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I REGISTERED, WHAT'S NEXT?

If you registered and picked a day and the time you want to arrive for your audition and you are confirmed. You should also download the paperwork you need and bring it with you.

We will try to email you to remind you of the date but sometimes our emails are mistakenly marked as spam by your internet service provider, mail server, or email software.

Most junk mail filters will let emails through that have been manually placed by you in your email system's address book.  In order to make sure you get our emails, go to the address book in your email program and add "America's Got Talent" with the email address of  "auditions@agtauditions.com."

If you're working with Outlook, Window's Mail, Mac Mail, or any similar email application and if you find America's Got Talent emails in your Junk Mail folder, you should have the ability to right-click on its line in the list, and select the email as 'Not Junk'. You'll then have the opportunity to add the sender or the address they sent from to a "safe" list so that they will not be marked as junk in the future.

In some online applications such as Gmail, AOL and Yahoo, the folder is called 'Spam' and all you have to do is go to this folder, check the box next to the email that's going to the Spam folder and click on the "Not Spam" button.

Our emails will always come from the following email address: auditions@agtauditions. Please do not reply to this address. It's for outgoing email only.

Remember these are open auditions. Even if you miss your time you can still come.  Online registration is not mandatory. You can always just show up at the venue.  The address is on each city's page. Our auditions are open to the public and are "first-come/first-serve." You will be seen in the order you arrive.  Typically, registration opens by 8am and continues until 7pm each day, but check the city page that your auditioning in for more accurate times.

I ALREADY AUDITIONED IN ONE CITY, BUT I GOT A PHONE CALL OR EMAIL ASKING ME TO AUDITION IN ANOTHER CITY. MUST I AUDITION AGAIN?

If you register with us online, we make every effort to ensure that we see your talent.  If our records indicate you missed your audition, we will try to contact you via email or phone to let you know about other cities where we are holding auditions.  Occasionally the records may not match up right. There may be a typo in the record, for instance, or you used a different email address to register than what you provided us the day you had your audition.

IF YOU ALREADY HAD A FIRST ROUND AUDITION, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO AUDITION AGAIN UNLESS YOU ARE MOVING ON IN THE COMPETITION. IF YOU ARE MOVING ON, WE WILL BE VERY CLEAR THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO MOVE TO THE NEXT ROUND.

PLEASE DISREGARD ANY EMAILS OR PHONE CALLS INVITING YOU TO ANOTHER CITY, IF YOU ALREADY AUDITIONED.

If you have any questions about this, please email us.

 

I AM UNDER 18. WHAT IF MY PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN CANNOT COME WITH ME?

  • Everyone under 18 attending the audition will be required to present a photo ID. Minor contestants and supporters may use a school ID or acceptable substitute (such as a yearbook page that includes a printed name with a photo AND a birth certificate). If the minor is too young to have a photo ID, then the parent or guardian should present a photo ID & the child’s birth certificate that includes the parents name with the child’s name on the certificate.
  • All minors, contestants and 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 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 acting as guardian on our Personal Release Form
      • 3) Both documents must be signed by the parent and/or legal guardian and the third-party acting as 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.

I AM UNDER 18 OR I HAVE MINORS UNDER 18 IN MY GROUP. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY AUDITION?

Contestants under 18 must have permission from their parents or legal guardian to audition and must be accompanied by one of their parents or their legal guardian.

All minors attending the audition will be required to present a photo ID. Minor contestants may use a school ID or acceptable substitute (such as a yearbook page that includes a printed name with a photo AND a birth certificate). If the contestant is too young to have a photo ID, the parent or guardian should present a photo ID & the child’s birth certificate that includes the parents name with the child’s name on the certificate.

Contestants under 18:

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY AUDITION?

The completed paperwork and an ID.  But please read the paperwork page carefully for all the information you need especially if anyone you are coming to the audition with is under 18.  That means as an act or as a supporter.

WHAT SHOULD I NOT BRING WITH ME TO THE AUDITIONS?

