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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, Jason Block & Gordon Pepper, GSNN

Host Nick Cannon
Judges Melanie "Mel B" Brown
Heidi Klum
Howie Mandel
Howard Stern
Announcer Joe Capitano
Creator Simon Cowell
EP Simon Cowell
Trish Kinane
Sam Donnelly
Jason Raff
Rob Wade
Packager SYCOtv
FremantleMedia North America
Origins Radio City Music Hall, New York City
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Auditions 1

(C-Note: some of the acts that you are about to read involve real danger in front of a live 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.)

The biggest talent contest in America... is about to get even bigger with the addition of two new judges. Supermodel-turned-TV-host-turned-entrepreneur Heidi Klum and Spice Girl Mel B are being raised to join the Xs of self-proclaimed King of All Media Howard Stern and DAT DUDE... Howie Mandel.

With the panel now up to four, it will take THREE yeses to make it through to Vegas.

Lila Cockrell Theatre

First up, David Weathers (25; Hollywood, FL) and a snake. In 25 years, he's been bitten three times and almost faced death each time. His rattlers are very venomous. To this end, medics are on standby at the stage. Today, he's performing with TWO Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes. He'll try to get his snakes to pop a balloon he's blowing up. And the snake doesn't want to play at first. Then he strikes.... And POP! Perfect. Kids... he's a professional. Don't even think about trying this. Mel wants to see what he'll do next. Howie says he's out of his mind. Everyone's on the edge of their seat. Everyone... says YES!

Marty Brown (47; Franklin, KY; tilemaker) hopes to make his name in bluegrass music. He compares his dream to Colonel Sanders, but will his Kentucky Fried performance lay an egg? He sings his wife's favorite song, the Bob Dylan-penned "To Make You Feel My Love". He's got a nice, robust country voice that sounds like he's been doing this for years. The Fifth Judge (TM) wants Vegas. Heidi wants to see the wife, whose idea it was to bring Marty here. Well, congrats, wifey, your prodding just got him to Vegas.

Next stop...

Hammerstein Ballroom

Full disclosure. The AGT recap team of Gordon Pepper & Jason Block are in the crowd on this one.

Miu (31; Japan; student) wears shoulder lollipops. But the big question... what the hell does she do? She's a dancer who wants to "make people happy" with the $1 million. She convulses to "Born This Way"... and we have our first X's of the season from Howard, Heidi AND Mel B. Howie... is just lapping this up. "Hit your buzzer!" Listen to Mel B... He doesn't. Why, Howie. WHY.

And that is why "America's Got Talent" continues to be the gold standard of Gong Show ripoffs.

You can leave the stage now, dear. And take Enema Boy, Alien Yodelly Guy, and Avant Garde Noise Music Lady with you. 

Catapult (dance company) incorporates illusion and body magic into their dance routines. Adam, the lead, had no money and/or prospects, so this is a leap of faith on his part. It's something he wants to pursue full time. Catapult takes shadow dancing and incorporates tricks of the light and proportion, telling a story of a heist of extraordinary magnitude. That was something else. Howie says that he's given us everything from nothing. Heidi called it "truly amazing". Mel B says "incredible". Howard... bows to his greatness. Needless to say, it's a YES. It's also a yes from a group of cloggers...

... and what about Hype (dancers), who flew a long way to be here. Try Hawaii. Dancing is their everything, and they're afraid of hearing a buzzing noise. They combine popping, isometrics, and comic gimmickry on a number to "Singin' in the Rain". Hey, ABDC is gone, America. You're gonna have to make it here. They were perfectly in tune with each other. Not bad for something that didn't exist two days before. Mel thought it was "ridiculously sexy". Yes, this is why we hired her. It's another sweep. Following them, an aerialist, Dave Shirley (a visual comedian), and Kid the Whiz, who's dancing to his own beats.

And there's a shot of Howard's wife. Hi, Beth.

