The search for America's greatest new act continued Wednesday night on "America's Got Talent," and the second night of the fourth season started in Seattle.
Manuela Horn, a mother of two, said she wanted to show her kids what mommy could do besides washing clothes and taking care of them. Then she walked on stage in a patent leather suit and a whip, saying she was going to dominate us "in a very special way." The singing started very ominously, but kicked into an odd bit of yodeling that the crowd didn't seem too keen on the act but also didn't "boo." The judges let her finish and, somewhat surprisingly put her through to Vegas.
A trail of "yes" votes followed, including the Comic Bots, a robot group variety act; Tom Durnin, a retired firefighter turned dancer and magician; and G-Force, an all-girl rock band trio, ages 7 to 11.
Rafael Serrano, a 40-year-old bouncer who talked about having to be tough to do his job, wanted to show the world what he could do. When it came time to sing his song, he tore into Donna Summer's "Last Dance." He ended it with an impromptu splits. Sharon said yes, leaving Rafael's fate in the hands of Piers and The Hoff, who both said no.
Erik and Rickie, 8-year-old dance partners who'd danced together for four years, impressed the socks off the crowd and the judges on their way to a unanimous "yes" vote and a trip to Las Vegas.
Welcome to Miami...: From the northwest corner of the country to the southeast, Miami got a chance to show what it had to offer. Up first was Jennifer Guadix, who rolled a suitcase on stage and declared she was going to do something totally different, she opened the suitcase and inside was contortionist Jessica Guadix.
Drew Thomas, a 40-year-old illusionist who'd worked several odd jobs to support his wife and son, said his dream was to perform in front of a packed theater every night. His act thrilled the judges. The Hoff said "finally" there was a magician on the show worthy of a $1 million Vegas act. Sharon called him one of the best illusionists she'd ever seen, and Piers said Drew had a real shot at winning the whole thing.
A trio of blond sisters from Poland dressed in white and carrying violins called themselves Alizma turned in a raucous version of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." The judges didn't care much for the singing, but their violin playing was impressive enough to earn them a ticket to Vegas.
Janifer James, a 30-year-old dance teacher, did African bohemian dance, was X'd out by the judges before she finished her shaking and shimmying routine. With the sparkling, indigenous costume, The Hoff said he felt like he was being attacked by a rosebush. A string of terrible performers followed.
Arcadian Broad, a 13-year-old kid who said he lacked confidence and was bullied in school before he found dance. He wanted to "show everyone that I do have something great inside me to give out." He was an American take on Billy Elliot, really, and the crowd rose to its feet in approval. The judges gave a unanimous yes, and The Hoff shed a bit of a tear as he saw Arcadian running and jumping around the stage afterward.