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Great News, America

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/08/2013 - 7:58 PM

Hello everyone, back in November I knew America's Got Talent was coming to New Orleans, Louisiana and I pre-registered for the audition. Well, to my surprise the producers of the show contacted me by phone and informed me. They had canceled the appearance here in New Orleans. My audition was scheduled for December 8, 2012. Well, I pre-registered and my audition in front of the producers of the show is Friday 15, 2013 for 3 pm. Because I work at a university here in the city, I informed the personal office and told them about my audition. They asked was I going to play the piano, and I replied no, I am going to sing Bring Him Home from Les Miserable. They informed me the uiniversity has had successful employees who went on to stardom... One of the chef's within the company I work for at the university he was a winner on the Iron Chef, last semester one of the students at the university won Big Brother reality show. This yours truly will go all the way and win the million grand prize. I had dream I had made it to the finalist and the show came to New Orleans, Louisiana during the finalist segment and a parade rolled through the university and I was so excited I woke up from the dream and didn't know if I had won the million. So, because of fate I am going to give it all I got.

If I make it to Hollywood I plan on my weekly selections of songs to revolve around my 50 years of photography. Because of Susan Boyle of Britian's got talent, if I make it to the finalist I will request to do a duet with her. This is the year the old man wins America's Got Talent........

Yesterday, was our monthly employee meeting, and I performed for them 60 aprox, in the grand ball room without music. Well, to my amazement, when I hit the final note the entire room rose to there feet and I received a standing ovation,, and the applause lasted about 4 minutes. I was informed I had individuals in the room crying my performance was superior. Next week I perform in front of the producers of the show, I will in a week update this post I have had no formal training, and my bio speaks of some of my other talents.Cheers, Michael Hoard

 

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Posted by: Janine Riley on 02/08/2013 - 8:16 PM

I want to hear you sing !

 

Posted by: Loretta Luglio on 02/08/2013 - 8:25 PM

Good luck, Michael!

 

Posted by: Ann Powell on 02/08/2013 - 8:33 PM

You should make a preview for us and put it on Youtube!

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/08/2013 - 8:41 PM

I have never been so excited, all the employees at work are extremely excited for me. I have nothing to loose, I took the day off next week. The only thing I am not certain about do I want all my friends to be in the room while I audition. Or go in and then surprise them when I come out....

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/08/2013 - 8:42 PM

There are three parade tonight I am inside the coffee shop I have to run out side and take part in the madness....I will get back

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/08/2013 - 11:51 PM

Thanks Loretta, Ann, Jannie thanks for the support, Cheers, Michael

 

Posted by: Christine Till on 02/09/2013 - 12:05 AM


I want to hear you sing, too.
Don't you have a you tube or something?

 

Posted by: Rose Santuci-Sofranko on 02/09/2013 - 1:45 AM

Wow! Congrats, that's very impression! Here's hoping you win. God bless!

 

Posted by: Amy Weiss on 02/09/2013 - 3:23 AM

Best of luck, Michael! How exciting!! :D

 

Posted by: Elizabeth Lane on 02/09/2013 - 9:26 AM

Bon venture, Michael!!!

 

Posted by: MM Anderson on 02/09/2013 - 9:36 AM

Good luck! That sounds so exciting.

 

Posted by: Kathy Stiber on 02/09/2013 - 10:13 AM

That's awesome!!! I want to hear you sing too! Congratulations.

 

Posted by: Sydne Archambault on 02/09/2013 - 10:22 AM

Congratulations Michael!

 

Posted by: Dyan Johnson on 02/09/2013 - 10:25 AM

The Universe is conspiring to work for you! Embrace it, Claim it, It's YOURS!!

 

Posted by: William Norton on 02/09/2013 - 11:09 AM

Great News indeed! Good Luck!

 

Posted by: Theresa Tahara on 02/09/2013 - 1:21 PM

Loads of luck Michael. When you are chosen, make sure you let us know when it airs.

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/09/2013 - 5:08 PM

Thank you everyone for the great comments and support and I promise, if I am chosen I will make the announcement. Thank you Theresa, ,Dyan, Sydne, Kathy, Mim, Elizabeth, Amy, Rose, Christine, Ann,

 

Posted by: Catherine Howard on 02/09/2013 - 5:36 PM

This is so exciting, Michael! Please upload something to youtube and we can all comment there also!

 

Posted by: Sweet Moments Photography on 02/10/2013 - 1:15 AM

Good luck Michael :))

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/10/2013 - 1:35 PM

Thanks Sweet Moments Photography, I appreciate the support

 

Posted by: Lori Lovetere on 02/10/2013 - 4:58 PM

Wow good luck Michael!!! :)))))

 

Posted by: Judy Kay on 02/10/2013 - 5:12 PM

Congratulations...why not audition for Xfactor?
http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-x-factor-usa/the-x-factor-online-auditions-begin-today-exclusively-on-youtube/149960991742542
They also have open auditions listed and booths across the US...

 

Posted by: Janice Drew on 02/10/2013 - 6:09 PM

Michael, Congratulations and good luck.

