America's Got Talent

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



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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 (187)

  • America's Got Judges!!!

    Like to watch the talent and talent only! THEY ONLY HAVE 90 SECONDS TO PERFORM why does the dumb-ass director keeps changing cameras to show the judges facial expressions during an act? Who gives an F#@* if they're saying Wow or OMG. Do a split screen if you insist on constintly showing the judges faces. I can't be only one who thinks this is rude/disrespectful to their talent right???? AGT has been doing this since Season 1. That's exactly why I stopped watching So you think you can dance so long ago!!!moreless
  • Sound sucks!

    Like the new form of old tv variety show! Great entertainment but what's up with the sound cutting out ... Not just a couple LOT! Kinda important especially when comedian on and singers!
  • love the show

    It's fun to watch. The judges don't always get it right. 2 out of the 4 are extremely annoying. In the end .. I enjoy it.
  • Judges are Off the Chain

    I've been a huge fan of the show for years now, but the judges are ruining the show, starting with the absolutely nauseating Howard Stern. NBC, wake up! Get him off the show!! Producers, you have given WAY too much leverage and attention to the judges and their collective antics. Get the show's focus back on the talent, ..... purpose. Finally, someone needs to remind the judges and hold them accountable that they do not have permission to make rude and hurtful comments to the contestants, who good or bad, are pouring their hearts into their acts. That nonsense is the fastest way to kill this show.moreless
  • Howard Stern Has Killed AGT!

    Howard Stern Has Killed AGT! And here is how!


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