How To Audition For ‘America’s Got Talent’: Here’s What You Need To Know

Jill O'Rourke
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Ever wanted to audition for America’s Got Talent, but weren’t sure where to start? If you’re ready for your talent to be recognized, we’re here to help you figure things out.

Check out our guide below for information about how to audition for the show, whether you’re doing it online or in person. Keep in mind that, like The Voice, you won’t be auditioning for the judges straight away.

How To Prepare For Your AGT Audition

It’s a good idea to start with the show’s eligibility requirements. You must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States, or you must possess an employment authorization card or be in the U.S. legally at the time of your audition. You can be any age, but if you’re under 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign up on your behalf and fill out special paperwork. Other eligibility guidelines can be found here.

Once you’ve determined that you’re eligible, you can register on the AGT audition website. Even if you’ve registered before, you will need to do it again for the next season. You can even request text alerts for information on upcoming auditions. Be prepared to choose a category for your act, such as “Singer” or “Magician.” Don’t worry, there’s also a “Variety/Other” category if yours doesn’t quite fit into anything else. If you’re auditioning in a group, only one person will need to sign up.

Be sure to also follow @AGTAuditions on social media to keep up to date on the latest audition information so you can eventually register for an audition city near you.

What To Do On The Day Of Your AGT Audition

According to the AGT website, it’s not mandatory to register for an audition day beforehand, but it can help the show keep you up to date. Completing paperwork online beforehand can also save you time on the day. Keep in mind that if you have friends and family accompanying you, they need to fill out paperwork as well. Be sure to also bring a photo ID.

The website says auditions are typically open from 8 am to 7 pm, and you can come any time you want. But keep in mind that if the lines get long, it could be an all-day commitment. You can usually start lining up at 6 am that morning. You’ll receive an audition number and wristband when you arrive.

After you’ve checked in, you’ll be kept in a holding room until your number is called. Once you get into the audition room, you’ll only have up to 90 seconds to show off your act, so make it count.

How To Submit A Video Audition For AGT

If you can’t make it to an open call audition, you have the option to submit a video audition online. Keep in mind that, unlike The Voice, these auditions aren’t open year-round, and must be submitted by a deadline each season.

Videos should be no longer than two or three minutes long, and keep the editing to a minimum to show the real you. Auto-tune is also a no-no, and make sure to check your audio before uploading.

You’re allowed to attend an open audition in addition to submitting a video, and vice versa. This can be helpful for the producers to get to know you better. Also keep in mind that you must re-submit your video auditions every season to be considered again.

Tips & Tricks

America’s Got Talent covers a lot of different kinds of acts, so make sure you check out the open call FAQ to determine if any specific rules or procedures apply to you.

For example, if you’re a singer, you’re encouraged to perform an existing song a cappella (or while playing an instrument). If you’re a dancer, you can request a room with a dance floor when you get called to the audition.

If your act requires props or animals, or takes time to set up, make sure you’re up to date on what’s allowed and fill out the proper paperwork. According to the FAQ, fire or sharp objects are not allowed at the first round of auditions. You can, however, bring a video clip of your act to the audition, or just submit an audition online.

If you’re wondering what you should wear, the show encourages bright colors and items that will make you stand out. However, don’t wear any logos on your clothes, as you may be filmed for television.

And if you want to know past contestant Preacher Lawson’s advice for standing out at your audition, he suggests twerking. (Hey, you never know.)

The above is only the most basic information you need to know to audition. You can find frequently asked questions and further guidelines on the America’s Got Talent audition website. Good luck!

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