AMC is searching for big talent in small towns nationwide.
It's the basis of the new series "Road Show."
Many Hugo residents showed up looking for their big break
"We been signing since we were little kids. I heard about it, I'm trying to get seen and heard, and hopefully get some good news," one contestant said.
It's a closed curtain audition. The production company wouldn't let 12 News film the acts or identify contestants. Casting producer Frazier Bain said that's the point of the show - the reveal.
"It's talented people you might not have otherwise heard of, all over the country," he said. "I wouldn't say small town, but...off the beaten path."
He said they chose Hugo because of it's reputation for entertainment.
"Circus city, USA? Of course we had to come find out what circus performers do in the off-season and what kind of fun they have," he said.
The series features contestants from each town they visit in an hour-long episode. Bain said they'll narrow the pool into four finalists. The finalists work with Hollywood talent coaches, preparing for the final performance.
"We're interested in Hugo as much as we are in the performers who come out," he said.
David Hinkle, Chamber of Commerce president, said the show is a great opportunity for his city.
"I'm hoping the next big, big star is associated with our region," he said.
Hugo has always been home to talent, Hinkle said.
"Up until the 1970s, really, we had to rely on entertaining ourselves," he said.
The top finalists will win cash prizes.
AMC says the show will premier in 2013.
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