[symple_heading style=”” title=”By Chris Stone” type=”h1″ font_size=”” text_align=”left” margin_top=”30″ margin_bottom=”30″ color=”undefined” icon_left=”” icon_right=””]Singers, singers and more singers. At Tuesday’s auditions of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” crooners far outnumbered comedians, contortionists and other entertainers.

Rebekah Ort, 10, of Carlsbad warms up before her dance-gymnastic performance for the “America’s Got Talent.” auditions. Photo by Chris Stone
Their goal? A $1 million prize.

An estimated 450 acts had 90 seconds to persuade producers at the San Diego Convention Center to propel them to the next round. They’ll have to wait a couple of months to find out.

(Los Angeles auditions are Feb. 6 — one of a dozen cities hosting tryouts.)

Waiting is nothing new, said a contestant who auditioned around 3:30. She had been there since 7:30 a.m.

Celebrity judges — Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell — weren’t part of the initial selections. Neither was natty host Nick Cannon, a 1998 graduate of Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley.

Hundreds of people were lined up before the 7 a.m. opening of the San Diego auditions, one of 12 city stops before the 11th season of the popular talent show.

After registering, contestants sat in a holding/practice room quietly rehearsing their acts and nervously chatting with would-be rivals.

Family and friends were nearby to give them support. Young contestants were allowed to be accompanied into the audition room by a parent.

Earlier auditions were held in Detroit, New York City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Jose and Salt Lake City.

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