Ooh, Baton Boy is next! I've been waiting and waiting to see his act again. Annoyingly, they didn't show him at all during Vegas callbacks. The Hoff is with me on this, as he interviews that he can't wait to see what Jonathan brings to LA. So without further ado, Jonathan Burkin blasts out the back of the stage dancing and twirling to Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" (I knew a song! Christmas miracle!) with his flaming batons, he throws them in the air, he twirls them, he throws them away, and -- honest to God --does a double back handspring onto center stage. Holy hockey, that kid can move! He grabs new batons, lights them on fire and throws them in the air. He twirls and whirls and lights the stage on fire. The Hoff is clapping and singing along. As his act comes to a glorious end, the audience has lost its mind. Piers can't get them to shut it. After several attempts he gets out his one word: Incredible. He loves that Jonathan never makes mistakes. He never drops it. He should be on the Olympic relay team. Piers, in this country we call it the gymnastics team. I'm still amazed at those leaps. I mean it's incredible enough when a prepubescent sixteen-year old cupcake does it, but when a fully-grown beefy dude like this one does it, it's downright awe-inspiring. Piers thinks he could easily win this entire competition. Sharon is thrilled. She thought he was sensational. The Hoff thinks he is the best baton twirler in the world. He was fantastic. Jerry comes on stage and says, "I'm standing in the presence of greatness." Jonathan looks svelte and happy and just glowing. Yay!
Next to grace America's stage is Sarah Lenore, who Jerry introduces as a girl who gave up college in order to pursue her dream of singing. Why would he introduce her like that? Did she have a full ride to Duke or something that she gave up to busk in the subway? Or did she just choose not to go to Wayne State? What does it mean? Anyway, she says that her dad is a trucker and she is so excited to perform with him in the audience. Whoa. Is she trying to horn in on the Saddest Girl in the World's daddy issues? Thanks, but one is enough. She sings and, sadly, I don't recognize the song. I am a lousy reporter. And to think I gave up a full ride at Duke to pursue my dreams of recapping reality shows. She has a good voice, she can certainly carry a tune. Her performance ends up downright rousing. The audience claps wildly. Piers thought it was a bit slow at first, but she really had everyone by the end and he thought it was great. Sharon loved her. The Hoff thinks she will make the Top Ten. She's cute, and the song was good despite the fact that I don't know it.