Open Call FAQ

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.
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. When you arrive you will be handed a sticker that is printed with consecutive numbers, and you will be seen on a first come - first seen basis. You may have selected an arrival time when you sign up, but we use those arrival times to manage the flow of arrivals -- that time is not your audition time. 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.
Unless otherwise noted on the individual city's page, you may line up starting at 6 am the day of the auditions.
Typically we open the doors by 8am and close them at 7pm. Sometimes we'll keep the doors open a little later 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".
If you are part of a group, then only one member of the group should register for the act online. Your group will have one record in our system, one Performer Profile, and one ticket for the entire group. We will keep in contact with that one email address and phone number with information about the audition. If you have 5 or less people in your act, we urge you to sign the paperwork electronically. If you plan on coming to the auditions with more than 15 people in your act, we can help make sure you have all the paperwork you need to make your audition day go a lot smoother. Please fill out the Large Group Form and we will be in touch before your audition day to help you prepare.
Yes. You can audition as a group and also as a solo act. You can also audition in two different groups. We don't care. It's best that you register online if you're coming to see us. You'll need a different email address for each registration. But if that's not possible, just come down to the venue. Either way, this is the important thing: When you get to the venue and pick up your contestant sticker and wristbands, tell us what your deal is -- i.e that you are in a group but also want to do a solo audition. You'll need a contestant sticker for each "act."
Our auditions are open to the public and are "first-come/first-serve" and you will be seen in the order you arrive. Typically we are open by 8 am and continues until 7 pm each day, however check the city page for where you are auditioning for hours in that city because the hours can change based on the venue. If you miss the arrival time you picked, no worries. Just come when you can. If you registered with us online, and want to change your day or time, you can just sign into your performer profile using your email and password, then make your changes. If you are having problems you can just email us at auditions@AGTauditions.com. If you can give us your name, the email address you used to register, and the Applicant Number (or Applicant ID) which you received when you registering to the system, and we'll take care of you.
We only allow each email address to register for one city and day. If you registered with us online, and would like to change your city or day you can do so by clicking here and signing into your Performer Profile.
There are no rules about auditioning more than once as long as it's not the same day. Whether you come to an open calls or send in a video we're happy to give you another shot. If you sent a video and want to meet us at an open call city, or visa-versa, that's fine also.
Yes. Our auditions are open to anyone, any age and any talent so long as the person meets our eligibility requirements. However, we strongly suggest that you register for your audition. By registering, you'll be prepared with all of the available forms, paperwork and latest information which will make your day go much smoother. You also may be eligible to sign the paperwork electronically before your audition, that will save you time during the actual day.
Yes, you can send in a video and also appear in person at one of our city auditions.
If you registered and picked a day and the time you want to arrive for your audition, you are confirmed. We'll need you to sign the paperwork. The best way to do that is sign it electronically right at home. If that does not work for you, you can download the release 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. 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." (Most junk mail filters will let emails through that have been manually placed by you in your email system's address book) 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.com.  Please do not reply to this address. 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.
If you are under 18 and our planning on attending the auditions without your parent or legal guardian (either as a performer or a supporter) there are very strict guidelines you must read carefully or your group will not be allowed to audition. 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 OR 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 three things:
  • 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.
  • Designate the third-party acting as guardian on our Personal Release Form.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
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:
  • Photo ID
  • Completed Personal Release Form (with parent signature)
  • If the minor contestant's parent or guardian will not be at the audition: Notarized and completed Guardianship and Medical Authorization for Minors form. If the parent or guardian will be there, you do not need to get this notarized.
  • If the minor contestant's parent or guardian will not be at the audition: Make sure Personal Release Form is signed by parent AND third-party
Everyone who wants to enter the auditions needs a photo ID. You should have also received an email with a "ticket" that has a QR Code. It's helpful to bring that ticket with you. You can always download and print it by logging into your Performer Profile on this site. If you cannot, don't worry about it.

You will also need to complete the paperwork -- either by signing it electronically online or printing it at home. We will have extra paperwork on site if you are having problems, but it will delay your audition by having to fill it out on site.

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 (as an act or as a supporter).

Also, audition days are long so feel free to bring snacks and drinks. However, each venue has different rules regarding outside food. So please check the venue website prior to arriving.

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.
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.
ALL contestants must be a United States citizen, legal permanent resident of the United States, possess a current employment authorization card (EAD card) or be 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 accommodate you, we will contact you.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
No this is not your audition time. We ask you to select an arrival time when you sign up for an open call city. We use these arrival times to manage the flow of acts coming to the auditions in a hope of lessening everyone's wait times. However we are always first come - first seen. The lines may be long. This could be a full day commitment and you may be outside waiting for part of the time, therefore, you should dress accordingly. Typically you are free to bring drinks or food, depending on the discretion of each venue.
When you register online we send an email to you that has the venue information and a QR code we use to speed on the registration process when you get to the venue. It's not mandatory to have a ticket, but you can re-print it by signing into your Performers Profile. If you cannot print from your computer, you can show us the ticket information on your phone, or tell us your contestant ID number which we can use to speed up your on-site registration.
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. If a venue does not allow outside food, we will post on each city page.
No. The audition rooms will be small. Singers will generally be asked to sing acapella. You can bring a backing track, but there is not a guarantee that you will be able to use it. 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.
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 your smart phone or tablet, as well as CD if you have it. If you do need the keyboard, please alert the staff when you are assigned an audition room. For the initial auditions in front of the producers there is a 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 (Video links are preferred but we can accept DVD also) 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 (This includes anyone planning on bring their own amps or band set up - which we discourage you from doing). If we can accommodate you, we will contact you.
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.
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 OR 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: 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.
  •  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.
Make sure you download and fill out the paperwork and have the proper identification. Here's a posting that will take you through what your day will be like. http://www.americasgottalentauditions.com/an-insider-look-at-the-americas-got-talent-auditions/
Yes. If you have an animal act, please go to the paperwork section of our web site and fill out the Animal Information Form. You must indicate the type of animal(s) you will be performing with so we can make the appropriate arrangements on our end. Each state has different rules and regulations for performing animals, so fill out the form as soon as possible. You also must bring paperwork to prove the animals’ inoculations are up-to-date