America's Got Talent suspended production on season 15 last month due to the coronavirus outbreak

By Eric Todisco
April 01, 2020 02:33 PM
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America’s Got Talent is giving talented hopefuls an extended chance at securing a spot on season 15.

The NBC competition series announced Wednesday that online auditions have been reopened for anyone wishing to show off their talent while stuck at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Audition videos can be submitted here).

Anyone that has already sent in audition tapes and not yet performed in front of the judges is still eligible to be considered for the upcoming season.

Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and newcomer Sofia Vergara are the confirmed judges for season 15, while Terry Crews will return to host.

The series was taping auditions with the judges in Los Angeles last month when production was shut down indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

On March 10, one of the final days of taping, Klum, 46, left the show’s set in Pasadena, California, after falling ill, PEOPLE confirmed at the time.

“She was not feeling well,” the source told PEOPLE.

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Klum revealed the following week that she and husband Tom Kaulitz both tested negative for COVID-19, saying in an Instagram that she feels “much better.”

At that same taping, Mandel, 64, arrived on set wearing a hazmat suit, gas mask and large orange gloves. When asked about the COVID-19 epidemic, Mandel (a self-professed germaphobe) told PEOPLE in a statement, “I don’t shake hands, not even fist-bumping. I’ve taken it to another level.”

Howie Mandel
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PEOPLE confirmed on Feb. 27 that Vergara, 47, was joining the series as the fourth judge.

“I’m so happy to join my new family on AGT. This is a new and exciting next chapter for me and I’m extremely proud to be the first Latin judge on the show. I can’t wait to watch all the talent and have fun with all you guys!” she said in a statement.

Vergara and Klum have filled the two vacant seats on the AGT judges’ panel after Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough were not asked to return following their one-season run.

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