America's Got Talent

Tuesday 9:00 PM on NBC Premiered Jun 21, 2006 In Season



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America's Got Talent
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AIRED ON 9/18/2013

Season 8 : Episode 27

Show Summary

Premiering in 2006, America's Got Talent (also known as AGT) is an American reality television series on NBC. The show was developed with the help of Simon Cowell but due to Idol and Fox obligations, he has never judged. The show is a talent competition has no restrictions to age or act with the main focus on whether or not it was entertaining, providing for sometimes untalented but hilarious acts getting through. It is broken down into three main rounds with cuts constantly happening. The acts first compete on stage in front of an audience and the 3(4) judges. Each judge has a loud 'X' buzzer they can press if they feel an act is not meeting expectations. If an act gets all the judges to buzz it is immediately over and they are out of the competition. These remain active through-out the show, but during later rounds frequently get used.

It starts off with auditions week held across the country where acts have roughly 90 seconds to impress the judges and an arena audience. Following each act the judges quickly vote and majority rules if they go to the next round or cut on the spot. Following auditions week the show and accepted acts move to Vegas where the acts perform again, only this time in front of only the judges and no audience. Following Vegas week the judges cut the competition aggressively to 48 acts to move onto the next, most important, round. The 48 acts chosen go onto the live quarter-finals in various cities to compete on live television for the audiences vote as the power now shifts away from the judges. There are 4 quarter finals with 12 acts performing each week (4 advance each), followed by two semi finals (4 advance each) followed by the final where the winner is declared. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000,000 and a chance for their own show in Vegas.

Recent seasons have implemented a YouTube week where the judges will select from online YouTube submissions and a few lucky acts will be chosen to perform live at the end of the quarter finals with a chance to move to the semi finals as extra wild card spots.

AGT is now on it's seventh season (2012) and had numerous casting changes.

Hosts in order of appearance:
Season 1 (2006) - Regis Philbin
Season 2-3 (2007-08) - Jerry Springer
Season 4-7 (2009-2012) Nick Cannon.

Judges in order of appearance:
Season 1 (2006) - Brandy Norwood, David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan
Season 2-4 (2007-09) - Sharon Osbourne, David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan
Season 5-6 (2010-11) - Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, Piers Morgan
Season 7 (2012) - Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, Howard Stern

Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon

Host Season 4-present

Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan

Judge Season 1-6

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne

Judge Season 2-7

David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff

Judge Season 1-4

Brandy Norwood

Brandy Norwood

Judge Season 1

Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin

Host Season 1

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Fan Reviews (154)

  • Banning America's got Talent

    Extremely disappointed... This is Americas got Talent, and it was thrown in everyone's face they don't care about Americans. Japan won!!! I will no longer watch this show, I'm banning it and I hope others do as well. They sold the American contestants out and I'm done with this show. This is another example of American money getting sent to another country.
  • How About America's Got Talent but do not win!!!

    This was the most ridulous & unfair winner of all - yes, i know it's up to America (which i'm finding hard to believe at this point), but when a person wins who is not AN AMERICAN what's the use of the show's name!!!!! Howie Mandel ranted about how singers don't have to do anything but come out & sing - oh sure right, they don't have to practice & make sure their timing is on or harmonizing (in the case of a group). Also, they have a TALENT - that's what is all about - they were given a talent for a reason right???? I believe Kemichi winning waa a horrible mistake as many others do - of course, Forte should have taken the crown and hopefully will still make it big. The judges are ridulous except for Howard Stern - he is right on the mark. After this season, I don't know about watching again - way too unfair!!!moreless
  • unbelievable results

    I find it very hard to believe that anyone watching the americas got talent contestants could posibly have voted for the winner of the contest rather than forte with amazing talent. Which makes me wonder what goes on behind the scenes. I will not watch it next year. Dont care to watch a result I know is wrong.

    Not to mention the antics from the judges to take up more air time.moreless
  • America's Got Talent, not Japan's Got Talent

    It's all in the title folks... I believed this show was focused on finding Americans with talent, people living in America. Very disappointed with this season. Can't believe the acts that made it to the finals. I don't dislike Kenichi, his act is very cool but should not have been consider for this show. I have watched and enjoyed every season of this show but am hopeful the producers will consider the fact that we call it America's Got Talent and should have a US citizen win.moreless
  • Americas Talent as screwed as the audience!

    Americas Got Talent is a big waste of time and really rips off the people trying to get some place. The entire program has gotten to be all about the host and judges acting up and fighting for attention at the expense of the contestant. Has-been Howie is the biggest jerk who does this. A good portion of time is wasted on judges acting like jerks!

    Say what you want about Simon Cowell, but at least he pretty much kept his mouth shut and let the talent do their thing.

    This latest scam of a show had the judges ranting and carrying on, pretty much bad mouthing singers or groups, and hard selling weaker acts over their soap box issues. They should just dump the show let all the has-been people they use for judges go some place else to get attention!moreless

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    fresh faced teens, musical prodigy, high stake situations, cultural phenomenon, competitive arts