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posted: 5/31/2013 6:00 AM

Try out for the summer-long Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

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By Scott Morgan
smorgan@dailyherald.com

Would you like a fast-tracked audition for producers of "America's Got Talent"? Then enter your act in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, a summer-long competition presented by the Daily Herald, produced by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

The top prize of the competition is an expenses-paid trip to audition for "America's Got Talent" in one of its general audition cities (to be determined at a later date). There's also another prize determined by audiences voting online and at the live competitions held at the Metropolis.

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Earlier this year, "America's Got Talent" chose Chicago as one of its season eight general audition cities. Because of this coincidence in scheduling, the beatboxing duo who won Suburban Chicago's Got Talent last year, iLLest Vocals, ended up taking their winning trip to the audition city of San Antonio, Texas, just for fun while saving their actual audition for Chicago.

"America's Got Talent" also extended its invitation for 20 of the top acts from the 2012 edition of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent to audition directly for the show's screeners.

"iLLest Vocals, being the winner, was given a specific time slot for their audition, and 'America's Got Talent' has confirmed that they're going to do that again with our contest this year," said Charlie Beck, Metropolis executive director and a judge for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. "It's even more incentive for those interested in being seen."

The general audition dates for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent are Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Further details on the contest and the online form to sign up can be found at metropolisarts.com/scgtauditions.

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