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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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Auditions 1 Season Premiere
May 26
(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.)

Ten seasons ago, Simon Cowell had an idea... do the Gong Show, but bring the audience into it and offer up $1 million and a headline show in Las Vegas. Ten seasons - and a magician, a robotic dancer, a ventriloquist & an endless barrage of singers - later, it's time to celebrate. The talent will be bigger, badder, and bett...the talent will be bigger and badder than ever before.


Last year's rules are in play, including the Golden Buzzer. If a judge decides that they want to put an act straight through to Live Shows, then they can hit the Golden Buzzer, which overrides all judge votes and advances an act straight through to Live Shows. However, the judges can only use this power ONCE.

Also, since this is the 10th anniversary season, be prepared to see some familiar... and not-so-familiar... faces joining the awesome foursome of comedian Howie Mandel, singer/dancer Mel B, supermodel Heidi Klum, and the King of All Media Howard Stern. The stage is set, the Fifth Judge (TM) is in place. Let's rock this joint!

First stop...

Noah & Elin (7-8; Nashville) are best friends & dancers. No, they're not a couple, because, and now I'm quoting them, "that's gross." They will go down in history as the first act to perform on AGT10. They perform a hip-hop number to MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This". They look... they look like kids who've seen one too many YouTube videos of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This". The judges think it was cute, and Howie called Elin a "superstar". They begin the season with... FOUR yeses!

Triple Threat (21; Benton, AR) are friends from high school who sing together. They met whilst injured on the same high school football team. They say their resume is pretty diverse. They've done everything they could do in a small town in Arkansas, but they'd love to make a career out of this in the big city. Should be noted that Tyler is singing wounded. The stage is theirs with "Classic" by MKTO. They've got some mad harmonies, which is odd, because they look like Alvin & the Chipmunks. Howie calls them "a real boy band". The "beautifully nerdy" Caleb, Will & Tyler get a triple yes... and one more besides.

Next up, Ira Fennelbloom & his mother Miriam (32; Los Angeles)... who are puppets who live together. Ira's excited to sing for Mel B. Creepy. Hoping that there's some legitimacy to all of this. He sings "You Are So Beautiful"... Mel B... can't you see... The voice is good, but I have to know who the author of this insanity is... Perhaps we'll never know. But what we do know? He's got the three needed to go through. The lone hold out... ironically, Mel B.

Back to humans with Howie not being touched. Maybe Chris Jones (28; Chicago) will help him out with some hypnosis. Nick arrives with the disclaimer that anyone who wishes not to be hypnotised please leave the theater. NBC has taken the additional precaution of not showing the hypnosis on TV (C-Note: or in my case, on my phone). Howard falls asleep on his buzzer. Chris hypnotizes Howie to believe that he's wearing gloves so he can shake hands. Couple of notes: 1) Howie is a known germophobe. 2) Chris is not actually wearing gloves. IT ACTUALLY WORKS! Howard may just have to take his X back. In the course of judging, Howie is STILL under. And he shakes each judge's hand as if it were nothing. The judges put him through.

Adonis Crash Boom (22; Brooklyn, dancing flipper), got four yeses. From there, we go back to the holding room with four professional gymnasts known as Show Project (21-33; Germany & Czech Republic), veterans from European national gymnastic teams. They will try to win over the judges with a trampoline/parallel bars routine. And they show how serious they are by taking their shirts off. They're not as in sync as they could be, but the fact that they work well together could see them through. Mel thought it was pretty spectacular, while Heidi thought it was very unique. They sweep the panel.

Joining them: Chapkis Dance Family (dancers), Sasha & her father (acrobats), and Extreme Tricking & Tumbling (gymnasts).

Johnny Shelton (25; Tampa by way of Knoxville) started playing guitar when he was 6. He wanted to be a musician at an early age. Tonight he will be performing a song he wrote for his son, whom he taught to embrace love, because there's too much hate in the world. He lost his son to cancer at age 5. Johnny's just getting back to performing since his son's death. His original song is called "That's Love". It's a very pure composition. The judges agree and send him through!

As we begin the second half, we welcome a dragon, Piff the Magic Dragon (34; Las Vegas) who is as he says he is... a magic dragon. (C-Note: from eagle-eyed reader Josh Widdowson, he was on Penn & Teller: Fool Us!) He says his dream is a big pile of gold and a big pile of princesses. With him in the middle. He'll be performing some card sharking today, because "it was either this or 'Game of Thrones'." I would've buzzed this a long time for taking too long to get to the damned trick, but it's pretty neat. Howie thought it was "surprising". Mel shares his spectacularly dry British sense of humor. They give him a unison "yes".

One of them is a lie detector test between Howard & Nick in hopes of squashing this beef once and for all. They really couldn't find an act to fill this time. Seriously. Four more segments left, kids. Kids... Oh, here's some. It's the Humongous Whoopee Cushion of Doom... It's four buzzes. It's knife throwing on a slack wire... it's a no. It's The Sexy Baby... and it's another round of Xes.

Turn down the house lights for Japanese act Siro-A (23-36, dancers), who combine dancing with spectacular visual effects. It's something you have to see to believe, but it's a nice little tweak on the dancing/performance artistry we've seen on this show. How many were there? Only five. Howard calls them "seamless". Mel B thought it was "exciting". Howie says "amazing." It's another sweep.

Someone's going to get a Golden Buzzer in the next 15 minutes. Who will it be? Samantha Hess (31; Portland, OR), a professional cuddler, is next... and it seems that she's very versed in this subject. So that's what she's going to be doing on stage with a couch to do her cuddling. She's a divorcee who apparently didn't like that her ex-husband didn't cuddle. So she's going to cuddle the newly-single Nick. Nick... ends up cuddling HER. As long as it doesn't get past "cuddling", I think we're going to be safe. The question is... is this a million dollar act? Probably not, as Howard demonstrates by hitting his buzzer AND
cuddling Nick on stage with the rest of the judges. She gets three yeses, Howard being the lone voice of sanity... err, hold out.

We're down to the last act of the night, Drew Lynch (23; Indianapolis), who has a stutter. He's a comedian who got his stutter from a softball injury to his throat. He got into comedy from his girlfriend who thought of this as a coping mechanism. He says that before the injury, he was a jerk, and that who he was would never hang out with who he is now. He talks about ordering at a
drive-thru ("I don't know why I work there.") and using his voice as a GPS ("In one, one, one thou thou thousand feet ma ma make a U-turn."). One thing I like about him is his timing, and for something as traumatic as what he went through, he's taking it in stride with a lot of humor about it. The Fifth Judge want to put him through. Howard agrees. Mel likes that he was laughing at his own jokes. Howie can relate to what Drew did, looking for the light at the end of the darkness. He hasn't been moved so much by a comic on this show... so he HITS THE GOLDEN BUZZER! DREW LYNCH IS THROUGH TO LIVE SHOWS AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to cuddle my girlfriend on a giant whoopee cushion. Back next week for another round of talent.

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