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'America's Got Talent' heads to L.A. to begin largest open casting call search in show history

by jmaloni
Wed, Oct 31st 2012 01:35 pm
`America's Got Talent` (NBC logo)
"America's Got Talent" (NBC logo)

NBC's top-rated summer series kicks off initial 12-city talent search Nov. 14

Ready for your shot at $1 million? NBC's top-rated summer series "America's Got Talent," will begin its nationwide search for season eight contestants with auditions beginning in Los Angeles on Nov. 14 and 15. Last season the show discovered unprecedented and unique talent with finalists that included a comedian, a family dog act and a one-of-a-kind musical instrument.

With the talent search open to acts of all ages, the auditions then continue in Seattle (Nov. 29); Portland (Dec. 1); New Orleans (Dec. 8 and 9); Birmingham, Ala. (Dec. 10); Memphis (Dec. 11); Nashville, Tenn. (Dec. 13); and continues onto the East Coast, making stops in Savannah, Ga. (Dec. 14); Raleigh, N.C. (Dec. 15); and Norfolk, Va. (Dec. 16), before heading to San Antonio (Jan. 12 and 13, 2013) and Chicago (Jan. 26 and 27.) Additional auditions cities will be announced shortly. Updates, pre-registration forms, audition tips and a full list of details with all venue information can be found at www.AGTauditions.com.

"America's Got Talent" is the only talent competition show that is open to any age and any talent. The auditions are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for performers across the country to showcase their talents in 90 seconds to the series' producers in the hopes of being able to take the stage in front of the judges. Every type of performer is welcome - including musicians, dance crews, magicians, contortionists, comedians, singers, jugglers, animal acts and everything in between.

Last year's auditions took the show to numerous cities, including New York City, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Austin and Charlotte. This year's search is bigger than ever before, with the show traveling to the most cities in search of one-of-a-kind talent. Last year the winning act, Richard and Nick Olate of Olate Dogs, beat out thousands of hopefuls to take home the coveted $1 million grand prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas.

Olate Dogs is a high-energy, fast-paced dog act filled with impressive pet tricks led by Richard Olate, 55, and his son, Nicholas Olate, 19. Richard grew up in South America in a poor family. A third-generation circus performer, Richard has performed since he was 12, and through hard work and constant struggle, he made it to the U.S. at the age of 33 (click here to see reactions from Olate Dogs and the "America's Got Talent" season seven judges: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeQ3FvfkhuA&feature=youtu.be).

2012-13 audition cities:

  • Nov 14 and 15 - Los Angeles - Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Nov 29 - Seattle - Venue TBA
  • Dec 1st - Portland - Oregon Convention Center
  • Dec 8 and 9 - New Orleans - Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center
  • Dec 10 - Birmingham, Ala. - Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
  • Dec 11 - Memphis - Venue TBA
  • Dec 13 - Nashville, Tenn. - Nashville Convention Center
    Dec 14 - Savannah, Ga. - The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort and Spa
    Dec 15 - Raleigh, N.C. - Raleigh Convention Center
    Dec 16 - Norfolk, Va. - Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
    Jan 12 and 13, 2013 - San Antonio - Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
    Jan 26 and 27, 2013 - Chicago - McCormick Place

To audition and show America and the judges your talent, visit www.agtauditions.com or http://www.nbc.com/agt for more information.

"America's Got Talent" was created by Simon Cowell's SYCO Television and is co-produced by Syco TV and FREMANTLEMEDIA North America.

Visit NBC.com's official show site: http://www.nbc.com/americasgottalent/ Please like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nbcagt and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbcagt.

Please like Olate Dogs on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OlateDogsAGT and follow them on Twitter at @olatedogs.

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