Entertainment ‘America’s Got Talent’ comes to NYC in search of its next big star By Meghan Giannotta and Christa Lopez Updated January 27, 2017 3:49 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email This may just be their big break. Hundreds of skilled New Yorkers began lining up outside of Queens College on Friday as early as 6 a.m. to audition for the 12th season of “America’s Got Talent.” From singing and dancing to juggling, they all claimed to be masters of their craft. New York City was the seventh stop on a 10-city nationwide search for the show’s new contestants. Below, some of the many who waited hours to try out in front of judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell and Mel B. You just might catch them on TV when the show returns this summer. Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Ruthie Joy Schwartz, 73, of Manhattan, showed off her comedy skills at the "America's Got Talent" auditions. "What do I have to lose at my age?" she said. Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Winning, or even just being on "America's Got Talent," would be a "huge, amazing success. It would be a great opportunity," said Nikki Zarka, 35, of the pop group Secret Girls. "I think everybody wants to win here and I've been working really hard with the girls. Hopefully we can make it work." Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Mike Gomez, 65, a Bronx native, runs a NYC-based magic company, Micky Magic. Getting onto the show would be "an absolute game changer" for his business, he said. Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Katrina Bernhardt, 21, a dancer with the New York Chinese Cultural Center, said she auditioned to help "share [her] culture with those beyond the tri-state area." Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Gilbert Toglia, 38, of Queens, wasn't just auditioning for laughs. The clown, who goes by his stage name, Frostbyte, said he hopes to help raise money for childhood cancer research. Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Gilbert Toglia, 38, auditioned with his twin, Louis Toglia, whose stage name is Pyro. Like his brother, Toglia also hopes to continue to help raise money for childhood cancer research. Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Hailey Porterfield, 18, a singer and guitar player from upstate New York, hoped to surprise her mother by making it onto "America's Got Talent." "She doesn't know I'm here, so it's going to be a surprise," she said. Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Sage Logan, a Bronx native who goes by Looney Tooney the Clown while performing, said he hopes to end up with $1 million after his potential run on "America's Got Talent." Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Nalimda Peiris, 30, of Staten Island, is a member of a Sri Lankan percussion dance group called Behri. He said he hopes to share his culture with the world by making it onto "America's Got Talent." By Meghan Giannotta and Christa Lopez Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.