He's a writer and designer for Old City's Quirk Books. Horner, 30, told us it was hard coming up with only 90 seconds of material for "America's Got Talent," but it was a great experience overall.
Horner's cheering section at Helium Tuesday included his wife Jen Thwing, whom he incorporates into his act, but not too badly. "I'm smart enough not to make too much fun of my wife," Horner said after his victory. Luke Cunningham took second place and Aaron Hertzog came in third.
The show was hosted by the very funny Steve Gerben.
Local reality contestants
Good luck to Moorestown, N.J.'s Rachel Johnston who will be a contestant on CBS' "The Amazing Race," premiering Sept. 26.
Johnston, 24, is a beach volleyball player, and competing with her volleyball partner Katie Seamon, 23, from Rahway, N.J.
* We're also pulling for Swarthmore grad Marty Piombo, 48, who's a castaway on "Survivor: Nicaragua," which premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 15, also on CBS. Piombo, who now lives in California, is a technology exec.
The sporting news
* Cowboys great (honestly, he was great) Emmitt Smith went for a lemon-drop cocktail at Butcher & Singer (1500 Walnut) Tuesday evening when the "Dancing With the Stars" alum stopped in with a friend. Smith later headed to another Stephen Starr spot, Parc on Rittenhouse Square.
* ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor Kevin Negandhi, a Phoenixville native and Temple grad, has just re-upped with the Worldwide Leader for a multi-year deal.
* Jose Torres debuts his Martial Arts Xperience radio show at 10 a.m. Monday on WIFI 1460 a.m. Torres says the show will cover training tips, competitor highlights, equipment reviews and more. His regular showtime is noon Tuesdays.
Bunch signs 'Backlash'
Daily News senior writer and Attytood blogger Will Bunch reads from and signs copies of his new book, "The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama," at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square.
The 16th annual HopeCuts fundraiser for City of Hope will be Sept. 19 at dozens of Pennsylvania and New Jersey salons.
This year's event, spearheaded by City of Hope's Harry Giordano, supports the charity's pediatric program, its new women's cancers program and the Beckman Research Institute, which studies cancer, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. Participating salons are offering discounts on cuts and other beauty services and donating the proceeds to City of Hope. For a list of participating salons, check out hopecuts.org.
* Jeweler Steven Singer hopes to present first lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush with a check for $100,000 for the Flight 93 Memorial Fund on Sept. 11 in Shanksville, Pa., where the plane crashed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Singer's "9/11 Never Forget" pin sells for $10 at 8th and Walnut and online at stevensingerjewelers.com. The entire proceeds go to the Flight 93 National Memorial. Singer donated $10,000 from pins sales at last year's 9/11 anniversary.
* Karen and Mark Arnold are holding a beef and beer fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Guppy's Good Times (2 Maple) in Conshohocken. Mark is a two-time lymphoma survivor. Shabby Road will perform and raffle prizes include sitting in on the 93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve show and 610 WIP's Angelo Cataldi morning show and much more. Tickets are $35 each. For more info, call 267-231-9134 or e-mail Kmar4@msn.com.
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