Australian Shepherd Progresses to Talent Semifinals

An Australian Shepherd is one of five acts voted through to the semifinals of NBC's "America's Got Talent".

Tony Hoard and his 7 year-old Australian Shepherd dog Rockin’ Rory’s Baywatch-themed performance received laughs from judge David Hasselhoff and fellow judge Sharon Osbourne referred to Rory as a "phenomenal talent". But while Hasselhoff and Osbourne seemed to enjoy the act, judge Piers Morgan was less impressed.

"He dropped almost every frisbee you threw", he said after the performance. In the first round Piers referred to the act as "the most incredible thing" he had ever seen, but said last night that Rory’s victory over piano-playing singer Charles DeWayne was "the biggest scandal in the history of the show". Fortunately for Tony and Rory, Hasselhoff and Osbourne’s votes carried them into the final, even though Morgan voted for DeWayne.

Rory, from New Castle, Indiana, was bought by owner Tony Hoard after he found him in a newspaper advert several years ago. Tony and Rory join Voices of Glory, a singing trio from New York; the Fab Five, dancing sisters from Utah; the Texas Tenors from Houston; and Paradizo Dance from New York to compete in the semifinals. The show’s ultimate winner will receive a $1 million prize and the chance to headline a Las Vegas show in October.

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