America's Got Talent: Season 6, Episode 7 :: Atlanta Auditions Part 2 and New York
America’s Got Talent Season 6 returned to the biggest city in the south - Atlanta - for another round of auditions. Episode 7 aired on June 21, 2011.
Atlanta opened with an impressive drag queen named Hershae Chocolatae, who began with an impersonation of Macy Gray’s I Try, and followed up with an energetic dance number. Piers didn’t appreciate the talent like Sharon and Howie did. But Hershae was sent to Vegas anyway.
The auditions only went uphill from there. We met a jump rope team called the Summerwind Skippers, a blue grass band called The Fiddleheads and a 6-year-old DJ named DJ Face. Then came the Attack Dance Crew, who introduced a new style of dance called “drilling.” Based on the name, Howie expected drilling to offer more hard-hitting dance moves. Instead, he accused them of looking like male cheerleaders. And it didn’t help that they were dancing to a Justin Bieber song!!! Piers, however, thought it was wonderful, and after a long dramatic pause, Sharon agreed to put them through to Vegas.
Strangest Audition Ever
Next was the strangest audition in America’s Got Talent history. A person wearing a head-to-toe body suit came on stage. The suit was misshapen and had huge, weird-looking lips (or perhaps an internal organ) on the person’s hip. As their “talent,” they pushed pillows through the lips and onto the stage, leaving the audience and the judges wondering what the heck was going on. After the pillows were all on the floor, the person walked off stage. That was it. Needless to say, this person - whoever he or she is - will not be going to Vegas!
Afterward, we met Captain & Maybelle. Captain swallowed a couple long metal objects. Even though the judges were totally grossed out, they still gave them a ticket to Vegas. However, the star of the evening was 11-year-old Anna Graceman, who sang and played piano to an Alicia Keys song. The judges were stunned by her range and beautiful voice, and they all agreed to send her to Vegas:
New York Auditions
On June 22, 2011, America's Got Talent moved to New York City where the judges discovered some unusual and amazing talent. The stand-out performers included a 24-year-old male pole dancer named Steven Retchless, who's androgynous style won points with Sharron; a 38-year-old pianist named ELEW, who Piers and Howie both called a genius; and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., a car detailer who shocked the judges with his performance of Frank Sinatra's I've Got You Under My Skin. All three performances were strange and unassuming, but nothing short of brilliant.