'America's Got Talent' to Host Auditions in Hell's Kitchen

By Mathew Katz on November 15, 2013 3:59pm 

 "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon at the show's Radio City Music Hall red carpet event in August 2013.
"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon at the show's Radio City Music Hall red carpet event in August 2013.
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HELL'S KITCHEN —  Attention sword swallowers, dancing poodles and doo-wop bands.

"America's Got Talent," the national television show where contestants show off their breathtaking — or downright weird — skills, will host open auditions on the West Side this weekend.

The show's judges will set up shop at the former home of Mercedes-Benz of Manhattan at 536 W. 41st St. The auditions will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Last year's judges Heidi Klum, Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Mel B are still in contract negotiations and will not be at the auditions.

"We have already started our search for next summer’s show so don’t let this opportunity to showcase your unique talents slip away!" the producers announced on the show audition website. "We are open to any age and any talent — nothing is off limits."

The show, entering its ninth season, will be hosted by Nick Cannon.

Organizers expect long lines and waits on both days, though they should be "far less" on Sunday. Interested contestants can register online to speed up the process, though it's not necessary to do so.

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