6/8/11 America’s Got Talent Season 6 Episode 3 & 4 – Will Piers Continue to Be Howie’s “Opposite of Fun”?

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Welcome!  Here we go!

Piers Morgan, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, and Nick Cannon will continue their search for the next million dollar act tonight on AGT, season 6, episode 3.


So, it looks like the promise of a belly flop tonight.  Should be interesting.

We open in Houston, Texas.  Will someone do a roping trick?  Probably.  I was in Houston once.  Great BBQ, I have to say.  I don’t remember the name of the place, but it was incredible.

The first act a Roy Rogers devotee.  A roping act?  I guess I had ESP.  Guns?  Knives?  Ex-attorney?  Okay.  Sounds like a great act.

Melody Joy and Dan Mink are the Rhinestone Ropers and they brought their Wild West show to the stage.  I have to admit, I held my breath.  As you know if you read regularly, I’m not a huge fan of acts that have a ZERO percent allowable failure.  The audience went wild, even with no roping!  Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan gave high high praise.  Sharon joined in and called it “traditional” American entertainment.

On to Vegas, Rhinestone Ropers.  I hope his assistant makes it through rehearsals.

Mona Lisa came up next with a pretty nice sound.  They, too, are on to Vegas.

Charles Peachock jumped on the neon bandwagon with his lights and juggling act and got the Vegas ticket.

The entry to commercial teased the belly-flopper once again.  You can bet I’ll stay tuned in for that.


Daniel Joseph Baker, a cashier who sings and plays the piano, joined us after break.  He says that “being normal” never felt right.  That’s a compliment, Daniel.  The greatest of compliments.  He attempted Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”  His attitude and his swagger carried the day in a big way.  Never be normal, Daniel Joseph Baker.  Ever.  Oh, and keep the “fierceness.”

“This generation’s Liberace,” indeed, Sharon.


On the break I checked out “Man vs. Food” with Adam Richman.  Now there’s a guy that should go on AGT with his eating talent.  I love “Man vs. Food.”  One day I’d love to try one of those challenges.  Or, maybe I’d just settle for meeting Adam Richman.  That’d be cool, too.

But back to AGT.

We haven’t had an “X” yet.  Jay Maynard, The Tron Guy, shows some promise for that.  He claims to be an Internet celebrity.  Let’s see, shall we?  He got a buzz from Piers right away.  Some support from Howie, but not much.  And none from the audience.

The Sandou Trio Russian Bar came on with what could probably be described as one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever seen on the show…besides the guy with the circular saw, that is.

Needless to say, she got a standing ovation, including Piers.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch when she gets to Vegas…unless they have a five second delay (if it’s live).

Next was the obligatory Orville Redenbacher plug.

Back to Man vs. Food.


Status B.L.A.K. didn’t fare too well after the commercial.

Johnny Di Domenico, a Howie Mandel impersonator also didn’t do too well, and neither did Asian James Brown.

Dani Shay (not Justin Bieber), came on stage and did her best anti-Bieber anthem.  You had to smile.  The judges did, and it’s off to Vegas.  Listen folks, if you look like someone famous, find your own voice and you may have your own shot!  Nice, Dani Shay.  Maybe some day Bieber will open for you.


Tanner Edwards (Lil’ T), 6, is a dancer.  Tanner claims that he likes Nick Cannon’s dance moves.  Good strategy, Tanner.  Butter up the host.  Oh, and his statement to his girlfriend, “Abby, I love you!” probably didn’t hurt in getting the audience on his side!  Three “yes” votes, and it’s off to Vegas.

By the way, Abby was happy on the phone when Tanner called her after the audition.


When we returned, I was treated to a nightmare montage of the danger acts.  Then, they introduced a belly flopper — 26 feet into a wading pool.  Darren Taylor, Professor Splash, got right to it.

The audience grew silent.  Professor Splash made his way to the balcony.  America waited.  And then, in one moment of insanity, Darren Taylor dove in and emerged victorious.

Vegas?  Oh, yeah.  Although one wonders how he’ll top that.  Above 36 feet?  I sense another uncomfortable viewing experience in my future.


In the second hour, it was off to Minneapolis.  After my initial wave of nostalgia, I settled in with high hopes.

Snow was the order of the day, but that won’t stop Minneapolis.  I can assure you of that.

Apparently, Piers was stuck at the airport, meaning it was two votes only.  After Howie’s initial glee, it was on with the show.

Echo of Animal Gardens put on his best parrot act.  Pretty impressive.  It’ll be interesting when he goes up against the other bird from a few days ago.  Can they have some kind of grudge match or something?  I guess we’ll find out, because Echo the parrot is off to Vegas.

Mrs. Smith played an incredible guitar solo, and the St. Luke’s Bottle Band played an incredible…well…I’m still not sure, but it was pretty incredible.  No shortage of bottles in Vegas.

The Halls of Magic impressed and moved on, as well.

Where are the buzzers?  Are they coming after the break?


Lys Agnes, a singer from Denver, Colorado got her shot of a lifetime — two years after her fiance was killed in a car crash.  He was her support, but she’s here to push on with her dream.  Love it.  Nobody’s View loves it.  As for her voice?  Love it.  Deep, rich, and full of heart.  Look forward to more of it in Vegas.

“I put everything on the line…and it worked!” -Lys Agnes


Piers arrived at the airport, then at the studio.  Needless to say, there was precious little joy in buzzer Mudville.

Those Funny Little People — a variety act of…gnomes is it?  Well, even though they look like they just walked off the board of a game I used to play as a child, they were pretty interesting.  Howie gave it a “yes,” leaving it up to poor Sharon.  She came through and pushed the gnomes on to Vegas.

Piers looked…unhappy.  Love it.

The best part was when Howie ushered Those Funny Little People into Piers’s dressing room.  Loved it even more.


The buzzers were on parade with Gasmask and a woman with piercings.  I had a hard time with that.  Sid Yiddish kept the party going and buzzing.

Walt Winston, folk musician, claims to have a ton of online number ones.  He compared himself to The Beatles.  “Truck Drivers Aren’t Supposed to Cry” was his choice.  It got a convoy of red buzzers.  But then, in the great tradition of “Up In My Studio,” Nick came out and gave him a boost.  America will remember this song for a while.

Don’t cry.


Silhouettes of Denver, Colorado brought their dedication to rehearsal and academics to AGT.  They performed behind a screen and did a beautiful shadow dance.  It was something new to the show, and very creative.  Piers called it “one of the most brilliant things I’ve seen in a long time.”  Is there higher praise?  Maybe.  We’ll find out in Vegas.


The last contestant, The Kinetic King — a chain-reaction gadget guy — brought his unique talent to the stage.  I can’t really describe what it was…you’ll have to check him out in Vegas.


So, that was Minneapolis.  Oh, yeh!  We’ll see you next time.


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