‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions set for this weekend in Austin

Reality TV loves Austin, so it should come as no surprise that “America’s Got Talent” producers will be in town this weekend conducting auditions.

They’ll be at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., on Saturday. You can pre-register at americasgottalentauditions.com.

Organizers recommend using the convention center’s entrance on East Fourth Street, between Trinity and Red River streets.

Howie Mandel photo (NBC)
Howie Mandel photo (NBC)

While the show had some pretty insane performers last year, host Howie Mandel told the American-Statesman he’s confident there are still plenty of entertaining acts out there.

“Nobody has to think about topping anything,” Mandel said. “Just do your thing and let us decide what is amazing and worthy. You shouldn’t have any preconceived notions.”

“America’s Got Talent” got its start in 2006 and is heading into its 12th season, a run far longer than many of its competitors.

“I don’t know that anyone could have imagined it,” Mandel said.

As producers look to keep things fresh, Mandel said Austin was a natural site for auditions.

“Austin has become the epicenter for hipness and trendiness, especially with music,” he said. “It’s a very open-minded, creative place with wonderful people.”

Austin acrobats on ‘America’s Got Talent’ this week

Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel are judges on 'America's Got Talent,' and Nick Cannon serves as host. (NBC photo)
Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel are judges on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and Nick Cannon serves as host. (NBC photo)

Perhaps NBC should consider renaming “America’s Got Talent.”

“Austin’s Got Talent” has a nice ring to it, right?

This week, for the third time this season, Austinites will pop up on the hit show.

Look for local acrobats Nick Milan and Caty Mae Yount on Tuesday’s episode, which airs at 7 p.m. on KXAN.

The couple will perform what producers are calling an “exciting routine.”

Previous Austin acts on the show include “daredevil grandma” Nikki McBurnett and 16-year-old flyboarder Damone Rippy.

The winner this season will walk away with $1 million.

‘America’s Got Talent’ to feature ‘daredevil grandma’ from Austin

Nikki McBurnett (Facebook photo)
Nikki McBurnett (Facebook photo)

Another Austinite has made it onto “America’s Got Talent” this season.

Look for Nikki McBurnett on an episode set to air this week.

Producers describe McBurnett, who has been active in the local roller derby scene, as a “41-year-old daredevil grandma.”

On the show, she’ll take part in “an ‘explosive’ challenge you’ve got to see to believe,” according to a publicist.

McBurnett’s appearance comes two weeks after another Austinite popped up on the hit NBC show.

Catch “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday at 7 p.m. on KXAN.

Austinite to be featured on tonight’s ‘America’s Got Talent’

Damone Rippy (Trae Patton photo/NBC)
Damone Rippy (Trae Patton photo/NBC)

Look for an Austinite on tonight’s episode of “America’s Got Talent.”

Damone Rippy, 16, is set to show off his flyboarding skills in hopes of winning the $1 million grand prize.

Rippy, who competes nationally, said he got his start after watching flyboarding videos online.

The show airs at 7 p.m. on KXAN.