Monday’s edition of NBC’s America’s Got Talent emanated from Tampa, Florida, where judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel appraised the locals aiming for the show’s grand prize of $1 million and an opportunity to headline a Las Vegas production.
The King of All Media was impressed by Inspire the Fire, a dancing troupe that sings, as they delivered a moving rendition of Bill Withers‘ classic, Lean on Me.
“I hate Glee,” the Private Parts star told the group, “but I love you,” as he gave them the OK to advance to the next round.
Ulysses, a curiosity slightly reminiscent of Howard’s Wack Pack members, charmed Howie and Sharon with his infectious interpretation of The Love Boat theme. The musician, clad in his “good luck sweater,” then showed his versatility singing The Addams Family and Green Acres theme, eventually getting the nod to advance to the next round.
And in a bit reminiscent of Howard’s radio show, a quartet of fit North Carolina women calling themselves The Bikini Babes — lacking in rhythm but easy on the eyes — tried to win the judges over with a sloppy dance set to Salt-n-Pepa’s Push It.
“Even though you’re atrocious — no talent whatsoever — I still love this,” Howie joked, while Howard said, “Ladies it’s time to vote. I say, get a rich husband … I vote, ‘No.'”
America’s Got Talent airs on NBC Mondays at 8/7c and Tuesdays at 9/8c.