America’s Got Talent has selected the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark as its host venue for its 2012 season beginning this week. The popular reality television series begins its 7th season May 14th and 15th, with shock radio personality Howard Stern replacing Piers Morgan. The Performing Arts Center in downtown Newark is one of the largest art centers in the country and expects to have over 2200 fans in attendance for each taped show.
After the premier, the show will be broadcast on Mondays at 8 PM and Tuesdays at 9 PM on NBC beginning May 21st, with live tapings to begin July 2nd at the Performing Arts Center for the second half of the series. Sharon Osborne and Howie Mandel return as the other judges, Nick Cannon returns as the host and Simon Cowell remains the executive producer for the highly ranked program that was #1 in its time slot for each of its previous six years while averaging 12 million viewers per show last season.
With the addition of Howard Stern, who is one the most powerful celebrities in the world today, the show moves from Burbank, California to the east coast. The move was necessitated by Stern’s contractual obligations to his radio program on Sirius XM in Manhattan. Howard Stern has long been the source of controversy and has been fined millions of dollars by the FCC for what has been deemed indecent material during his many years in talk radio. But by bringing him on as one of the three judges for America’s Got Talent, it’s all but certain to maintain its stranglehold on the #1 position of its time slot, especially since Stern already has tremendous fan appeal. However it will be quite interesting to see how well Stern meshes in with the group of auditioners, the audience and associates on the show, given his fiery personality.
The talent show will once again feature a variety of performers including singing and dancing acts, magicians, comedians, contortionists, jugglers and perhaps even another ventriloquist similar to the winner of Season 2, Terry Fator. The 2012 winner of the show will receive the top prize of $1 million along with the national exposure for a career in entertainment.
Anticipation is building for the beginning of the new season and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is extremely proud to be the host venue for what is expected to be yet another memorable season of competition and entertainment amongst America’s emerging pool of talent. Even prouder is the City of Newark, which will get an economic boost for fans coming to the city in anticipation of being in the audience of one of America’s most popular television shows and cheering on their personal favorite.
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