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Piers Morgan returns to judge a second season of America's Got Talent. With two years of auditions now under his belt, he has enough anecdotes about oddball talents to keep a room full of journalists entertained.
Interview: Piers Morgan on America's Got Talent
"Disco Bob, when asked how good he was, said, 'Better than John Travolta,'" recalled Morgan. "He also created 60 new dance moves he was prepared to unleash on America, and he was a bit like at the family wedding when your embarrassing uncle has too much to drink and then starts charging around the stage making a complete ass of himself. That was Disco Bob."
Some of the acts allow Morgan and snarky producer Simon Cowell to share moments of contempt. "Actually, a fellow came on and put 145 clothes pegs on his head. You know those little pegs you use to put the washing out. After he got the 145th one, Simon went over and said, 'Honestly, Piers, did you ever think you would come to this?' Watching this complete imbecile putting clothes pins on his head."
That just makes it more worthwhile when they do stumble on real talent. "There's nothing better actually than amid all the freaks, there was one guy who came on who works in a Cincinnati sewage work whose expectation level is not high. He came on, and he was such an unassuming modest nice guy, a real nice America guy. He came on and sang beautifully. It was like a real lovely moment when we all thought, 'Thank God for that.' That's what the show is really good at doing is unleashing unpolished gems. Guys who have probably been singing beautifully in the sewage works for 20 years, but it's a great moment. We all felt great."
Morgan has also witnessed people overcome great handicaps. "There was a blind guy two days ago, who came on. He'd just gone blind, diabetic. Again, the same thing, not the best singer in the world but totally inspiring to watch them. And that's where you get the life and shade of the show. That's where it works."