Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan

The two judges offer a look at the upcoming end of this popular NBC talent show

The final finalists on America's Got Talent will perform live on Monday, September 14 at 8/7 central, with the final episode set to air on September 16th. Nick Cannon will reveal the winner of this year's America's Got Talent live on-air. Surprise guests will also give special live performances. The winner takes home the million-dollar prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas. David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne will star as the celebrity panel of judges. Here to help us prepare for this life-changing finale are both Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne. This is what they had to say:

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Are you happy with the talent remaining at this point. Or do you think that America got it wrong?

Sharon Osbourne: I think it is quite diverse, which I like and I do not think they got it wrong at all. I like the diversity in our show.

Piers Morgan: I am not quite as convinced. I am very disappointed that Acrodunk did not make it. I think one of the problems of this show is when it gets to this stage, sometimes the American public do tend to veer towards the singing acts over what I think are very good variety acts. And there is not much you can do about it. I mean, singers always have an advantage. You know, everyone can connect to a song in a way that they cannot do to a basketball act or a magician act or whatever. I think it is important for the show that we do continue to attract very strong variety acts.

I want to ask about Arcadian. What did you think of him as a competitor? Was he too young? Was he too opinionated?

Sharon Osbourne: Age has got nothing to do with it because it is down to the individual. And this kid has been trained to dance. He has been auditioning before. So he was well versed in what he was getting himself into. You know, he was not a rookie. I do not think he was too young or too opinionated. He did what he wanted to do and we gave the comments. And I think he took it quite well. I mean, it, you know, he showed his age at the end when Piers made a certain comment and it is like, oh it was not me that threw the brick through the window, it was him. That is when he actually showed his age. Do you know what I am saying?

Piers Morgan:

I have got three sons and they are all around his age. And if one of them had come up with that ridiculous excuse that Arcadian did at the end, I think I would have taken him home and off to bed with no tea because I think it was a touch of the spoiled brat going on there. Which is a shame, because he is a talented boy. I think whenever the acts turn on the producers you can be damn sure that it is just an excuse because the producer's only interest is always to work with the contestants to get them the best possible chance they have of progressing in the competition. No one holds a gun to their head. If they really do not want to do something, they do not have to do it. So once they accept what they are going to be doing, and most of the time it is their idea anyway, once they have accepted that I do not think you can start blaming the producers for what in his case was a fairly ordinary performance. He never really reached the heights of his first audition. And I think that it is what happens with these young acts. In that first audition he was totally free. You know, he kind of danced with an abandon, which comes from fearlessness. As they progress in the competition, particularly some of the younger ones where you get a sense of a state school, and they got too many people around them, they all start taking it a little bit too seriously. And their performances become a bit wooden and less free, and that is what happened with him. He is a talented kid but, you know, less of the backchat, more practice.

Was the decision in the last episode to go from four to five a spontaneous decision? Or had it been planned to be a top ten all along?

Sharon Osbourne: No. I can tell you it definitely was not. Because we went through a lot in just a few minutes. The three of us went through so much. You know, which one are we going to send home? Nobody wanted to make a choice. And it is like hey, you know, we are not going to do this because we genuinely felt that they both added so much to the show and that they should, you know, go along hopefully to be in the final. They both deserved it. So, you know, it was nothing preplanned. We never know who has got through. They are not allowed to tell us. We have no idea who has got through until we sit in that seat, you know, opposite Nick and he tells us. We know when the public knows.

(Do you think anyone on this year's show has the talent to have their own Vegas act? Are you confident they will be able to support a show in Las Vegas?

Piers Morgan: I think that anyone who saw Barbara Padilla last night knows she could sell out Vegas tomorrow.

Sharon Osbourne: She could sing.

Piers Morgan: I do not think I have ever seen a more stunning performance on the show in four years.

Sharon Osbourne: But not only Vegas, she should be at the Royal Opera House.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: She should be at Carnegie Hall.

Piers Morgan: She will be a huge star.

Sharon Osbourne: It is definitely beyond Vegas.

Piers Morgan: Yes. She is going to be a huge star. Terry Fator is there in Vegas now, a $100 million act. And this show changes people's lives. And for all those who sneer at a show like America's Got Talent and say there is not enough talent, watch that clip from last night and you are looking at a superstar, no question.

What about some of the kids on the show that are in the finals? Are they still going to be able to participate in a Vegas show depending on how far they make?

