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Interesting America’s Got Talent Audition Experience

I had an audition time of 8:00 am March 2. I arrived at Mccormick place around 5:45, ended up in line by about 6 am. There were already around 50 people in line. Some were auditioning, and others just family and friend. I met some people right away who were singing as I was. Seemed like more singers than anything.

After about 45 minutes of making sure everyone had papers and wristbands, they herded us to what seemed like a big ball room. We would stay here for a few hours. I didn’t mind I enjoyed watching all the performers practice. The dance off was interesting to watch also.

The time passed as we were asked to act for the camera. Sitting quietly pondering our fate. Unfortunately this one started while I was in the bathroom. Imagine my surprise as I walked in to at least 300-400 people sitting dead quiet. I guess it was a good thing I didn’t run in the room singing as loud as possible. Other poses consisted of everyone practicing, singers (singing), musicians (playing), etc.

Around 11 maybe a little later the first numbers were called. I was lucky to be called in the first numbers. I took a deep breath and walked to the line. I was placed in the line with the instruments (as I was playing the piano while I sang). It is importnt to note I was in line with about 6 other people and all had guitars, not a lot playing the piano I guess. Two people were called in the room before me with about 10 min in between auditions. They audition and said they were good to go.

I was called in, we auditioned alone in the room thank goodness, all though the ones outside said they could here me). I walked to the center stage and told them my name, age, song, and they asked a little bit about me. There was a man filming a woman working the computer and one gentleman (with a british accent) doing all the talking. I was asked to start when ready. So I sat at the awesome keyboard they had and sang “More Than Anyone” Gavin DeGraw - Chariot - Stripped - More Than Anyone  by Gavin Degraw. After I finished they asked if I could sing another piece. So I said sure thinking in my mind (Oh Man) cause I had not prepared another piece. I sang “Belief” Gavin DeGraw - Chariot - Stripped - Belief also by Gavin Degraw as he is my favorite singer.

After I finished the producer sked me to wait outside while they check something on my papers. When I was asked to come back in he said he wanted me to sing for the executive producers. So I was led to another hall where I waited. In this hall they verified my information and took my picture. I also met the Boyd Family Band really nice family I enjoyed talking to.

Finally I was led into the room with two producers and another guy filming. He asked me to tell my story so I did. Then he said begin when ready. I sat down t the keyboard and after a sound check sang “More Than Anyone”. He said thanks and asked the other producer if he needed anything. He said no I think it was good. I was then told they will be calling people back in a few weeks.

I arrived about 6 and left before 1. So over all my experience was really good. I should mention my sister auditioned on March 1 and they arrived at 7 and didn’t audition until about 8 or 9 at night. So I am really happy for my timing.

I was really happy how everything went. The first producer was very complimentary and singing in front of the exec producers was very encouraging. However it has been 2 weeks and I have heard nothing so who knows. Just wanted everyone to see what its like to audition.

March 19, 2009 I Written By

Experience of America’s Got Talent Audition

As many comments have rolled in talking about not getting a call about the NY taping of America’s Got Talent, I’ve had a second to think about what people must be going through right now.

I think the biggest issue that most people have is just not really knowing. In a few months you’ll really know, because they’ll be moving to the Las Vegas auditions and I think that’s definitely the drop dead point.

Might I offer one comment to those who might be thinking about the audition experience. A man I really respect told me that “Life is about making stories and telling stories.” I couldn’t think of anything that could apply better to auditioning for America’s Got Talent. Not only did you make a story, but now you have a story to tell for the rest of your life.

March 18, 2009 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Filming in New York City

America’s Got Talent really got things moving today as they started the taping of the show today in New York City. For many of those who attended the NY open auditions, they are probably wondering why they haven’t gotten a call. However, the show must go on and certainly a lot of great talent will be on the show and a lot of great talent will be left off the show. I believe this will be especially true for singers.

It’s not too late if you want to go and be in the audience for the taping of the show. They’ll be taping on March 18th and 19th. You can get tickets to be apart of the audience here.

Here’s the full description of the America’s Got Talent taping in NYC:

Nick Cannon hosts NBC’s hit reality competition! Be in the audience as the best amateur performers in New York City compete! David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan judge! Produced by Simon Cowell!

The Hammerstein Ballroom
Manhattan Center Studios
311 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

I just wish I was closer to NYC and could go and be apart of the audience. Would be really interesting.

