We return from commercial and Jerry points out that Ozzy Osbourne is in the audience. Nice of him to support his wife's work I guess. Next to perform are The Wright Kids. I don't think we've seen them yet aside from a moment during the Top 40 selection. It is three kids, a girl and two boys. They sing "Daydream Believer." The lead singer, with his plus-sized guitar, is probably eight years old, but looks like a clean-living 40-year-old. The girl, with a ukulele, looks like a young Mama Cass. That is not really a good thing. The other little boy plays an upright bass that is about two feet taller than him. He has no front teeth. They are commendable performers. Plucky and clean. Apparently they usually play bluegrass, which I would have loved to see. That little kid with the upright bass is so cute I want to eat him. Piers loves them. He doesn't think they are the best singers on the show, but they make up for it in adorability. Sharon loves them, too, and thinks they took a risk performing a pop song, but it paid off. The Hoff thought it was like watching The Partridge Family again, which sort of brings up nasty specters of all those kids turning into Danny Bonaduce when they grow up. The horror! Hasselhoff then says that the kids show great values, which just about makes me hate them. Except they are too cute. And I want to see them do bluegrass.
Up next is Jonathan Arons our resident mad trombonist. His pre-performance intro reveals a dark secret: He was a serious dork during junior high. He bursts onto the stage in a blue glitter jacket and satin pants. He is accompanied in his Earth, Wind & Fire medley by a bunch of clumsy horn players in school band uniforms. Seriously, one wipes out mid-performance. They toot, they toodle, they dance in unison with their instruments. They are totally out of tune. Can trombones be tuned? I know nothing about the brass instruments. His performance is a bit wobbly at the beginning, but comes together at the end. Laughing as he talks, Piers thinks Jonathan is one sandwich short of a picnic, but really entertaining. Sharon loves him and thinks he's fabulous even though he was totally out of tune. The Hoff thinks it was the worst trombone playing tonight, but was the most entertaining performance yet. I'm a bit befuddled by the judges' enthusiasm for this guy. I guess he's original and entertaining, but I feel that there were more entertaining acts who didn't make it. I don't know. Is it just me? Go to the forums and tell me what you think of this guy. Am I just missing something? Or is this guy missing something?