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NDSU student out of the running in ‘America’s Got Talent’

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FARGO – A North Dakota State University student and professional yo-yoer got some time in the limelight on Tuesday’s episode of “America’s Got Talent,” but he didn’t make the cut to continue in the popular NBC competition.


John Narum, 20, was among the 25,000 acts that tried out at a casting call for the show’s ninth season in February. He was called back for an audition in front of the four celebrity judges in March, and was one of the 180 selected to compete in the “Judgment Week” episodes, filmed last month, that air this week.

But the judges didn’t choose Narum to stay in the running, meaning he won’t get a chance to perform his yo-yo routine during the show’s live episodes that begin July 29.

The Minnetonka, Minn., native and mechanical engineering student at NDSU said he still would like to eventually launch his own yo-yo company or find a way to continue his work with the sport as he starts a career after college.

“It’s just how I’ll keep integrating play into the real world because that’s something I don’t want to lose,” he said.

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After four years of covering news for the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Ryan Johnson has been a features reporter for The Forum's Variety section since 2013. His prior beats included politics, business, city government and higher education. Johnson is a 2008 alumnus of the University of North Dakota. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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