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The initial round of auditions are in front of the show's Producers, not the celebrity judges. HOWEVER, during this round the producers are expecting you to audition just how you would for the Judges. So you should come prepared with a 90-second audition, dressed to impress in the outfit that you would want to wear for the judges and bring lots of energy and personality.
After producers have auditioned everyone in each city, they begin to make decisions on which acts will be asked to perform for the Celebrity Judges. This process begins at the beginning of February and we ONLY notify the acts that are moving on in the process.
If you are chosen to move on in the competition, you will be assigned a producer who will go over all further details about what the next round entails.
Unless otherwise noted on the individual city's page, you may line up starting at 6 am the day of the auditions.
We never know how many people will show up. But these auditions are open to the public. The lines may be long. We need to get some camera shots of everyone for the show. Your best bet is to expect to be with us the whole day.
Please read this article to give you a better idea of your day with us.
Typically we open the doors by 8am and close them at 7pm. Sometimes we'll keep the doors open a little later than then in case anyone is running late. Audition start and/or finish time is at the discretion of the Producers and sometimes the venue has certain rules. Auditions are "first-come/first-serve".
The lines may be long. You may be asked to do interviews or other camera shots for the show. This could be a full day commitment and you may be outside waiting for part of the time, therefore, you should dress accordingly. You are free to bring drinks or food, depending on the discretion of each venue.
You will be given UP TO 90-seconds to audition. Please keep in mind that this is YOUR opportunity to show us your talent, so please come prepared. Practice your audition ahead of time so we see the best and most exciting parts of your performance. Producers reserve the right to modify allotted times for auditions at their sole discretion.
Family and friends are allowed to attend, it is encouraged. Friends and Family are not allowed in the audition room unless you are a minor. Any supporters who are 18 and older will not be allowed in the audition room unless they are part of your act or helping load equipment. All of your supporters will remain in the holding area and you will be able to meet up with them when your audition is over.
Whether you are a contestant, friend, or family member, EVERYONE will be required to present a photo ID in order to enter the audition venue.
Minors CONTESTANTS AND GUESTS without a driver's license may use a school ID or acceptable substitute (such as a yearbook page that includes a printed name with photo AND a birth certificate matching the name). If the minor is too young to have any form of photo ID, then that minor's parent or guardian should present a photo ID and the child's birth certificate that includes the parent's name with the child's name on the
certificate. For the complete minor information, CLICK HERE.
As a friend or family you will also have to sign a personal release. CLICK HERE to download a copy to bring with you to the audition.
All minors, contestants as well as supporters, MUST have permission from their parents or legal guardian to audition AND must be accompanied by one of their parents or their legal guardian.
FOR MINORS WHO ARE COMING TO THE AUDITION BUT NOT AUDITIONING:
- If the parent or legal guardian of the under 18 minor is unable to attend, and is allowing the minor to attend the audition under the supervision of a third-party (such as a coach), you MUST do two things:
- 1) Download and complete the Guardianship and Medical Authorization for Minors form and get it NOTARIZED by a notary public (typically at banks or mailing stores, or search your local directory) and bring it with you on the day of your audition.
- 2) Designate the third-party specifically on our Basic Release Form, with a special signature by the parent or legal guardian and the third-party acting as guardian.
No, you will not find out if you make it to the next round the day you audition. Those acts moving on in the competition will be notified by the end of April.
Since the answer to this depends on when, where and how you auditioned, the best answer is: Once you are selected to be on the show, the Producers will go through all of the dates and details with you. Please remember that we will ONLY notify you if you are moving on in the competition.
Bring your own non-electric/acoustic instruments. For those needing a keyboard, we will make reasonable efforts to provide one for you in the audition room (usually a Roland Fantom G8). You will not be allowed to program sequences into the keyboard, but you can bring a supporting track on audio CD. If you do need the keyboard, please alert the staff when you are assigned an audition room.
For this initial auditions in front of the producers there is very limited set up time- There are No Drum Kits and or full band set ups allowed- and we prefer all acoustic instruments. Instead, please plan a 90 second acoustic audition and bring in a 90 second video (either on a DVD or have the YouTube Link written down or on your smartphone) to show the producers. If you have a big set-up that does not include drums or full band set-up, please click here to fill out a form to tell us more about what you require. If we can accommodate you, we will contact you.
No. The audition rooms will be small. Singers will generally be asked to sing acapella.
There will be a microphone available in some audition rooms for beatboxers and singers who are also playing the piano. The wait for this room could be longer.