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'America's Got Talent' Signs YouTube Deal

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 26th 2010 10:15AM
It's a marriage made in multimedia heaven. Ever since 'America's Got Talent' debuted in 2006, it has become one of the chief suppliers of viral videos to YouTube. Which makes sense: After all, the reality competition is essentially a bunch of YouTube acts performing on a live stage in front of judges rather than recorded for a cubicle-bound audience. Yes, it's a wonderfully harmonious arrangement, but until now it has been entirely unofficial.

Well, peanut butter, meet chocolate.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has signed a deal with YouTube, forming an official partnership that will allow YouTube viewers to help select acts for the show. Beginning today, aspiring artists can upload their efforts to the new YouTube 'America's Got Talent' submission page. Producers for the show will then select 40 finalists for fans to vote on, with the top 12 vote getters earning the right to perform live on the show..It's a marriage made in multimedia heaven. Ever since 'America's Got Talent' debuted in 2006, it has become one of the chief suppliers of viral videos to YouTube. Which makes sense: After all, the reality competition is essentially a bunch of YouTube acts performing on a live stage in front of judges rather than recorded for a cubicle-bound audience. Yes, it's a wonderfully harmonious arrangement, but until now it has been entirely unofficial.

Well, peanut butter, meet chocolate.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has signed a deal with YouTube, forming an official partnership that will allow YouTube viewers to help select acts for the show. Beginning today, aspiring artists can upload their efforts to the new YouTube 'America's Got Talent' submission page. Producers for the show will then select 40 finalists for fans to vote on, with the top 12 vote getters earning the right to perform live on the show.

Paul Telegdy, executive VP alternative programming at NBC, is enthusiastic about the plan.

"'Expect the unexpected' has always been core to the success of 'AGT.' This audacious new twist to the audition process offers our viewers not only a priceless golden ticket to get onto the biggest stage in the country in the middle of the competition, but also the opportunity for a thrilling live show where anything can happen. No other show would dare to take on this challenge," Telegdy gushed.

Is the next Susan Boyle out there waiting to be discovered? Or is NBC about to get Rickrolled? The vote is in your hands.

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