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'America's Got Talent' auditions: Dos and don'ts for hopefuls

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It feels like only yesterday that Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. was crowned the champion of America's Got Talent's sixth season, but already the hunt has begun for his successor.

Auditions for the seventh season of America's Got Talent got under way in New York in October, with further stops already planned in St Louis, Washington DC, Tampa, Anaheim, Austin and Charlotte.

So, with thousands and thousands of acts trying out in the hopes of winning that $1 million prize and chance to headline a Las Vegas show, what can you do to stand out from the crowd?

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr and Nick Cannon

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> Interview: America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr

Executive producer Jason Raff tells Digital Spy that the key to a memorable audition is" standing out from the crowd" during the short amount of time you have to impress.

"You have to remember you are coming out and there are 1,000 other people around you so you want to be original in how you dress and how you act," he says. "You don't want to be boring and just do the same thing, you want to stand out from that crowd of people and walk in the room and get someone's attention with your voice or personality."

America's Got Talent is open to any kind of talent conceivable, including singers, and Raff advises those in the singing category to be careful about their song choice.

"They should pick something that is recognisable but not overdone and those overdone songs are now listed on our website - the songs we have heard again and again," he said. "We tell people if you are planning on performing those songs make sure you do it your own way."

Among the "commonly performed" songs listed on the website are Etta James's 'At Last', Miley Cyrus's 'The Climb', 'Grenade' by Bruno Mars and Katy Perry's 'Firework'. A full list is available here.

Raff says singers should think outside the box when it comes to song choice, suggesting: "Maybe take a Motley Crue song and sing acoustic or a Def Leppard song like Carrie Underwood covered at one point, or if you're a female singer take a traditionally male sung song and you do it that way."

Another crucial piece of advice is choosing the best part of the song to perform, bearing in mind you only have 90 seconds on stage: "A lot of times they hear they have 90 seconds to perform and start with the beginning of the song but the song doesn't get good or you don't hear their range until the very end of the song."

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Raff's advice for dancers is similar: "If I see 100 dance acts in one day the ones who will stick out are the ones who come in and, firstly can dance well technically, but are doing moves I haven't seen 1,000 times before, interesting choreography. Originality is key."

As for the most memorable auditions for him, Raff includes past winners such as Murphy, season two's Terry Fator and season one's Bianca Ryan in his list.

"When Terry Fator came in, I thought, 'oh God, another ventriloquist, oh God, get me through this'. He's doing his bit and it's like, 'okay, kind of heard that joke before' and then he starts singing and it's 'wow!' and you look up!

"I remember my eyes getting as big as saucers when [Bianca Ryan] came into the room after dozens of people who were good but just basically average. I always remember what it's like to see those people first time because I get so goose-bumpy and giggly at the end of a long day when those rays of sunshine come in."

Full audition dates and details are available at the official America's Got Talent auditions website.

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