"America's Got Talent's" Tuesday auditions, from Austin, TX, starred a teen who brought down the house and who some are comparing to the U.S. version of Susan Boyle.
Before that, however, there's some interesting, and perhaps disturbing news centering on Monday's auditions. Singing military veteran Timothy Michael Poe may have lied during his audition. He said that he sustained a brain injury in Afghanistan that made him stutter when he spoke, though not when he sang (notably, Mel Tillis, aged 79, exhibits the same thing: he can sing without the speech impediment that affects him otherwise).
Minnesota National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Kevin Olson said the following in a statement on Tuesday: "Sgt. Poe's official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports." Oh, Oh. One would assume that the AGT producers would have checked Poe's story out before allowing him to audition, as well as featuring him so prominently on the show, wouldn't one?
At any rate, we probably haven't heard the last of this.
In other, less contentious America's Got Talent news, the following acts were shown:
The Aurora Light Painters who have a unique method of painting. "The lights are our brushes. The air is our canvas." Confused as we were, they are headed to Vegas.
The Doppelganger Circus Sideshow. They actually have a Facebook page and a promotional YouTube video, as well. Doppelganger indeed. The woman got a case of "lockjaw" afterward. The apple was "too big," she explained. Oof. Watch them.
Eric / Olivia, Guitar / Singer. University of Texas students who, after meeting in the dorm, have teamed up to make music.
Richard Grossman: A retired office clerk who said he sang opera. He needs to watch Andrew De Leon, later.
Eric Dittelman: A mind reader who really seemed to read minds. Either that, or the judges were in on it. He accurately described what each of the judges had drawn on a piece of paper despite being blindfolded.
Andrew De Leon: Think a goth operatic singer, and you have De Leon. He said he'd never before sung in front of anyone, not even his own parents. He amazed us more than Dittleman when he said that because he brought the house down with an operatic aria. "I'm just so used to being rejected and I'm not really good at anything, so this is amazing," he said, as he received a standing ovation. Mandel said, "It's not that you're good at anything. You are great."
Move over, Susan.
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