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Sanu John and Shawn Kurian make up the beat-boxing duo iLLest Vocals. As the winners of the 2012 Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition, iLLest Vocals have a guaranteed audition time with NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Shawn Kurian, left, and Sanu John make up the beat-boxing duo iLLest Vocals. As the winners of the 2012 Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition, iLLest Vocals have a guaranteed audition time with NBC's "America's Got Talent."

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JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Shawn Kurian, center, and Sanu John, right, of iLLest Vocals rehearse with Metropolis music director Micky York.

JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Shawn Kurian, center, and Sanu John, right, of iLLest Vocals rehearse with Metropolis music director Micky York.

JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Shawn Kurian, left, and Sanu John of iLLest Vocals rehearse at the Metropolis in Arlington Heights.

AJ Lubecker of Algonquin was a top 10 finalist of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. He's excited to be able to jump the line for "America's Got Talent" auditions in Chicago this weekend.

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JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com ¬ Woody James of Millington was a final five finalist of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. James is looking forward to getting an audition spot for "America's Got Talent" in Chicago.

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Beatboxing duo Shawn Kurian and Sanu John of iLLest Vocals are getting ready to audition for "America's Got Talent." And the winners of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent will have plenty of local company since the national show has invited a number of finalists to audition as well. "It's great that we get to do it here in Chicago," Kurian said.
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    • Sanu John and Shawn Kurian make up the beat-boxing duo iLLest Vocals. As the winners of the 2012 Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition, iLLest Vocals have a guaranteed audition time with NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
    • Shawn Kurian, left, and Sanu John make up the beat-boxing duo iLLest Vocals. As the winners of the 2012 Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition, iLLest Vocals have a guaranteed audition time with NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
    • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Shawn Kurian, center, and Sanu John, right, of iLLest Vocals rehearse with Metropolis music director Micky York.
    • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Shawn Kurian, center, and Sanu John, right, of iLLest Vocals rehearse with Metropolis music director Micky York.
    • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Shawn Kurian, left, and Sanu John of iLLest Vocals rehearse at the Metropolis in Arlington Heights.
    • AJ Lubecker of Algonquin was a top 10 finalist of Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent. He’s excited to be able to jump the line for “America’s Got Talent” auditions in Chicago this weekend.
    • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com ¬  Woody James of Millington was a final five finalist of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. James is looking forward to getting an audition spot for "America's Got Talent" in Chicago.
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