Posted Thursday, February 19, 2009 --- 3:15 p.m.
(BURBANK, Calif. – February 19, 2009) – "America's Got Talent," NBC's hit series from "American Idol" producers FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell's SYCO Television, is returning to Chicago, Illinois, with new host Nick Cannon as part of their nationwide search for the hottest and most unique performers from across the country to appear and compete in Season Four of the hit talent competition series.
Producers – who are hopeful their latest trip to the windy city (the fourth in four years) will yield the kind of talent that provided Season 3 with winner Neal Boyd and runner-up Eli Matson – will be looking for talent of all kinds (musicians, contortionists, comedians, impressionist, jugglers, dance crews, animal acts. magicians and singers and everything in between), from all walks of life and surrounding areas to strut and perform on-stage in the hopes of winning America's hearts and the million-dollar prize.
An insurance salesman/opera singer, Neal E. Boyd's life changed forever last August when he was crowned the third season champion. Not only did he win the $1,000,000 grand prize, but he also received the opportunity to perform on the Las Vegas strip, headlining a show at the MGM.
Season two winner, Terry Fator, a ventriloquist from Dallas, Texas, achieved his lifelong dream when he was crowned the second season champion. After winning "America's Got Talent," Fator went on to sign a five-year hundred million-dollar deal to headline at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Beginning February 2009, he will perform 48 weeks a year, 5 nights a week in The Terry Fator Theatre (currently the Danny Gans Theatre).
Open to any talent of any age, "America's Got Talent" offers a unique chance for anyone to perform on a nationwide variety show.
Contestants are encouraged to pre-register at
http://www.nbc.com/AGT and go to http://www.AGTauditions.com for auditioning tips.
By pre-registering, contestants will be kept up-to-date with the most current information in the Chicago area.
The open call date and time in Chicago, Illinois, is as follows.
Date: Sunday, March 1 and Monday, March 2
Time: Auditions begin at 8 a.m.
Location: McCormick Place – SOUTH BUILDING
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
*Contestant parking in Lot A