America's Got Talent is returning for its 15th season on NBC starting Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m., and you will see some familiar faces taking the stage at Hollywood's Universal Studios. Sarasota's Bello and Annaliese Nock, Miami's Dance Town Family and Myakka City's Pork Chop Revue are three of 44 acts that have been chosen to face celebrity judges in-person and compete to win a $1 million cash prize.
Bello and Annaliese Nock are American daredevil clowns and circus performers with roots in Sarasota's circus scene. Bello Nock has performed with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's traveling circus, been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for his high wire walk over a cruise ship and has hung from a helicopter over the Statue of Liberty. His signature spiked strawberry-blond hair and daredevil acts have wowed audiences nationwide. After being eliminated in AGT's season 12 live shows, he will return with daughter Annaliese to excite the judges and America.
Dance Town Family is a Miami-based dance troupe run by Manny Castro, a Chilean dancer and choreographer. Manny's studio Dance Town is one of the most famous in the country, with thousands of young dancers traveling to train in jazz, hip-hop and Latin ballroom fusion styles. Dancers ages 8 to 35 will take AGT's stage, including Manny and wife Lory's own children.
Les Kimes and Nina Meluzzi from Myakka City are bringing along their seven pigs in an act called Pork Chop Revue, where the couple have trained their swine of all sizes to jump hurdles, roll in barrels and get the audience laughing. Kimes inherited this act from his father, who started Pork Chop Revue in 1956. The act has toured nationally at fairs and festivals and has performed on national television on The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show.
America's Got Talent's first four weeks will be live quarterfinals, with 11 acts that viewers can vote for at NBC's website. Results are revealed at each Wednesday live show at 8 p.m. EST.