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NBC's 'America's Got Talent' returns to New Jersey for (part of) Season 9

'America's Got Talent' Season 8 winner, Kenichi Ebina.
'America's Got Talent' Season 8 winner, Kenichi Ebina.
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According to a New Jersey Star-Ledger article on Monday, Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” is returning to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the site of the show’s entire live show lineup.

However, only some of the show’s Season 9 auditions will be filmed at the NJPAC this time around.

To better accommodate celebrity judge Howard Stern’s radio schedule, “America’s Got Talent” moved its live shows to the storied Radio City Music Hall for Season 8, a move that is expected to stick for Season 9.

This season’s auditions at the NJPAC will take place Feb. 20-22 and will consist of the best acts that have already auditioned for the show’s producers.

This round of auditions will be filmed and will include Stern and his fellow judges, Heidi Klum Mel B, and Howie Mandel.

“America’s Got Talent” will return for its ninth season this summer.

Personal Take

Has it really been nearly six months since contortionist dancer Kenichi Ebina won the “America’s Got Talent” Season 8 title?

As entertaining as the show’s competition is, it’s yet to produce a bona fide celebrity act—not it’s winning act, at least.

There’s Jackie Evancho, who was a runner-up in Season 5. She’s done quite well in the recording industry since.

Hip-hop violinist Lindsey Stirling was a contestant on Season 5 of the show, only to be told by then-host Piers Morgan that there wasn’t an audience for her talent. Two million Facebook followers and several worldwide tours later, Stirling has proven the Simon Cowell-wanna-be Morgan wrong.

Some “AGT” acts come to the show with pro resumes in hand, including Season 7 runner-up and comedian Tom Cotter, singer Tim Hockenberry, and operatic trio Forte.

While it is a little annoying that “America’s Got Talent” presents its acts as undiscovered talent, the show and its competitive atmosphere makes it enjoyable to watch.

In spite of its flaws, it will be nice to have Stern, Mandel, Klum, and Mel B as guests in our living rooms every Tuesday and Wednesday nights for the summer.

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