NBC's top-rated summer series, "America's Got Talent," announced today the 12 acts from the YouTube online auditions that will perform live for the first time on Tuesday, Aug. 9 (9-11 p.m. ET). Last season's runner-up, young opera sensation Jackie Evancho, auditioned through YouTube and her recent debut album "Dream with Me" was just certified gold.
Over the past few months, thousands of acts from across the country submitted videos at www.youtube.com/agt and, from these submissions, the show selected 20 acts as the YouTube community picked its favorite - Matt Wilhelm, a BMX racer from Chicago.
See Wilhelm's performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x2lrrm_LkQ
Wilhelm will perform live alongside 11 additional YouTube acts that were selected by the show including:
Viewers can see their performances here: http://www.youtube.com/agt
On the Wednesday, Aug. 10 (9-10 p.m. ET) live results show, four acts from Tuesday's YouTube performance show will move on to the semi-finals, which begin Aug. 23 (9-11 p.m. ET).
Now in its sixth season, "America's Got Talent," airs Tuesdays (9-11 p.m. ET) and Wednesdays (9-10 p.m. ET) on NBC. Howie Mandel, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne star as the celebrity panel of judges, and Nick Cannon serves as host. The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of aspiring stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America's hearts - and the $1 million prize.