The pursuit of the “wow” factor intensified on Tuesday’s second episode of Canada’s Got Talent.
First of all, the show moves faster than Connor McDavid through a defense pairing. Tuesday’s opening scenes were a blur of clips showing talented Canadians charging the OLC Stage at the Fallsview Casino, all in pursuit of the $150,000 grand prize.
Three acts were put through to the next round in quick succession: Christian Mascia, a magician from nearby Stoney Creek, Ont.; Xpectaculo, a circus troupe from Scarborough, Ont.; and Dean Gunnarson, a stunt man who hung upside down in a straight jacket and set the rope on fire from Onanole, MB.
When things settled down somewhat, Magic Ben, a magician all the way from Whitehorse, YT., magically appeared. He brought a deck of cards to the judges table, then blew Lilly Singh’s mind by clasping her hands and changing a deck of cards into a framed portrait of her.
“You’ve combined the things I love the most – me and merch,” she told Magic Ben. It was four big yeses for the man from Yukon.
Next up was Alexis from Toronto who looked like a cheerleader in a feathered diaper. She gave new meaning to the term “bad rap.”
Howie, for some odd reason (or maybe just to be contrary) claimed to like her, but it was a buzzer and a No from the other judges.
FOR THE REST OF THE RECAP: follow this link to about.rogers.com for more highlights from Tuesday’s Season Two premiere, plus more video clips of the magician, singers and other acts who impressed the judges. The recap is also available in French here. You can also listen to Howie Mandel and Kardinal Offishall set up the new season as guests on briouxtv: the podcast.