Piers Morgan: Shirley Temple did okay didn't she? Michael Jackson.

Sharon Osbourne: Age has got nothing to do with it. They can still participate. I mean I love our little Erik and Rickie. They are fantastic.}

Piers Morgan: Yes. I think this whole thing about the kids is it all depends on the child. Sharon and I were talking about this the other day, that we have got kids ourselves, three each, and, you know, it is horses for courses. One of my kids loves being on stage and loves performing and thoroughly enjoys it and deals with rejection and praise perfectly well. The other two would rather shoot themselves than be on stage. And so to push them into an uncomfortable position like that would be, I think, neglect by a parent. But where you have a child who is a natural showman and loves the buzz of performing and all the rest of it, I mean look through history. There have been some incredible young acts. Look at Michael Jackson when he was five or six. If somebody right now in this sort of PC age were to stop him right then and there, and said this is unfair on him, well of course it wasn't. He turned out to be one of the greatest performers in history, damaged in the end by fame and other things, but that is more down to I think his own sensibilities than anything else. History is littered with many, many talented young people who got a break when they were young and took it. And I applaud that. I like it.

How surprised are you that there are a team of cloggers still on this show?

Sharon Osbourne: That is what our show is about. That is exactly what our show is about. It is not just about singers. It is about a variety of artists. And I love what they do. It is, you know, it is somewhat a dying art if you like. And then to see five really gorgeous young women clogging so beautifully, it is fantastic that we can give them a forum to show their talent. We give them a stage and that is what our show is about. We are different to every other talent show.

Piers Morgan: Yes. I mean, I would add to that that almost all of our acts in the final would not qualify for American Idol, whether it was age or their particular talent or whatever it is, you know, the young ones would be too young, the old ones would be too old. We have got the clogging acts. We have got Grandma Lee. The great thing about America's Got Talent is the range, and as Sharon said at the start, the diversity of what we have on the show. And although I still think it is slightly top heavy with singing acts, I am delighted that we have the cloggers Fab Five. I am thrilled we have got Grandma Lee. I think the range of the singing acts is more diverse than it was last year, so it is less of a problem. But, you know, I think that variety is the key to our success. It is what makes us different, and long may that continue.

Can there be a Las Vegas act with cloggers?

Sharon Osbourne: Of course they can.

Piers Morgan: Look at Riverdance. I mean that is a form of clogging. And one of the biggest shows in the world.

Sharon I know you have been really supportive of the talent this season on air and everything. Is there any one of the talents that you would personally just love to learn or love to have, or anything like that? Join the cloggers maybe?

Piers Morgan: Do you want to be a clogger Sharon?

Sharon Osbourne: Oh yes. I would love to be able to sing like Barbara Padilla. I mean, who wouldn't? I mean that is a gift from God. That is something that you are born with. To be able to be born with that talent is just a gift. You can learn how to sing better, but you cannot learn to sing with that quality that she has. It is just something you are born with.

Piers, I know Nick Cannon has been giving you a hard time for buzzing the acts and what not. It comes with the territory.

Piers Morgan: Oh yes, yes.

Do you just love the sound of the buzzer? Do you get a rush just touching it? Can't help but hit it or anything like that?

Piers Morgan:I do quite enjoy the buzzer. It is what makes the show different. They do not have buzzers on American Idol. I know that Simon who does Britain's Got Talent with a buzzer, he really misses his buzzer on Idol. There is no doubt it brings drama to the show. But I mean, I do exercise it with honest intent in the sense that last night I think I buzzed five acts. When I watch them back on TV when I go home, I agree with myself on all of them.

Sharon Osbourne: Well of course you do Piers.

Piers Morgan: As Sharon said on the show last night, I am always right. So, you know, I like to provide drama and a reality check, you know. And I think it is good that we have it because the audience enjoys the buzzer. They always boo of course when it goes off but actually I think most people, when they think about it a little bit harder, would probably think that the buzzer was well deserved, in most cases. Sometimes it is a question of taste, you know. I just happen not to like certain types of acts. Sharon loves them, David might love them. And again, the beauty of the show is that you have such a varied mix of acts that you are going to have the three opinionated judges, often three completely different opinions.

Sharon Osbourne: Well, that too because our tastes are so completely different.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: And that is what makes it more interesting, is that nobody agrees with anyone else.

