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‘Dancin’ Dylan’ moving on in natl. talent show
Monday, July 8, 2013 8:36 AM
"It was all I could dream," says Dylan Wilson of his experience auditioning for NBC's television show "America's Got Talent."
The Huntington North High School student and soccer player appeared on episode four of this year's season of the show, on Tuesday night, July 2.
He says at HNHS he is known as "Dancin' Dylan."
He auditioned for the judges, performing a hip-hop animation dance to electronic music known as dubstep.
Wilson says he has been dancing hip-hop since he was 12 and has been studying the animation style of dancing for one year.
He taught himself to dance by watching YouTube videos on the Internet.
After he finished his dance, the four celebrity judges unanimously voted to send him to the next round, where contestants compete in Las Vegas, NV, for the grand prize of $1 million.
Before giving him the thumbs up, America's Got Talent Judge Howie Mandel called him a "diamond in the rough."
"It's been crazy," he says, recalling the burst of attention he has been receiving since his first appearance on the show July 2.
Although he has known since March that he would advance to the next round of competition, he was unable to share that information with anyone until the audition footage aired.
"I got a good 800 (Twitter followers) real fast right after the show," he says.
On Tuesday, July 16, the show will move to Las Vegas, where the finalists will compete for the grand prize.
The show airs Tuesdays on NBC at 9 p.m.
"Dancin' Dylan" Wilson poses with his proud grandmother, Sally Anderson (left), in their hotel room as she accompanies him to his audition for NBC's "America's Got Talent." Wilson received a unanimous "yes" vote from the judges, allowing him to advance to the next round of the competition in Las Vegas. The show will begin airing the footage of the Las Vegas competition on July 16.