Chuck from the Bronx (38, IT manager) looks like nothing, but his act is "definitely extreme", "painful", and worth a call from the medics. What could this act possibly be? It's... eating. First, he'll eat three raw eggs, a tequila suicide shot, and then a ghost pepper while in a bathtub. "Why? Why?" Our thoughts exactly, lady. Howard and Mel B buzz. As does Heidi. Howie.. Howie... for the love of GOD Howie!!! He makes through the 90, but his mouth is on fire. Howard can't follow the action. Howie thinks that it's innovative. Howard DARES Howie to take a bite of the pepper on stage if Howard does. So they both take a bite. That's ... that's a wimpy bite. Howard? Is a big fat liar. Joke's on Howie, his mouth is on fire. That's a lot of Scovill units. Milk, please...

Next up, a batch of rejects, including NOT Justin Bieber Alex B.

Anna Christine (10, Henderson, NV) spends a lot of time on the piano. Tonight, she'll be singing with it. Her biggest fan is her mom. Like her piano, she's always been there. A singer needs her mom. Honestly. Anyway, she performs "The House of the Rising Sun". She's this year's 10-year-old-with-the-voice-of-20. And she has the skills to back it up. She could be the one to put the singers BACK in the winner's circle. Howard agrees with my assessment. Heidi thought this couldn't be a 10 year old's voice. Mel says she's got depth. She's got four BIG yeses.

Back at the Hammerstein with an orchestra setting. The orchestra... 3Penny Chorus & Orchestra (20-86; Connecticut), all volunteer. Together, they perform... "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. It's... choral. It's pop chamber music. Mel loved it. Howie thought that the song choice and arrangement was brilliant. Howie thought it was uplifting. And it's another sweep! "Call Me Maybe" gets a callback.

Pantages Theatre

Welcome to Hollywood!

We begin with the Pacific Boys Choir (8-14) singing us in with "California Dreaming". Howard has chills. He says yes. Mel thought it was captivating. She says yes. Howie makes it three.

Meanwhile... Special Head, the next act, is missing. Wait. I think we found him. He's in the rafters. The act he's going to perform requires concentration, aligning of chakras, and a bell. He... is a throat singer. And a guy who can balance on his walking stick to... well, you have to see it...

We should note that that was not done using any trick photography or wires of which we were not previously aware. Howard had a case of premature X-ulation. He takes his X back for the first time ever. Howie wants to see it again. All four say yes.

Next on the line, the child of one Angela Hoover (42, standup comic from Redondo Beach, CA) who has not done her homework yet, bad. She started in comedy, but as she was getting traction, her husband got a job in Las Vegas, putting her dreams on hold. Tonight, she gets her magic back with an act about a five-year-old's birthday party in LA... before doing her Celine Dion, her Drew Barrymore, her Kristin Chenowith, and her... sounds like Sofia Vergara. Howard thought it was funny enough to ignore her children. Heidi thought she looked like the women she was mimicking. Mel was blown away. It's another sweep to Vegas.

And we have "Girl Power" joke #1. We also have Barbie & Mina singing... horribly. So much for girl power? How about a bunch of tin foil knights? Yes not.

Last up today, Anthony "Tone the Chiefrocka" Granger (27; Inglewood, CA), who blows up the mic with his rhymes. His dream... to be a one-hit wonder. "Whoomp! There It Is" comes to mind. He thinks a 10-year-old rap is going to get him to Vegas. He & his brother "Coley Cole" blaze the stage with "B-Double O-T-Y". Howard is reminded of "The Gangnam Style Guy". And it turns into a club up in LA. You know you've made it when you get your own hashtag on TV. #BOOTY. The question now... does he have more in him? Of course not. And that's just the way he likes it. The best bit, EVERYONE's in on the joke. This is it for him. He gets four yeses to end the show.

And to think, we've only just started this madness... B-double O-T-Y. Let's dance.

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.