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America's Got Talent
Season 10
NBC 8p ET Tuesdays

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A supermodel, a Spice Girl, a comic cut-up, and the self-proclaimed King of all Media criss-cross the country in search of million-dollar talent.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, Lee DiGeorge & Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host Nick Cannon
Judges Melanie "Mel B" Brown
Heidi Klum
Howie Mandel
Howard Stern
Announcer Joe Cipriano
Creator Simon Cowell
EP Simon Cowell
Trish Kinane
Sam Donnelly
Jason Raff
Richard Wallace
Packager Syco Entertainment
FremantleMedia North America
Origins Radio City Music Hall, New York City
Airs 8p ET Tues & Wed, NBC

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Judge Cuts 3
July 28
(C-Note: some of the acts that you are about to read involve real danger in front of a live television audience. They were designed, practiced, and supervised by professionals, taking the contestants' safety into full account. They are extremely dangerous and should NEVER be attempted anywhere, by anyone, at any time.)

So far, we have 14 people through to Radio City in addition to the four that the judges put through in the early stages of the competition. Now we get to hear 20 more plead their cases in front of a packed house and a table that contains our special guest judge...

... from the NBC series "I Can Do That", it's MARLON WAYANS! He will get one hit at the Golden Buzzer to send an act through to Radio City. The other 19 will compete for 6 spots. Welcome to the most important 90 minutes of your life.

TRIPLE THREAT (Denton, AR) are three guys who started singing on the sideline of their football team in high school. Now in college, they're hoping to follow up an amazing audition with another, this time of "Problem" by Ariana Grande. They worked themselves up to a great melody about that and the crowd LOVES them. They should have no problem getting a pass from the judges.

HONOR ROLL SKATE CREW were not as clean as they were initially. At least they got there eventually. EVOKE TAP MOVEMENT were several movements, but no group dynamic. Meanwhile the next group has a bit of issue... THE SQUAD had one of its members get a slight injury on his feet. Will he be able to nail the flip? YES!

ANIMATION CREW grew up dancing on the streets old school with a ghetto blaster. A lot of characters makes up this group, including one eater and one ladies' man. They want their own show in Las Vegas. Let's see how they get on. Last time, they made a painting come to life. This time, they're reenacting the Jackson 5ive... as animatronics. Creative. Heidi thought it was stand-out. Howard wanted them to stay in character.

OLEKSIY MOGYLNYY (acrobat) is the guy with the mannequin as a dancing partner. But if you get past that, he's actually pretty nimble. He's going to elevate that act for a spot in the next round. The piece is to "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Nothing really out of the ordinary or memorable. The judges, on the other hand, think it's weird.

JOHNNY SHELTON (singer-songwriter)'s son passed away from cancer. He channeled that into his songwriting. Last time he was here, he sang a song for him that moved everyone to tears. Today, he'll try to do it again with "The House That Built Me". Howard was able to feel his performance. Heidi as well. Mel B didn't feel the same way, saying it was "pitchy".

Magical Quick Hits include DANA DANIELS and his bird. That was it, actually.

PAUL ZERDIN (ventriloquist) started by taking the stuffing out of a teddy bear and using that as his first puppet. He's been doing this for 25 years. Last time he confused the sound man. Today, he'll have a friend alongside, a baby that won't stop crying. So why did the baby keep saying "Duck?" The answer... is coming out of his pants. Anyway the judges thought it was incredibly clever and cartoony. Howard says that he's going to be a contender. Marlon loves him, and he loves the comedy. And he loves the GOLDEN BUZZER! PAUL ZERDIN THROUGH TO LIVE SHOWS! Which six will join him? We'll find out right after we pause 10 seconds for station identification. This is America's Got Talent on the Red Network of the National Broadcasting Company. (G-E-C)

OZ PEARLMAN (mentalist) freaked out Mel B last time she was here. He'll try it again, knowing full well that things can and do go wrong with mentalism, and if it goes wrong tonight, out come the buzzers. Howard is thinking about Oprah Winfrey, while Howie... well, we don't see. Oz went with Tom Cruise... and Top Gun. RIGHT! Howard went with Oprah and... WOW! That's freaky! How do you follow this up? I reckon we'll find out soon enough.

BRITTNEY ALLEN (singer) is "Too Close", PAUL BLAIR (hula hooper) gets Xed out, but what about...

PRETTY BIG MOVEMENT (full-figured dance crew) came on the stage and wowed the crowed. Will they do it again? They work it to "Bang Bang"... and they're all in sync. But it seems rather novelty after a bit, as Howard attests to by bang-banging his buzz-buzzer. "It was nice. Nice ain't gonna cut it." We're in agreement. We like the message, but the act itself was a giant step backwards.

STACEY KAY (singer) kills the crowd with a larger-than-life voice and persona.

MOUNTAIN FAITH BAND (another NC-based band) will try and outdo that. Last time, they brought an Americana-flavored variety of pop music. Together, they only have one rule: do what mom says. They're going to try and live by her with "I Believe In a Thing Called Love" by the Darkness. Not the best song choice, but it's easily adaptable by this group. Howard thinks they're talented, but not really current. Howie thought it was talented and respectful to American music. "You are this music."

RANDY ROBERTS (drag queen) hopes to get on the Radio City stage with "Lady Is a Tramp". We're looking for the whole package, and I think Howard actually got it. Other than that, it wasn't a phenomenal performance, but it stood out with actually singing.

VITA RADIONOVA (32; Seattle by way of Ukraine) is a contortionist and hand balancer. Her dream would be her own show in Vegas. She's worked a long time for this, and she's got the body to prove it. But does she have the moves? The judges seem to think so. Heidi thinks she upped her game, while Marlon may have used his Golden Buzzer prematurely.

We've seen girls dancing and playing with sharp objects, leading us to the final marquee act of the night...

BENTON BLOUNT (singer/songwriter) has a partner in crime and a secret weapon: his 2-year-old son that he takes care of while mom goes out and makes a living. He channeled that last time and it got him here. Today, he'll go with a similar vein with Dolly Parton's "Jolene". He's got the power to carry that song. Heidi thought the voice was rough around the edges. Mel B though it wasn't really enough.


- Paul Zerdin (Golden Buzzer)
- Oz Pearlman
- Vita Radionova
- Mountain Faith Band
- Triple Threat
- Animation Crew
- Benton Blount

We're up to 25. Our last Judge Cuts episode comes next week with a man who was there for show number one back in 2005. And speaking of which, tomorrow night, be there when the world comes to the stage to celebrate AGT's 10th anniversary!

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