Los Angeles: NBC and the producers of ‘America`s Got Talent’ are partnering with YouTube to put the show`s audition process online.
Starting Monday, acts can upload their videos onto a special page on the video-sharing site to be in consideration for the summer show. From the submitted videos, producers from FremantleMedia North America will select 40 to be posted on a "Got Talent" YouTube channel for users to vote on. A total of 12 acts from YouTube submissions will perform live on the NBC show.
"Got Talent" videos have frequently become viral sensations on YouTube after airing, from last season`s winner Kevin Skinner to the U.K. version`s Susan Boyle. This arrangement gives NBC another portal to finding talent and helps generate buzz for the show, which returns June 1 with Howie Mandel joining the judges` table.