Did you see it?
Mizzou alumnus Neal Boyd blew away the judges—as well as the particularly wound-up and finicky audience—last night on the NBC show America’s Got Talent. Backstage, the passionate opera tenor talked candidly (with Jerry Springer) about his childhood in a low-income family in Sikeston, Mo., sweetly singing the praises of his supportive, self-sacrificing mother. Then he took the stage. By the halfway point in his performance, the members of the Los Angeles studio audience were on their feet, cheering. Even persnickety Piers Morgan uttered a stunned “wow,” later telling an emotional Boyd: “You are a very, very special talent.” Sharon Osbourne observed, “You have a fabulous warmth that comes from you,” and David Hasselhoff declared, “This show is about talent. And it’s about $1 million. And right now you are the front-runner.”