Sara Carson and her dog Hero stole the show on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday. The duo appeared on the fifth audition episode of the season and won over the audience and head judge Simon Cowell. However, he had to intervene on their behalf when Howie Mandel and Mel B wanted to take a pass on the pooch and his owner.
In the video shown before her audition (watch above), Carson revealed that she was estranged from her family because they did not regard her work as a dog trainer as a worthy successor to their long line of military service. She had believe them to be right until she was given Hero who, she says, has “given a purpose again.” Indeed, she readily admits, “If it wasn’t for Hero, I probably wouldn’t be here right now.” A passionate believer in the healing power of pets, Carson says she would use the prize money “to show people how to train their dogs with positive reinforcement and have fun with them.”
And, indeed, she did just that with a laugh-filled routine that pitted her against her pooch in a sword fight. They had the audience cheering and at the end of their duel, Cowell was the first to his feet. However, his enthusiasm was not shared by the rest of the panel.
Mandel likened her to the dinner theater show Medieval Times. As he explained, “If they took that concept and made a one-woman-show, that’s what I think it would be.” And, he concluded, “I didn’t see an amazing trick.” After Mel B. concurred, Cowell came out swinging. “They had a sword fight! I’ve never seen a dog have a sword fight with its owner before. And I felt Hero was singing along with the music.”
When the vote went against the pair, Cowell joined them on-stage to make their case to his fellow judges. “I’ve never done this before but I’m asking you, on behalf of Sara and Hero. Trust me on this. I saw something you didn’t see.” While Mandel flipped his vote, Mel B wouldn’t, so it all came down to Heidi Klum who said, “I would’ve wanted to see you again, anyway. You have a yes from me.”
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