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Military acts among those competing for cash on America's Got Talent

Jul. 19, 2013 - 11:07AM   |  
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Three acts with military backgrounds will get the chance to see if they’ve got $1 million worth of performance power, playing live on the America’s Got Talent finals on NBC beginning this Tuesday.

The performers are among those making the last cut during the show’s “Vegas Week,” where half the remaining contestants were eliminated from the reality competition show, now in its eighth season. That leaves 60 acts now vying for the big prize on the Big Apple’s most famous stage at Radio City Music Hall.

The three military acts are:

■Jimmy Rose, a country crooner from a coal-mining town in Kentucky who wowed the audience and judges alike during auditions strumming a song he wrote himself. The 32-year old former Marine said his last deployment was to Iraq in 2005.

■American Military Spouses Choir, a 35-member all-military-spouses choral group, with members from each of the services, which got a standing ovation from all four judges after unleashing their rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

■American Hitmen, a Salt Lake City-based four-man rock band of former Marine brothers — two of them actual brothers — who were on target with their cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” in their audition.

“Congratulations to the American Military Spouses Choir as they made it through to perform at Radio City Music Hall!” Deanie Dempsey, wife of Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, posted on her Facebook page Wednesday night.

“Recently, Marty, Sergeant Major & Mrs. Battaglia, and I had the opportunity to meet the group in D.C. when they were rehearsing for the competition. ...We are so proud of all of them! Way to go ladies!”

American Hitmen, built around brothers Dan and Tim Cord, got its start in Iraq when the pair said they used to jam for fellow Marines by the smoke pit in 2004.

The Hitmen will be among the first acts competing when the show kicks off the live rounds of prime time competition from New York on Tuesday.

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