LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC and the producers of America's Got Talent are partnering with YouTube to put the show's audition process online.
Starting Monday, acts can upload their videos onto a special page on the video-sharing site to be in consideration for the summer show. From the submitted videos, producers from FremantleMedia North America will select 40 to be posted on a Got Talent YouTube channel for users to vote on. A total of 12 acts from YouTube submissions will perform live on the NBC show.
Got Talent videos have frequently become viral sensations on YouTube after airing, from last season's winner Kevin Skinner to the U.K. version's Susan Boyle. This arrangement gives NBC another portal to finding talent and helps generate buzz for the show, which returns June 1 with Howie Mandel joining the judges' table. The submission site is www.youtube.com/americasgottalent.