We were so honored and excited to have our show choir audition for America’s Got Talent this past Friday, February 19th! The students worked really hard practicing their Jackson 5 medley, which had to be reduced to only 90 seconds.
We left Clermont by coach bus so everyone would arrive together on time. What took the longest was checking in and having them clear all of our paperwork (each child needed their birth certificate, etc), but after that we entered the large holding room which is a common scene on the live TV show! There were three big floor to ceiling banners that said “America’s Got Talent” as well as the lit up AGT letters and light bulb vanities throughout the room! There was also a black and white checkerboard stage set up in the center of the room for anyone wanting to practice their talents in front of the large group of people waiting. We saw many different types of characters!
We thought this would be a great area for us to warm up, so we stood in front of one of the signs and sang our hearts out for the other performers that were waiting!
We were very lucky not to have to wait TOO long because our own Mr.Caponi was there auditioning himself with a friend and made some connections :)(He had already done his time waiting for us- 6+hours!!) Right after our warm up, we were able to be brought in front of our final waiting place- the audition room. We were told by the staff that no video taping at all is allowed and if they see someone take out their phone, we would be disqualified! eeek!! We were also told that we would not learn anything until at least the middle of March whether or not we are going to get to audition again for the judges.
When it was time to go in the room, the students loaded in and went to their positions. There were two judges in there, and they asked the children a couple of questions like “Where are you from” “How old are your students”. Then it was time to perform!
The judges seemed to thoroughly enjoy their performance and even had other questions to ask about our group afterwards. Mr.Caponi then coyly mentioned that we were also working on a Queen medley and if they would like to hear it as well? And they said YES! We were then able to sing even longer than the original 90 sec time limit, and they really enjoyed that performance as well!
Overall we think the children had an amazing experience and we will keep you posted when and if we hear if we have made it to the next level!