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Following an Olympic hiatus and controversy from Sharon Osbourne, America's Got Talent returned last night and gave the viewers what they were after: competition.

Read on for a rundown of each contestant...

Judges on America's Got Talent

Clint Carvalho & His Extreme Parrots - I was nervous that we'd have to listen to a talking Parrot, but getting a diving bird sounded amazing. After a really long explanation and asking an obvious question of "Is it raining?" we watched a bird fly from a building to the stage while listening to a guy saying "Here kitty kitty kitty" a billion times. I would rather see a hawk trying to eat a field mouse on Animal Planet.
Grade: D

Reverse Order - Reverse Order sounded like a "we're sorry" to New Jersey after calling the performances "New York" so much. They sounded similar to The All Ways with the same exact plan of attack: rock out to a pop song originally performed by a woman. It was okay, but if The All Ways didn't make it through, I don't see what makes Reverse Order special. The lead singer couldn't even hit his falsettos. Why did they pick Katy Perry if the lead can't falsetto?
Grade: C-

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NBC brought Howard Stern on board America's Got Talent this summer.

But who would have guessed it would be fellow judge Sharon Osbourne who would cause the most controversy for the show and the network?

In an exclusive interview with The New York Post, the panelist says she is leaving the series after this season due to the way NBC mishandled her son Jack, his participation on the show Stars Earn Stripes and his recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

Sharon Osbourne on America's Got Talent

Osbourne alleges that Jack had a deal in place to appear on the the aforementioned program - which pits celebrities against one another in military training exercises - only for producers to fire him two days prior to filming, not long after he went public with his disease.

"It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled," Osbourne tells the newspaper.

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Heading into an extended break for the Summer Olympics, America's Got Talent advanced four acts to the next round last night. Did you agree with the selections?

Saying Goodbye on America's Got Talent

Eliminations Part One - Ulysses, David "The Bullet" Smith, Olate Dogs
Ulysses is a nice person but he was clearly out of his league. If he was up against weird instrument player Michael Nejad and sleep-inducing Nikki Jensen back in week one, he wouldn't have been the bottom of the barrel.

David "The bullet" Smith is exactly like Professor Splash last year: all he can do is go farther. I understand that lots of people die trying to blast themselves out of cannons, but that doesn't make successful human cannonballs automatic Vegas acts. Olate Dogs was the clear frontrunner of the night, especially the "we can do better than Britain" comment that Sharon provided. Funny that Sharon is an American citizen.

Eliminated: Ulysses, David "The Bullet" Smith
Advanced: Olate Dogs

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The final set of 48 original contestants performed on America's Got Talent last night. How did your favorite fare?

David "The Bullet" Smith - I don't understand why David even has to wear a helmet; if things go awry, I doubt it would help things. His act was pre-taped, since it would have been much darker if it was actually 8 p.m. The setup took too long with the cheerleaders, but I credit him for trying to fill 90 seconds. He shot correctly, albeit a little further than the middle of the net.
Grade: B+

All That! - No one is going to remind us that All That (without the exclamation point) has auditioned before and has lost. One of the members used the word "fight scene" and I was cautious. The group looked like the United Colors of Benetton (or an A capella group). Sure they were clean and their formations were great, up until the fight scene. If the group wanted to show masculinity, the fight scene looked gay.
Grade: B

Lindsey Norton on America's Got Talent

Ulysses - Ulysses lost all his hair, so he got a wig. He was smart enough to get backup dancers, similar to Big Barry. His version of "Bandstand Boogie" was decent; the dancers were decent. Occasionally Ulysses had breathing issues, but I thought he didn't deserve to be X-ed out. He wasn't like Big Barry who was off-key.
Grade: C+

Joe Castillo - Joe had a great story about how his father influenced him. Joe started with the Earth and I was happy to see the use of colors to emphasize each of his animals he made. Anyone who draws pandas also gets extra credit. I love that he uses both hands to draw.
Grade: A-

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Coming off a mostly disappointing audition episode, which acts on America's Got Talent advanced to the next round? Results were announced last night...

All Wheel Sports on America's Got Talent

Eliminations - Solo Male Variety
Rock Star Juggler Mike Price needs to change his name to "Really Good Juggler" Mike Price. When you add a unicycle, which immediately eliminates any form of "Rock Star" or sexiness. If Piers was still around, when he dropped a club, he would have been buzzed.

Cristin Sandu was an obvious elimination, though the sadist in me wished there was a Gymkana-style accident where he caught on fire.

Eliminated: Rock Star Juggler Mike Price, Cristin Sandu
Advanced: Jacob Williams

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America's Got Talent started off strong this week… then immediately disappointed. Until the second hour, there was only one standout performance, although at least we ended on a high note.

