Attention, Talented People: America’s Got Talent Auditions in Memphis Today
If you've got a television dreams, a talent, and some time this afternoon, get to the Cook Convention Center for the Memphis round of "America's Got Talent" auditions.
The TV show, which features all kinds of talented Americans (though, about 90 percent of them seem to be singers of some kind) competing for $1,000,000 cash and a headlining spot on the Las Vegas Strip.
When I stopped by the Cook Convention Center around noon, about 400 people had been through the audition process. Predictably, there seemed to be a ton of singers, inlcuding some, like 26 year-old reality show audition veteran Dallas Walls (who was singing a Kenny Chesney Song).
There were dancers, like Marquez Alexander, a native Memphian who had assembled a pretty impressive routine that combined Memphis jookin, break dancing, crumping and ballet to a Skrillex song.
I also met a pair of middle-aged women, one dressed like a chef and the other like Raggedy Ann, who do an act as a comedy / rap duo and a guy who's talent appeared to be holding a small, spinning bicycle wheel several inches in front of his face.
If singing isn't your thing, it might work to your benefit. There are a lot of singers at the audtions, and anyone who was doing anything else – like the guy doing acrobatic karate kicks or the 20-member dance team – will stand out.
The Memphis round "America's Got Talent" auditions are going on until 8 p.m. tonight. It's not too late to get in. You can pre-register online, but from what I could tell, it isn't required.
Where: Cook Convention Center (255 North Main Street)
What time: Now until 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 11, 2012)