Well it is that time of year again. The time when all the strange, bizarre and good talent comes together with one common goal in mind - try and win America's Got Talent. This, the ninth season of America's Got Talent, kicked off on Tuesday night with some of the same stuff as viewers have seen in past seasons of the show.
The New York Auditions kicked off with Adrian Romoff, a 9-year-old keyboard-playing,whiz kid who has skipped five grades. His bow tie and humorous attitude won over the judges. His talent however was questioned by Stern who originally thought Romoff's background track was most of the act. The judges allowed Rumoff to play a second song and were won over by his performance leading Howie Mandel to proclaim, "England has Harry Potter, we have you." So take that, England."
Watch Runoff video here.
The judges were also high on another act, Blue Journey, a dance act composed of Rachel and Nick who met just 4 days before the audition. Their dance routine which incorporated interactive screen projections wowed both the judges and the audience.
Watch the Blue Journey video here.
The acts came and went throughout the two hour premiere. Some of the acts clearly knew they didn't have a viable million dollar talent and were clearly there for their two seconds of fame and bragging rights to their friends. Other acts however thought they had the talent to win the competition and were dismayed when the judges hit their buzzers.
One act Larry the Mime, who fits into the later category, turned out to be more than the judges bargained for when he got X'd . Larry the mime was given a microphone and proceeded to voice his opinion about the vote. At one point, he jumped down off the stage to the dismay of the judges who quickly called for security. In the end the judges found out Larry the Mime was just an elaborate prank by Nick Gannon, the host.
New to the show this year is the golden button which each judge can use only once during the season to save an act they feel who didn't get enough votes to move on in the competition. Howard Stern used his one time golden button to save Dustin's Dojo a lampoon act which pokes fun of the martial arts. Mel B and Heide Klum didn't get the humorous aspects of the act and voted against the act.
Watch the Dustin's Dojo video here.
The highlight of the evening came when the 93 year old Mighty Atom Jr, aka Mike Greenstein, pulled a used his teeth to pull a car loaded with his girlfriend, his brother and his brother's wife, across the parking lot outside. In the end the Mighty Atom came through the ordeal unscathed and vowed to pull a van full of people if he got voted through.
Watch the Mighty Atom video here.
If the two hour premiere is any indication then the rest of this years America's Got Talent is going to be a weird, bizarre but also a talent filled show.