America's Got Talent

Talent is in the eye of the beholder. And tonight, the eye belongs to Piers Morgan, who, with fellow judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne, helps select the Top 48 acts that will perform during the live competitions in Los Angeles. With so much chaff among the wheat, we asked Morgan for his suggestions on how the players can stand out from the crowd and make a lasting—and good—impression.

1. Cage your inner chameleon. "Be true to yourself," Morgan says. "Too many contestants pretend to be someone they're not." 

2. Perform—and behave—like a champ. "Show confidence in your ability, but humility in your conduct, on stage."

3. Learn the Boy Scouts' motto. "Be prepared," Morgan cautions. "Rehearse, rehearse and rehearse again. Oh, and then do more rehearsal!"

4. Don't make like Madame Tussaud. "Show passion and emotion. If I want to see lifeless dummies, I'll go to a wax museum."

5. Get the eye of the tiger. "Carpe diem." Morgan says. "Seize the day, take your shot, or as Rocky Balboa used to say: 'Go for it!'"

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