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Tampa’s ‘tellAvision’ gets mixed reviews on AGT

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The Tampa Bay dance group tellAvision split the judges on America's Got Talent Tuesday night.

Two of them loved it. Two of them weren't impressed.

"I have never seen anything like it," Howie Mandel said. "You have flourished. You have stepped it up. You made it worthy of this most iconic stage, Radio City Music Hall."

Judge Howard Stern was the toughest on them.

"I think this is very artsy-fartsy, slow-moving," Stern said. "I don't think the dance is particularly strong."

Heidi Klum agreed with him.

"I like the idea of this," she said. "I saw it once. I don't have to see it again."

But Mel B. seemed excited.

"I loved it. I thought it was very artsy; yes. I thought it was very creative; It's a love story," she said. "I think America's going to fall in love with that."

Dorene Collier, the Creative Director, said the group has been practicing hours on end.

"Two weeks every day ...and the last ten days every day probably eight, ten hours a day," she said.

Before they performed Tuesday night, they've spent more than a week practicing and making sure their technology worked properly. Radio City Music Hall is a big venue with a lot of wireless microphones and technology around; when your routine relies on wireless televisions in which images have to appear perfectly synched, there's no room for error.

"For the last 8 days ... we've been working out all the bugs and it's been challenging," said technical director A.J. LeBlanc. "There's so much technology backstage with everything that's going on ... it's going to be the biggest season yet."

Out of the dozen acts that performed Tuesday, only four will go on to the next round.

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