June 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM ET
As with every other audition stop so far, Seattle had plenty of standout acts for the "America's Got Talent" panel, but unfortunately most of them stood out for all the wrong reasons. There was the regrettable Madonna impersonator, the woman who sang for the dead and the all-flashed-out flash dancer. And then, Art of Teknique took the stage.
The dance troupe consisting entirely of 8- to 10-year-olds with a special gift for hip-hop moves was more than enough to make up for their so-called competition. They stole the show.
The trio of tykes performed a precision routine set to Joe Budden’s "Pump It Up" and had the audience out of their seats cheering.
"They’re not like 'good for kids,'" host Nick Cannon pointed out as soon as the routine was over. "They’re just really good dancers."
Cannon wasn’t the only one with that reaction.
"Wow! I’ve got to say, sometimes with dances groups and other performers, when they’re your age and they’re cute like you guys are, they get by on that," judge Howie Mandel told the act. "But you guys have skill. You really have skill."
While the group's moves were well beyond their years, they’re still kids. That fact became particularly evident when Mandel followed up his post-performance comments with a simple "Do you like girls?" query. That’s all it took to prompt one "no," several shoves and loads of giggles between the boys.
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