Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Open Casting Calls Announced For Season Two Of AMERICAS GOT TALENT

Open Casting Calls to Take Place in Branson, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago

Season Two Features More Audition Episodes; Introduces New "Boot Camp" Phase of Popular Talent Competition Series

NBC hit AMERICA′S GOT TALENT is gearing up for an exciting second season, as creator and executive producer Simon Cowell ("American Idol") announced yesterday the multiple-city casting search for the most talented act in America, and provided a first look at some surprising twists for the second installment of the series, which will return at midseason.

The audition dates and locations follow:

Las Vegas Convention Center - October 3rd
3150 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, 89109

San Francisco Bill Graham Civic Center - October 7th
99 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

New York Javits Center - October 11th
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Atlanta America′s Mart - October 16th
Building #1
240 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Boston Convention Center - October 20th
415 Summer Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Los Angeles Convention Center - October 24th
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Chicago Navy Pier - October 29th
600 East Grand Ave.
Chicago, Il 60611

Season two of AMERICA′S GOT TALENT will include expanded audition episodes with more personal stories on the contestants vying for the coveted prize. Additionally, a new "boot camp" phase of the competition will also be implemented. Contestants who make it past the televised audition phase of the series will be sent to the boot camp where some of the most prominent experts in their respective fields of entertainment will help the contestants hone and perfect their skills. Also new for season two, during the semi-final phase of the competition the top 10 acts will battle it out and face eliminations each week, culminating in an exciting finale episode where the winner will be revealed.

Hosted by television legend Regis Philbin, "America′s Got Talent" showcases the hottest performers from across the country, all vying for a $1 million grand prize, with the winner being chosen by the television viewing audience. Each week, the show features a colorful array of hopeful future stars -- singers, dancers, comedic performers and unique acts of all ages who have a chance to strut and perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges including actor, singer and executive producer David Hasselhoff ("Baywatch"), Grammy award-winning singer and actress Brandy ("Moesha") and U.K. television/media personality Piers Morgan.

Philadelphia native Bianca Ryan was crowned the winner of season one in an exciting finale on August 17. She recently signed a recording deal with Columbia Records/SYCO, and her first CD is due out on November 14th.

Prospects under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian and must have parental permission. In addition, all possible contestants must have: a photo identification; be a legal United States citizen, legal permanent resident or possess a current employment visa; and arrive at the audition in costume. Potential contestants who are unable to make the open calls can apply online at Click on the "For Fans" tab, and then on "casting."