Anyone considering applying needs to think about a few things:
1) Other than the million-dollar carrot at the end of the maze, they don't compensate you for squat
. You travel to the audition city, you put yourself up, you pay for all your meals, you cover all your own expenses. They claim they "can't" pay performers because (and this is a direct quote from them), "we're a contest." Well, yesand so is the Super Bowl.
2) In addition, look carefully at that LONG LONG list of rights you give up to them, in perpetuity.
3) Should you actually win the big enchilada, you're also (as I understand) contractually obligated in terms of management as well. I know a runner-up from "American Idol" who spent the better part of two years and a large sum of money trying to get out from under their onerous thumb. You need to think, even if you win this (rigged) talent "lottery," is it worth it? Especially considering the way they've treated all the magicians up until now?
Someone I know fairly well wrote a long piece on how her variety act was treated on that show and suffice to say: it wasn't pretty at ALL. (There's a link to it in here
) The fix was in from the start. The only way she was able to get around all the rules about talking about her experience was that she wrote it as "fiction" (with a big wink-wink, nudge-nudge to make it clear she was referring to her own experience).
Unless you really
think you can make it to the end, I personally would recommend taking a pass. Remember: they are making prime-time television dollars off of this show (millions), and paying out literally tenths of pennies on the dollar
in terms of the cost of the entertainment they're booking, all because they're taking advantage of suckers who want to be famous on television. Sure: if you make it far enough, the publicity from it will allow you to recoup a certain amount of money in raising your booking fees (say, Spencer Horsman, for example) ... but that's a big
Many variety performers
are starting to understand the rigged con they're running, and are avoiding them, and so their bookers are getting more desperate, because they're almost at the point where they're eating their seed corn, so to speak.
Just my two cents.