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America's Got Talent
by Chico Alexander, Jason Block & Gordon Pepper
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NBC: 8p/7c
Peacock: streaming Wednesdays
Host: Terry Crews with Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel & Sofia Vergara
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Last week, 11 more acts left it all on the stage, with magician Nicholas RIBS and singer Sara James advancing to the finale alongside Yu Hojin, Chapel Hart, Drake Milligan, and Avery Dixon. Tonight, another 11 will compete for only two spots...

- BAYLEY GRAHAM: Tapdancer from New Zealand. Simon thought the act was "underwhelming" and needed a "spectacular ending". Sofia thought there was nothing old-fashioned about it. Heidi thought he had great charisma.

- ACAPOP KIDS: A cappella group founded by Pentatonix's Scott Hoying. They sing an original song, "Glow". Howie... wasn't glowing. He thought he was at a school assembly. Simon said it wasn't a great song, but their talent was raw and unbelievable. Sofia liked their audition more than tonight.
X: Howie

- JANNICK HOLSTE: Dancing magician from Germany. Simon thought his tricks needed more magic. Howie said it was the cheesiest. Heidi loves him. Sofia agrees.

- LEE COLLINSON: singer from Southampton, UK. He sings "Flowers" by Lauren Spencer Smith. Simon didn't like the song choice. Howie says he has the tool, but the song had no range. Sofia was disappointed. Heidi thought it was different.

- JACK WILLIAMS: ventriloquist from Indianapolis. His act consisted of fan-submitted ventriloquist challenges with his puppet Dale, while Foster heckles from the edge of the stage. Simon thought it was clever, calling it the best act of the night, which, given tonight, is not high praise. Howie wasn't blown away, but it was good. Sofia thought it was challenging. Heidi loved his impersonation of Simon & Obama.

- METAPHYSIC: Multimedia act from London. They get Simon to sing "Nessun Dorma"... with Terry an dHowie backing them up. Simon called it the best of the series, for obvious reasons. Howie called it "illegal and el stupido". Sofia thought it was scary and fascinating. Heidi said the moment was epic.

- THE LAZY GENERATION: Stunt performers from London. Actually, they're "professional idiots". Sofia thought it was stupid enough to buzz. "I buzzed because I don't like unnecessary pain. This is not something I ever want to see again." Everyone else said it was courageous (sSimon), attractive (Heidi)... and nuts (Howie
X: Sofia

- MERISSA BEDDOWS: Impressionist from Yonkers, NY. She performs another impressionist medley. Simon is missing her personality. Howie doesn't know everyone she was doing. Sofia  thought it was spot on, but she needed some story. Heidi liked it.

- HARPER: metal singer from Somerset, UK. She screams her way through Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits". Simon thought it was a great song choice. Howie thinks there's an audience for this. Sofia thought it was great, amazing, and alittle disturbing. Heidi was fascinated, despite not being a fan of death metal.

- MIKE E. WINFIELD: comedian from Baltimore. He tells stories about being not much older than his stepson and being shocked by the prices at Victoria's Secret. Sofia thought he had a lot of charisma. Simon says he's going to the finale. Howie is so impressed that if he doesn't make it to the finale, he wants him on stage with him to open for an upcoming show.

- LILY MEOLA: singer from Maui, HI. Heidi's Golden Buzzer performs "Butterfly", a song she wrote. Simon thought she made the absolute right decision. Hwoie loves her voice, but it didn't blow him away. Sofia loves it. Heidi is so proud of her.

But what does America have to say? We get their results next time.

Big Bad Budget Battle
by Chico Alexander
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Food: 10p/9c
Host: Ree Drummond
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Jason Goldstein
San Antonio
food blogger
Sophia Lin Kanno
orig. Taiwan
regional creative director
Erica Kuiper
Hampstead, NC
food content creator

Tonight's competition is all about PARTY PLANNING... with $60. That's the budget you have to make the most out of for two rounds. On the panel: Catherine McCord, Damaris Phillips, and Darnell Ferguson.

ROUND 1: A one-pot party dish in 20 minutes. Winner gets an advantage in round 2.
- Jason: NYC Pizza Chili
- Sophia: Ginger Scallion Tilapia with Sauteed Chard & Jasmine Rice
- Erica: Italian Sausage & Peppers with Brioche & Italian Bread

ROUND 2: Using what you have left, create an app platter for a summer soiree. Because Jason won the first round, he gets an extra two minutes of cook time.
- Jason: Chickpea Parmesan Quiche, Brown Butter Burger Bites & Bean "Chorizo" Meatball
- Sophia: Asian Slaw, Mini Tomato Soup & Cheddar Biscuit
- Erica: Traditional Sour Cream & Applesauce Latke, Onion, Egg & Salmon Latke & Grandma's Smoked Salmon with Lemon Aioli Latke

... and the winner of a year's worth of groceries.... SOPHIA!


by Chico Alexander
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NBC: 10p/9C
Host: Keke Palmer with Jimmy Fallon
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The classic game of word-association returns for yet another generation!

poker player
Washington, DC
Navy veteran
Jimmy Fallon
Chelsea Handler

As a reminder, 15 points is game, and it takes two games to win a match.

