'America's Got Talent' hopefuls: Time to get out your video camera
Acts from “America’s Got Talent” aren’t just TV sensations. Clips of contestants from the oddball competition show have become viral sensations -- from last season’s winner Kevin Skinner to the Microwave Man who does magic tricks. And who could forget the marvel that is Susan Boyle, courtesy of the British version of the show?
So it’s only fitting that NBC and the producers of “America’s Got Talent” would team with YouTube to put the show’s audition process online.
Today through June 18, “America’s Got Talent” hopefuls can upload video auditions onto a special page on the video-sharing site for a shot at performing live on the NBC series. Producers will select 40 acts from the videos posted to be featured on the “Got Talent” YouTube channel for online voting.
The act that receives the most votes -- plus 11 other YouTube acts chosen by producers -- will find themselves being judged by Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel when the series returns June 1. Mandel is replacing David Hasselhoff.
"Those crazy YouTube kids," said executive producer Ken Warwick at an NBC press session at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena on Monday. "It will be very interesting to see people who normally sit in front of a camera and have no nerves or nothing and see how they react when they're live in front of the judges."
Earlier this year, auditions were held in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Orlando, Fla., Atlanta, and Portland, Ore.
-- Yvonne Villarreal and Maria Elena Fernandez (Follow me on Twitter @writerchica)
Photo: Nick Cannon, host of “America’s Got Talent,” during last season’s finale. Credit: NBC