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Dancing Pumpkin Man
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Age (at audition) 42
Sex Male
Act Dancer
Seasons 12
Position Reached Judge Cuts

Dancing Pumpkin Man, whose real name is Matt Geiler, was a dancer act from Season 12 of America's Got Talent. He was eliminated in the Judge Cuts.

Background

Dancing Pumpkin Man is from Omaha, Nebraska. He has been married for over sixteen years. He has two children and a dog named Calvin. His goal is to spread joy through dance and to ascend to a position at the front of the modern avant-garde.

In 2006, Matt Geiler was the anchor of the 10 o'clock nightly newscast at KXVO, the Omaha CW affiliate. The program had a nominal budget ($1,000 for the year) to create 22 minutes of programming five nights a week. Geiler and his producers often had to improvise last-minute to fill the show. In the days leading up to Halloween 2006, they pitched several ideas, including grown men falling down in a pumpkin patch, a fictional murder mystery, and dressing up as grandmothers for a cooking segment. Then there was the pièce de résistance: "I've got this one thing where I put on a unitard and a pumpkin head and dance at people's graves," Geiler recalls pitching his manager, thinking it would never fly. "I want to call it 'Happy Jack: The Grave Dancer.'"

Geiler never made it to an actual cemetery, but the idea worked even better because of it. He picked up a unitard from his local costume store, cut a foam pumpkin decoration in half, and jumped in front of a green screen. They pre-recorded the segment, featured it alongside live coverage the night of October 31 (Geiler is actually the blond guy who follows the Pumpkin Dance segment), and didn't think much of it for the next few weeks. Then Christmas came around, they were short on content, so they did it again.

YouTube was still in its infancy in 2006, but one of Geiler's producers uploaded the first Pumpkin Dance anyway. In 2009, the video was featured on BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly, and Videogum. A year later, Huffington Post picked it up. Soon, Geiler's moves had been viewed more than a million times online. [1]

Audition

Dancing Pumpkin Man's audition in Episode 1203 consisted of dancing to Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me". Simon Cowell buzzed the act. Although Heidi Klum voted "No," Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Simon (convinced by the audience and Mel B) voted "Yes," sending the act to the Judge Cuts.

Judge Cuts

Dancing Pumpkin Man's Judge Cuts performance in Episode 1207 consisted of dancing to Haddaway's "What is Love". He then ripped off his black unitard, uncovering a bedazzled unitard. Heidi Klum buzzed the act. Guest judge Chris Hardwick gave him a standing ovation. Dancing Pumpkin Man's performance was not strong enough for the judges to send him to the Quarterfinals, eliminating him from the competition along with Maw Kitty, instead of The Singing Trump.

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