America’s Got Talent: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets
8. Open Call Auditions Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be
In a 2013 tell-all book, “Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America’s Got Talent,” the book alleges, “Most of the acts who typically advance to Vegas Week and beyond are personally recruited by AGT talent scouts and producers and never wait in line.” Country singer Julienne Irwin from season 2 backs up this claim, “Some are discovered on YouTube, others in comedy clubs and performance venues. ‘When I made it to the Top 20, I couldn’t believe I was the only one that really came from an open call audition. I was the only one that hadn’t been a professional performer.’”
7. The Agreement They Sign is BRUTAL
“You are pretty much signing away your life,” a former contestant said. “It’s almost non-negotiable.” “Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America’s Got Talent” states, “In exchange for being seen by millions of viewers each week, everyone must agree that producers can trick, exploit and embarrass them — and even depict their personal stories in a manner that ‘may be factual or fictional’ — and they can’t sue for any reason.” Reportedly, the agreement states, “I further understand that my appearance, depiction and portrayal in the program may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing…and may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation.” Yikes!