Thousands pack Potawatomi Casino for America's Got Talent open auditions

MILWAUKEE -- For the first time since its debut, one of the top-rated televised talent competitions is making a stop in Milwaukee as judges look for the next million dollar winner. 

“I know that there [are] hundreds and hundreds of people who try out," Colette Poree said. "So, I’m just hoping."

Poree and thousands of others from near and far packed one of the large ballrooms at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Sunday. The hopefuls lined the halls as early as 7 am anticipating their chance to perform before a panel of judges and make it to the next round.  

“[I want] to share the talent that God’s given me with... a wider audience," saxophonist Bill Adams said. "The opportunity to share it with a national audience, I just couldn’t pass it up after all this time."

The talent competition is currently on a ten-city nationwide tour looking for the next big thing. This is the first time the competition has ever made a stop in Wisconsin, and the production crew said it's excited to scope out the talent. 

“What we’re hoping to find here in Milwaukee is that next million dollar winner," Adam Davis said. “Take that chance, it all starts with your first audition."

And in taking that chance, each hopeful is also taking a huge risk. Sharing their talent with a panel of judges while walking away with a bit of advice for those who come behind them. 

“I want them to know not to be nervous," Winter Newell said. "[They should] believe in themselves, and they can achieve [anything] no matter what."

Anyone who missed the in-person auditions can still submit an audition video electronically at this website.

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