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‘America’s Got Talent’ Fans Turned Away At St. Pete Taping

By Allison Mondell, CBS Tampa
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Howard Stern, the newest judge on "America's Got Talent," called himself "the tough judge."  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images).

Howard Stern, the newest judge on “America’s Got Talent,” called himself “the tough judge.” (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images).

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) –  Fans of the NBC show “America’s Got Talent” were turned away at the show’s taping on Tuesday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, many of those turned away had tickets printed in advance.  The staff for the show’s first taping at noon on Tuesday allowed only 1,200 fans into the theater, leaving hundreds waiting outside.

By early evening many fans were given priority seating for the later show to make up for the confusion.

The show, which will be taped again today in the Mahaffey Theater, will begin its seventh season on NBC in May.  Each season showcases a variety of acts, from singing and dancing to comedic entertainment.

The performers are critiqued by the show’s three judges, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Howard Stern.  In the St. Pete auditions, the judges’ favorites will be sent to Las Vegas to continue in the show’s next round.

Stern, a new addition this season, caused quite a stir during the taping.  The Tampa Bay Times reported that Stern held a gavel during the auditions and called himself the “tough judge.”

Winners of “America’s Got Talent” receive one million dollars and get to perform in Las Vegas.

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