AGT 16 PERFORMANCE FAQ
WHERE AND WHEN AM I GOING TO PERFORM?
This year our Judges Auditions will take place in the greater Los Angeles area. We will schedule you to audition on a certain day based on your availability, not preference. You will provide your availability in the Supplemental Information Form. Please note that exact filming dates for this season of AGT are subject to change due to regulations and restrictions relating to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We will keep you updated and informed if our filming schedule changes, and we ask for your patience as we look to film this season safely for all.
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I AM GOING TO PERFORM FOR THE CELEBRITY JUDGES?
We are very interested in you for our Celebrity Judge Audition. Our Producers will stay in touch with you throughout the process and make sure that, as soon as a final decision is made, you are notified. Please be patient as we continue to make our decisions.
WHAT IF I AM TRAVELING IN FOR MY AUDITION?
AGT plans to travel performers to the greater Los Angeles area for their celebrity judge audition.
Contestants who live 150 to 300 miles away from the theater, as determined by us, will be reimbursed $0.20 a mile for driving or will be provided a bus or train ticket. We will need to see sufficient supporting evidence of such costs being incurred before we reimburse.
If you live more than 300 miles away, AGT will provide you a plane ticket to Los Angeles. You will also be provided a hotel room the night before and the night of your audition.
Please note, you may be asked to travel in early/stay longer for health and safety reasons. Your producer and the AGT Travel Department will be in touch with you regarding specifics of your travel. You may also be required to obtain a COVID-19 test prior to travel and while on site. We will let you know of any testing requirements as the travel dates get closer.
AGT will NOT travel family or supporters, with the exception of 1 parent/guardian for performers under 18 years old.
WHAT IF I HAVE MINORS IN MY ACT?
We have very strict rules, in accordance with California labor requirements, if there are performers under 18 in your act.
ALL Minors MUST have ONE parent or legal guardian present. If the parent or legal guardian cannot attend the audition, the minor must have a Guardianship and Medical Authorization for Minors Form filled out and notarized prior to the audition. If the minor does not have the notarized form completed and submitted, they will not be able to audition. You can download the Guardianship Form here.
FAMILIES: If the show is traveling a minor in for the Celebrity Judge Round (based on the above criteria) then we will also travel one (1) parent or legal guardian for each minor, unless the minors are siblings, in which case we will only travel one (1) parent or legal guardian for every four (4) minors.
GROUPS: If you are traveling with a group that has minors in it, each minor still must have one (1) parent or legal guardian present. However, if certain parents cannot attend and another parent and/or coach is willing to take over guardianship for the minor(s), there is a one (1) adult per four (4) minors ratio rule.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a coach that would like to attend, they must do so at their own expense, unless of course that person is acting as a legal guardian to a minor and all of the proper paperwork has been completed and notarized.
CAN I ADD MEMBERS TO MY GROUP?
Possibly, however you cannot add any members or switch out any members of your group without having approval from your Producer first.
I HAVE LARGE PROPS, WHAT DO I DO WITH THEM?
Your Producer will be in touch with you to arrange when and where you should drop off your props for your Celebrity Judge Round.
If you are local, please do not show up early on the day of your audition to drop off any props without notifying your Producer. We have limited space backstage and want to make sure everyone has room.
If you need to ship props, you must provide your Producer with all dimensions and weights that you will be shipping as well as what is in each package or crate. We will then coordinate the shipping with you.
Additionally, any and/or all props may be subject to quarantine and sanitation prior to use on set. We will advise of any additional requirements regarding props.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MUSIC I WILL USE?
If you are performing or using music in your performance, the first step is to submit your music choices for clearance on our Concept Questionnaire. This will be sent to you by your producer starting in January
Because we are a television show, all of the music/songs we use must be approved ahead of time through our Music Department and cleared to use on TV. We will take care of that process for you, bearing in mind that just because you request a song, that does not mean you will get to use it. You must supply us with backup choices, in case a song does not clear.
DO I BRING MY MUSIC WITH ME?
Once you have a song approved by your Producer, our Music Coordinator will be in touch to go over the edit of your song and you will be sent a copy of your music track via email. If you are performing the song yourself (like on a piano or guitar with no backing track) you should go over the 90 second edit you are going to do with your Producer.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME TO THE AUDITIONS?
Unless told otherwise, you need to arrive to your Celebrity Judge audition “camera ready.” That means in the costume that you wore to your open call audition (if applicable), with your full hair and make-up done. Also bring all props that you will need to perform. During the time before your performance, you will have some time to rehearse in the holding room, but there is a lot of down time as well. Feel free to bring a book, magazine, or electronic device to keep you company while you wait. However, we are NOT responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged personal property that you choose to bring to your audition.
NO LOGOS: Because you are being filmed with the intent to air on television, we need to make sure we know AHEAD OF TIME if you are planning on wearing any logos on camera. Logos include any name, design, verbiage, etc that you DO NOT own. Even a small logo on your prop could be an issue. Please send pictures of your wardrobe and props to your producer for final approval before you come to your audition. Please note: You are NOT allowed to wear (on your wardrobe or props etc) any websites, or social media Handles, Hashtags etc. that have your name or any other organization on it. This is against the rules. If you have any questions about logos, designs, etc. Please ask the producer assigned to you.
DO YOU PROVIDE PER DIEM?
PER DIEM: Per Diem is ONLY provided to acts and the parent or legal guardian of minors that we are traveling in and staying in the provided hotel accommodations. Each act member and parent guardian, as applicable will receive $25 for each night that you are booked in the production hotel. This money is provided for additional meals or expenses outside of the audition at the theater. You will be given your per diem when you check in at the theatre the day of your audition.
Contestants are not compensated for their participation on AGT.
WHO SHOULD I BRING WITH ME? AND HOW MANY TICKETS DO I GET?
Unless otherwise specified, or unless you are/or have minors in your act, NO friends or family will be allowed in the holding room.
We will inform you of protocols and regulations for any supporters as we approach the filming dates. We cannot guarantee any friends/family will be permitted on set.
IF I MAKE IT PAST THE CELEBRITY JUDGE ROUND, WHAT AVAILABILITY SHOULD I HAVE?
The details and exact dates and location(s) for round following the Celebrity Judge Round are still to be confirmed. We will keep you informed as details become available.
The Live Shows could start as early as the beginning of August in Los Angeles and continue through late-September.
If you make it through the initial Celebrity Judge Round, there will be a meeting after your performance to further discuss future dates that you need to be available.
CAN I TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THE UPCOMING CELEBRITY JUDGE AUDITION?
You are not allowed to talk about potentially being selected for the show. This includes, talking to or providing photos, clips or quotes to any media or press outlet (including traditional newspapers, radio, magazine or television or online publications). This restriction applies even if the media approaches you. You are also not allowed to discuss potentially being selected for or participating in the show with the general public. In addition, you may NOT post anything on your social networking sites (i.e. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) email, or otherwise disclose anything about your potential selection and/or participation on the show, regardless of the medium (i.e., whether in person, via online posts, etc.). We take breaches of confidentiality very seriously, and a confidentiality breach could lead to elimination or disqualification from America’s Got Talent.
We realize this letter will not answer all of your questions. But we are here to help and support you as best we can within the guidelines of the competition. Please feel free to contact your Producer with any additional questions or concerns. Receipt of this letter does not mean you have been selected to audition for the Celebrity Judge Round. The terms of this letter are confidential and should not be shared.