The list of prohibited items below is not exhaustive and even if an item is not listed below, the producers and security reserve the right to ask you to remove any such item from the venue.

People in possession of prohibited items will be denied admission to the line and to the venue and may be subject to immediate disqualification. All bags are subject to search:

  • Coolers of any kind unless for medical reasons
  • Fireworks
  • Props that must be used with fire or pyro
  • Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, “army knives” or Swiss Army-type knives and all swords)
  • Sharp tools
  • Mace, pepper spray, or similar items
  • Illicit drugs or alcohol

We are sorry, but during this first round of auditions we cannot have fire, swords, or other sharp objects at the venue. If you have prop or dull swords, knifes, or other props that appear dangerous but are not, or if you need sharp tools (i.e screwdrivers, scissors, etc) to do your act, please notify our security staff and we will try to accommodate you. Please bring a DVD or YouTube link of your act if your act does include these elements. If you are chosen to go through to the second round, you will be able to use your props and/or pyrotechnics if approved in advance by Producers.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THE AUDITION?

There will be roving cameras interviewing contestants, their families and supporters inside and outside of the audition venues, so dress to impress for your NBC prime-time debut. If appropriate to your act, wear something that will make you stand out in a crowd.  If possible, you should arrive in the outfit or costume you plan to wear for your audition.

If you are selected to move on in the competition, you will be asked to wear the same outfit for our celebrity judges.

DO NOT wear LOGOs of any kind, including sports teams, designer names, or company logos. Contestants, friends and family members wearing logos will be asked to cover or remove the articles of clothing.

As part of the show, we will shoot several group shots with everyone, including a welcome to each city, so be prepared to spend some time outside. Favor brighter colors over drab, dark colors and ask your family and friends to do the same. This is your chance to stand out.

DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO AUDITION?

Auditioning for America's Got Talent is completely free. Sure you still need to get to the venue, and maybe get a hotel for the night if it's a long drive, but we cannot reimburse you for your expenses. But if anyone is claiming they are with the show and want to charge you money to audition please contact us right away.

If you make it beyond the first round of auditions, we will discuss with you in detail how we reimburse for travel arrangements as you progress in the competition.

DO I NEED TO BRING PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP TO THE AUDITION?

ALL contestants must be a United States citizen, legal permanent resident of the United States, possess a current employment authorization card (EAD card) or are in the United States legally at the time of their initial audition and understand and agree that they will be required to show proof of unrestricted employment authorization or have appropriate visa status in the United States that allows them to compete on the Program prior to quarterfinals.

If you are not a United States citizen, you will be asked to provide proof of legal residency and/or proof of your right to work in the United States in connection with your participation in the program. For VISA's, please bring all Immigration paperwork and copies of your VISA and petitions.

NOT EVERYONE FROM MY GROUP CAN MAKE IT TO THE AUDITION. IF WE BRING A TAPE, IS THIS OK?

We understand that not everyone can take time away from their jobs and lives to join us for the day of auditions, but we highly encourage everyone to come.

Please alert the producers that there would be additional members of your act should you move on to the next round.

If you are missing key members of your act, we encourage you to bring a DVD or YouTube link of your whole group performing.

MY ACT TAKES A LONG OF TIME TO SET UP AND I AM NOT SURE I CAN DO IT IN AN AUDITION ROOM. WHAT DO I DO?

If you have a big 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.

At the very least, please come to the audition dressed in your normal performance costume or wardrobe and bring a DVD or YouTube link of your act.  That way we can meet you.  We will watch up to 90 seconds of the DVD or link and that will be submitted as your audition.

MY ACT HAS FIRE IN IT OR NEEDS SPECIAL RIGGING. CAN I STILL AUDITION?

We are sorry, but during this first round of auditions we cannot have fire at the venue.  If you have prop swords, knifes, or other props that appear dangerous but are not, please alert the staff and we will try to accommodate you.

