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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, Lee DiGeorge & Gordon Pepper, GSNN

Host Nick Cannon
Judges Melanie "Mel B" Brown
Heidi Klum
Howie Mandel
Howard Stern
Announcer Joe Cipriano
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
Web www.nbc.com/gottalent 
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(C-Note: some of the acts that you are about to read involve real danger in front of a live television 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.)

Last week, it was disaster after disaster after Forte after disaster. The popera act joins Innovative Force, Marty Brown, and Angela Hoover in the semifinals. Another 12 dreamers are heading to Radio City Music Hall... knowing full well that the clock may strike midnight on them tomorrow. This time, the theme will be questions in honor of Cory Anotado winning $60,000 on The Chase. Congratulations sir. And yes, Gordon wants a piece.

Aerosphere Aerial Balloon Show (It's Aerial. It's Balloons. It's a show, I guess): A balloon floats down with someone on a harness doing twirls. He picks a women up by her neck and swings her a few times. Then they land on the stage. That was the act.
Question: Does America have that much of a short attention span?

Chicago Boyz (Acrobats with a human jumping rope): They do exactly what we saw in the audition, which is good if you like what they did in the audition round. Except for the part where when they tumble over the human jump rope kid that a guy lands on his foot wrong and is incapacitated for the rest of the act. They didn't do that at the auditions.
Question: Will America deduct points for a clear technical error like that (and other jump rope breaks)?

The Mitsi Dancing School (Chinese Technical Dancing): The precision in this act (featuring arm waving combos) is so much better than any other act we have gotten in the quarterfinals so far. However, as we all know in the past, America would rather see 6 year olds be human jump ropes than actual technical precision in their dancing.
Question: Will America get it? (Based on how all of the other multi-cultural acts have failed to get past Round 1, and that we live in a world of Bradley Coopers, I would say no.)

Kelsey and Bailey (A Girl and her dog): With a space age motif of the Wizard of Oz, we get Bailey the dog standing on her hind paws, giving Kelsey a high five, jumping through a human ring, walking through Kelsey's legs, walking to the judges podium, standing on her hind paws, giving Howard Stern a high five, walking off the judges podium, standing on her hind paws, giving Kelsey a high five, jumping through a human ring, walking through Kelsey's legs...I only had to type the first phrase once, and then use copy and paste.
Question: Is America that hard up to see a dog act that they will vote a very repetitive act through to the next round?

Brandon and Savannah (Brother and Sister Duo): They sang Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive', which was an appropriate song, because I thought during the performance my ear drums were going to melt. The song was completely the wrong choice, the key was too low, there was clearly a clash of vocalists, the muddled band noise made me think that they wanted to get sent to 3 Mile Island, and their outfits looked like they just came back from a nuclear test there and were trying to contaminate us all.
Question: Will America be drinking the same toxic Kool-Aid the judges were clearly on when they saw this act?

Leon Etienne and Romy Low (Illusionists): We see someone get jabbed with canes, then exit the wrong way and slide under a table, revealing how the trick was done and revealing Nick Cannon under a table in the process.
Question: Would having Zero Kazama from Silent Library come out with a Mariachi Band equipped wuth a set of canes proceed to bludgeon everyone on the stage with said canes be more interesting?

Deanna DellaCioppa (Singer): She sings Foreigner's 'I Want to Know What Love Is). The song itself was ok, but what made the act was all the lights being strung out on the stage, making her look like we were in Venice and she was a marshmallow gondola swimming upstage. That outfit did NOT look good on her and her wardrobe assistant needs to be impaled by the canes in the last act and then dumped into the Venetian Lagoon.
Question: Will she get the same sympathetic audience vote that bailed out Marty Brown last week?

David “The Cobra Kid” Weathers (Snake Charmer): He's trying to kiss a cobra. The cobra seemed to be completely disinterested and spent half the time trying to get off-stage to snack on a Heidi Klum amuse bouche. Speaking of which, I was more amused when Howie tried to scare the judges with a rubber snake.
Question: Will America bring them back just to see if David will throw a cobra at the judges?

Jonathan Allen (Opera singer): He simgs 'The Impossible Dream' from the Man of La Mancha. It's good enough, but you seem to be comparing his performances with Johnathan Braden and Forte, which is not a good sign for his chances to get much further in the competition.
Question: Will having 3 opera acts hurt Jonathan's chances this week?

Kenichi Ebina (Dancer): We FINALLY get the one thing I look for in a dance routine: a story. We uses the moves to go through a video game, and while we have seen all of his moves before, we've never seen them incorporated this way. Well done.
Question: However, are there enough younger video game playing voters out there to offset the general older age skewing audience that this show attracts?

Jim Meskimen (Comic): He's doing a Benjamin Franklin skit and has the audience twitter suggestions to him. He takes those suggestions and does vocal impersonations of them suggested by the judges and the audience. He gets better as the skit goes along, but I think Benjamin Franklin may have been a bit too esoteric and over the head of a lot of voting audience, though if he gets to the judges, I think he gets in, pending on who he's up against.
Question: When Tom Cotter (who got to 2nd place last year using the exact same styled act) sees this, will he be throwing one of his shoes at the TV set?

Finally, the American Military Spouses Choir (Um...Choir. Duh) sing Mariah Carey's 'Hero', using every military cliched visual aspect you can find. I'm sure if they could have found a few retired generals walking around the streets of Manhattan, they would have used them too. The singing was vastly improved from their first audition, but I found everything a little bit too over the top to really enjoy the performance.
Question: We know America will vote them through, because they love this spoon fed schmaltz. Will they get tired of this by week #3?

Going to the panel for this week...


Lee's Picks: Jonathan Allen, Deanna DellaCioppa, Kenichi Ebina. Wild Card (Military Spouses vs. Brandon and Savannah - Military Spouses wins).
Evelyn's Picks: Deanna DellaCioppa, Jonathan Allen, Brandon and Savannah. Wild Card (Kenchi Ebina vs. Military Spouses - Kenchi Wins)
Chico's Picks:  Deanna DellaCioppa, American Military Spouses Choir, Jonathan Allen. Wild Card (Kenichi Ebina vs. Brandon & Savannah, Kenichi wins).
G-Money's Picks:
IN: Kenichi Ebina, Deanna DellaCioppa, Chico Alexander's Lonely Hearts Club Band (American Military Spouses Choir)
WILD CARD: Jonathan Allen Vs. Jim Meskimen. Jim Meskimen gets in.


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.