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First Look At 'American Ninja Warrior' Cincinnati Finals Airing Monday

We know how many. We just don't know who. NBC tells me that 13 contestants from the Cincinnati American Ninja Warriorfinals airing Monday will advance to the four-week national finals in Las Vegas where the winner gets $1 million.

Who are the 13? We'll find out 8-10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, when NBC broadcasts the Cincinnati finals taped Memorial Day weekend. It was shot the night after filming the Cincinnati auditions broadcast July 8.

NBC has released photographs of 26 contestants, which can be seen in the photo gallery at the top of this story.Half of them are headed to Vegas! (NBC promos also say that "history will be made" during the Cincinnati finals, something that never happened on the show before.)  

In alphabetical order, they are: Mike Bernardo, Jonathan Cooley, Jeri D'Aurelio, Chris DiGangi, Christopher Gabayan, Sem Garay, Phillip Hucke, Jesse Labreck, Grant McCartney, Brandon Mears, Cameron Nave, Amanda O'Dell, Reese Pankratz, Derrick Pavoni, Dan Polizzi, Dustin Rocho, Jamie Ross, Eddie Russell, Philip Scott, Tyler Smith, Michael Torres, Jackson Twait, Michelle Warnky, Jesse Wildman, David Womelsdorf and Mike Wright.

When the two-hour episode was taped May 25, producers had a list of 31 contestants. That means five people are not being promoted by NBC, and quite possibly won't be seen (or seen much) on the show.

About 90 contestants will be in Las Vegas for NBC's finals airing consecutive Mondays starting Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. (Channel 5). The $1-million winner will be revealed Sept. 16.

Here is NBC's description for the Aug. 26 episode:

American Ninja Warrior returns to Las Vegas for night one of the National Finals – a four-week TV event where the season's top competitors attempt to conquer all four stages of the world's toughest obstacle course. Stage one will feature eight grueling obstacles, including "Roulette Row" and "Diving Boards" which are new to the course, and must be completed in less than 2:30 in order to advance to stage two. Finalists vie for a $1 million prize and the title of "American Ninja Warrior." Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila host and Zuri Hall reports from the sidelines.

Here's a link to my story about the taping, "My Night With Ninja Warriors."

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Mike Bernardo
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Mike Bernardo
Jonathan Cooley
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Jonathan Cooley
Jeri D'Aurelio
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Jeri D'Aurelio
Chris DiGangi
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Chris DiGangi
Christopher Gabayan
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Christopher Gabayan
Sem Garay
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Sem Garay
Phillip Hucke
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Phillip Hucke
Grant McCartney
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Grant McCartney
Brandon Mears
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Brandon Mears
Cameron Nave
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Cameron Nave
Amanda O'Dell
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Amanda O'Dell
Reese Pankratz
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Reese Pankratz
Derrick Pavoni
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Derrick Pavoni
Dan Polizzi
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Dan Polizzi
Dustin Rocho
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Dustin Rocho
Jamie Ross
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Jamie Ross
Eddie Russell
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Eddie Russell
Philip Scott
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Philip Scott
Tyler Smith
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Tyler Smith
Michael Torres
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Michael Torres
Jackson Twait
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Jackson Twait
Michelle Warnky
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Michelle Warnky
Jesse Wildman
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Jesse Wildman
David Womelsdorf
Dennis Mong / NBC
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David Womelsdorf
Mike Wright
Dennis Mong / NBC
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Mike Wright