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'America's Got Talent' kicks off live episodes July 29

Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Mel B, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Nick Cannon
Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Mel B, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Nick Cannon
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NBC announced today in a press release that "America’s Got Talent" will begin their twice a week live episodes July 29 from Radio City Music Hall, one of the nation’s most historic venues. The ninth season taped episodes premiere May 27.

"America's Got Talent" was the top show of the summer last year, but NBC's President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, Paul Telegdy, hopes the show finds even greater success this summer.

"We are delighted to return to the legendary stage of Radio City Music Hall,” he said in the release. "With the best performers we’ve ever had, and the expert guidance of judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howard Stern, the show will reach new heights of talent and excitement this season."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was happy to see the series come back to New York and Radio City Music Hall, home of the legendary Rockettes.

"I am happy to welcome 'America’s Got Talent,' one of the country’s most popular interactive variety TV shows, back to New York for another season," said Cuomo. "I especially look forward to building on the success of last year when 'AGT' relocated to the Empire State and attracted over 86,000 visitors from around the world, as well as created hundreds of jobs and generated millions of dollars for local hotels, neighborhood restaurants and other community vendors. This exciting news is the latest example of how the film and television industry is thriving in our state and how New Yorkers are benefiting from its business, culminating in hundreds of projects and injecting billions of dollars into New York’s economy."

The final round of auditions will also be held in New York for the first time, known as "AGT" Boot Camp. That will also be in front of a live audience May 14-17.

You still have a chance to audition in Los Angeles (April 21-26) at the Dolby Theatre. For taping times and ticket information, visit the NBC tickets website.

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