via press release:
Thousands of Acts from Across the Country Submitted Audition Videos to YouTube for Chance to Perform and Compete for $1 Million Prize
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – August 8, 2011 – NBC’s top-rated summer series “America’s Got Talent” announced today the 12 acts from the YouTube online auditions that will perform live for the first time on Tuesday, August 9 (9-11 p.m. ET). Last season’s runner-up, young opera sensation Jackie Evancho, auditioned through YouTube and her recent debut album “Dream with Me” has just been certified gold.
Over the past few months, thousands of acts from across the country submitted videos at www.youtube.com/agt and from these submissions, the show selected 20 acts and the YouTube community picked their favorite – Matt Wilhelm, a BMX racer from Chicago.
See Wilhelm’s performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x2lrrm_LkQ
Wilhelm will perform live alongside 11 additional YouTube acts that were selected by the show including:
Aeon – Los Angeles (parkour)
Beth Ann Robinson – Dothan, Ala. (dancer)
Breena Bell – Lincoln, Ala. (solo gymnast/dancer)
Illusionist Brett Daniels – Walkersville, Wis. (magician)
Gabe Rocks – Bellingham, Wash. (animal act)
Gymkana – College Park, Md. (variety)
Kalani Basketball Freestyle – Honolulu (variety)
Kevin Colis – New Braunfels, Texas (singer)
Powerhouse – Burbank, Calif. (choir)
TNC Elite – members from Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina (cloggers)
West Springfield Dance Team – Springfield, Va. (dance team)
Viewers can see their performances here: http://www.youtube.com/agt
On the Wednesday, August 10 (9-10 p.m. ET) live results show, four acts from Tuesday’s YouTube performance show will move on to the semi-finals, which begin August 23 (9-11 p.m. ET).
Now in its sixth season, “America’s Got Talent,” airs Tuesdays (9-11 p.m. ET) and Wednesdays (9-10 p.m. ET) on NBC. Howie Mandel, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne star as the celebrity panel of judges, and Nick Cannon serves as host. The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of aspiring stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America’s hearts – and the $1 million prize.
So far this summer, the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of “America’s Got Talent” are the #1 and #3 series on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in total viewers, with the Wednesday edition of “Talent” ranking behind only NBC’s “The Voice.” In adults 18-49, the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of “Talent” rank #2 and #3, behind only “The Voice.” Versus last year, “America’s Got Talent” is up in adults 18-49 by 20 percent on Tuesdays (with an average 4.2 rating vs. a 3.5) and up 18 percent on Wednesdays (4.0 vs. 3.4), according to “most current” averages through July 31 from Nielsen Media Research. In total viewers, the show is up 22 percent year-to-year on Tuesdays (14.715 million vs. 12.050 million) and 13 percent year-to-year on Wednesdays (13.670 million vs. 12.110 million).
“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 are executive producers.
For contestant embeddable clips and full episodes of “America’s Got Talent” please visit NBC.com’s official show site: http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/
For artwork and a complete press kit from the show, please visit the NBC Universal Media Village website at http://www.nbcumv.com.
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About NBC Entertainment:
NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network’s primetime, late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC’s quality programs and balanced lineup have earned the network critical acclaim, numerous awards, and ratings success. NBC has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history. NBC’s roster of popular scripted series includes critically acclaimed comedy Emmy winners “The Office” and “30 Rock,” starring Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey. Veteran, award-winning dramas on NBC include “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Chuck.” Unscripted series for NBC include the new vocal competition hit “The Voice” as well as the popular “The Biggest Loser,” “The Celebrity Apprentice” and “America’s Got Talent.” NBC’s late-night story is highlighted by “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “Saturday Night Live.” NBC Daytime’s “Days of our Lives” consistently finishes among daytime’s top programs in the valuable women 18-34 category. On Saturday mornings, the network broadcasts Qubo on NBC, a three-hour block that features fun, entertaining, and educational programming for kids, including the award-winning, 3-D animated series Veggie Tales.
About FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA:
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. production division of global media giant FremantleMedia. Based in Burbank, California, FMNA produces entertaining and innovative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms, including the Emmy-nominated musical/reality phenomenon “American Idol” (FOX), “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), “What Chilli Wants” (VH1), “Hole In The Wall” (Cartoon Network), “Let’s Make A Deal” (CBS), “Family Feud” (syn), “The Price Is Right” (CBS), and the much-anticipated “The X Factor” (FOX) for Fall 2011.
Syco, with offices in London and Los Angeles, is a global music, television and film production joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment. Syco Television owns and produces the BAFTA Award-winning “The X Factor,” which has topped the charts around the world. Syco Television is also the owner of the “Got Talent” television format. Versions of both “The X Factor” and “Got Talent” are co-produced by Syco, and are shown in more than 70 countries and have won multiple awards including national television awards and BAFTAs.
Syco is also the record label home for such diverse international recording stars as Leona Lewis and Il Divo. Cowell has worked with artists selling more than 200 million albums and delivering more than 180 No. 1 records. Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 launched the global singing career of Susan Boyle. Her debut Syco album sold over 8 million units in six weeks, making it the world’s biggest-selling album of 2009 and the fastest-selling album in history, selling a total of 20 million records to date.
YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, CA and is a subsidiary of Google Inc