Piers Morgan:

I mean, Sharon loves dog acts because she has got 16 of them. I mean, I went to her house earlier this week for lunch. And it is literally, it is like living in a dog farm. I mean, they are just everywhere. I mean I was just sitting there. They are like Sharon. They do not behave themselves. They all misbehave. They are all leaping at you. They are licking your ears. They are jumping and they are barking. They are threatening to savage you. And, you know, this is life in Sharon Osbourne's home. It is dog mad. Now that is why, when these dogs come on, well however bad they are, they can drop every Frisbee and she will always put them through. Whereas I see a dog act and I just think, "Sharon Osbourne dog home" buzz.

What did you think of David Hasselhoff's performance the other night?

Piers Morgan: Magnificent. Best thing I have seen since Sinatra played the Sands in the '70s.

Sharon Osbourne: It was spectacular.

If David Hasselhoff was not famous Piers, you would not have buzzed him?

Piers Morgan: Absolutely not. I would have said you, "You are my favorite to win this competition." God, you almost believe that as well? This is easier than I thought.

When the show starts in the beginning, are you told to look for acts that could be in Vegas? Do you try to sway viewers in that direction?

Sharon Osbourne: No. We are not told anything. I mean, that is something we are definitely not told. But, you know, the prize is $1 million and a show in Vegas. So, you try and just put through the people with the most talent. Whether they belong in Vegas is down for the American public. Yes. We give our opinion. I think you would be great in Vegas. Of course we give our opinion. That is what we are there to do. But we are not told to say anything specific.

Piers Morgan: Yes. I mean I think the only reason an act would not work in Vegas is because they are not talented enough, because their act somehow does not have the right range, it is one paste, it is repetitive, it is boring. They are the reasons why acts over watching them over three or four performances, you can work out which ones actually have an act that might last 90 minutes and which are the one trick ponies. And there has never been a one trick pony in the history of show business that lasts more than ten minutes because you cannot keep doing the same thing again and again and expect people to go and pay to see it. So, you know, someone like Terry Fator is worth $100 million in Vegas and is a huge star there because he does over 60 puppets now, I think. And he does 60 voices and is brilliant. And he constantly reinvents what he is doing and adds new people, new puppets, new voices. And that is what we are looking for, people who we believe have it in them to potentially do a 90-minute Vegas show. That has got to be the yardstick.

This show can totally changed someone like Terry Fator's life. How does it feel to be part of something like that?

Piers Morgan: Scary. I saw Terry two weeks ago in Vegas, went to interview him. And to say it has changed his life is to completely understate things. I mean, before he went on the show he had been in the business 25 years. He was earning, you know, $600 a week going up and down America in his van. And, you know, he just thought his chance had come and gone. He nearly gave up the business two years ago. And then he goes on the show. He is not a favorite to start with. He gets through early rounds and then suddenly out of nowhere like a dark horse in a race you least expect to come up on the rails, bang, he came through and won it. And now, as he says, his life will never ever be the same again. He is living the ultimate dream.

Sharon Osbourne: The Las Vegas dream.

Piers Morgan: Yes. Not everyone's dream. But it, you know, it is amazing to see. I will bet he had the most incredible dressing room. The whole theater is named the Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage. He has got his own store with all his merchandise. It was absolutely incredible to see what has happened to him in the space of a year. Amazing.

Sharon Osbourne: It is a very positive thing. It is not just about the winners because a lot of people from each series that we have done so far have gone on to earn a living out of something that they love to do. So it is not just about the winners. And then you get the cases of people who have a dream but they realize that they cannot fulfill their dreams, but then they go on to do something else. And it is good for them too because, you know, they are in the real world, their dream is shattered, but they can go on to pursue something else.

Piers Morgan: I mean, even the most idiotic act we have ever had, who was this young lad who came out and announced that his talent was to break things with his butt. Even he, I suspect, now has a career from his appearance on America's Got Talent. I reckon there is some dark corner of America where on a Friday night the great butt breaker from America's Got Talent does his stuff at some dingy bar. So, you know, it doesn't really matter how bad you are. If you get your shot on the show you are going to get 12, 13 million Americans laughing at you, laughing with you, crying with you, you know, celebrating you, whatever it is, you know, do not take it too seriously. It is entertainment and it is show business and there are very few losers.

You guys seem to be getting on quite a bit better this season. What happened that you guys just do not seem to be duking it out quite like you used to?

