Tuesday's America's Got Talent's featured some of the most notable acts from the show's Top 48, including the Judges' Choices. But with only four acts continuing on, there is some stiff competition as the contestants head into Wednesday's results show.
While Eric Dittelman may have stunned us all when he read the mind of judge Howie Mandel, there were two acts which undeniably stole the show — for better or for worse.
Best performance of the night: William Close
Playing what he claims to be the world's largest stringed instrument, a self-made "Earth Harp," Close plucked away on the massive strings, creating a hauntingly beautiful rendition of The Who's "Love, Reign o'er Me."
Another twelve acts took the stage Tuesday night in the hopes of continuing on America's Got Talent. While the night was filled with lackluster performances, one act clearly outshined the rest.
The Lightwire Theater's performance as a group of dancing birds provided a spectacular end to the night.
Our top moments of the week:
13. Hardest Problem: On the series premiere of NY Med, an unidentified male visiting New York City goes to the hospital after having an erection for 12 hours as the result of taking an erectile-dysfunction drug. The urologist explains that the only solution is to drain blood from his penis. "Have you done this before?" the man asks, before exclaiming, "We should YouTube this!" The real kicker? He comes in with a guy he had met the night before at a club.
Howard Stern, Howie Mandel
On Tuesday's episode of America's Got Talent, Howard Stern criticized fellow judge Howie Mandel for his continued support of contestant Big Barry.
Barry delivered a lackluster performance of Nina Simone's "Feelin' Good" that elicited an immediate X from Stern, followed shortly by one from Sharon Osbourne.
Wednesday marked the third straight night of Las Vegas week on America's Got Talent. It was also the last chance for contestants to impress judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel before control of the competition was handed over to the voters.
The third segment of Vegas week featured the stand-by acts who really needed to prove they deserved one of the final spots. While some stepped up their game enough to continue, there was one contestant that definitely stood out, for better or worse.
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Our top moments of the week:
13. Most Fitting Introduction: Anyone who might have been worried that the three new cast members of Real Housewives of New York City wouldn't fit in can officially stop. At a dinner party at Ramona Singer's Hamptons home, Ramona tells Heather Thomson bluntly that she has a bad habit of interrupting people. "I felt the same way about you, so clearly, maybe we're trying to get a word in edgewise together because we have a lot to say," Heather replies, not missing a passive-aggressive beat. Ugh -- talking incessantly about talking incessantly? Thank God for...
America's Got Talent
It's Day 2 of the America's Got Talent auditions in St. Petersburg, Florida — the fifth stop along the way on this year's quest for an act worthy of the $1 million prize and Vegas marquee. Despite the suffocating humidity, long hours and some less-than-stellar performances, the judges — Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and newcomer Howard Stern — are looking no worse for the wear. "This is the most fun job in the world!" says the self-proclaimed King of All Media, who's improbably expanding his empire this season to include one of TV's family-friendliest shows. The trio talked to TV Guide Magazine about what's in store when viewers tune in — and whether their G rating is in jeopardy.
America's Got Talent, Howard Stern
Howard Stern may be famous for being a shock-jock who doesn't pull any punches, but when he makes his America's Got Talent debut, audiences will be treated to a more "compassionate" side of the guy who once wore these.
Howie Mandel is returning to NBC with another game show.
The Deal or No Deal host will headline Howie Mandel's White Elephant, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The network has ordered seven episodes of White Elephant. This is how it works:
Howard Stern fans will officially get to see the shock-jock take his seat at the America's Got Talent judge's table on Monday, May 14 at 8/7c, NBC announced Wednesday.