(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.)
(C-Note, additional: due to severe
weather coverage on the NBC station in the Raleigh-Durham market, we
join "America's Got Talent" approximately 15 minutes in)
Chicago... It's my kind of town. But is
it the judges'?
... and we cut into the middle of a
pop'n'lock act who got the golden ticket to Vegas. As soon as we have a
name, we'll publish it...
... Oh, Kenichi. Thanks, Heidi. You're a
Deanna DellaCioppa (39, Winchester, MA)
is a dog rescuer, saving animals from being euthanized. She's singing
tonight, but not before breaking free of some unwanted mental baggage
(namely, getting over her weight). She thinks that this is her last
chance, so she's going to make the most of it with "And I Am Telling You
I'm Not Going Anywhere" from "Dreamgirls". Girl's got pipes on
her. Howard was looking for emotion. He found it. Heidi thought it was
powerful. Mel thought she was going to "snap" her voice. Let's see what
she does next. Howie says she's got a great voice but an even greater
heart. They say... YES!
Next up, the Syfy Channel invades... In
the midst of that, we have Steve Price aka Sprice (19; Canton, MI). His
talent... Rube Goldberg machines. You know the rule. If it doesn't
work... You get the Chico Buzz. His act is... in the lobby, and has been
for the last three days. Let's take a look... a little AGT logo drop...
until... SCORE! Back to the stage where we get a verdict. Howard thinks
his mind is "something else". Heidi says it's simple. Mel says unique
and creative. Howie LOVED it. It's a yes all around.
America is the land of dreams. Rong Niu
(43, San Francisco by way of China), who knows this better than most,
will try and tap into that with a Chinese acrobat act involving plates
and bowls and other things. It's a unicycle bowl juggling act. No, Mel,
not balls, BOWLS. Nick starts her out with two... and then gets another
three... And another four... And she sticks ALL NINE.. ON HER HEAD! The
Fifth Judge (TM) wants Vegas. I think we need more danger. Let's go to
the judges... Howie says she's beautiful and talented. Heidi was
sweating while watching. Howard calls her fearless. Another sweep.
Next up, The American Military Spouses
Choir (20-56), who support the troops and their husbands through music
therapy to treat PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. Each one has an
amazing story to tell, mainly of the "will-I-see-my-husband-again"
variety. They sing, quite a propos... "Ain't No Mountain High Enough",
the Diana Ross version. Never mind the back story. These ladies could...
and it's the first time I'll say it this season... GO ALL THE WAY. The
judges agree, and they're going to VEGAS! What a way to end the night.
We'll have more from Chicago in the weeks
to come. But for now... stay tuned for the season finale of "The Voice"
coming up over most of these NBC stations.
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