Piers Morgan: I think Sharon just realized that I am a massively misunderstood human being and that I have a heart of gold and I should be celebrated on a daily basis. Right Sharon?

Sharon Osbourne: Absolutely Piers. I would never disagree with you ever.

Piers Morgan: I think we are two stokes in a sack as they say in Britain where, you know, if you put us in a sack for too long then we are going to fight. But actually most of the time we get on pretty well.

So, you know, you talked about the changes in the lives of the contestants. And that brings me to you guys. Now obviously Sharon you had this phenomenal success with your reality show. But wondering how life has changed for you now Piers and how have the dynamics of your fan base changed for you Sharon.

Piers Morgan: Well if I could go first on that. I think the thing that has changed me - my career and profile pretty more than anything bizarrely has been the Susan Boyle phenomenon. Certainly in America where I just - I have just noted - I mean I went to Vegas recently and was getting loads of people coming up to me to talk about Susan Boyle. So, you know, all the things I have done in my life and career pale into insignificance compared to the phenomenon that was the Susan Boyle story this year. And anyone connected with it has seen their lives change. And I would include myself. And I think - I like that because Susan is the kind of epitome of what this show is about. Whether it is in America or Britain or any of the other countries (that are there's), she is the ultimate, you know, coming from nowhere, you know, lady in her 40s who thought her dream was over, getting a break and taking it and becoming like a female Rocky Balboa and inspiring the world. And that is what you dream about when this show is first created. So I think that would be the thing that I think is really changed things for a lot of people.

Sharon Osbourne: Well bloody Susan Boyle. I have had it up to here with her. Bloody hell. I would like to say that...

Piers Morgan: You are only jealous.

Sharon Osbourne: No way, you must be joking. The only thing it has done for me as far as the industry goes is ruined my musical credibility. I used to have a great credible name in the music industry. And now when I put through the weirdest act in the world it is like has she gone mad? This woman used to be somewhat of a...

Piers Morgan: Well actually you have reminded me. The only other thing that I think that I - has been my crowning glory in my career so far is probably the destruction of Omarosa on Celebrity Apprentice because that is the thing that most Americans come up to me laughing about. And they love to relive the gory details of her final hours on the show which I thoroughly enjoy telling them.

I was a little bit disappointed last week when Acrodunk did not go through.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

{bold|From the expressions on your faces, both Piers and Sharon, it seems like you were a little bit shocked too. Could you elaborate on that?

Piers Morgan: Yes, America got it wrong, plain and simple. That is an amazing act. It is dangerous. It is exciting. They kept doing more and more incredible tricks. I have never seen an act quite like it. I wish they were in the final. I think they had a great chance of potentially winning it. And I could see them performing in Vegas and all around America. And I think it is an absolute tragedy that they did not make it.

Sharon Osbourne: Yes. It - you know, I liken them to the Harlem Globetrotters...

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne:...that would go around the world, you know, with year after year and fill arenas.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: You know, so...

Piers Morgan: Yes, really sad.

Sharon Osbourne: ...they - it was a big disappointment for the show because of they were so different...

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: ...and it took another great form of entertainment that would not usually get an audience as big as we gave them on TV.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: And it is just ashamed to see that they were not properly appreciated.

Piers Morgan: Yes. I agree with that.

Do you think it might be a little top heavy with singers this time?

Piers Morgan: Well only a touch. I mean I think that, you know, I would imagine if it goes the way I think it will tonight, you might end up with, you know 60% 7, 65% of the finalists being singing based acts. But they are all quite different. I mean, you know, you have everything from the Three Tenors to the EriAm sisters to Barbara Padilla, potentially Kevin Skinner, Voices of Glory. None of them are really what you would call similar acts. They just all happen to be singing based acts. And I would love to have seen one or two more variety acts like Acrodunk in the mix in the finals because I think that is what the show is about.

Sharon Osbourne: It is. And then if it is all singing, it does not set us apart even though, you know, you have got a singer, you know, probably 30 years apart in age. That is not - it is still I think too many singers for me.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Can another opera singer win after last year you think?

Piers Morgan: Oh no question. I mean anyone that heard her sing last is not - I think winning the show will be the least of her achievements.

Sharon Osbourne: And it is not about opera. She happens to sing opera. But it does not matter what your personal taste is in music, you can't help but love her...

Piers Morgan: No. (Exactly).

