The Aurora Light Painters auditioned for "America's Got Talent" in Austin, TX in March 2012. We had been rehearsing for over a month but this was actually our very first public performance. We enjoyed the backstage camaraderie with other performers but became increasingly nervous as the judges disqualified several acts who had much more experience.
To our surprise (and relief), the theater audience and the judges were enthusiastic and Howard Stern exclaimed that he had never seen anything like it. All three judges voted us on to the Las Vegas audition.