‘America’s Got Talent,’ Las Vegas Auditions: TV Recap

"Tonight, the auditions end." These words thundered across the screen at the beginning of Tuesday’s "America’s Got Talent," but they didn’t signal less screen time for the hit series. Following an opening hour in which the final hopefuls tried to join the ranks of those who went on to Vegas, the show gained some two hours of semi-finals, where those already confirmed competed directly with acts like themselves in order to secure a spot among the 48 contenders who would go on to Hollywood, and perhaps, the $1 million prize that awaits the season’s winner.

But the remaining auditions were more mixed than usual. Where past episodes were split evenly between people who were knockouts and people who deserved to be knocked out of competition, last night’s installment featured a variety of middling performers, only a few of which seemed to compete at the level of past winners. Although judge Piers Morgan suggested that this was not their year, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel eagerly voted three little girls, Avery and the Calico Hearts, on to the next level. Osbourne, meanwhile, passed on 45-year-old personal trainer Kevin Shelley, whose act involved breaking a series of boards with his forehead, but Morgan and Mandel thought his act was intriguing enough to get him to Vegas. Read More...



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