Come along now and see if you agree with the grades we handed out:

All Beef Patty on America's Got Talent

The Untouchables - Miami All-Stars Jr. had the advantage of being choreographed by a strong teacher that understood NBC's production values. The background did a huge disservice for the dancers because it created visual chaos. There were tons of visuals going on that a solid background would have helped. I liked the use of levels and the amount of tricks. It was smart to keep only a handful of dancers front and center to prevent even more chaos.
Grade: A-

"Rock Star Juggler" Mike Price - I don't think there is such a thing as a "rock star juggler," even though Mike's talented. He upped his game with the cheesy unicycle. The knives then went into fire clubs which he sucked at while he was on the unicycle. He then proceeded to drop a club. The next sequence involved him jugging over a girl, but with his wide stance you knew he wouldn't drop anything.
Grade: B-

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The America's Got Talent results this week remained straightforward... even though Howard didn't make any predictions. Howie, meanwhile, spent his time off messing with the contestants, mostly Big Barry and one of the members of LionDanceMe. Let's hope they could see through Howie's awful hairpiece.

I still can't believe how dumbstruck Sharon was to see the fourth and fifth place contestants. It's as if she didn't understand that she could only make a judgment in 20 seconds. She's been on the show longer than Howie and Howard but still wastes the most time.

Oh well. On to the results!

America's Got Talent Stage

Eliminations 1 - The Obvious Advances
Tim Hockenberry is a good singer, but I thought his choice of song was awful. His position as last to perform gave him a lot of help, because if he was first, the judges may have had heavier praise for Danielle or Ben Blaque. My biggest concern for Turf's voting was that he was on second on a two hour show. While his routine was clean, the fact that Howard continued to mention watching out for Unity In Motion could have also done Turf a disservice.
In: Tim Hockenberry, Turf

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After a week and a day of waiting, the second part of the America's Got Talent quarterfinals arrived with a bit of a whimper. There were only five strong acts overall, while a majority were clearly not prepared for the big stage.

But let's give them all a grade anyway, shall we?

Hawley Magic on America's Got Talent

LionDanceMe - There was an awkward fall in the practice but the group performed a clean act. The routine still looked like a lot of the same. I'm not discrediting that jumping on small posts takes talent and accuracy; there should be more.
Grade: B-

Turf - I would have been more impressed if the producers had the endless camera as he was performing during the whole routine instead of just during one section. The moves continued to be great, the only problem was when he casually walked from the side of the stage to the center. I agree with Sharon that there needs to step up, I'm not sure if that means better dancers or better pants.
Grade: B+

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The votes were in. The eliminations were announced. The tension was palpable on America's Got Talent last night.

Read on for a rundown of who advanced and who is going home...

America's Got Talent Elimination Night

Elimination 1 - Music
When Nick Cannon called the first three acts, it was clear who was safe. In comparison to the other two, Shanice & Maurice were the only ones that the judges even gave positive feedback to with their live performance. Harkening back to how good one was in Vegas won't help a public that may have only tuned in this week.

The obvious point is that all these acts can't have an off week like American Idol contestants can because we see them once in the quarterfinals. Michael Nejad was compared to the vacuum cleaner he played. Nikki chose a very sleepy song. While Shanice & Maurice picked a song that was from Pearl Harbor, the message worked perfectly for a father/daughter team.

Out: Michael Nejad, Nikki Jensen
In: Shanice & Maurice

Elimination 2 - Dancers
The biggest issue I have with 787 Crew was that it is repetitive. If you ever watched ABDC, it used that breaking circle choreography then as well. It doesn't help that Puerto Rico has such a small voting block that they couldn't really support him. For me child acts tend to be wild cards. In Vegas, all the young singers trumped the Female Vocalist category including Nikki Jensen.

Lil Starr could have made it through on another week with a song that wasn't LMFAO but it also didn't help that she went fourth. If she went tenth, she could have been clumped with the talented end acts. That being said, The Scott Brothers are great at what they do and floating hat trick, while kind of easy (you twirl your fingers around a hat), showed the variety that they needed to advance.

Out: 787 Crew, Lil Starr
In: The Scott Brothers

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America's Got Talent aired a two-and-a-hour episode last night, though a solid chunk of that was wasted by an extended introduction by Nick Cannon.

To New York. Even though the show was airing from New Jersey. Darn the New York Football Giants for messing everything up!

Now, on to the review...

Distinguished Men of Brass - I didn't understand the two sides with "fans" while they performed "Crazy in Love." There were way too many colors, too many swoops, and the fact that they were wearing black, that I couldn't appreciate their performance. I like them, but the producers didn't do them any justice at all cutting away to such far shots.
Grade: B

Edon - There was something nice seeing Edon go from an audition with a keyboard to grand piano with fog all around him. He attempted "Titanium" but he was nervous in the verse where he warbled through the sections. I liked the fact the arrangement went to somewhere intense. Edon generally hit the right notes; I think that he needed to pick a song that had more lyrics so it wouldn't have been as redundant.
Grade: B+

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