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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 Cipriano
Creator Simon Cowell
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Trish Kinane
Sam Donnelly
Jason Raff
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Semifinals Heat 1
August 27

(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 stunner on the panel, as Heidi elects to use her Wild Card on one act that would have ultimately been eliminated. They're back this week, along with Mel B's wild card and 10 acts that won their way thanks to America. Now the Hardest Panel in America will give their insight as we move into the semifinals.

But first, ANOTHER injury report. The KriStef Brothers were initially slated to perform tonight, however one of them has an injury, and they will have to bow out of this heat. Enter alternate (and recovering from an injury herself), the Red Panda, Rong Liu.

Tone the Chiefrocca (BOOTY caller): B-O-O-T-Why am I stuck listening to this song again? This is the 50th Anniversary of MLK's I Have A Dream Speech, which means that people of all races can create irritating music to drive the masses to throw an anvil through their TV sets.

Red Panda (Can put bowls on her head): I'm glad she was able to perform from her injury and that she only dropped 3 bowls. Now please get off the stage.

Angela Hoover (impressionist): So Howard told her to get better writing material. She doesn't and instead gives us more bad impersonations. As a result, she can do her impression of a set of The Price is Right losing horns Wednesday nights.

Duo Resonance (gymnastic act): Not only was the box klunky, but they made a noticeable mistake thanks to it. It was slow and not impressive and although I understand the degree of difficulty, I don't think it's going to translate will with America.

Collins Key (Magician): He uses the internet, the judges and the audience to select words to describe his date. The judges may not have gotten it, but I did (which was impressive) and more importantly, I think the audience did. Toss in the fact that he's a chick magnet, and this may be the vote that the young texters magically make appear in the next round.

Innovative Force (Acrobats): Obviously what they do is impressive, but I think they failed to raise the bar. I've seen these tricks before and I was waiting for them to do something using the background brick that would have been more impressive then just standing in it. If Catapult blows the roof off the building, they are in serious trouble.

Dave Fenley (Singer): WHY are you doing a song from The Spice Girls? Why is it "Say You'll Be There"? Why are you singing it that badly out of tune? And WHY are you beatboxing in it? Note to Tone The Chiefrocca: You were NOT the worst musical performance tonight. Fenley may have promised himself that he won't be there come the Finals.

Taylor Williamson (Comic): This was clearly an extended 'screw you' to Heidi Klum with her comments from last week - especially with the black and white dog joke at the end. Ironically, this material was MUCH better than the first week and the delivery was 10 times better. Maybe he just needs to be more emotionally intense in his performance because that was the best that I've seen him. Very clever showcase.

Jonathan Allen (Opera Singer): Not a good choice of song with something that's not as known with 'Bring Him Home' (yes, it's from Les Miserables, but this is not the track you are thinking of when you hear the musical). He also struggled massively at the beginning with the high notes. Despite the nice notes near the end of the song, this was just an uneven performance. You know what act closes the night? Forte. If they do what I think they are going to do, that's where the opera vote is going and Jonathan will be brought home.

Catapult Entertainment (Shadow Dancers): Ok, so I got what they were trying to pull off (Underwater scene with a woman saving her man from an octopus, some mermaids and a whale). The problem here was the execution: It was klunky, looked like a 6 year old drew the images and another 6 year old was dancing, and they completely blew the couple shooting out of the blowhole spot from a TV angle. We are going to find out just how much of a fan base they have, because this was clearly NOT one of the Top 4 acts of the night.

Cami Bradley (Singer): She croons 'Can't Help Falling in Love' and once again takes a completely different stylish approach. Once again, it works, after you get past the first semi-pitchy lyric. Not perfect, but unlike Catapult, she didn't take a step backwards. A Really nice chorus and refrain in the middle solidifies her spot in the finals, and is more than good enough to send Dave Fenley packing.

Forte (Opera Singer): And while Dave is at it, make sure he has enough space in his car for Jonathan Allen. That's because Forte took one of my most hated and oversung songs ever and beautifully blended it into an fun opera hearing that sounded great. In the words of Howie Mandel, it was good enough to give them a career and send Jonathan Allen home.

Overall: Some of the front-runners showed why they should be, and they are in. Others...well... I think we are going to have an upset.


IN: Forte, Cami Bradley, Catapult, Dave Fenley, Jonathan Allen, Taylor Williamson IN: Cami Bradley, Forte, Taylor Williamson, Duo Resonance, Dave Fenley, Catapult. IN: Forte, Cami Bradley, Catapult, Dave Fenley, Taylor Williamson, Collins Key IN: Forte, Cami Bradley, Taylor WIlliamson
Judges: Collins Key def. Catapult
Dark Horse: Innovative Force


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