Winner Rob Mariano likened the social aspect of 'Survivor' to what Fallon does on his show every night. "You have guests that come on," he explained. "And some of them, you know maybe you don't like 'em so much, but you gotta play nice."
He then told Howie Mandel that he'd be the first one voted off, "with the whole germ thing."
Mostly by eliminating the spontaneous "flash" part of the concept. Instead, these were intricately choreographed and planned mob moments, but they were no less spectacular and epic in their execution.
Take the woman who was stunned when a mob erupted around her, complete with acrobats, singing and dance. She was completely stunned, and even more when a reveal showed her boyfriend. He proposed on the spot and then stunned her again after she agreed.
The public/private conflict was part of the new 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS). Comic Howie Mandel showed up, and he made fun of George Lopez's very recent divorce.
We'd disapprove of such things, normally. But Lopez actually started the comedy feud -- when he decided to mock Howie's well-known OCD condition. Mandel suffers from "mysophobia" -- an irrational fear of germs. First, George asked how far Howie's hypochondria went. Then he asked if Howie made love to his wife through a hole in a sheet. Ouch!
Mandel explains to the dog-rehab specialist that he can't touch his pet, due to having OCD. Millan replies, "You can't touch physically, but you can always touch energy-wise. You know, I always say, 'No touch, no talk, no eye contact.'"
"We've been married for 30 years, and those are the three things that've gotten us through," jokes Mandel.
"I would get into a box ... I didn't work with magicians so I spent hours in a box since there was no one there to take me out," Mandel quipped. "So you were just an assistant, no magician" DeGeneres smiled.
But that's where Mandel learned to jump up and throw out his arms and say "ta-dah." "I like "ta-dah" he said. "As a comedian you don't get to "ta-dah."
"I like it cause as a performer it makes whatever you did seem better than it actually was ... I use it outside of performing, at home, to make things seem better. For example, I'll say, 'honey, I just took the garbage out' ta-dah."
And, since he's been with his wife for more than 30 years, "so after sex, that's how I dismount ... so she thinks it was much better than it actually was."
Howie, I think that's a little bit more than we wanted to know.
"It's really still sinking in," Grimm told TV Squad after the show. "But I do want to thank America, 'America's Got Talent,' the judges and, most importantly, I want to thank God."
Prior to his victory, Grimm, an aspiring singer, had trouble getting record labels to consider him. They'd want to know how big his following was because they didn't have money to invest in him. "Well, now I have a little money and I have fans," he says gratefully.
"I haven't talked to my grandparents yet," he said. "But it's going to be an emotional moment."
"When you stand there and you see a guy who's never had a break in his life and he starts crying, you say, 'This was the right decision,'" judge Sharon Osbourne says about Grimm's victory.
Can you identify all of the former contestants who reappeared on the show tonight? Or did you only have eyes for the finalists?
"The four that made it into the finals have kind of been the favorites the entire time," noted host Nick Cannon. "It's tough because of the great performances we had [in the Top 10.] But America chose the ones it felt like it always wanted to choose."
Is Cannon ever even tempted to read a name other than the one written on the card?
"No. I just hope I don't say the wrong name," Cannon laughed. "It's live TV so I have to focus on exactly what those cards say."
Judge Piers Morgan didn't even come close to hitting his buzzer. "Not once," host Nick Cannon says. "He had all positive things to say."
"I got to the end of the night and realized I've never been through a whole show without buzzing anyone before," Morgan told AOL TV Squad after taping. "I couldn't believe it. Any of these acts now will have a great career. This is the first time we've had that."
"All the acts rose to the occasion," judge Howie Mandel said. "What a show this Top 10 was. Can't we just have a Top 10 and go home?"
"I agree," judge Sharon Osbourne said. "They're all so different and they're all at the top of their game. How do you pick?"
Studio One Young Beast Society was selected as the last finalist by the judges over singer Alice Tan Ridley. Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne voted for the young dance group first making judge Howie Mandel's selection a moot one.
"I am so thrilled," Mandel told TV Squad after taping. "I love not being part of that decision. I don't want to be responsible for sending anyone home. Tonight, I got to sit back and be like the audience. At this point in the competition, all the talent is worthy of going through." (Mandel says he'll save what his choice would have been for his memoir.)
"There was no shadow of doubt in my mind," Osbourne said as to why she picked the dance troupe. "Alice has a really good fan base. She's popular. Her life will change for the better."
"As a human being, I feel bad about [buzzing] somebody, but my gut takes over during the show," Mandel told TV Squad after taping. "[Alexander Bui] is an amazing pianist. At this point we have so much more 'wow' coming from other people."
But in the case of singer Jackie Evancho and the 'America's Got Talent' judges, things just haven't been very suspenseful. The judges clearly loved the 10-year-old opera singer from the first second that they saw her.
'America's Got Talent' threw a few curve balls at its audience on Wednesday night's results show. Traditionally, the show invites three to four acts up on stage and then host Nick Cannon announces which one will advance to the next round.
Lightning performers ArcAttack, magician Dan Sperry, the dance duo known as Future Funk and singer Kristina Young had every reason to think that at least one of them was going to the finals after they were called up to face the judges.
But Cannon shocked the crowd by saying that it was the end of the road for all four acts.
"I'd never seen that," said judge Piers Morgan after the program. "I had no idea it was going to happen."
The initial group of potential finalists consisted of: ArcAttack, Future Funk, Dan Sperry, and Christina Young. Host Nick Cannon stood at the side of the stage, and read from a card announcing the winner of this group. And the winner was ... none of them. "Wow," Nick said. "No one is moving on." That's the first time this has happened all season, and the judges looked shocked. "Is that real?" Howie Mandel asked. Yes; yes it was. The entire group was sent home.
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