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[08/08/08 - 10:33 AM]
America to Choose the 'Wildcard' Act to Round Out the Top 40 Contestants Competing on 'America's Got Talent' When NBC's Summer Smash Hit Series Returns with Live Performance Episodes August 26
NBC details the top 39 acts and the seven potential wild cards.

[via press release from NBC]

AMERICA TO CHOOSE THE 'WILDCARD' ACT TO ROUND OUT THE TOP 40 CONTESTANTS COMPETING ON 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' WHEN NBC'S SUMMER SMASH HIT SERIES RETURNS WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE EPISODES AUGUST 26

Russian Bar Trio Drop Out of Competition; America Gets to Decide Who Gets the Final Top 40 Spot by Voting Online at NBC.com

BURBANK, Calif. - August 8, 2008 - During last night's episode of NBC's hit summer series "America's Got Talent," judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff selected the Top 40 acts. But after the show, Christine from the Russian Bar Trio suffered a serious injury while performing the dangerous act, and her group had to withdrawal from the competition - leaving one more spot left in the Top 40!

Now, America gets to decide which act will get the biggest second chance of their career and take the final "wildcard" position. The celebrity judges have narrowed the selection down to eight acts that America gets to choose from. Viewers can check out their video and vote for their favorite by logging on to www.NBC.com/AmericasGotTalent or www.NBC.com/AGT.

The online voting will end at 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday, August 15, 2008.

The "wildcard" acts are:
Donald Braswell II from Boerne, Texas (singer)
Victoria Jacoby from Cape May, New Jersey (young contortionist)
Junior & Emily from San Francisco, California (brother and sister salsa dancers)
Lil' Countrie & Page 1ne from New Orleans, Louisiana (acrobatic dancers)
Dan Mayer from Hartselle, Alabama (sword swallower)
Miss Pussykatt from Grand Rapids, Michigan (performance artist)
Kyle Rifkin from Harlem, New York (singer)
Xclusive from Bradenton, Florida (pop 'n lock dancer)

"America's Got Talent" Top 39 contestants are:
Jonathan Arons, New York, New York (dancing musician)
Indiggo from New York, New York (twin singers)
Nuttin' But Stringz, Jamaica Queens, New York (musicians)
Kaitlyn Maher, Ashburn, Virginia (four-year-old singer)
Slippery Kittens, Salt Lake City, Utah (burlesque dancers)
Jonathan Burkin, Clyde, Ohio (baton twirler)
Derrick Barry, Modesto, California (Britney Spears impersonator)
Sick Step, Los Angeles/ Orange County, California (dance crew)
Extreme Dance FX, West Covina, California (dance group)
Neal E. Boyd, Silkeston, Missouri (opera singer)
Eli Mattson, Door County, Wisconsin (singer/musician)
The Taubl Family, New Haven, Connecticut (musicians)
D.C. Cowboys Dance Company, Washington, D.C. (dance group)
Joseph Hall, Lincoln, Nebraska (Elvis impersonator)
Beyond Belief Dance Company, Mesquite, Texas (dance troupe)
Paul Salos, Garland, Texas (Frank Sinatra impersonator)
George the Giant, Bakersfield, California (giant/side show performer)
Jessica Price, Freeport, Michigan (singer/musician)
Alex "Elite" Pyles, Galax, Virginia (martial arts)
Sarah Lenore, Plymouth, Michigan (singer/musician)
Flambeaux, New York, New York (fire performance artist)
The James Gang, New York, New York (performance artists)
Texas State Strutters, San Marcos, Texas (dance troupe)
Ronny B, Honolulu, Hawaii (singer/dancer)
Queen Emily, Stockton, California (singer)
The Cadence, Springfield, Missouri (drummers)
The Tapping Dads, Temecula, California (tap dancers)
Shimshi, Las Vegas, Nevada (magician)
Matthew Piazzi, New York, New York (impressionist)
Kazual, Columbus, Georgia (boy band)
Shequida (Gary Hall), New York, New York (operatic drag queen)
The Wright Kids, Rocky Mount, Virginia (family band)
Michael Strelo-Smith, Castro Valley, California (opera singer)
Spc. Daniel Jens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (singer/musician)
Bruce Block, St. Joseph, Michigan (performance artist)
Dorae Saunders, Columbia, South Carolina (Tina Turner impersonator)
Bryan Cheatham, Dallas, Texas (singer)
ZOOperstars, Louisville, Kentucky (acrobatic dance troupe)
Dallas Desperados Dancers, Dallas, Texas (cheerleading squad)

For more information on each of the Top 39, log onto www.nbc.com.

"America's Got Talent" will return after the Summer Olympics with live performance episodes twice weekly starting August 26 (8 p.m. ET). The million-dollar winner will be announced during the live finale on Wednesday, Oct 1 (9-10p.m.).

"America's Got Talent" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell's SYCO Television. Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz ("American Idol"), Jason Raff, James Sunderland and Georgie Hurford-Jones are executive producers.





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