America’s Got Talent 2 now casting, will include “boot camp” phase

America’s Got Talent is fattening up for its second season, which is now casting, but adding “expanded audition episodes” and “a new ‘boot camp’ phase of the competition,” according to NBC.

The show will follow in American Idol‘s footsteps and add more audition episodes, and those will include “more personal stories on the contestants.” Let’s just hope those are nothing like the insipid time-wasting segments on Simon Cowell’s American Inventor.

NBC says the show will also watch as those “who make it past the televised audition phase of the series will be sent to the boot camp where some of the most prominent experts in their respective fields of entertainment will help the contestants hone and perfect their skills.”

The network is also restructuring the competition somewhat: “during the semi-final phase of the competition the top 10 acts will battle it out and face eliminations each week, culminating in an exciting finale episode where the winner will be revealed,” NBC said in a press release.

America’s Got Talent 2 is now casting; the show is accepting videotape applications, and is planning the following open calls:

  • Branson, Mo., September 25th & 26th
  • Las Vegas, Oct. 3
  • San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 7
  • New York City, Oct. 11
  • Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 16
  • Boston, Mass., Oct. 20
  • Boston, Mass., Oct. 20
  • Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 24
  • Chicago, Ill., Oct. 29
NBC Hit ‘America’s Got Talent’ Announces Upcoming Auditions And Surprising Twists For Season Two [NBC press release]