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12 acts from YouTube compete live on NBC'S 'America's Got Talent'

by jmaloni
Mon, Aug 8th 2011 04:10 pm

NBC's top-rated summer series, "America's Got Talent," announced today the 12 acts from the YouTube online auditions that will perform live for the first time on Tuesday, Aug. 9 (9-11 p.m. ET). Last season's runner-up, young opera sensation Jackie Evancho, auditioned through YouTube and her recent debut album "Dream with Me" was just certified gold.

Over the past few months, thousands of acts from across the country submitted videos at www.youtube.com/agt and, from these submissions, the show selected 20 acts as the YouTube community picked its favorite - Matt Wilhelm, a BMX racer from Chicago.

See Wilhelm's performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x2lrrm_LkQ

Wilhelm will perform live alongside 11 additional YouTube acts that were selected by the show including:

  • Aeon - Los Angeles (parkour)
  • Beth Ann Robinson - Dothan, Ala. (dancer)
  • Breena Bell - Lincoln, Ala. (solo gymnast/dancer)
  • Illusionist Brett Daniels - Walkersville, Wis. (magician)
  • Gabe Rocks - Bellingham, Wash. (animal act)
  • Gymkana - College Park, Md. (variety)
  • Kalani Basketball Freestyle - Honolulu (variety)
  • Kevin Colis - New Braunfels, Texas (singer)
  • Powerhouse - Burbank, Calif. (choir)
  • TNC Elite - members from Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina (cloggers)
  • West Springfield Dance Team - Springfield, Va. (dance team)

Viewers can see their performances here: http://www.youtube.com/agt

On the Wednesday, Aug. 10 (9-10 p.m. ET) live results show, four acts from Tuesday's YouTube performance show will move on to the semi-finals, which begin Aug. 23 (9-11 p.m. ET).

Now in its sixth season, "America's Got Talent," airs Tuesdays (9-11 p.m. ET) and Wednesdays (9-10 p.m. ET) on NBC. Howie Mandel, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne star as the celebrity panel of judges, and Nick Cannon serves as host. The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of aspiring stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America's hearts - and the $1 million prize.

For more information, visit nbc.com/americas-got-talent/,twitter.com/nbcagt and facebook.com/nbcagt.

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