Echo the parrot

Good news for those who look to birds for entertainment: Echo, the parrot who killed his first America's Got Talent audition but clammed up with "stage fright" during the Vegas round, soared on the season's first live show Tuesday night. Fun fact: birds don't just fly "Over the Rainbow"; they sing it as well. I think we can all agree that Echo is a very nice analog alternative to all the CGI talking animals that populate pop culture. Let's hope he stays around.

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Meanwhile, Anna Graceman — the 11-year-old pipsqueak with pipes of steel — was basically dubbed the new Jackie Evancho by Howie Mandel after her performance of "What a Wonderful World." Oh, goody. This should be fun.

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Watch Echo, the true king of this show and the animal kingdom for that matter: