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Friday, November 11, 2011

America's Got Talent holds auditions this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Do you have any kind of talent? And I mean any kind of talent: from opera singing, to jumping into inflatable kiddie pools from high platforms, to pedaling a unicycle while dressed as a pancreas. If so, there's still time to schedule an audition appointment with the senior casting producers of the NBC competition show America's Got Talent, who will be in town Sunday scouting local acts.

You can still call Kat at (310) 383-3105 any time tomorrow to schedule an slot for the appointment-only auditions, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The producer I spoke to also said they'd be scouting at the Magazine Street Blues Festival, and that anyone who can't make the auditions can email their 90-second clip to

Now in its seventh season, the show — an American version of the British show that's responsible for the beloved-among-moms singer Susan Boyle — is in the same vein of American Idol, except completely zany. Since the term "talent" encompasses seemingly everything on this show — from singing and dancing, to dangerous stunts like fire-eating, to "talents" of the Jackson Square Statue Man variety — the viewing experience is like watching the world's goofiest circus. But even though the show is rife with WTF-inducing talents, a singer had prevailed and won the one-million-dollar prize every season of the show thus far (a ventriloquist-singer won one season, but even ventriloquism is a sort of traditional talent).

For any singers looking to audition, increase you chances by being a child or someone with a sad/interesting backstory.

Since the show is casting in town, look for some New Orleans acts amid the shenanigans when the show premiers in 2012. Here's a clip of Lil Countrie and Page 1ne, two break-dancers from the 9th Ward, who appeared on the show in 2008:


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