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'America's Got Talent 2011' YouTube Auditions Get Underway



Following the June 9 deadline, producers will select twenty acts for the YouTube community to view and vote for their favorites.



"America's Got Talent 2010" judges
America's Got Talent 2010 judgesMay 5, 2011

Jackie Evancho in "America's Got Talent 2010"
Jackie Evancho in "America's Got Talent 2010"
"America's Got Talent 2010" judges
"America's Got Talent 2010" judges
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA — NBC's "America's Got Talent" and its producers have re-partnered with YouTube to allow talented acts from across the country the opportunity to audition online for their shot at stardom and a million-dollar prize, it was announced today by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios. Much like season 5 finalist Jackie Evancho, who became a worldwide singing sensation after her online submission led to her competing on the #1 summer series, hopefuls once again can audition online by submitting their auditions via YouTube.

Powered by YouTube, beginning May 5 through June 9, acts of all ages can now upload their audition videos via the "America's Got Talent" Audition App, or at www.youtube.com/americasgottalent, or at nbc.com/agt, as well as the "America's Got Talent" Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/nbcagt. Following the June 9 deadline, producers will select 20 acts for the YouTube community to view and vote for their favorites. The #1 YouTube act with the most votes will automatically gain a place on the YouTube-branded quarterfinal broadcast episode.



This season, "America's Got Talent" has taken the online audition element to the next level, allowing submissions via a new iPhone and Android app, which gives potential acts the opportunity to submit audition videos from their handheld devices. This first-of-its-kind competition show app allows these users to record and upload a video directly to YouTube and submit it as an official "America's Got Talent" audition.

"With a flip of the hand, this process throws a wider net across America," said Telegdy. "You Tube brought us Jackie Evancho for season 5, and with greater accessibility and ease provided by the audition app, there's no telling what amazing talent will surface next."

"We are delighted to work with NBC's digital marketing team and YouTube to put this ground-breaking audition experience directly in the hands of the contestants," said Olivier Delfosse, Vice President Interactive, Mobile and Digital Content for FremantleMedia Enterprises. "Jackie's success is a great testament to the power of social media, and proves that winning 'America's Got Talent' is within anyone's reach."

The YouTube auditions were especially notable last season when then unknown 10-year-old vocalist Evancho placed first in the inaugural online contest. She went on to advance to the Top 10, where she performed "Pie Jesu" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and her YouTube audition has since garnered over 3.7 million views to-date. After the finale, she signed a recording deal with Columbia records. Her first album, "O Holy Night," debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart and #1 in the U.S. Classical Album Chart, selling over 1.5 million copies in 2010 and making her the top-selling debut artist in the U.S. that year, as well as the youngest female solo artist to have a platinum selling record and debut in the Top 10.

That same season, the YouTube-themed shows hit a three-week high in total viewers to rank as the #1 telecast of the night, averaging 10.5 million persons, and the season finale set a series record with 16.4 million viewers.

"America's Got Talent" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell's SYCO Television. Simon Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz ("American Idol"), Jason Raff, Ken Warwick ("American Idol") and Georgie Hurford-Jones ("Britain's Got Talent") are executive producers.
 
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