Will rats reign supreme for the next round on national TV?
Melissa Arleth and her rat show from Phoenix will be on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” for the second time during an episode called “Judge Cuts 3,” airing on Tuesday, July 30.
She first appeared on the talent series show June 18, with a rat named Hanta, named after the rat virus Orthohantavirus, for an act called “Cirque du Sewer.” She moved onto the next round with four yeses from judges Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, Gabrielle Union and Howie Mandel.
Hough said “hashtag, I like weird” as she gushed about the performance.
Meanwhile, Cowell said, “I love that … I mean it was bonkers. I think rats have just got bad PR. They’re sweet. People think they’re nasty. They’re nice.”
And Arleth responded with a rousing “that’s why we’re here today.”
But before her TV performance, Arleth also appeared at the Renaissance Festival in Gold Canyon, Arizona, with her rats in 2018.
“America’s Got Talent” is in its 14th season and airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays on Channel 12 (KPNX). All acts compete to win viewers’ votes for a $1 million prize.
Olivia Calderon, a Tempe detention officer who sang a cover of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” during her audition, was eliminated during judge cuts on July 23.
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