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'America's Got Talent' Breaks Reality TV Mold, Allows Voting via Tweet

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This March 4, 2013 photo shows the judges for season eight of the talent competition series "America's Got Talent," from left, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel during auditions in New Orleans. NBC's "America's Got Talent" is moving from New Jersey to New York City's Radio City Music Hall. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday, April 3.  The eighth season of the popular talent competition will air live from the landmark theater twice a week, starting July 23. (AP Photo/NBC, Skip Bolen)
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This March 4, 2013 photo shows the judges for season eight of the talent competition series "America's Got Talent," from left, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel during auditions in New Orleans. NBC's "America's Got Talent" is moving from New Jersey to New York City's Radio City Music Hall. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday, April 3. The eighth season of the popular talent competition will air live from the landmark theater twice a week, starting July 23. (AP Photo/NBC, Skip Bolen)

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'America's Got Talent' Season 8 judges during auditions in New Orleans. (AP Photo/NBC, Skip Bolen)

You watch to see some of the most awesome performers in America face off against one another, but you stay to see your favorites move on from round to round.

This season, the show's had everything from Branden James, an openly gay opera singer, to Jimmy Rose, a former coal miner and Iraq War veteran who performed an original song on the show titled "Coal Keeps the Lights On." One notable act, Kenichi Ebina, has garnered over nine million YouTube views in just over a month of a video of his dance audition, which has been described as "Matrix"-esque.

[Related: Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Tops 'So You Think You Can Dance' to Give NBC a Win]

Whether one of these awesome talents is your pick for the next winner of "America's Got Talent" or you've got your sights set on one of the other 57 contestants hoping to make a name for themselves on television, now you can vote in an all-new way.

"America's Got Talent" will now be counting votes sent in via Twitter. This is the first time a broadcast competition series has ever allowed its audience to vote via tweet, and the process is incredibly simple.

Fans can vote for their favorite contestant by tweeting #voteAGT followed by the act's name. Only one vote per Twitter handle per voting window will be counted, of course, but this will certainly ease up the voting process, which previously involved several other methods: voting by phone; filling out online ballots on NBC.com, Facebook, and zeebox; and using the NBC mobile app.

So regardless of who it is you're looking forward to seeing on "America's Got Talent" this year, now's your chance to become involved in a whole new way, by tweeting your vote!

Tune in to "America's Got Talent" on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 PM on NBC.

Check out photos of the 60 finalists on "America's Got Talent" Season 8:

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