Congratulations to those that are attending the taping. My thoughts and best wishes to those who didn’t make it.

March 17, 2009 I Written By

My Apology To Winston the Turtle (Terry Fator’s Puppet)

When I did the video showing the cool Terry Fator prize package I’m going to be giving away, I felt bad that in front of the camera I couldn’t remember the name of Terry Fator’s turtle (Winston). After screwing up Winston’s name, I made this video. I figured it was only right for me to share this with the public.

Please forgive me Winston!

March 16, 2009 I Written By

Terry Fator Prize Package – Can you say Free Puppet?

I just posted about my time at the Terry Fator grand opening at Mirage Las Vegas. My wife and I had a really great time going to the Mirage to see Terry Fator. At the end of the show as we were walking out, they handed us a gift bag. Check out this video where I show you what’s inside. Best part is that soon I’ll be giving everything inside away to some lucky Pure America’s Got Talent readers.

Enjoy the video (Disclaimer: I’m not a big video guy, but this deserved to be seen on video)

Excuse the low quality video. I didn’t want to pull out my video camera, so I just used my regular camera.

If you don’t want to wait to read Terry Fator’s biography, here’s a link to buy the book:
Who’s the Dummy Now?: Winner of America’s Got Talent

Watch for the Terry Fator biography and Winston giveaway coming soon. You can sign up for the Pure America’s Got Talent email and you’ll be notified of the contest in your email.

March 15, 2009 I Written By

Terry Fator Grand Opening at Mirage Las Vegas

The most successful act to have ever graced the America’s Got Talent stage is by far: Terry Fator. We’ve written a lot about Terry Fator and his success after winning America’s Got Talent. The most important of which was my post about Terry Fator headlining in Las Vegas, along with his new book and Terry Fator music on iTunes.

Tonight, Terry Fator opened his new show at the Mirage Las Vegas. I was lucky enough to be able to go to the show and see Terry’s grand opening in the new Terry Fator theatre. Man, was it something else. 2 hours of Terry Fator was more than I would have ever imagined.

A friend of mine that works for some other shows on the strip just couldn’t understand why Terry Fator, a ventriloquist, had an entire show on the strip. Now that I’ve seen a full Terry Fator show, I know exactly why he has a show. It was funny, it was entertaining and then you are astounded every few minutes as you’re reminded that this is a ventriloquist doing the impersonations and singing.

Ok, so I took a bunch of pictures. I didn’t think I’d be able to take pictures, so I took my small camera which isn’t very good quality. Turns out Terry Fator told us at the beginning of the show that there were “No Rules” and that the flash photography didn’t bother him so we could take as many pictures as we wanted. So, I did. I’ll first post a few pictures before and during the show and then at the bottom I’ll have a gallery of all the pictures of Terry Fator’s grand opening at the Mirage Las Vegas.

When we arrived at the mirage at every turn there was a big Terry Fator Grand Opening sign with a pretty girl standing next to the sign. Of course, I couldn’t resist a picture of a pretty girl, so here she is. I also told her I’d post her picture on my website, so now she’s famous (kind of).
Sign Girl for Terry Fator Grand Opening

This is a picture of the Terry Fator Gift shop. It looked really nice and had some cool stuff in it. Watch for a video of a free giveaway I’m going to do be doing that relates to what you can buy in the Terry Fator gift shop.
Terry Fator Theatre Gift Shop at Mirage Las Vegas

Once we got into the theatre, this was the stage with a DJ up on stage entertaining us while we waited. Good thing, because it started at least 15 minutes late.
Terry Fator Theatre Stage

This is a picture of the Terry Fator theatre. A little smaller than I expected, but still a really nice theatre with no seats very far from the action. Although, the middle is better than the side.
Terry Fator Theatre at Mirage Las Vegas

Terry Fator opens and closes his act with Winston the turtle. Winston is by far the best puppet Terry uses. He’s just so lovable.
Terry Fator and Winston The Turtle

This is Terry Fator’s very nice looking assistant from Honolulu, HI. It’s vegas, so there has to be some hot girl who has little to do with the show, right? Well, there she is for all to enjoy.
Terry Fator's Beautiful Assistant and Elvis Impersonator

The Commodores made a special guest appearance to sing a song for the grand opening of Terry Fator. They did a great performance that brought everyone to their feet. I think this was special for the Grand Opening. I wonder what other people will just drop in on Terry’s show. Would be cool to have some of the people he impersonates on the show.
Terry Fator with Commodores on Stage and Vicky the Cougar

The last one I’ll post here is Terry Fator saluting the audience after his grand opening at Mirage Las Vegas.
Terry Fator Saluting Audience at End of First Show at Mirage

I’ll leave the rest of the pictures in the gallery below and I’ll hit some interesting points about the show before the Terry Fator picture gallery.

