Howie Mandel did not take lightly to being dissed by acrobats Sergey & Sasha Korolev during their “America’s Got Talent” audition, which involved the 52-year-old father spinning his 15-year-old daughter on top of his head. On the Tuesday, July 10 episode of “AGT” Sasha joked that she would not add fire to their act because, “We don’t want to end up with hair like Howie.” The other three judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Mel B — had a good laugh at that, while bald-headed Howie harrumphed, “Even though I don’t know that was considered a compliment about my hair, you’re still getting a yes.” Watch the “Americas Got Talent” audition above and read the judges’ comments below.
Mel: “Well, let me start off by saying I was traumatized. But in a really, really good way because you made it out alive. I haven’t actually seen an act like this before, so I was blown away.”
Howie: “I mean this in a positive way: That was so scary and so dangerous. I would imagine when you started and she was six [years old] it was easier. And it’s just getting tougher and tougher and tougher.”
Heidi: “You are such an amazing entertainer. I don’t think I was breathing the entire time until you were safe on the ground again. I thought it was amazing. Well done.”
Simon: “Both of you and particularly [Sasha] have got so much personality. And no question of doubt, the following day people are going to walk up to you in grocery stores and say, ‘Yeah, I saw you on America’s Got Talent.’ It’s gonna happen, I can feel it.”
In his “AGT” recap, our live-blogger John Benutty declared, “Father-daughter acrobats Sergey and Sasha performed the daring act of spinning Sasha on her own head on top of her father’s head and then moving into multiple other positions that involved balancing upside down with just their own strength supporting them. For the finale, while balancing Sasha (who was twirling a baton with her feet) upside down on his head, Sergei climbed a ladder and back down. Incredible! Aside from how talented they are, both Heidi and Simon pointed out that Sasha also has a great personality–and that was before she made a crack at Howie’s hair! Needless to say, it was an undeniable four YESES.”