7 year-old Mir Money had a lot more to cry about than America saw on TV.
After stepping off stage at the AMERICA’S GOT TALENT auditions in New York, the young rapper — whose real name is Amir Palmer — was accidentally told he had made it through to Las Vegas.
“Then they called us the day he was supposed to leave and said, ‘We’re so sorry, he’s not going,’ his mother, Regine Palmer, told The New York Post. “He didn’t take it too well.”
We hear it was all a genuine misunderstanding. In all the confusion with consoling the boy, the judges never got around to voting. When they did, they decided it wasn’t his time to move forward.
Producers have since issued an apology to Amir and his family and are trying to come up with a way to prevent something like this from ever happening again.
Things got off to a shaky start when Amir failed to impress the judges with his original rap called “Commas and Zeros.”
“Howard hit his button, then hit Sharon [Osbourne’s] button as well,” his grandmother, Suzanne Degree, says.
When the young performer became visibly upset with Stern’s critique, the shock jock jumped up onstage and embraced him.
“He told me ‘You’re going to Vegas,’” the young performer told The Post yesterday.
Backstage, Amir received congratulations from host Nick Cannon, Palmer says.
“He told him to look into the camera and say ‘I’m going to Vegas.’ He also told him Howard Stern didn’t really know nothing about rap. He told him he likes country music.”
Stern has been getting a lot of milage out of Amir’s story as he makes rounds on the talk-show circuit to sell viewers on his “compassionate” approach to judging.
“It’s difficult to look into the eyes of a 7-year-old and say, ‘I am going to give you the X,’ ” Stern told The Post in Las Vegas earlier this month. ”I couldn’t handle it.
“I felt awful. But this is the job I was given. I am not going to sit there and suck up to a 7-year-old. It is up to the parent to determine whether they can handle being critiqued.”
“We apologized to the family,” NBC said last night, “and are looking at ways to prevent this from happening again.”