The funniest moment of the whole show was when Terry Fator was impersonating Michael Jackson and accidentally did Michael Jackson’s voice for the puppet. Terry just put his head behind the puppet. Then, when he came up he was laughing so hard he kind of lost track of where he was. It wasn’t awkward or anything, it was just funny. Terry recovered well with a joke about his puppets voice being high and thinking he’d had a stroke. The whole moment was absolutely hilarious. Then, Terry even swapped voices again at the end of the set just to be funny. It was great.

A lot of other really really funny parts of the show. I’m not sure if Terry writes his scripts or someone else, but he has some funny material. Sometimes it seems like they added some gratuitous sex lines that weren’t needed, but overall it was a clean show that was funny and entertaining. The most amazing thing is the incredible range of his voice (or whatever you call making sound as a ventriloquist). He did so many styles, volumes and ranges that it is quite unbelievable to watch.

As expected Winston did steal the show. I think he should ask for his name to be added to the Marquee.

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Butterscotch Update

I was recently contacted by a representative of Butterscotch, Louis Gregory. From the sounds of things, Butterscotch is doing really well and has been working hard to take beatboxing to the world. In case you don’t remember Butterscotch, you can check out her audition video on America’s Got Talent:

Louis Gregory said that Butterscotch has been working with director Ron Hightower(he did 2 Pac’s videos) and is shooting a video in LA. That should be pretty cool to see when that comes out. Butterscotch is also working with a producer named Gerald McCauley and she was even in studio with George Benson.

Uncle Louie music group has launched Butterscotch’s new website. You can listen to Butterscotch’s music (seems wrong to just call it music) on her website and it also had the following list of events for Butterscotch:
Friday, February 27, 2009 UNLV / Las Vegas, Nevada

Saturday, March 21, 2009 Janesville School / Janesville, California

Saturday, April 11, 2009 University Of Arizona / Arizona

Saturday, May 2, 2009 Music & Unity Festival / Sacramento, CA

Saturday, June 13, 2009 Performance Info TBA / Australia

Sunday, June 14, 2009 Performance Info TBA / Australia

Saturday, May 30, 2009 The Mayor’s City Council Meeting / Private Event

Yes, I know that the Las Vegas event has already past, but I left it on because I’m from Las Vegas and I was so upset when I didn’t hear about her performance until 2 days after the show. Oh well, I’m sure she’ll make it back to Las Vegas again.

You can download the Butterscotch EP on her website’s store. There’s an exclusive track download that’s only available through her website. The track is called “Time for Change.” I’m also told that Butterscotch’s music will be available for download on iTunes in April. Until then, you’ll have to download it from her website if you don’t want to wait.

I’ll probably do a follow up post in April once Butterscotch’s music is available on iTunes. Also, if you happen to go to any of Butterscotch’s events, please let us know and send us a writeup of the event or any pictures and/or videos of Butterscotch performing.

I really loved Butterscotch on the show and so it’s nice to see her doing well after being on America’s Got Talent.

March 13, 2009 I Written By

Terry Fator Grand Opening at Mirage Las Vegas

I can’t tell you how excited I am to tell you that I’m going to be going to the grand opening of Terry Fator at Mirage Las Vegas. Terry Fator’s act was absolutely astonishing when I first saw it on America’s Got Talent. I usually hated ventriloquists, but Terry Fator’s Winston the turtle really made me fall in love with Terry Fator. Check out this video of Terry Fator from America’s Got Talent to see what I mean:

It’s fun to watch some of the past videos of Jerry Springer saying that whoever wins America’s Got Talent will have their life changed forever. Terry Fator’s hundred million dollar deal with Mirage seems like it’s true that Terry’s life has been changed forever.

I’m really looking forward to the Grand Opening of Terry Fator at Mirage. Will be an absolutely wonderful evening for my wife and I.

