America’s Got Talent Reopens Auditions After Coronavirus Shutdown

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- "Auditions" -- Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Sofia Vergara, Simon Cowell -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — “Auditions” — Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Sofia Vergara, Simon Cowell — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

America’s Got Talent had almost finished taping auditions with judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and host Terry Crews, when coronavirus concerns shut production down all across Hollywood.

The future of the show appeared up in the air. But now it appears that NBC and AGT producers have a plan to move forward. The show announced on social media that they were reopening auditions for season 15. “Did someone say more auditions?” a tweet reads, “#AGT is taking new auditions NOW at”

On the website, producers warn to follow all local government regulations and restrictions related to Covid-19 guidelines when preparing auditions. They big news, the announcement says explicitly that America’s Got Talent WILL air this summer.

We want to thank everyone who has submitted a video audition for this year’s season of AGT. We have exciting news and are re-opening Online Auditions! You still have a chance to be featured on the show THIS SUMMER! While you are safe at home and practicing social distancing, why not show us what you’ve got!? Film a video of yourself showing your personality and your talent. Who knows, maybe you could end up in front of the Judges and on TV this summer! Please be sure to follow all of your current local government regulations and restrictions, if any, relating to the Coronavirus disease, Covid-19, when preparing and submitting any audition materials. Check out some tips from our Producers below before submitting your audition!

Covid-19 quarantine restrictions have created new challenges for reality competitions. Halting productions in the middle of filming meant possibly interrupting or postponing series. But with talk, news and music events finding ways to produce remote segments, talent shows are now searching for new ways to carry on.

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For instance, American Idol, which is also produced by Fremantlemedia and shares executive producer, Trish Kahane, halted production before filming the semifinals. Now, according to host Ryan Seacrest, the show is looking for a way to finish the season including live performances, judges comments and fan voting using innovative technologies.

Whatever solution Fremantle introduces to allow American Idol to move forward, will certainly help AGT finish season 15, no matter how long the quarantine lasts.

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