America's Got Talent - Summer 2017 (spoilers, natch)

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  1. Jun 7, 2017 #21 of 431
    Cainebj

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    I think that might be true but I also know there are auditions withOUT the judges. I have a friend who is part of a 4-man singing group and he said they auditioned here in NY and got through to perform for the judges.

    If this year is all in LA that might have been necessary because of the uncertainty of Nick Cannon staying or going...
     
  2. Jun 7, 2017 #22 of 431
    That Don Guy

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    I don't think that's quite right. The Wikipedia entries for the previous two seasons list a number of audition cities, and the call for next season says there will be auditions in Orlando and Savannah as well as LA. However, I think the non-LA auditions may not be in front of the judges (if Howard Stern refused to go to LA for the live shows, which is why they were in New York when he was a judge, then I doubt he'd travel across the country for the auditions), and some of those acts are then flown to LA to audition in front of the judges and TV cameras. The only auditions we see are all in Los Angeles. (Note that next season's Orlando and Savannah auditions are in November, while the LA audition is in February.)

    It also makes it a lot easier for the judges to know who all of the acts are so they can work out who gets the Golden Buzzers.
     
  3. Jun 7, 2017 #23 of 431
    pmyers

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    That "architectural dance movement company" with the rocking ark, were really good. I enjoyed that quite a bit.
     
  4. Jun 7, 2017 #24 of 431
    Mikeguy

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    I wonder if the troupe dancers now are reconsidering the response that if they win, the troupe manager gets the $1M. ;)
     
  5. Jun 7, 2017 #25 of 431
    Turtleboy

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    I had never thought about the fact the judges know all the acts and work with the producers to pre-decide who gets the Golden Buzzer. What a very cynical way of looking at it. I love it and you're probably right. On any of these shows, there are multiple rounds of offscreen auditions before they get in front of the judges. American Idol always pretended that the judges saw everyone (at least they did the first few seasons that I watched).

    I assume that AGT has nominal "Open Auditions," where anyone can show up, but I doubt very many of the people from those get to the judges. Almost all the acts on AGT are invited on in one way or another. They are all known entities on the brink of success, unlike American Idol when people wander in off the street. Darci Lynne was on both the US and the British version of 'Little Big Shots." Laura Bretan (the little girl opera singer from last year) had just won "Armenia's Got Talent." Piff the Magic Dragon was on Penn and Teller Fool Us first. Last night when one of those dancing couples came out Simon said, "Oh, you were on Britain's Got Talent". What was even American about them?

    I still like it, but the fact that the show is cast makes it a little less enjoyable.
     
  6. Jun 7, 2017 #26 of 431
    Mikeguy

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    I was wondering that initially as well, but the couple later said (during the show) that they've moved to the U.S. Now, that's hard to do. ;)
     
  7. Jun 7, 2017 #27 of 431
    getreal

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    The show is NOT called "Americans Got Talent".
    There are semi-pro performers in entertainment being cast by casting agencies as contestants for all sorts of reality/contest shows -- from "Dating Naked" to "AGT". Some people make appearances across several shows. e.g., Ozzy from "Survivor" had also appeared on a soft-core "dating" show for the Playboy Channel which was a much more hardcore version of "Dating Naked".
     
  8. Jun 7, 2017 #28 of 431
    Regina

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    Yep-quoting myself-Simon was sooooooooooooo mean last night when he buzzed Arteyon and Paige-those little kid dancers-they were adorable and, IMO, talented! But they didn't need him-they got 3 "yes" votes!

    OMG-when that science teacher gave the judges that gas to make their voices lower, I was LOLing for real-the men were almost funnier than the women! Howie: "SIMON COWELL, I - AM - YOUR - FATHER!!" :D
     
  9. Jun 7, 2017 #29 of 431
    pmyers

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    Buzzing somebody's act you don't like, is not mean.
     
  10. Jun 7, 2017 #30 of 431
    Regina

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    I think it's mean to buzz kids-don't put them through if you don't think they are ready, but buzzing is mean, IMO.
     
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    Turtleboy

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    Those were the kids I was weirded out by. I thought their act was not age-appropriate.
     
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    Regina

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    I thought the kids were adorable and their dancing was cute and they were talented-I did agree with Simon that the song choice was inappropriate- "Barbie Girl" is not a song for children!

    "You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere..." :eek::eek::eek: .. no, not for an 8 and 9 year old!!
     
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    gossamer88

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    The kids never weirded me out, but they were pretty bad. I would've buzzed them...LOL!
     
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    Regina

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    What? They were doing spins and flips-I thought they were great!
     
  15. Jun 8, 2017 #35 of 431
    getreal

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    Those little kids were not worthy. Sure, their act appeals to maternal instincts, but does not rise to the standards of professional entertainment. It belongs on the stage in a school auditorium. BZZZZZT!
     
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    I was a fan of roller skate girl. :)
     
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    sean67854

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    It seems weird to me to see people trying out or in the "holding room" shots that I've seen elsewhere. On episode 2 the had a short line in the holding room from Allen Pan in the holding room who recently made it very far on Mythbusters: The Search. They also showed that dude from the Sprint commercials that calls his dog his son and thinks they look alike.
     
  18. Jun 9, 2017 #38 of 431
    TriBruin

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    I 100% agree.Ignoring the fact that the song choice was completely inappropriate for kids their age, I didn't feel their dancing was anything outstanding. I have seen just as good of dancing on other shows, such as Dance Moms.
     
  19. Jun 9, 2017 #39 of 431
    Cainebj

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    I was a fan of her brother. :)
     
  20. Jun 9, 2017 #40 of 431
    Jon B

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    As someone who was a contestant last year, I thought I'd chime in with some deets on the audition process.

    Best as I could tell, there were three "levels" of contestants. Level One were folks who just showed up at regional open auditions that were like cattle calls. You wait in line forever, eventually audition in front of some producers (no one you'd know), and if they like you, months later you'd be notified that they'll fly you to LA to audition in front of the judges (i.e. what you are watching now on TV). Level Two was like level one, except that you were *invited* to a regional audition by a producer who's seen you on YouTube or some other channel. You're given a scheduled time to show up so you don't need to wait in line all day. Then there are Level Three people who skip the initial audition process altogether. The producers have seen enough of them online to know that they want them on the show. I was honored to be in the latter group, but I met plenty of people at my audition who had gotten onto the show via the other two methods. I couldn't tell you what the percentages were, but a good number fall into each category.

    Last year and this year, all the auditions in front of the judges took place at the Pasadena Civic Center.

    I'm not sure what you mean by that, since the judges haven't seen the acts (or certainly not all of them) until the performance that you see on TV.

    I'd be happy to answer any questions you have, but I don't visit this forum very often so you might need to wait a couple of days for my reply.
     
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