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'America's Got Talent' announces nationwide tour: Finally, your chance to see Poppycock up close and personal

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Image Credit: Trae Patton/NBC; Justin Lubin/NBCThere are only four acts left in the running for the $1 million prize — and opportunity to headline their own show on the Las Vegas strip — on America’s Got Talent, but lucky (?) for us, all ten of this season’s finalists will be hitting the road for a nationwide tour come fall. Today, AEG Live (which is also producing this year’s So You Think You Can Dance live show) announced the 25-city America’s Got Talent Live, which will kick off on Oct. 1 in Oakland, Calif. Former AGT host Jerry Springer will also be on hand as the show’s emcee.

Following in the footsteps of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance seems like a smart move for the show, which has consistently brought in huge ratings for NBC this summer (not that there’s been much competition). After a long road to the finals, it’s also fair to say that these 10 acts — which include tween ballroom dancers and a daring stunt cyclist — are actually talented. But will you pay money to go and see them, rather than casually watch their weekly performances from the comfort of your couch? (Or the convenience of your DVR?). Will it feel different without Sharon’s encouraging praise and Howie’s awkward comments? What about Nick Cannon’s “knack” for creating suspense? Forget Vegas, can these acts headline the likes of Saint Rose, Mo.? And all you Prince Poppycock fans out there: Are you excited at the chance at seeing him do his thing in the flesh?

What do you think PopWatchers? Would you pay money to see these America’s Got Talent contestants? Are you pleased to find some of your favorites who didn’t make the cut will be taking the stage come fall? Or will this end up being a disaster, like the most recent Idol tour?