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Posted on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 12:12 p.m.

Dexter's Payton Lakey to audition for spot on 'America's Got Talent'

By Jenn McKee


Dexter's Payton Lakey will audition for "America's Got Talent" this weekend.

Photo provided by Payton Lakey

Dexter's Payton Lakey, 18, a self-taught guitar player and country music singer, is scheduled to audition for for a spot on the TV show "America's Got Talent" on Saturday, Jan. 27 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

"About two months ago I sent in a video of my singing and playing guitar at one of my shows, and I got an email from one of the producers saying I get to skip the call lines and have a private audition," said Lakey in an email. "So it's kind of special!"

The audition will be the first step in a process that could end up with Lakey featured on the TV show, a popular NBC talent competition. "America's Got Talent" is now heading into its eighth season, with a panel of judges that most recently included Howard Stern, Sharon Osborne, and Howie Mandel.

The ultimate winner of each season's competition gets a $1 million prize.

The Saline Fiddlers are also scheduled to participate in the Chicago auditions.



Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 7:59 p.m.

Way to go, Payton! Knock 'em out in Chicago.