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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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 (172)

  • Fire lighting director

    Had to fast forward through most of 7/29 show because of the horrible llighting. Floods and strobes pointed at audience and cameras made it impossible to see the performers. Awful job! We won't keep watching if it continues.
  • Singers get unfair review

    What an amazing year! Visually we can fairly judge the dance, athletic and magical performances. We can enjoy the comedic words and absorb the amazing optical illusions of magicians and illusionists and spectacular performers. However vocalists are getting the short end. I went from our top line surround system in our home through 4 tv and audio systems to our basic HD TV and the sound quality translated for a vocalist was poor and hard to judge. I love west and Dakota but with the background and fanfare of semi final performances they were lost and their vocals diluted. Being a fan of American idol and voice I know Americas got talent can do better with voice performance to share what the judges hear with the voting public! For us at home it is obscured by instrumentals and back ground noise. I want to hear the vocals so I can vote fairlymoreless
  • Nothing cleaver to say about this show

    What has happened which normally has me in my chair at 8. glass of wine, snacks, ready for some good television, it the same stuff over and over, go to a commercial break and come back to see an end of a audition. Now if I settle down around 8:30 and bring a book to read when previous acts appear.

    Really poor planning for this season, personally I don't care about the judges being involved in the act, don't care about their behind the scene conversations.

    Judgment week, their faces, like how dare you disappoint me and this season Howard Stern, well, he needs to go. The 7.4 rating below must include previous seasons as no one appears to like this season. Wish you had a zero rating.moreless
  • So much about NBC caring for customer's complaints...

    Re my email sent to them a couple of weeks guess they do not care after all. We are just numbers but these numbers can decline.

    NBC did not even have the courtesy of replying to my message. Thank you NBC for your wonderful customer support.

    Re America's Got Talent: Why are we getting so many very annoying to schedule your time

    to watch a new episode only to find out it's a repeat. We should be

    forewarned that it's a repeat ahead of time and as to when a live program is

    scheduled for.

    Talking to a lot of people who are interested in the sow, they all have the

    same opinion and are getting disinterested and frustrated and do not care

    to put up with this ridiculous procedure. You will loose a lot of you at all care?

    Luc Trepaniermoreless
  • Another re-run when it said it would be New!!

    Not happy, losing interest in waiting for a new episode!!! BS

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