'America's Got Talent' producer shares audition tips

Lisa Yates @Lisa_editor

NBC's "America's Got Talent" television show is coming to New Orleans, Feb. 15 and 16, looking for contestants. The open casting call begins at 8 a.m. each morning at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Rosslyn Taylor Jordan, supervising casting producer for the show, said everyone who shows up will get a chance to audition.

"Everyone will be seen, even if we have to stay until midnight," she said in a recent interview with Gonzales Weekly Citizen from her office in Los Angeles. "We shoot all of our auditions and use the footage for the audition episodes. Everyone who comes to the casting call has a chance to appear in our Big Open where we introduce the city … lots of fun!"

"America's Got Talent" is the only talent competition show open to any age and any talent. Every type of performer is welcome – including musicians, dance crews, magicians, contortionists, comedians, singers, jugglers, animal acts and everything in between.

So what stands out?

"Anything fun, interesting or unique," the producer said. "Raw talent always shines and people who put in the time to work on their craft rise to the top and do very well."

Jordan said performers who have auditioned in the past are eligible to compete.

"We welcome people back, but I suggest they change up their routine to make it fresh," she said.

She said contestants need to visit www.AGTauditions.com to pre-register and download all of the paperwork they will need to bring to the casting call.

In addition to the paperwork, Jordan said contestants should dress "their very best."

"There is no callback and whatever they wear to the auditions is what they will be expected to wear on the first episode … continuity," she said.

Jordan said she's seen some bizarre acts in the past. What's the most unusual?

"A guy who came in and farted the national anthem in his underwear," she said. "No, he did not make it on the show."

The show is entering its eight season this year and begins airing this summer. Jordan said this year's celebrity judges would be revealed soon.

"Other than Howard Stern and our awesome host Nick Cannon, nothing is official so stay tuned," she said.