Want to Go on ‘America’s Got Talent’? Take a Look at Its 45-Page Agreement, Which Says Producers Can Trick and Exploit You

Apr 9, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Wannabes looking for a place on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" should get an eyeball on the show’s "grueling" 45-page contestant agreement, which says producers can trick, exploit and embarrass the show’s participants, reports the New York Post.

"I further understand that my appearance, depiction and portrayal in the program may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing … and may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation,” the agreement says.

The show, which is in its eighth season, is holding auditions this week in New York, with judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. on board.

Contestants are required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and enter into binding management, recording and endorsement deals, which hinders their ability to seek more lucrative deals with other outlets, the story says.

Other tidbits in the agreement are that hidden cameras might be used to film contestants in places such as bathrooms and dressing rooms, and participants will have to pay a $5 million penalty if they provide false information.

However, the stipulations aren’t unusual for reality TV, the piece adds. The report notes: "Producers of ‘The Voice’ and ‘X Factor’ also have ‘talent holds’ and options for management and record deals on their contestants that can last for up to one year."

The piece adds: “The show allows singers, dancers and variety acts of any age a chance to win $1 million. That prize, according to the fine print, is paid as an annuity over 40 years — leaving the winner with $25,000 annually before taxes.”


  1. Comment about the show AMERICA’S Got Talent – fun show, but, from the name of the show shouldn’t all participants be from America?? Seems like many are not – they need to make sure all the participants are actually from America (citizens) or change the name of the show!!

  2. I agree 100% don’t sign up and if you’re in get out now!! America got talent are the number one producers of the sick evil adult porn film industry if you don’t believe me Google it.. america got talent Elite’s are porn addict’s they’re twisted perverted get your children out quickly before they get molested and ruined for ever. I’ll be praying for you all.

  3. We the people with moral’s and come and sense must do come up with a plan on how to stop these sick evil filthy demented porn addict’s on distributing online pornography it makes me sick that is everywhere in your cellphone on TV all of our innocent children are been exposed to it!..pornography it’s pure evil so we have to protect the children from it.we all need to hit the streets to Protest against pornography. these NO CONDOM porn addict’s, actors and film makers are spreading AIDS and all sorts of venereal diseases by 2020 all our children and grandchildren will be addicted to porn and maybe even infected with AIDS if we just sit and watch it happening like dummies come on people it’s time to open your eyes! Our stupid money hunger government has been bought by the porn industry so we’re on our own too fight back

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