As some of you know, I auditioned for America’s Got Talent this year. Singing and playing guitar on Power Risers (pogo stilts, in layman’s terms) impressed many who witnessed it, but it did not advance me to the televised competition. Neither did rapping in a spandex fish costume or standing inside a flaming hoop and channeling Johnny Cash. C’est la vie. There’s always next year. I’m not quitting the entertainment business, ever. Turns out I wasn’t the only Denverite who tried out for the country’s most popular variety show, though. If you caught last night’s episode, you probably recall belly dancing best friends Kaya and Sadie. While their exotic features might suggest otherwise, both ladies reside right here in our own Mile High backyard.

No, you can’t have their numbers.

I first made Sadie’s acquaintance at The Boulder Theater around Halloween of 2003. We were both performing at an art museum fundraiser called The Exotica Erotica Ball. If what’s left of my memory serves me correctly, Sadie joined forces with fellow “hip-notist” Kaya the following year. They’d apparently been shimmying in similar circles for a spell already, spellbinding most but also stirring up controversy with a handful of traditionalists. The somewhat conservative Middle Eastern dance community simply wasn’t ready for such sexy experts. The same cannot be said for the judges last night. Male judges Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel all but green-lighted the voluptuous duo’s Vegas advancement based on looks alone. Sharon Osbourne was thrilled they had skills to go with the aesthetics. Needless to say, Sin City is in their stars.

Piers: “I could watch that, literally, for months.”

In my case, it was an entire year. And then some.

Click here to ogle last night’s stimulating clip.