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Buffalo limbo dancer amazes on 'America's Got Talent'

Shemika Charles of Buffalo, a two-time Guinness Book of World Records holder for the limbo, hit a new high for her routine Tuesday night.

As the audience and judges of the NBC reality program "America's Got Talent" gasped and gave some amazed looks, Charles' routine was highlighted by her ability to slowly limbo underneath the undercarriage of a truck as the Sia song "Cheap Thrills" played.

The song's lyrics – "hit the dance floor, I got down on my knees" – certainly were appropriate.

Needless to say, judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B were wowed, too. Charles received four "yes" votes to move on to the next round as her mother joined her on stage.

Before she performed, the 24-year-old Charles said in an interview that she was following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother as limbo dancers.

"I was born for this. This is my passion," said Charles. "This is what I was put on this earth for."

Mel B was familiar with her act, saying her 9-year-old daughter showed her a video of Charles.

"I can't believe I'm actually seeing you in the flesh," said Mel B.

"I have never ever seen anything like that in my life," said Cowell.

"Loved you, I love your mom, it was fantastic," said Klum.

"You are amazing, your mom is amazing and I'm sure your grandmother is amazing," said Mandel.

Buffalo's Limbo Queen strikes again while waiting for flight

Charles, the self-proclaimed Limbo Queen, is no stranger to television. She had a brief chat with Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime show on Feb. 15 before doing the limbo under five spinning plates balanced precariously on sticks.

Charles, who was born in Trinidad before moving to Buffalo at age 6, said then that meeting DeGeneres "has been something I could have only dreamed about."

"Being able to broadcast to the world, the everyday life of my culture in Trinidad, is better than any feeling in the world," she added.

She might have just equaled or topped that feeling on "AGT."

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