America's Got Talent, and NBC wants it

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Simon Cowell, creator of American Idol on Fox and the new hit American Inventor on ABC, is rubbing his mojo all over the peacock network, and you can be a part of it. Starting in April, NBC is holding nationwide auditions for their new reality contest, America's Got Talent.

Besides the all-important word America in the title, America's Got Talent will feature people from all walks of life doing all kinds of different things. This time, the competition is no longer relegated to just singers or inventors. Dancers, comedic performers, unique novelty acts of all ages, and, yes, singers, will perform in front of the judges to find out who is truly America's best performer.

"This is the show I've always wanted to make," said Cowell. "We are looking for the best entertainer or entertainers in America."

"America's Got Talent will possibly be the largest and most comprehensive talent search the country has ever seen," added executive producer and cocreator Ken Warwick. "I am thrilled to be working with NBC on this project, as they have a long history of discovering major stars in America."

If you think you're America's best performer, or if you just have an ego that thinks so, then you'll want to stand in line for these auditions:

April 6, 7, and 8--Los Angeles--Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, 711 South Hope Street (south side of Wilshire), Los Angeles, 90017. April 6 will feature the official kickoff with Simon Cowell.

April 12 and 13--Chicago--The W Hotel (Chicago City Center), 172 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60603

April 17--New York City--The Westin Hotel Times Square, 270 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

April 19--East Elmhurst, New York--The Crowne Plaza Hotel (LaGuardia Airport area), 104-04 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, NY 11369

April 22 and 23--Atlanta--America's Mart, Building #2 (Atlanta Gift Mart), 230 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30303

To try out, you have to be 18 years or older or accompanied by an adult guardian. If you can't make the auditions but want to apply, or to find out all of the rules, check out NBC's Web site.

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