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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
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Live Shows Heat 5
August 20

(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, a pole dancer, a singer, a comic, and a country musician joined the ranks of the semifinalists. Now we're down to the final shot at the semis. But who'll round our the semifinal field? Here comes Gordon Pepper and his Most Dangerous Panel analysis...

But first, a game note. If you remember, Red Panda Rong Liu auditioned in Vegas with an injury. Ultimately that injury is too much to bear, and she is out of the competition. Enter alternate Melody Caballero.

Virginia State University Gospel Chorale (Choir): Madonna's 'Like a Prayer' is a perfect song to select for a choir to use. The problem is that the orchestration makes it seem like it's.. well...a college production. They sang it by the numbers and they needed to do something more creative with it.

Melody Caballero (Contortionist): It's amazing what she can do with her body. America won't vote for it, so she has no shot, but this was a surprisingly good act coming from a kid circus performer.

Dave Fenley (Sings 'Trouble' by Ray LaMontagne): I really like his voice and performance on the song. I have 2 concerns though: #1. Did nothing to change up the song (something that the other singers have done in order to get in) and #2. Could possibly be too far up on the lineup for America to forget about him come voting time.

2Unique (Kiddie Rappers): Welcome to kid's hour. If Disney TV is watching, you have a few new stars that you can have for your show. And the best part is that they will be available to perform as early as tomorrow night.

Sam Johnson (Pole Swayer): When asked what he can do to raise the bar, I was expecting something more interesting than sway on a bigger pole. Oh wait - it revolves down. That's sort of different, I guess.

Duo Resonance (Gymnast Act): The problem here is though I like their act (the balancing was impressive), there's too many dancing couples acts that raised the bar much higher than what they did. If they did this during Week #1, they are in. Instead, they are bland compared to what everyone else did tonight.

D'Angelo and Amanda (Miami All-Stars Kiddie Dancers): They did something completely different (A Paso Doble), and raised their game (almost complete darkness with spotlights and a raised platform which they jumped off of). Completely mesmerizing and fantastic performance.

Selena Mykenzie Gordon (Child Singer): She sings 'What Hurts The Most' by Rascal Flatts. What hurts her the most in this performance is that her voice is not strong enough to cut through the beginning of the song and she totally wipes out on the high notes at the end of the performance. This was a mess and the completely wrong song to sing.

John Wing (Comedian): He's an older and mature comedian and this is the material (unlike Taylor WIlliamson) that you want to bring to a family comedy show. I only question his delivery and if he has enough to get to the judges table.

Sprice (Rube Goldberg creator): I love this sort of act. He reminds me of a more charismatic Kinetic King; and unlike the Kinetic King, his device worked perfectly. With all of the kiddie and music acts, he has a shot to sneak in the back door and grab the judges vote, if he winds up in the Top 5.

Ruby and Jonas (Kid Dancers): If they are not against D'Angelo and Amanda, they get in. But they are against them - AND Catapult. AND Some other strong acts. I think they will be somewhere in the Top 5, but I think they wind up in the judges round, and I don't know if they are going to advance 2 sets of kiddie dancers.

Catapult Entertainment (Shadow Dancers dedicating their performance to the Sandy Hook massacre): They do a story of life with the music of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. While I thought their first piece was better, this is far and away more dramatically impactful. There's no way they don't get a spot into the next round.

Could this be the first time in AGT history that 3 dancers from the same show advance? Possibly...


IN: Catapult, Duo Resonance, D'angelo and Amanda
Judges: Ruby and Jonas vs. Dave Fenley - Ruby and Jonas Win
IN: Catapult, D'Angelo and Amanda and Dave Fenley
Duo Resonance vs. John Wing - Duo Resonance Wins
IN: Catapult, D'angelo & Amanda, Duo Resonance.
Judges: Dave Fenley vs. John Wing. Dave wins
IN: Catapult, D'Angelo and Amanda, Dave Fenley
Judges: John Wing Vs. Ruby & Jonas: John Wing advances


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.