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On the Scene: 'America's Got Talent' Second Twelve Acts

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 21st 2010 9:25AM
America's Got Talent Forget about replacing Larry King. After the number of times he hit the strike button last night on 'America's Got Talent,' Piers Morgan could take over for Simon Cowell on 'American Idol.'

The strike-happy Morgan got off to an early start rejecting groups when he gave an "X" to Cheer SF, the San Francisco-based cheer leading team. Iron Horse, Strongman, Ronith -- and even a girl in the audience named Lindsay, who sang a Tina Turner song during the commercial break -- also each received an "X" from Piers.

"Piers can suck it!" a friend of Lindsay's said after getting a hold of the warm-up guy's microphone.

"Fair enough," Morgan told TV Squad after taping. "If you dish it out, you've got to take it. That's fine. I like people who come back at me. It's good. It shows strength of character."

(Piers, we'll keeping this in mind when we ask you for a Larry King update, cool?)

As for why all the buzzer action tonight, Morgan says, "I thought it was necessary. A few of the acts looked pretty ridiculous. They were only there because of Howie Mandel. He's the 'Ronith' of judges."

Morgan wasn't down on all the acts. "There were a few good things tonight," he says. "I liked AscenDance, the wall climbers. If they took that to another level, it could be brilliant. I liked them very much and Michael Grimm, too. We haven't seen the best of him yet. Hannibal is a complete lunatic, mad as a box of frogs."

Gabourey Sidibie's mom, singer Alice Tan Ridley, will get through on her talent, the judges said -- not because her daughter was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for her role in 'Precious.'

"I'm sure there's a little bit of stardust there, but in the end it won't help her win the show," Morgan says.

Mandel is afraid that he'll get a reputation for not liking kids. He shot down RNG last week and this week he noted that the Bollywood Dance Troupe failed to impress. "It's hard to judge on 90 seconds," he says.

Still, the former 'St. Elsewhere' doctor was the only judge not to give a single "X" on Tuesday night's show. "I'm hard pressed during the whole series to do that," Mandel says. "People deserve their time. The 'X' is not a great thing for me, though I have done it."

Sharon Osbourne got in on the "X" act tonight, as well. She always finds something nice to say about every act, but even she has her limits. "It was one of those nights where we agreed on some things," she says. "I didn't think that the cheerleading group was special enough to go through to the next round. It was more like seeing a fun hobby."

Votes can push any group through, however. Although host Nick Cannon does his best not to show any favoritism, he does admit that he'll throw his support for certain acts the same way that the rest of America does. "I go on line and vote," the host says.

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