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

Previous Episodes
May 26

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 2
June 2
(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've seen singers, dancers, and... other such acts vie for the $1 million & a headline show in Las Vegas. But we've only begun to scratch the surface!

First up after another epic opening montage (C-Note: part & parcel for audition shows, but y'all knew that), it's DM Nation (14-29), an all-female hip-hop dance crew... 14 strong. It's not as clean as I've liked it to be, but points for creativity. The judges are all awe-struck, and we start the show with four yeses!

Wayne Hoffman (33, Estero, FL) is a mentalist who studied psychology at university. He thinks he can use this for entertainment. He's also a new dad, so this is sort of nerve-wracking. He's going to light firecrackers in his mouth. Because entertainment. Actually, he's going to try and avoid a live firecracker amongst two duds. Let's see if he can. He starts with the one farthest from the left (C-Note: because Howie is left handed and mixed them beforehand)... One down. And... the other one! Great act, but took WAY. TOO. LONG. TO SET UP. The judges give him a pass, though.

After lunch, we meet Jeffrey Lewis & Zuri Craig, collectively known as The Craiglewis Band (33, 30; Atlanta). They met as competitors in a talent show, but since getting together, they've sung anywhere that they were able (especially in places that feed them). Can they make it on the big stage, though? They're going to sing "It's a Man Man's World" by James Brown. Separately, they've got great tones and a nice sound... but together as a group? I have no idea, because they don't even try, which is a shame, because that's what I was waiting for. Howie says that they deserve "a million dollar buffet". They're through to the next round, but honestly, it's nothing I haven't seen before.

Next is Stevie Starr (52; Scotland, originally), a guy we've seen... well, everywhere. He's the guy who swallows things and regurgitates them. Professionally. Like dollar coins. In order. Like he's done. EVERYWHERE ELSE. He does do something new... regurgitating sugar that has not dissolved in water. Frankly, I'm surprised he doesn't make any money off of this... Except it's not exactly a million, is it? Of course the judges are going to give him a pass... because they're sadistic freaks like that.

Ronnie The Dancer (52; Vancouver, BC) is a martial arts teacher with a nice pair of shoes... and apparently 50,000 fans. He feels like a tornado on the dance floor, but are we gonna be swept away? "Nobody dances like I do." Yeah, usually they dance well. Before Snap can get to "I'm the lyrical Jesse James", all judges give him the X... and Ronnie gives them a two-finger push-up. Nick joins him on stage... and it's still a no.

Benjamin Yonattan (14; Kalamazoo, MI) is a dancer who was adopted from Guatemala as a child. He shares his feelings through his dance. He also has a special pair of glasses (equipped with a special Google Glass), which expands his field of vision. You see, Jonathan is legally blind, and his vision is quite limited. He wants to follow his dream of dancing... to OneRepublic's "I Lived". If it were anyone else, it'd be pretty impressive, but given that he has a limited field of vision, it's even more so. The judges love his dancing as well as his message. He gets the four-and-in.

Someone in the second half is going to get a Golden Buzzer straight through to Live Shows. Will it be Shirley Claire (87 years young; San Antonio)? Like Nick... she's single. Unlike Nick, she was a showgirl at 17. You do the math, folks. She's a singer, and she'll be regaling us with "I'm Gonna Live 'til I Die". She's a saucy little number, isn't she? She's got the stage presence, but
as far as the voice? It's ... well, she's 87, what do you expect? The judges like that she was as feisty as she was, being super funny and super elegant. FOUR YESES!

Insert montage of Heidi being excited as more acts (The Treadmill Dance Crew, On a Roll Skate Crew, and magician Xakary by name) take the stage. Let's see more of Xakary (54; Seattle), as he splits Heidi in half... SAWS Heidi in half. After a quick apology to her kids... Heidi gets spli...SAWED in half. The judges liked the new twist in the old trick. Mel B was completely awestruck. All four judges give him the yes.

Alicia Michilli (23; Detroit) is a hostess. Her father makes teeth & mom makes hair. But she grew up around music, so that's what she gravitated toward. She is severely introverted and shy, but that will not stop her dream of performing. She'll give us 90 seconds of "I'd Rather Be Blind" by Etta James. Starts out subdued.... but when she gets to the bridge... that's when she gives us what she's made of. Mel thought it wasn't pitch perfect from start to end (C-Note: it wasn't), but she had a great tone. It's good enough for the next round, but she's got work to do.

Here we see Howie be a more discerning judge... by doing absolutely nothing to his buzzer. Next up to face his lack-of-wrath is Youngblood (24; busboy at a bowling alley), who will do something with milk... drink is through the nose... and cry it out of an eye. Got milk? Howard and Heidi do...not. That's what we call a HAM sandwich (HAM = hot ass mess). The irony: Youngblood is lactose intolerant. He splits the panel... which means that his HAM sandwich is to go.

FUN FACT: Howie's a grandfather. Derek Hughes (43; Los Angeles), a magician who is hoping to follow in Mat Franco's footsteps, is not. But he's a new father. He had to have open heart surgery, and his mode of recovery was a magic kit. The difficulty of being on the road could be assuaged by a show in Vegas. He'll balance a ping-pong ball on the nose... right before he makes a deck of cards disappeared, including the 2 of spades that was picked earlier. Where is that 2 of spades? In his butt crack. After he puts his pants back on, he goes through.

We're down to our final act, Jalen & Olga, aka Freckled Sky (20, 28), who will be doing all the dancing, while Val is going to provide some background work... Literally. He'll combine water and lighting to provide a suitable backdrop for Jalen & Olga's dancing. It's very multi-dimensional, taking the graphical interface dancing up a notch. Howard thought it was "spectacular" & "absolutely different". He rewards the acts with a trip to Live Shows! GOLDEN BUZZER!

So far, two judges have exercised their right to use the Golden Buzzer, including a possible contender to win the whole thing. We will see what next week has in store.

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