James Earl is wearing a flashy top but is snoozing in the hallways. Soon after entering the audition room, Harry called James "the coolest guy I've met in a long time." James is inspired by R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, and Luther Vandross, and when he started singing, you could hear him trying to mimic all three. After his original song, James showed off his comedic chops with this joke: "Why did the dog go in the water? Because he didn't want to be a hot dog." James is funnier when he's not telling jokes! The judges encouraged James to go down the joke-telling path, and gave him three nos. James thought that meant the judges didn't like him, but they kept talking about how they loved him and how cool he was after he left. Love these judges!