Howard Stern's 'America's Got Talent' Triumph
Shock jock proves honest, charming and non-controversial
During its Season 7 premiere show Monday night, "America's Got Talent" discovered a father/daughter singing team, a teenage clogging troupe and a music teacher who expertly played strings rigged across an entire Los Angeles theater. However, the real talent America discovered belonged to new judge Howard Stern.
Piers Morgan's replacement was heavy on his buzzer, usually branding the first "X" to unpromising acts. But he managed to be honest and funny without going over the line -- as critics feared he would.
“If you were on an island and all you had were your birds, would you eat them?” Stern asked a 55-year-old woman who crooned "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" while covered with 22 cockatiels.
Of course, Howard being Howard, he couldn't resist a penis joke. But he used a G-rated word and aimed it at an abominable magician/stripper the audience had already turned against.
"I wanted to see some magic and all I saw is a guy with his pants off and a rather small package, quite frankly," Stern said. "Don't feel bad. I'm in the same boat, my friend."
In fact, the night's biggest insult was leveled not by Stern but one of the rejects. When Stern told the guitarist who butchered "Proud Mary", "I’ve been in radio 35 years and you're too weird for my show,” the guitarist shot back: “That might hurt my feelings if I respected your opinion.”
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If anything, all three seemed a tad lenient, waving forward a man who ate a scorpion, a ventriloquist whose dummy was a dog rigged with a false bottom jaw, and a middling rapper who claimed to be inventing rhymes about the three judges on the spot.
"You don't pre-write that?" Mandel asked.
"That was 100 percent off the top of my head," the contestant said, unchallenged. (Seriously?)
The show was edited tightly -- so tightly that, at times, it resembled a typical previous-episode recap -- so it's possible that Stern wasn't really as consistently funny as he appeared, and that more controversial statements were edited out.
Still, judging the show as broadcast, it's hard not to happily wave Howard Stern onto the next round and wish him continued luck.
"America's Got Talent" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
I used to like Howard when I was in High School. I got older and he remained talentless. The HOFF and Piers were way funnier and better.
no other jock equals his talent. they all try, but that's all they can do.
this country is too politically correct. Howard says what he wants to whoever he wants to .........
critics need to get a life
and take a chill pill.
I USED TO BE A FAN, BUT HOWARD HAS NO TALENT. THOSE WHO CAN'T ACT, DANCE OR SING..JUDGE. HIS RADIO SHOW IS JUST ONE COMMERICAL FOR AGT. VERY DISAPPOINTED.
I HOPE BETH LEAVES HIM AND TAKES ALL OF HIS MONEY.
If you have a problem with Howard, or his honesty, then best to look into the mirror to find the real problem.
Howard's entire act is to mock celebrities who are too out of touch with reality and since no one else calls out these divas for abhorent behavior, it's Howard's job to put these "stars" in check.
I´m not a Howard Stern fan, but was absolutely amazed by him last night on AGT. He was actually...wait for it...GOOD! Maybe it was due to editing, maybe not, but I found myself agreeing with nearly everything he said as a judge. The only thing I didn´t like last night was the fast editing. It was almost a "blink and you´ll miss it" kind of show and I hate that. Half of the fun of these reality talent shows is getting to watch both the good and the bad in all of their glory (remember William Hung on AI?). Heck, usually the auditions are the best part of the shows!
Anyway, if Howard continues like he did last night, I´ll definitely continue watching. Amazing...a controversial figure who was actually PG.
Wow! A kind review of my main man! He was awesome! You could tell from the response he got just walking into the place that everyone loves him! All of his critics, who never have heard his show I'm betting, can eat it now!!!