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Heidi Klum
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Auditions 5
uly 2

(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.)

It's an all out battle for $1 million as the biggest year in America's Got Talent history continues to grow. Up next, more from Chicago and San Antonio.

Rosemont Theatre

We pick up with Bailey and his best friend Kelsey Huxford (17; dog groomer). Kelsey's been training Bailey since he was 10 weeks old. He's a very happy dog. Hopefully it'll make for a very happy doggy dance to Grease's "We Go Together". Obviously Bailey is the star of the show, because Kelsey isn't really doing anything to add to the party. The judges thought it was an original act. They sweep the panel to kick off the show.

Next up, Bruce Purvier and his family of basketball bouncers (among other talents). Champions Forever ARE champions in the eyes of the judges. Cami Bradley goes "Over the Rainbow" and finds a ticket to Vegas. Then there's dancing with TVs... which turns out to be pretty electric.

Getting lucky with our next act, David Ferman (19; Jacksonville, FL; student), who's a comedy juggler who adds difficult dangerous stunts. His audition is so dangerous in fact, that if he messes up, it could be his last performance EVER. He starts out with some juggling... then there's a balancing act.  He is balancing a Molotov cocktail, on a balloon, on a stick, in his mouth. He could take the entire audience with him if this goes wrong. He... NAILS IT! The Fifth Judge wants Vegas. The others are just amazed. They sweep him through to Vegas.

Next up, the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team (9-23), saved by their coach from the gang activity of the Southside of Chicago. There's a big world out there that they can be a part of, but can they be a part of this show? They do some flipping, some jumping, some flipping AND jumping... jumproping each other... and bring the house down. They need to have a cleaner act, though, if they want to top this. But Mel thought it was unique and captivating. Howard brings the coach out... and tells them that they're going to Vegas.

2Unique (Lela Brown & Nandi aka DJ Young 1; 10; DJ & rapper) is a collabo that hooked up online. They've been together for 3 months. If they won the million, they would spend it on their moms. They cover Run-DMC's "It's Tricky"... mashed up with "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas. And mess up the lyrics to both. But they still have stage swagger for days. That should be enough to give them a pass.  And it does.

We go from two ladies to 26 of them with Innovative Force (dancers). They're in. Joining them... Cyana (12-year-old singer) and Mitsi Dancing School (Chinese dance troupe).... and an as-of-yet unnamed singer-songwriter with guitar. Howie and Howard are going back and forth on this. Mel... says no as well. Of course, the differences don't end there.

Sully Dunn (18; singer/songwriter) says he's a weirdo off-stage and a cool weirdo. He's going to "play guitar in the style of a teenager". He has no technique, but he has himself. Will that be enough?  He sings an original... and breaks a string. Believe it or not, it goes south from there. Howie says that he's going to be a star. Heidi... eggs him on. He says yes. Howard says.... no. Mel B says yes... Heidi? Makes it three.

Branden James (34; Chicago) always had the music in him. He's here with his mom. He grew up in a conservative household when he came out as gay. Mom wishes that Branden was different... and it hurts for him. She hopes for a wonderful future for him, but they'll have to agree to disagree on his sexuality. He is going to perform "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's "Turandot". He's got an instrument on him. The judges are on their feet. That... says it all. Off to Vegas with you, sir. Howie says that his mother has "created a gem."

Trevor Stone aka Spontaneous Art (38; professor) comes from a long line of cat trainers. If you remember, DOGS won last year. Is it a chance for a cat to go all the way? His cat... a human-sized tabby who meows the Nutcracker Suite before coughing up a hairball and... well, letting us all know what they think of this act. Mel B's X says it all.

Next up, the Squared Circle Revue, the world's only wrestling sideshow circus. Then.. Heidi puts Howie in a headlock. Next... who cares, he's not funny. Enrique (24; Mexico), save us with your samba... the judges conga through the crowd... which is something. Ladies and gentlemen, we've absolutely lost control.

Lila Cockrell Theatre

Dave Fenley (34; Lufkin, TX; singer/songwriter) is up first. He's been singing at bars and clubs. He's got a wife and a family now, and the million will help him settle down. He'll try his best with "Too Close" by Alex Clare. He brings a little blues and a little bluegrass to the pop hit. Mel B loves it. Our first act in San Antonio... and it's a sweep.

Dylan Wilson (17; Huntington, IN; student) is known as "Dancin' Dylan", and the only dancing he's ever done is for a variety show. It's a talent show with no winner. This DOES have a winner, but is it Dylan? He has a dance style called "animation". It's a variation of popping, and it's rather mesmerizing. Howie says he's a diamond in the rough. He sweeps the hot'n'sexy panel.

THIS! IS!... Hunk O Mania's International Men of Steel (27-49). Our Spartans are about to go to war... with dancing. Honestly, it sucks for anyone with a Y-chromosome. The ladies love it. The ladies say yes. Howard says no. Howie says... no.

Lil Mike & Funny Bone AKA Mike Bone (32, 27) are brothers and short people. And Native Americans. And dancers. And rappers. They're performing "Rain Dance". They can spit. They can also move. This should be an easy yes. And you think it's good now, give us 30 minutes and then go outside. And now it's in Mel B's head. She enjoys it. The Fifth Judge wants more... And the panel follows suit. #RainDance.

We end with The American Hitmen (Salt Lake City), a group of Iraq veterans, Marines, and a literal band of brothers. After their tours of duty, they enjoy jamming out on the instruments. After the second deployment, they made their move to music. Their music will close us out this week for the military and the men and women who didn't come back home. This one's for them. It's called "Simple Man" from Skynyrd. This could be the rock band that Howard was looking for all season. And this is the only stage where it could happen, that a band of soldiers put their guns down, pick up their guitars, and go to work. IT'S A YES. What a way to finish.

We're on twice next week. See you then.

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.