Of course, you can all expect tons of pictures and a full review after the event. Anyone else planning to go and see Terry Fator? I also hear there’s an after party that I’m hoping to attend. What would you ask Terry Fator if you came across him at a party?

March 12, 2009 I Written By

America’s Got Talent vs. Britain’s Got Talent

It’s an age old comparison. Which is better, America’s Got Talent or Britain’s Got Talent? This is a battle that goes back to the revolutionary war. Granted, it’s a little friendlier terms, but the question is still valid.

Let everyone know which show is better:

Yes, we all know that there is talent on both show. However, that doesn’t mean that one can’t be better than the other. If you haven’t seen one or the other, then go on YouTube and do some searches and then come back and vote.

March 7, 2009 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Chicago Audition Experience

The reviews and comments from the various audition cities are coming in. Check out the comments in previous posts to see other people’s experiences. Overall it seems like people are having a great great time and are really glad they auditioned for the show.

This was a really nice detailed experience which sheds some light on wait times you might expect if you’re getting ready for the America’s Got Talent New York Auditions.

Thanks for sending the experiences in. Hopefully people find these helpful and interesting. I know I’m completely fascinated by the experiences and process. It’s kind of like trying to see Oz behind the curtain.

America’s Got Talent Chicago Audition Experience
We went to the Chicago auditions on Sunday, March 1. We had a confirmed audition time of 2 PM but so did hundreds of others. From what I could gather, contestants had times of 8 AM or 2 PM and your place in line was entirely based on when you got there. No one there ever looked at the confirmation email. We got in line about 1 PM. My daughter’s actual audition took place about 10:15 PM; over 9 hours later. We spoke with a woman who’d arrived about 5 AM who completed her audition around 11:45 even though she was #5 and the auditions opened at 8 AM. I guess the first few hours were spent filming the outside shots and doing interviews. We were never involved in an outside shot in the afternoon. Good thing as it was really cold.

The guy who called out the numbers in the waiting room told me there were a total of 900 auditions on Sunday. My daughter had number XXXXX. We spend the first 4 hours or so waiting in line before getting registered. After we’d been herded down to the lobby area to complete the registration process, we sat in a large banquet room for hours with hundreds of others waiting to be called. In the morning and early afternoon I heard that singers were auditioned in groups of 10. At the end of the day they were being auditioned in groups of 20. Some groups had singers called back after the large group was done but it is hard to say if there really were second auditions on Sunday.

Once in the banquet room, performers were called out of the room in groups of 50 by number. A short time after numbers 600 to 650 had been called in for auditions, they decided to simply take all of the singers at once. That nearly cleaned out the room of performers as practically everyone was a singer. The remaining auditioners were considered variety and totaled less than 25. The large group of singers were taken together out of the banquet room into the lobby area. Once in the lobby, they were separated into 6 groups. Each group waited in line until they were taken back to an audition room. That process itself took over an hour. A guard told me there were about 6 audition rooms total with most being reserved for vocalists

When it was her turn to perform, I had to go into the room with her since she was a minor. The room was a small, carpeted conference room with a wooden floor set up in the center. It was a very good size for an act like ours. There were 3 people in the back of the room. One person was running the camera and another was definitely a judge. I’m not clear if the third was judging or simply there to operate the cd player or any other equipment needed for the performance. The (definite) judge was a friendly, attractive young woman and was very sympathetic about the late hour. Our act was 2:20 and she was allowed to complete it in spite of the 90 second limit. (I don’t know if anyone was NOT allowed to complete their song or act.) The judge told us she did an excellent job and clapped for her. It was nice to hear but not sure if it was significant. I asked her for any performance suggestions but she had none. It’s probably nothing that they do for auditions. She told us that the producers would look at all of the videos and that we would be contacted in 1 to 8 weeks if we were to receive a callback. Other people who auditioned right before us in the same room were told 6 to 8 weeks. And the website now states that performers will be contacted in the next 4 weeks. Go figure. Rumor has it that Chicago auditioners will be called back to New York City but it could be Miami.

It was a long day but my daughter thought it was fun and a good experience. Everyone around was friendly and interesting; especially the ventriloquist Alisha so it wasn’t all that boring. I’m sure we will see Alisha on the show.

A comment regarding a previous poster who auditioned in 30 minutes. The guy who called in the groups told me that Washington D.C. did not have the number of people auditioning that the other cities had. He thinks New York could be worse than Chicago.

March 4, 2009 I Written By