The producers have been on the road for nine months, traveling the country in search of talent. Now we finally have our Top 48! The week in Vegas is the most grueling and emotional for the acts, the judges and the producers. After tens of thousands of auditions, over a hundred acts make it through to Vegas, but the judges can only select 48 acts. It's so difficult to watch so many amazing acts get their dreams dashed.
This week, the first 12 acts have been flown to Hollywood. As you can see, we are hard at work putting up the set in Hollywood's Television City Studios. We're on Stage 36, which is the same stage as American Idol.
The set is about the same as last year, but we got rid of the staircase and are adding some new elements. The show and the acts are getting bigger and bigger every year, and we needed to create an even bigger stage for the huge variety of acts that made it to the live shows.
It must be so surreal for the contestants. We met them in the cities across America and then sent them to Las Vegas. For some, that trip was the first time they had ever been on an airplane. And now they have started their rehearsals to perform on LIVE TV on the number one show of the summer.
As a producer sitting in the control room, these live shows stress me out. I cannot even imagine the pressure on our performers. They'll rehearse hundreds of hours for their 90-second performance. For that moment in time, the stage is theirs. One chance while millions watch. As we look over the top 48, it's hard to believe in 10 weeks we'll have a winner.
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