Happy he’s healthy enough to resume his duties.  I think there is good chemistry on this panel.