The competition was close during the first round of performances for Hamilton's Mall Got Talent!

Week 1 at Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing brought out dancers, gymnasts, singers, and songwriters hoping to earn a play in the Grand Finale August 31st. It was a tight race, but the night's highest scores were earned by Dario, who placed 3rd for his Spanish-language cover of an Enrique Iglesias song, Kate Michele, a pint-sized powerhouse vocalist who lit of the stage with 'Girl on Fire' by Alicia Keys to take 2nd, and the gifted Justin Evan Thomas who's original piece 'Lifeline' out him on top.

Check out photos from the first wave of performances:

Round 2 of performances for Hamilton's Mall's Got Talent! take place Thursday, August 3rd. So if you have your own special way of entertaining people, enter to win! The Grand Prize is $1,500!

Special thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings and the crew from Center Stage Entertainment.

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