Eager Audience Members Wait in the Rain at Pasadena Civic for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Entire Blair football team joins audience Wednesday to watch the best show in town

Published : Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 6:08 AM

People waited in long lines in the rain Wednesday to be at the first live audience taping of the 14th season of “America’s Got Talent,” held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

People came from all over the world to see the latest and greatest acts that could make it to TV when the show premieres May 28.

It’s a whole new show for this season, with Pasadena resident Terry Crews coming in to host, and Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union joining Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell.

Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough join Terry Crews, Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell for America’s Got Talent Season 14. Courtesy NBC

Crews was on his cheerful game, garbed in a pastel blue suit, jovial and dancing around on stage. Above him hung the names of the four judges.

And just as the audience members came from all over, so did the acts, which did not disappoint.

There was the gymnastics group from Mongolia, an awful singer in a cape, a kick line, a special violinist and a kid from out east with a ukulele.

They all want to be the next winner of “America’s Got Talent” and they’ll all get a shot. Most of them moved through to the next round, sometimes with a “golden buzzer” that unleashes gold confetti. Then the brooms come out and the audience can talk and joke around when the cameras aren’t running.

And Simon seemed to be in a pretty good mood, actually saying nice things to the contestants — except to the guy in the cape.

On hand were several high schools.  Among them were Downey and Cathedral high schools and locals John Muir High School and the entire Blair Football team.

Kristin, Jake, Jaymie and Jerry came up from San Diego with their big black and white dog, Dakota who calmly took the loudspeakers and confetti all in stride.

“We came up from San Diego,” Kristin said. “We wouldn’t miss this.”

“America’s Got Talent” will be taping through the month, and generally there are about seven acts per taping and two tapings a day. Almost 200 acts will be seen on the Pasadena Civic Auditorium stage.

Tickets are still available.

For tickets: http://on-camera-audiences.com/shows/Americas_Got_Talent