'America's Got Talent': YouTube Auditions Officially Begin
'America's Got Talent': YouTube Auditions Officially Begin
Jenn Lee
Jenn Lee
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Though the season 7 premiere of America's Got Talent is merely a week away (and auditions have closed), there's still a chance to show America your talent and win the grand one million-dollar prize. Today NBC announced the return of their YouTube audition program (this year sponsored by Snapple), where anyone (U.S.-based) of any age and any talent can audition for the show by recording a video and submitting it online. Check out the promo video below:


Submissions are being accepted now and the deadline for the online auditions is June 1 (so get cracking on that interpretive dance routine you've been waiting to debut). After June1, the show producers will select 20 acts to be considered. Through YouTube, viewers can vote for their favorites and the act from the #1 video will automatically advance to the quarterfinals. Eleven other acts will also perform on the special YouTube Snapple episode (to air in August) to compete for slots in the semi-finals.

For all you hidden talents out there, this is a prime opportunity to gain access to a huge platform and showcase your skills. You might even make it to the very end, just as young classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho did in season 5. Evancho got onto the show through the special YouTube audition program and ended up in second place. In other words, get recording, because you never know until you try! And it couldn't be easier, thanks to the world of YouTube (submit your video here).

Season 7 of America's Got Talent will feature returning host Nick Cannon, returning judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mendel and brand-new judge (and self-proclaimed AGT fan) Howard Stern, the well-known radio personality (Stern is replacing last season's Piers Morgan). Due to Stern's radio program commitments, AGT has moved to New York City, marking a significant change in the new look of this season (executive producer Simon Cowell called it a "top-to-bottom makeover").

To watch the season preview, catch the clip below:


The special back-to-back premiere airs on Monday, May 14 (8-10pm) and Tuesday, May 15 (8-10pm). After that, the series will continue with regular episodes on Mondays (8-9pm) and Tuesdays (9-10pm) on NBC.

(Image courtesy of NBC)

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