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    David Garibaldi, his hand covered with paint, pretends to hold a microphone during a recent rehearsal for his act.


    David Garibaldi and his team appear in the finals tonight of "America's Got Talent." Garibaldi and his CMYKs, five guys from the Sacramento area, have won raves with their dance and action-painting.

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Elk Grove artist troupe sweats out 'Talent' finale

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012 - 10:00 am

Elk Grove's David Garibaldi and his cohorts promise to deliver another "brand new" performance tonight on national television.

Garibaldi and his CMYKs, five wild and crazy guys, will compete for $1 million and a Las Vegas show in the finals of "America's Got Talent" at 9 p.m. on NBC.

The juking, rockin', break-dancin' paint-flinging artists – aka "Rhythm and Hues" – will compete against five other acts that have outlasted thousands of competitors from across America.

"It's pretty nerve-wracking, but we've put everything out there," said Garibaldi, 29, who at Sheldon High School learned how to apply his graffiti skills to multimedia performance art.

Tens of millions of viewers have tuned into NBC's top-rated show to watch Garibaldi and his crew attack giant canvases with sponge brushes and spray paint.

In 90 seconds of flying paint, music and action, they've magically transformed what seems like a mess into large portraits of Beethoven, Elvis and Mick Jagger.

A 15-foot-tall Statue of Liberty – an idea two months in the making – got them into the finals.

"It definitely wasn't my best work, but the concept was one of my best," Garibaldi said in a phone interview from Newark, N.J., where the competition takes place. "It wasn't just painting, it was constructing, engineering, a lot of elements we had to put together in 90 seconds.

Garibaldi, who had the honor of closing out the semifinals, said his entry into the final six "was like winning a football game with a fumble or a turnover, but we still executed and won."

He said he and his Sacramento crew – Dan Juris, Dane San Pedro, Ryan Rivac and Eric Templo – are practicing day and night, even busting moves in the hotel parking lot until midnight.

"We've been sweating and drenched in paint, and what happens on that stage is going to be a reflection of how bad we want it," Garibaldi said. "What I once thought was impossible is now possible."

Crew members said they've enjoyed their fellow finalists: Sand story artist Joe Castillo from Lexington, Ky.; New York comedian Tom Cotter; Earth Harp inventor William Close of Los Angeles; The Untouchables dance team from Miami; and the traveling dog act, Olate Dogs, from Houston.

"I spent some time with the Olates, Nick and his dad, and I can see why people have connected with them," Garibaldi said.

"I definitely believed from our first audition we could make it this far, but you never expect to," he said. "Working hard and staying humble is the key."

The results show will unfold from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

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