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Piers and Sharon enlist the help of a Deal-maker to criss-cross the country in search of million-dollar talent.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon Pepper, GSNN

Host Nick Cannon
Judges Howie Mandel
Piers Morgan
Sharon Osbourne
Announcer Joe Capitano
Creator Simon Cowell
EP Simon Cowell
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Scott St. John
Jason Raff
Georgie Hurford-Jones
Packager SYCOtv
FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
Web www.nbc.com/gottalent 
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Portland Auditions

So far, the auditions are going... as expected. The crazy are really crazy. The amazing are really amazing. And the out there are ... REALLY out there. But the craziest, most amazing, most out there auditions are yet to come as we continue our journey in Portland.


First is Soriah, 38 year old taxi driving singer. Singing gets him a lot of tips, but will he be forced to keep his day job when he throat sings as a mummy? Apparently they just don't get Tuvan throat singing. They also don't get the Amazing Amy (contortion yoga dancing), Hart Keene (needle swallower), or Natasha (singer... we think).

So far, the toughest room is EXCEPTIONALLY TOUGH. Will it be too tough for The Hot Shot Tap Dancers? They are a family group that used to do it as kids, and still do it as adults. Ultimately, they want to make a living together. Will they start here? They are all together, but at the same time, they don't have that zombified blank stare look that All That did last year. Howie agrees, says that there's a unity that makes it work. Piers wasn't wild about the choreo. Sharon is so glad they came onto this show. It's a sweep for Vegas.

Bringing their love of the outdoors to the stage are Isabel von Rittberg & Ryan Gaunt, collectively known as AscenDance. They met climbing. They think dancing and climbing are a lot alike, so they'll be dancing... on a climbing wall. Think American Gladiators meets Dancing with the Stars. If Ryan drops Isabel, she won't marry him. Pressure. Nick says it's "weird, but it's a good weird." The judges seem to agree, sending the pair to Vegas.

Next up are six little ladies called RNG, which stands for Rated Next Generation. They're little girls who dance with masks. Technically, they're not as proficient as other pop'n'lockers, but let's see what the judges say. Howie thought they needed to step it up a little more. Piers says it needs to be tightened up. Piers says yes. Howie can't.... say no. They're through. Joining them: Paul Safy Jr. (singing waiter), The Sky Sirens (doubles trapeze), and Ken Jenkins (PVC player who plays Blue Man Group).

Ryan Compton (janitor) wanted to train for something different, something that 99% of us couldn't even attempt to do. Something involving singing... in falsetto. ... I could totally do that. Then he gets into.... whatever the hell he's doing. I think he's seizing on stage.

Pierre Herbineaux (harmonica player) came from Belgium with a dream... to play harmonica in front of a reality TV judging panel. He even left his wife to do so. If I were his wife, I'd be really jealous right about now, because he's a good harmonica player with "Flight of the Bumblebee." He calls the harmonica an extension of himself. It shows. He's going to Vegas, but Sharon can't hear it often.

Courage. Strength. Talent. Ali & Christina (singing sisters) hope to show that they have all three. They both have cystic fibrosis. Will they get over that and blow us out of the water with... their message of achieving their dreams and doing anything they set their minds to. Never mind that, are they good singers or not? They'll answer that question with "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. If I'm being honest, I've heard better singers on other shows, but they work well together, and they bring the crowd to their feet. And at least one judge.  Needless to say, the judges give them the pass to Vegas.

To see tonight's episode in its entirety, or to apply to be a contestant on the next season, go to www.nbc.com/gottalent.