- Martian - ALIEN (Jimmy/Garett lead, 6-0)
- Chair - THRONE (Jimmy/Garett lead, 12-0)
- ESP (illegal clue) - Fortune - PSYCHIC (Jimmy/Garett SHUT OUT, 17-0)

GAME 2: The celebs swap partners
- Boots - Plugs - Eskimo - UGGS (Chelsea/Garett lead, 4-0)
- Coffee - CAFFEINE (Chelsea/Garett lead, 10-0)
- Swinging - Lounging - Ropes - HAMMOCK (Chelsea/Garett lead, 14-0)
- Couch - Grinch - GROUCH (Chelsea/Garett SHUT OUT, 19-0)

BONUS ROUND: Each word is worth $1000. Get all 10, it's $25,000. You're going from D to M this time.
- Chelsea/Garett: DEER ✔️- EARRING ✔️- FLOSS ✔️- GRIN ✔️- HERO ➡️ -  INFANT ✔️- JUNGLE ✔️- KANSAS (TIME)
- Jimmy/Garett: KANSAS ✔️- LISTEN ✔️- MUSICAL ✔️- HERO ✔️
That's a $25,000 win!

nursing student
foster father
Jimmy Fallon
Chelsea Handler

- Lobster - Alaskan - Legs - Crawl - CRAB (Chelsea/Marcus lead, 3-0)
- Isotoner - Jacket - Belt - Motorcycle - Feather - LEATHER (Chelsea/Marcus lead, 5-0)
- Neck - HICKEY (Chelsea/Marcus lead, 11-0)
- Money - Credit - CASH (Chelsea/Marcus SHUT OUT, 16-0)

GAME 2: The celebs swap partners
- Snake - Movie - biggest - ANACONDA (Chelsea/Izzy lead, 4-0)
- Charm - LUCKY (Jimmy/Marcus lead, 6-4)
- Keke gives away PRUDE
- Water - Butthole - Toilet - Cleanse - Beret - Spray - NO ONE gets FART
- Dribble - House - Boing - BOUNCE (Jimmy/Marcus lead, 10-4)
- Tinder - Right - SWIPE (Jimmy/Marcus win, 15-4)

BONUS ROUND: Each word is worth $1000. Get all 10, it's $25,000. You're going from C to L this time.
- Chelsea/Marcus: JOURNAL ✔️- KIBBLE ✔️- LEAF✔️
That's a $25,000 win!

People Puzzler
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: 6p/5c
Host: Leah Remini
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orig. Hong Kong
substitute teacher
footballer with yellow belt in kung fu

Today on the Puzzler Board, we have...

PUZZLE #1: Adam picks DUSTIN HOFFMAN. Free gets MRSROBINSON, COUNTING, and DIVORCED for 370. Adam has 50 when he finds...
- DOUBLE WORD (7a/11a): Genre of TV show that his "Tootsie" appeared on - S O _ _ / O _ _ _ _. SOAP OPERA is right to go to 140. With WILLY and LENNYBRUCE, he's up to 340. He ends with 380 to 410 for Free. Kelli has 90 and the first pick in...

PUZZLE #2: ... with IT HAS A TAIL. She gets HYENA, SHIALABEOUF, and BLINDFOLDED for 540 plus the bonus, 830 total. Free gets PEACOCK, COTTON, and BOUNCE to go to 990. Kelli finds the Wager Word. She bets 200 on this...
- WAGER WORD (8d) for 200: Two shakes of its tail means very fast - L _ _ B. LAMB... is RIGHT for 1030. BOXER and BOOTS means she moves on with 1430 to Free's 990. Adam leaves with a year of People Magazine for his effort.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Sticky Stuff or Slow Jams
- Free picks SLOW JAMS, getting ROAD, ANITABAKER, ATLAST, and ROSS for 2190.
- Kelli is left with STICKY STUFF, getting SPIDERWEB, SITUATION, and STAYPUFT for the win!

$10,000 FAST PUZZLE: Kelli picks Female Dancer, Twinsie3s, and Things That Grow
- Female Dancers: She gets SINGLE and LAKERS, passing.
- Twinsies: She gets FULLHOUSE and MOWRY, passing.
- Things That Grow: She gets CHIAPET, running out of time on GARDEN.

Back to Female Dancers, where she needed JULIANNE, and Twinsies, where she needed ALANIS.

Supermarket Stakeout
by Chico Alexander
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Food: 9p/8C
Host: Alex Guarnaschelli
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Matt "Chef Nasty" Alexander
Yonkers, NY
executive sous chef,

Anja Wittels
San Francisco
virtual cooking class instructor

Elon Bridgett
Washington, DC
executive chef, Levy

Jessie Lugo
San Francisco
sous chef, Ittoryu Gozu

Today's Stakeout takes us to the parking lot of Bashas' in Gilbert. On the parking lot pop-up panel... Food Network star Antonia Lofaso and urban farmer & food blogger Tanya Fields.

BLIND SHOP: You have 45 minutes to shop for... something with rice.
- Anja: Italian Meatballs over rice
- Elon: Thai Chili Chicken with Curry Quinoa & Rice
- Jessie: Broccoli & Cauliflower Risotto
- Nasty: Cauliflower Rice with Chicken

SINGLE SHOP: Next up, another 45 minutes and one trip to make... pub food.
- Nasty: Shepherd's Pie
- Elon: Roast Beef Sandwich with Chili Cheese Fries
- Anja: Grilled Dog with Slaw

FINAL STAKEOUT: You need to buy five ingredients for your... farmer's market dish.
- Nasty: Stuffed Pepper
- Anja: Little Gem Salad with Grilled Avocado Dressing

And the player to checkout with enough cash to buy a year's worth of groceries... congratulations ANJA!