Also, there will not be any rigging for aerial acts. However, if you are chosen to go through to the second round, you will be able to use your props, fire and have the option of rigging if approved in advance by Producers.  Please bring a DVD or YouTube link of your act if your act does include these elements and the Producers will watch it.

You can also submit your audition online on our site.

I'M IN A BAND. WHAT WILL MY AUDITION BE LIKE?

Due to time constraints in this initial phase of the audition process, we only allow for acoustic set ups.  This means you must hand-carry your instruments into the audition room in one trip and should not rely on plugging into amplifiers.  If your band does not typically play acoustically, we ask you to come to your audition dressed in your normal performance costume or wardrobe, and to bring a DVD or YouTube link of your act with a full band set up. We will watch up to 90 seconds of the DVD or link.

You can also submit a video online of your act to the program.

That said, if you have a big set-up please click here to fill out a form to tell us more about what you require. If we can accomodate you, we will contact you.

CAN I BRING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH ME TO THE AUDITION?

Yes. You will be allowed to perform at your audition with your musical instrument, but you WILL NOT be allowed to plug in any instruments to our amplifiers etc, so MAKE SURE IT'S ACOUSTIC or is portable and has a self-contained amplifier.

For those needing a keyboard, we will make reasonable efforts to provide one for you in the audition room (Usually a Yamaha Motif-8 keyboard or Roland Fantom x8).  We do not allow programming of the keyboard with your own sequences. You can, however, play to an audio CD if needed.

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.

CAN I BRING MY DRUM KIT TO PLAY AT MY FIRST AUDITION?

Due to the amount of time it takes to set up a drum kit, we have found that a DVD or YouTube link of your drumming or band's performance works much better for you and us. A DVD or link will allow you the time at home to tune and adjust your levels and will give us a more accurate representation of your talent than you would get in our audition room where no sound checks are allowed.  The DVD or link does not have to be of professional quality. It can be as simple as your friend taping you at home or a prior show at which you have performed.

If you would still like to play something "live" in the audition room, you may bring a portion of the drum kit (ex: a snare and hi-hat) so that you are able to literally ‘walk in and play'. Due to the amount of auditions we need to conduct, NO SET UP TIME WILL BE ALLOWED!  We have had some acts bring in a drum kit on a 4x4 dolly, but again you need to be able to roll it into the audition room in one trip.

Should you move on to the next round, you will be able to use a drum kit provided by the show.

I AM A SINGER. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

Generally, singers are asked to sing their one song a capella (without a backing track). We have found that backing tracks overpower vocals and hinder your audition instead of helping it. You should prepare a verse and a chorus for your audition. You do not need to start your song at the beginning. Please pick a section of the song that best shows off your voice. It is always a good idea to have a few songs ready as a back-up incase the Producer asks to hear them.

THERE WILL ALSO NOT BE A MICROPHONE FOR SINGERS UNLESS YOU ARE PERFORMING TO A TRACK BY SINGING AND DANCING OR PLAYING THE PIANO. 

However, you may use a backing track if you sing and dance at the same time. In addition, rappers can use their own beats. Otherwise, it is up to the Producer’s discretion if and when a track is permitted. Playing an instrument (for example a piano, guitar, etc.) while singing is always allowed.

 

I AM A DANCER? WHAT'S THE FLOOR LIKE IN THE AUDITION ROOMS?

We have two different types of flooring available in the audition rooms: carpet and parquet dance floors.  The dance floor size depends on the venue. They are typically between 15' x 15' to 21' X 21.'   If you want a room with a dance floor, you should let us know when you get called to the audition rooms.

MY ACT DOES ORIGINAL MATERIAL / I WANT TO DO ORIGINAL MATERIAL. IS THAT ALLOWED?

If your act uses music (singer, dancer, band, group, musician, variety performer, etc.), we advise you to pick music that is very well known.  Generally the judges and audience respond better to music they know.

Even the Rolling Stones open their shows with an old classic and not their new material.

However, each act on our show is unique and different and the final decision is up to you.