Nick Cannon, the comic who hosts NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” hopes to bring wife Mariah Carey when he travels to New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2013. He also will direct local auditions for the popular talent show on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16.
“I went with Mariah when she traveled to Baton Rouge for ‘American Idol,’ so I’m hoping she’ll roll with me when I’m in New Orleans,” Cannon said in a Feb. 1 phone interview.
Cannon expects to spend several days in New Orleans, beginning with a ride as a celebrity monarch in the Krewe of Orpheus. The group parades on Lundi Gras.
Cannon joins a host of other celebs in this year’s parade, including krewe co-founder Harry Connick Jr.; actors Gary Sinise and Mariska Hargitay; and local musicians Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and the Imagination Movers.
Cannon has been a frequent visitor to New Orleans, but this will be his first Mardi Gras. It’s also the first time that “America’s Got Talent” has visited the city.
“New Orleans has been on our list for quite a few years. There is so much happening there, such deep roots – and not just in the music community,” Cannon said.
New Orleans will be the final stop on a 14-city tour by the show’s producers. They are seeking a broad range of performers: musicians, dance crews, magicians, contortionists, comedians, singers, jugglers, animal acts and more.
Cannon said that the conjunction of Super Bowl 2013 and Carnival was a key factor in the decision to add New Orleans to the itinerary of the show’s talent scouts.
“All the stars are aligned for New Orleans,” Cannon said. “It’s a great year for the city, and we want to be a part of the celebration.”
*America’s Got Talent New Orleans Auditions*
What: The popular NBC talent show will hold auditions for local performers. All ages and all talents are welcome to apply. Auditioning talent can also pre-register or submit a video at agtauditions.com
When: Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16. Approximately 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.
More: For details go to agtauditions.com