Sharon Osbourne: ...get pulled into her emotion, her - the way she delivers a song she pulls you in. You do not understand one word she is on about, right? I mean honestly, you know, for the average person you have no idea what she is singing about but it does not matter because she transcends all of that.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: She has got this star quality, this beauty, this refinement that, you know, how wonderful to look at a woman that sings that way and is beautiful.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: You name me, you know, on one hand, how many beautiful women sing opera.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: There is not that many.

Piers Morgan: She is like a modern day Maria Callas, you know, she has got that kind of charm and sex appeal and beauty and motion and all of that. I think she has got it all.

Sharon Osbourne: I - I mean she is spectacular. She is absolutely spectacular.

Piers Morgan: Yes. We are very excited about Barbara I think. I think we all saw last night the performance of somebody who could be a proper genuine big star.

Sharon Osbourne: Yes. I think, you know, when you see these opera singers that win on talent shows, you know, they never perform in a legit opera house because they are really what we call pop opera...

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: the industry. This woman is legit.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: She will end up singing in a proper opera house.

Piers Morgan: Yes. I would love to see her sing with Paul Potts. That would be pretty (summy).

Sharon Osbourne: Oh God I wouldn't.

Sharon Osbourne: Bloody hell. Bloody hell there is another doofus you bring up like...

Piers Morgan: You see...

Sharon Osbourne: ...Paul Potts.

Piers Morgan: You see...

Sharon Osbourne: What a doofus.

Piers Morgan: Sharon - this is all part of Sharon's I am an American speech which is...

Sharon Osbourne: No it is not. I am sorry.

Piers Morgan: ...which is certainly news to us back home I can tell you.

Sharon Osbourne: No. Let me tell you something. It is just that, you know, Paul Potts, Susan Boyle, you would expect them to come on shows like ours because they - look at them - destined to be on our show.

Piers Morgan: Sharon.

Sharon Osbourne: But you do not expect Barbara to be on our show. You don't.

Piers Morgan: Yes she did.

She has got a whole package going on.

Piers Morgan: Yes she did.

Sharon Osbourne: No you don't.

Sharon Osbourne: He is pissed off because he has found out that I am an American citizen so he is pissed off...

Piers Morgan: No. It is (tommy) English accent saying I am an American to try to win over the public. I am not having it.

Sharon Osbourne: Yes but it is true. What can I do? I cannot help I have lived here since bloody 1976.

Piers Morgan: Yes but it is like me saying oh yes, you know, I am Chinese. I am not am I?

Sharon Osbourne: Yes but you have never bloody been there. The nearest you have gone is a bloody Chinese restaurant.

Piers Morgan: You were born - you were born I think 18 miles away from me and it was in Britain, not America, fact.

Sharon Osbourne: Yes. You tell that to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Piers Morgan: You see we were getting on so well till you started this questioning.

Sharon Osbourne: You tell that to Arnold Schwarzenegger and you tell that to Obama's dad. That will go down well.

You were probably asked this before but why is it that we have British people judging America having the talent?

Piers Morgan: Well you don't. You have - in Sharon you have an American. So I do not really understand the question. I think we have established that Sharon is about as American as it gets.

Sharon Osbourne: Yes. And I will bring up again Arnold Schwarzenegger. Why do we have an Austrian...

Piers Morgan: So given that Sharon...

Sharon Osbourne: ...who is the Governor of California.

Piers Morgan: Given we all now accept Sharon as a bona fide American...I am the only Brit on the panel.

Piers Morgan: And coincidentally of course I am the only one who really uses the buzzer, is honest, you know, calls it as it is...

Sharon Osbourne: Oh please, give me a...

Piers Morgan: ...and there you have the reason why I am there.

Sharon Osbourne: ...break. Give me a break.

Well Sharon going back to basics, and then bringing yourself back to 1975 when you were still British, what, you know, why is it that they have chosen English people to judge America? It is kind of interesting to me.

Sharon Osbourne: Well I just think it is because Americans love British accents. That is it really.

Piers Morgan: Yes.

Sharon Osbourne: They do. They love British accents for some reason. And that is it. I cannot think of anything else because when you think of it, there are so many great people who are American that could have gone on the panel.

Piers Morgan: Yes. The only thing that is wrong about us is the number of Australians coming over to America pretending they are British and getting our work.

Sharon Osbourne: Oh I love you Piers.

The final finalists on America's Got Talent will perform live on Monday, September 14 at 8/7 central, with the final episode set to air on September 16th.