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Think you have what it takes to impress Howard Stern? Then upload your audition tape to YouTube. 

If it is your dream to be publicly chastised by new America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern on a low-rated television network, YouTube has made it easy for you.


The televised talent show, which returns May 14 on NBC, is opening up auditions via YouTube for interested contestants. It’s looking for videos from performers of any age and with any talent (like hating?) for a chance to appear on the show and possibly win the $1 million grand prize.

The show’s producers will pick 20 of their favorite acts and the public will vote for one to appear during the quarterfinal rounds on the show this summer. Entries must be no longer than 90 seconds and submitted by June 1. If you exceed the time limit, the producers stick you in a Smart car with judge Sharon Osbourne and force you to drive cross country without a radio.

Young opera singer Jackie Evancho got her big break via these YouTube-based auditions and finished in second place in 2010. Matt Wilhelm, who rides his neon-lit BMX bike in the dark, also had minor success through auditioning on YouTube.

Listen to an overexcited Nick Cannon explain the rules to you below, but a submission from a bulldog flushing a toilet is the only one you should watch.

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