'America's Got Talent': The Top 48 Is Revealed After Howard Stern Fights For One Contestant (VIDEO)

06/28/2012 04:32 am ET | Updated Jun 28, 2012

For his first season as a judge on "America's Got Talent" (Wed., 8 p.m. ET on NBC), Howard Stern proved passionate and very serious about the talent he supported. He even went to the mat for one of his favorites, begging the other judges to save street performer Turf. He felt so connected with Turf that he asked his fellow judges to push him through as a personal favor in honor of it being his first year as a judge.

By the end of the episode, Las Vegas Week was over and the Top 48 were revealed. Among them, in an emotional moment, was Turf. Howard Stern played with him a little bit before finally revealing that he'd made it to the live shows. It was an emotional moment for both the performer and the judges.

Check out a complete list of the Top 48 contenders here, and then tune in next week for the start of the "America's Got Talent" live shows, Monday at 8:30 p.m .ET and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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