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VSU Gospel Choir takes stage in NYC for America's Got Talent

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The Virginia State University Gospel Chorale has won over the hearts of the America's Got Talent judges. Now, they'll find out if viewer's votes will propel them to the next round.

The group received a yes vote from all three judges, advancing to Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Tuesday and Wednesday, they'll be back on the show performing and finding out whether their quest will continue.

While VSU makes its final preparations to take the stage Tuesday night, preparations have been underway on campus all night for a Virginia State University watch party.

Over the phone, the choir's business manager said they were heading into wardrobe - but that they were excited to perform and to spread the word of God.

The bold and joyful sound of the singers is something special to students at VSU.

"They got little routines with their songs and everything, so they're very impressive," explained senior Tai Newsome.

The singers are getting the University recognition on a national stage.  

"I wasn't really surprised when I saw them on America's Got Talent because I have always thought that they are really really good," said Junior Tiara Lewis.

The excitement has expanded beyond campus. Local restaurant, Neptune's Land and Sea is showing it's support from the road with a light up sign cheering on the students.  

"I'm so happy for them to make it so far," said Teiyona Blackwell , with Neptune's Land and Sea.  "I have friends that are in the Gospel Chorale. It's really cool to see them advance so far, and everyone's involved in the city."

The restaurant plans to host a public watch party, complete with "America's Got Talent" on every TV. They even have VSU themed food and drink specials. 

"We have people calling in and reserving tables!" said Blackwell.

Now, all attention turns to the stage, and the VSU Gospel Chorale, to see how they'll perform.

The group has traveled to the Vatican to sing in the pope's Christmas concert, and has also performed at President Obama's inauguration weekend.

Cheer on the group on NBC12's Facebook page and by using the hashtag #VSUAGT on Twitter.

Click here to download a sign to cheer on the group: http://bit.ly/16taD1e  

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