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/10/2013 - 8:43 PM

Thank you Lori , Janice, and Judy I did know American Idol, has an age restriction, and I am also certain they the Voice the one with the judges turn there chair around....they will be here in April or March I think....or its the X=factor

 

Posted by: Francesa Miller on 02/10/2013 - 10:13 PM

It sounds like you picked a song you can sing with meaning and emotion. THAT'S what comes across as something special. I wish you well.

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/10/2013 - 10:28 PM

Thank yoiu Francessa, I appreciate the kind words.....and yes I will do the X-factor and The Voice they will be here in march or april.....

 

Posted by: Penny Hunt on 02/10/2013 - 10:32 PM

Good luck, and believe this can happen! Will be watching!

 

Posted by: Janine Riley on 02/10/2013 - 10:40 PM

she's a beauty - this seems to be your year Michael !

 

Posted by: Kim Hojnacki on 02/10/2013 - 10:46 PM

Congratulations. How exciting.

 

Posted by: Judy Kay on 02/11/2013 - 9:17 AM

Good luck for sure...I cant wait to see your auditions! Will be extra fun to watch my favorite shows and be able to "root " for you!

 

Posted by: Daniel Martin on 02/11/2013 - 9:21 AM

Good luck my friend!!! God bless you!

 

Posted by: Jackie Mueller-Jones on 02/11/2013 - 9:22 AM

Michael, congratulations and i am looking forward to hearing you sing.

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/11/2013 - 10:12 AM

Thanks everyone for the encouragement, Jackie, Daniel, Judy, Kim, Jannie, Penny, I declare all of you my offical fan club. It will be a fun day, and I have made up my mind to have my friends stand behind me in the audition room. They have heard me sing and are rooting for me. As I told everyone its what the producers are looking for the package and I am sure I can pull this off. And if I don't all that matters I gave it my best shot and had fun along the way.

 

Posted by: Judy Kay on 02/11/2013 - 10:15 AM

Michael just a heads up...I dont know if you have a "facebook fan page", but if not you definitely should set it up now and be prepared for later!

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/11/2013 - 12:33 PM

Great Idea Judy, so much going on right now, today is Lundi Gras here in New Orleans, Louisiana day before Mardi Gras, its raining but that will not stop the festivities unless extreme severe weather. The PR at the university made a video and she said it was a bit garbled I have not seen it yet, but will post as soon as she emails it to me. thanks Judy,

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/14/2013 - 10:20 PM

Hello everyone, thanks for all the good wishes and support an update, tomorrow for my audition if selected by the producers of the show, a live performance will be performed in front of the judges here locally in March in front of the three judges of America's Got Talent, from todays news producers were quite impressed what they have seen through out New Orleans, Louisiana during there presence during Super Bowl and Mardi Gras. After carefully reading the full contract anything brought to the program becomes there property. What I may do if selected is take some new local shots of the city if I am allowed to choose one of my performing numbers "Do You Know What It Means, To Miss New Orleans", then I will not have to release my original photos from my 51 year archives.

 

Posted by: Scott B Bennett on 02/15/2013 - 8:55 AM

I have the talent also,when I want everyone to leave party,house ect I start singing and people move quickly lol seriously congrad's on everything
it indeeds seems to be your time to shine...Best of Luck in it all...Bobbie

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/15/2013 - 11:41 AM

That is a hoot Scott, thanks for the well wishes, Cheers, Michael

 

Posted by: Janine Riley on 02/15/2013 - 1:25 PM

Wishing you a joyous experience tonight . : )

 

Posted by: Michael Hoard on 02/16/2013 - 9:28 PM

Hello everyone, here it is an update, I arrived at the convention center earlier with friends other where there waiting for me.....there where no long lines I did wait a couple of hours inside though. And just like other America's got Talent promos when they visit the different city's well I will be seen in one of them doing a souther second line dance around the musicians who were playing a guitar and the other two where playing the washboard and metal service tray. I asked my friend Deborah did she have a handkerchief and i jumped into the action of things.....well the one segment had completed and they where going to start filming a second....the british producer in her accent, where is that gentlemen with the scarf and who was dancing she liked that....get him back here....I did inform her it was not a scarf, and the dance is called doing a second line...well we all where informed we should know something in three weeks and the judges on the program will return to New Orleans, and competition is begin....I am not certain but they may even do the first show live from New Orleans, The next venue is going to be a major arena herer in the city, I would think there is going to be a live audience......

After the program we went out for drinks, and then on to my friends Deborah 's popular restaurant located in the upper garden district here in New Orleans, LA to my surprise she asked if I would perform live for her guest which was at capacity....I did get everyone to be quiet...and when I made the announcement, they broke out in thunderous applause....I sang the song and thunderous applause once again....I had a great evening and hope I do make it to the second round of competition. I will keep everyone informed.....Cheers, Michael

 

Posted by: Janine Riley on 02/17/2013 - 9:56 PM

It sounds like you had a wonderful evening.
Applause !

 

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