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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 
Airs 9p Tues & Wed, NBC

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Chicago Auditions

Think we're done with this Talent trip? Not by a longshot. Next stop, Chicago. Will we be blown away by the Windy City?


First up, Zach Carty, who wants to surprise, astound, and disgust the audience. How? By sneezing with his eyes open. That's his talent. We should remind you that Howie is a germophobe. I'd leave too if I was a germophobe, or if I had taste. Or a lack of patience. And the kicker: Zach couldn't even do it.

Next up, eight roommates calling themselves Strikers All Stars. They're not soccer players, they're steppers from Florida A&M. They were on ABDC before, but we don't see any recycled moves, thank goodness. And the Haiti flag at the end... completely and utterly desperate. But it gets them what they're looking for, a winning act that takes them to Vegas. Joining them: the Gentlemen of NUCO (classical music rockers), NU Covenant (gospel group), and Naishon Jones (dancer).

Next up, The Spellbinder. He looks like he stepped out of a Blaxploitation movie, but he's here to do some magic. His trick: making a handkerchief dance. Needless to say, the judges aren't as spellbound. Joining him: Tom Zemke (singer?), Laura Ernst (juggler in a plastic bubble), and Buddy Holly Cheesehead (musician).

Carlos Aponte has traveled from Puerto Rico. He's going to sing. He thinks that he has a good voice. Frank Sinatra good. He sings "Il Mare Calmo Della Sera". Not Frank Sinatra good. More like Andrea Bocelli good. BRAVO! Judges give him a standing O, then give him the trip to Vegas.

Polina Volchek (rhythmic gymnast) leads the charge of... the ladies. We follow that up with is John Beatty the Strong Man, a nurse with a 290-pound ball of concrete. What's he going to do with it? Carry it. Then he bends a frying pan, hammers a nail through two boards and a license plate, and bends a nail while carrying his stone. Piers buzzes midway, unimpressed. He thinks he can unroll that frying pan... He can't. Because he's a girly British man. John can, and that gives him the ticket to Vegas.

Down to our last audition of the day, Debra Romer from Kalamazoo, MI, a student/waiter. She's a musician who ran away from foster home (and hasn't been back since).  She sings "Angel" by Sarah MacLachlan. She's got a very haunting, enchanting voice... but it's also a mite effected and sound-alike. Howie didn't think it was strong enough. Piers thought it was innocent enough. Sharon gets what both judges are saying. Howie says no. Piers says yes. Sharon says... YES!

And that'll do it for Chicago. One more audition day left.

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.