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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
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Auditions 2
June 11

(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.)

Talent. The final frontier. These are the voyages of four celebrity judges. Their continuing mission: to explore strange new acts. To seek out new singers, new dancers, and new magicians. To boldly judge where no judge has judged before.

As a reminder, with the panel now up to four, it will take THREE yeses to make it through to Vegas.

Lila Cockrell Theatre

We begin with Howie arriving with a mariachi band.

First act of the night is Travis Pratt (32; Tifton, GA; musician), a singer who was put up to it by his girlfriend. Singing gives him the ability to dream, but will he turn into a nightmare once he gets on stage? The song... "O Mio Bambino, Caro"... in the original soprano key. It's just so hard to believe that a voice like that comes out of a mouth like HIS! The Fifth Judge loves it. Howie is still skeptical... but that was all him. Howard calls it a freak in a good way, while Mel B says "Perfection". Howie asks for the girlfriend... and congratulates her... right before Travis PROPOSES ON STAGE! He's got a trip to Vegas AND a fiancee! EVERYONE SAYS YES!

Will they say yes to this couple of contortionists? Yes. Leeza & Ryan, the ballroom dancers? Yes.

Ruby & Jonas (9, 10; ballroom dancers) are auditioning against Ruby's brother and HIS dance partner as well. So who's got the better set of shoes on the floor? Let's burn it up? First up, Ruby & Jonas (who were in the Untouchables from LAST season) salsa dance to Santana's "Oye Como Va". Mel B thought it was amazing. Heidi didn't want it to end. Howard is digging. All four say YES! Now what about Deangelo &Amanda (14, 13... and ALSO back from The Untouchables), who are swing dancing to "Straight Up" by Brian Setzer? That was ALSO entertaining. The judges also had good things to say about these guys. While the younger set were playing it straight, the older set were cutting up. ANOTHER SWEEP!

More mariachi. This time they're here to compete. It's Mariachi Nueve Stillo AVM (mariachi band). Howard, admittedly not a fan. They mariachi up Flo Rida's "Low"... and LMFAO's "Sexy & I Know It". Howard says it's bigger than mariachi and it's something he loves. Heidi calls it fun. Mel didn't know what to expect. Howie votes... Si! Mel B... Si! Heidi... Si! Howard... Si! CUATRO SIS!

Next up with guns a-blazin', Pistol Packin' Paula (48, Western entertainer), who twirls a six-shooter... and shoots it. The girls buzz her off... While Nick gets on stage to volunteer for a whip act, which goes off well enough. Howard calls it classic Americana. Mel B wanted to see something else. Howie thought it was "county fairish". Two nos, time to ride off into the sunset.

Brad Byers (53, works for the University of Idaho) likes to swallow swords. His fiancee has a medical background, so if anything goes wrong, she's on standby. We also have a fluoroscope to prove that the sword he is swallowing is indeed real. Sorry, make that swordS. As in nine double-edged 27-inchers go down his gullet. At once. Howard thinks that there's a place for this on AGT. Mel B wanted to throw up. It's up to Heidi. And she says... rather quickly, no. Right before saying yes. So it's 3-1 yes.

Back in SA with Collins Key (16, student), a magician and a mindreader. His biggest supporters: his parents. His act: close-up magic using a dollar bill and Nick's lunch. I don't think he's a magician. He takes the dollar bill's serial number, right before he tries to teleport the dollar bill from his hand to inside the bag of popcorn. Unsealing the bag gives us...the dollar bill from previously. He's going to need either a smaller stage or a bigger act. That was too much set up for too little payoff.  Howard says he's got the good and the charisma. Mel B wants more. Heidi wants more snacks. Howie believes that at 16, he's stepped into the future. All four say yes!

We kick off hour #2 in...

UNO Lakefront Arena

It's Mardi Gras on AGT...

On deck, it's Megan Piphus (20, Nashville), a ventriloquist who likes to act and tell stories with her puppets. Her mom is a teacher, her dad a pastor. They don't believe that she can play-act for an audience as a living. Let's see how she pans out with a tribute to Whitney Houston. If Gordon was typing this, he'd qualify this as a singer. This is more of a... yeah, it's a singing act. (Gordongram: THANK YOU.) And a pretty good one at that. Heidi thinks she has star quality. Howard thought she had an incredible singing voice for not moving her lips. Howie says she's stunning. We've got four yeses!

The X is loud out there. Hopefully it's not too loud for our next act, Jonathan Allen (20; Lawrenceburg, TN; unemployed), a singer who was kicked out at 18 for being gay. Two and a half years later, they STILL haven't seen him since. He sees music as an escape. Let's escape with him on a round of his classical popera styling on "Time to Say Goodbye". Wowzers. He's got pipes on him. Bra-va. Howie says that "this show has become his family". Howard says that the parents, who may or may not be watching, have a wonderful son with an amazing talent. Mel B, who sang with Pavarotti himself, says the man would be so proud of him. EVERYONE says he's going to Vegas.

Alexandria the Great (51; Medway, MA) is doing something "unique". By profession, she's a teacher, but growing up, she had a hobby she gave up to have a family. Now it's back to the hobby she enjoys so much. That act... being an escape artist. This act takes us to the natatorium on the campus of the University of New Orleans. Her appendages are shacked. She is chained with eight padlocks. She will have 90 seconds to escape with only the air in her lungs to ventilate her. Needless to say, this is extremely dangerous. And if you're thinking at all of trying this out for yourself.... YOU'RE DUMB. But she'll make it. If something bad were to happen, not even NBC would show it. Ninety seconds have passed... and she's not moving. Six seconds later... she's DONE IT! Howie says that that was the best escape act he's seen. Howard calls it a home-run. Heidi and Mel agree, saying it makes for a good show. YES!

JC Starbright (59; computer programmer) lives a double life. By day, he's a mild-mannered computer programmer. By night... he's the next Lady Gaga. He's written a song just for tonight with the help of a portable recording studio. Howard has to stop a moment to buzz him. "Listen to the people." The people are booing. And Howie FINALLY gets tired of the joke and puts JC out of his misery. Then Nick comes on and performs with him. And... now I'm just sick.

Next up, it's New Orleans, we have to have a mystic. Andrew Ward (34, student) tells us a ghost story. And within 30 seconds, all but Mel B are out. She liked it. Everyone else... not so much. How about Sam Johnson (34; lawnmower repairman), who's doing a handstand ... from 80 feet in the air on a swaypole. Meaning if he falls it's over. He gave up the act before because of his son. He couldn't help but think "what if", though. Paramedics are on standby. He doesn't need them, he's DONE IT. Judges note that there was wind, 80 feet, no nets, and no tethers. "You sir, are NUTS!" Howard likes the act, except for the stovepipe hat. That's gone. Everyone else didn't know what was going to happen, which added to the thrill.

LAST ACT of the day, and we have six minutes to go. Paul Thomas Mitchell (19; Memphis; student) is bringing his guitar, that he learned to play himself, to the AGT stage. Both of his parents were alcoholics. His mother, a drug-addict, left. His father couldn't support him. So it was basically himself and his guitar. His father did get clean, though. Paul is singing "My Life", a song he wrote himself. Dangerous thing to do on this show. In this case, though, it sounds very mellow and very breezy. Nice work on the guitar there. Heidi says, "John Mayer better watch out!" Howard says he has star power. Mel B says that he's going to touch all of America. It's an easy sweep. It's a yes, and it's a good night from us. The search for more talent continues NEXT WEEK.

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.