The auditions for “America’s Got Talent” Season 12 have begun.
According to Chicago Tribune, approximately 3,000 people flocked the McCormick Place on Saturday to try their luck on the show. Chicago is one of the 10 cities that the producers and judges of “America’s Got Talent” plan to visit within the next three months for the auditions. Those who do not wish to line up may also post their videos online at the show’s official website.
The producers and judges of “America’s Got Talent” will then head to Texas on Nov. 19 to hold another round of auditions at the Austin Convention Center. Mel B, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are all expected to return to the show. They will also be joined by host Nick Cannon. This year, a number of special judges will also be invited to help Mel B, Klum, Cowell and Mandel choose which acts should go straight to the live shows.
Last year, Mandel gave Season 11 winner Grace Vanderwaal his golden buzzer pick. Klum chose pizza delivery guy Sal Valentinetti, while Cowell selected Calysta Bevier among the other contestants. Valentinetti made it to the finals with Vanderwaal, but Bevier only managed to compete until the semifinals.
Meanwhile, teen opera singer Laura Bretan made it to the finale last season. She also happened to be judge Mel B’s golden buzzer pick. Following her stint in “America’s Got Talent” Season 11, Bretan has went on to appear in a series of talk shows and concerts.
Earlier this month, she sat down for an interview on “You & Me.” Bretan also shared a photo with David Foster during one of their rehearsals together. The teen was also part of Project Harmony’s event to help prevent child abuse in different forms.
“America’s Got Talent” Season 11 will premiere on NBC sometime next year.