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Reprinted from: NOLA.com
By: Sharon Edwards, The Times-Picayune
America may soon know that St. Tammany’s got talent, as several lucky winners go to the head of the line for the upcoming talent search competition when it comes to New Orleans next month.
Kim Bergeron, former director of the city of Slidell’s department of Cultural and Public Affairs, is working with the producers of NBC's America’s Got Talent and several local organizations to offer special VIP Audition Passes to the show's talent auditions to be held Feb. 15-16 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
According to Bergeron, the express line passes were first offered to winners of the Slidell’s Got Talent competition from a few years ago. Brianna Dewar, the winner, and Molly Betch, a runner-up, will receive VIP Audition Passes for the upcoming audition. A third pass will go to Jennifer Drennan, who was not eligible to participate in the Slidell competition, she said.
Four more passes are available and will be awarded through two avenues, that will include a panel of judges and a people’s choice competition. Details are being worked out and soon will be announced.
But, I have one hint for anyone interested in securing one of the coveted passes. Make a short video of your talent entry and be ready to upload it to an online or social media site or DVD. With a surge of contestants expected to apply, some of the entries will probably be screened online and through social media, Bergeron said. Her hopes are to get the best talent St. Tammany has to offer in front of the America’s Got Talent judges.
In the meantime, anyone of any age and any talent can apply to audition Feb. 15-16 at 900 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans. To pre-register for an audition and for more information on AGT, visit www.agtauditions.com.