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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.

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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
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FremantleMedia North America
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Auditions 4
June 25

(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.)

So far, we've seen our fair share of amazing talent. But we've only scratched the surface, as we head to... New York City and Los Angeles.

Hammerstein Ballroom

We kick off our stay in the City with The Struck Boyz (New York City students; 8-11), a group of pint-sized Italian hip-hop dancers. They're alright, but they could be better if they were on point. Heidi thought it was "seven little Justin Biebers". Mel & Howard note that there is a lot of commitment in the group. It's our first sweep in NYC.

Joining them: Team Extreme (breakdancers). Easy. Next up... Kristef Brothers (Las Vegas hand balancers), Kristopher & Stephan, who arrive to the theatre... barefoot. Doesn't really matter, because they're going to balance on their hands, not their feet. It's close at first, but it gets far more exciting (particularly for the ladies) when they prove their dedication by taking their clothes off. Yes, they're wacky, but you can't doubt the skills. Heidi immediately says yes. Because... well... men in speedos. The panel likes them, four yeses.

Aneya Marie (25; Buffalo; teacher's assistant) is a mime who was booed by 4500 people... and cheered by 150 Europeans. She thinks that Mel will get it. She will be... a singing mime today. A bit of an oxymoron, but let's see what she does with a Jefferson Airplane song... Not much, because she gets RAZZED. And now she's complaining that she didn't get a chance to shine. She got every chance in the world... and blew them all. And yes, insulting the audience is not going to help you. And Mel and Heidi, the two Europeans... did not like her.

Honesty is the best policy when it comes to judging. With that we come to ... a bad act montage!

How many cloggers are in the house today? We'll find out when we hear Hammerstep (18-30; Irish/hip-hop dancing) donning hoodies and golden gas masks. Mel likes it. The Fifth Judge (TM) likes it. Howie doesn't like Irish dancing, but he thinks this was new, exciting, and interesting. They get the four yeses.

Joining them... Bones the Machine & DJ Aaron (contortionists)... Rock Dance Project (Philadelphia ballet dancers).... and Leon Etienne (illusionist from Utica, NY).

A lot of talented kids are gracing the stage. But how will the judges like Isaiah & Aaralyn O'Neil (9, 6; singers)? They're siblings. They're singers. They like Michael Jackson. Isaiah will drum, while Aaralyn sings... sorry, SCREAMS, a song about zombies, "Zombie Skin". Howard and Mel B give up the X... primarily because he didn't want Aaralyn to hurt her voice. "Scary Spice is officially scared." Howie likes screamo. Mel B... not so much. The other two... want to hear "Lullaby Crash". They're through to Vegas.

after a round of screamo, we need to go to church. Here to take us there... the Virginia State University Gospel Chorale (Petersburg, VA) will let the spirit move them with "Search Me Lord" by Ricky Dillard. They definitely brought the Holy Ghost up in here. Everyone applauds them for bringing some energy to the table. They too sweep the panel!

Pantages Theatre

Welcome to Hollywood. Our first act...Chris Antes (42; chef) likes to chew gum, and he's going to use that to perform some "oralgummy". It's like origami, but with gum. And because it's so small, Chris has to go in front of the judges to perform it. So far, all he's doing is flattening a piece of gum, frightening Howie, and getting on Howard's nerves. It ends up being a dolphin and a snail. The guys X, the girls say no. It's silly.

Out of the break, it's "Got It Made" by the After Party. The song is not strong. Neither are they. Aww... Hopefully with better luck are Brandon & Savannah (15, 13; Boca Raton, FL), singers/songwriters. They're going to perform an original song, "All the Runaways". It's a catchy song, and the judges want to hear more of it. Mel didn't like the song, but the performance was pretty awesome. Four yeses, going to Vegas. But will they go the original route or throw in some covers? Stay tuned...

Taylor Williamson (26; San Diego) will perform some stand-up comedy. Some really. Bad. Stand-up. Comedy. But it falls under the so-bad-it's-good category. He's a funny funny guy. He's got that whole gangly awkward think going on. Speaking of going on, that's what Taylor does, right to Vegas.

Next up, more magic... all of it bad. Jacob Calle (31; veterinary technician) will channel his David Blaine with a black African emperor scorpion as a professional party stuntman. He starts by threading his stomach and then... eating the scorpion, then blowing bubbles with the scorpion in your mouth. Heidi lasts the whole rile. The others... not so much. Jacob gets a bite... and it's not worth it. Four nos.

Nick Cannon has to play Sandman Sims. More than once. Naathan Phan (34; magician) sings... but can't do what his song says and "break free". Wait, yes he can't. And he breaks out the American flag. It wasn't different enough. Heidi offers up another chance... he takes it. And pulls a card trick out of his mouth. Howie and Mel say yes. Heidi.... YES!

We're closing out the show tonight with a group that just met each other a few days ago after meeting each other online. Fernando from Puerto Rico, Hana from South Korea, and Josh from NYC singing for you tonight. The song, "Pie Jesu". Closing us out... Forte (22-33). What. A. Surprise. They bring the crowd to their feet. They bring HOWIE to his feet. They sweep the panel and bring our stay in LA to a rousing finish.

We're halfway home. We begin the next half in 166 hours.

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.