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

Previous Episodes
May 26
June 2
June 9
June 16
June 23
July 7

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 1
July 14
(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.)

They survived their first audition... but that was the beginning of a journey that only one will see through to the end, which means some serious decisions will have to be made. And since the judges have proven that they can't make such decisions as a panel, they're calling in some help. Welcome... to Judge Cuts.

Tonight, joining the panel in determining who makes it through to Live Shows at Radio City Music Hall... We'll see in a moment.

Here's how it works. Each week 20 acts will perform for one of seven spots in Live Shows. Helping out the panel today... the host of the upcoming series "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris"... NEIL PATRICK HARRIS! Of course, since he is a judge today, he will be given full judge privilege, including the power of the Golden Buzzer. If Neil likes what he sees, he's going to put you through Live Shows. As a reminder, four acts are already there.

Neil starts the show by hitting said buzzer. Now the stage crew has to clean the confetti and reload the cannons. Thanks.

FREELUSION DANCE COMPANY: Growing up, the only person who understood him was his grandfather, who shares his imagination. The company will continue the story they started with their audition. The effects are really spectacular, but the moves didn't sync as well with them. But it leaves us wanting more with a cliffhanger at the end. Neil would use his buzzer, but he's sure they will sail to the next round. The judges love the music and the images.

PAUL PONCE: He's a juggler who's competing against his mother. Today, he has a soccerball that he's also juggling. Howard buzzes early. Paul keeps bouncing while touching Howie. ""At the end of the day, it's a guy bouncing a ball on his head."

SILVIA SILVIA: Originally from Colombia, Paul's mother would cook by day and shoot crossbows by night. She'll shoot some more with her husband holding a sword, a balloon, and a beer bottle.... in his mouth. Then setting off a chain reaction with her in the middle William Telling it. A quick sign of the cross... BULLSEYE. That is how you step up your game. Howard called the staging spectacular.

CHAPKIS DANCE FAMILY (Suisun City, CA): Greg Chapkis grew up in the Ukraine looking at Michael Jackson and MC Hammer. He dreamed about performing at Radio City Music Hall. He could get his dream and 28 others (aged 14-35) if they nail
this number. Imagine, if you will, 28 people all in time, in step. That's this act. NPH thought the design choices was "smart", while Mel B thought it was "fresh and fast." Howard thought it was "too busy, too much, and doesn't allow us to hook into you guys."

SAMANTHA HESS: she's a professional cuddler. She's been offering hugs to the other performers all night. Let's see if the judges show her some love. They... don't. And she was about to go into the Romeo, too. Like Piff the Magic Dragon says... "Four Xes... straight home."

Quick hits to Elin & Noah (dancers) and Los Angeles Children's Orchestra.

ALONDRA SANTOS: At her first audition, she was very nervous, but once she got the through, she let herself go. Let's see if she composes herself enough to get through her next round. She and her giant hoop dress perform "Cucurrucucu Paloma". She's got a lot of range for someone her age. And her voice has a lot of emotion to it, and it's well composed. Remember, she's 13!

MICHAEL JOHN: he grew up dividing his time between baseball and magic. He gave up being a Mariner for being a magician. Last round, he turned a card trick into a trip to this round. He makes a coin disappear into a Coke can. Trouble getting the coin out prompts Howard to buzz him. "You have a very quiet presentation. It's hard to get worked up about what you're doing."

PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON: How can he step it up for level 2? A dog... in a dragon outfit.... who is getting put down... in a very comfy cushion... if he gets sent home tonight. His act: another card trick assisted by Mr. Piffles. He's going to try and find the card using only his smell. The card... in the can of dog food. It's basically Michael John's act with stage presence and a dry British sense of humor. NPH likes it. He likes it a lot. In fact... You can say... it's GOLDEN! PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON IS THROUGH TO LIVE SHOWS!

One slot down. Six to go. Next up, Duo Ignite lighting up the stage with their acrobatics.

MYQ KAPLAN: he is doing a long-distance relationship with a former fan of his, Casey. If he wins the million with his comedy, he will stick with his girlfriend AND start to play the field. His girlfriend forms the basis of tonight's comedy act, along with logic, philosophy, and drinking. NPH loved his rapid-fire delivery and don't-give-a-damn deadpan snark. If a comic can win this thing, it's him.

NICK & EDDIE (singers) don't win Howie over with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". "It felt like a cruise act."

KEITH KLEIN (singer): "The Way You Look Tonight"... a little less like a cruise, but it needed a little spark.

3 SHADES OF BLUE (rock band): they were trying to balance college and music... but couldn't, so they dropped out and pursued music full time. Something that their families understand. Ultimately. They take the stage with "Fairly Local" by Twenty-One Pilots. Howard says it was a very wise move to take on music. "You guys might be the answer to my prayers." Mel B's not a fan of the song, but she's a fan of the band.

MARC & KIRI (32, 26; Ann Arbor, MI): this couple delivers an sensual, electrifying performance to "The Power". VIBEZ (Los Angeles) does the same thing to "GDFR". X-TREME TRICKING & TUMBLING (Dallas) brings fire to flips. GRANDMASTER QI FEILONG (kung fu and qi master): He channels the energy of the universe to do what he does. Today, he'll bring fire with nothing but the energy of the audience. Heidi... is not feeling it. "Everybody say fire!"

Well, he got fire.... after the judges gave him four Xes. Mel buzzed by proxy.

Last up... SAMANTHA JOHNSON (singer): last time, she brought down the house with "Natural Woman", drawn from her mother splitting from her father. She literally went from teenager to proxy mom overnight. Her father is quite supportive of her talent. Let's see how she gets on with "Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith. Not the command performance she had before, but still VERY good. The judges use terms like "extraordinary" and "special something".

I do not envy the judges' job right now.


- Piff The Magic Dragon (Golden Buzzer)
- Chapkis Dance Family
- Myq Kaplan
- Freelusion Dance Company
- 3 Shades of Blue
- Silvia Silvia
- Samantha Johnson

And the round of 32 has 11 seats. Another 7 get their turn at the table against another guest judge NEXT TIME!

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