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America's Got Talent

America's Got Talent

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Photo Credit:  NBC
  • Premiered: 
    June 21, 2006
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Simon Cowell 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
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Plot Synopsis

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT is a talent reality series that crosses the US looking for America's most talented performers. The competition is open to acts of all ages and to all types of performers, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists. After the nationwide audition rounds, the top acts are brought to the studio where they perform in front of a live audience, allowing the viewers to vote and determine which acts go home. The performer with most votes in the final round wins $1 million. In Season 1, 11-year-old singer Bianca Ryan (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) won, and within 15 months she released a self-titled CD that opened at #57 on the Billboard 200. Ventriloquist Terry Fator (Dallas, Texas) won Season 2 and signed a deal to headline the Las Vegas Hilton. Insurance salesman/opera singer Neal E. Boyd (Sikeston, Missouri) won the third season. In 2009, an unemployed farmer and longtime musician, Kevin Skinner (Mayfield, Kentucky), prevailed in Season 4, winning one million dollars and headlined the "America's Got Talent" show at the Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. Singer/songwriter Michael Grimm and crooner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. won Seasons 5 and 6, respectively, both headlining Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Olate Dogs, the father-son dog training team of Richard and Nicolas Olate and their canines, won the title in Season 7, along with $1 million and headliner status at "America's Got Talent" show at the Palazzo in Las Vegas in Fall 2012.

When AGT returned for its eighth season on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT, the show welcomed back host Nick Cannon and judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel, while introducing new judges Heidi Klum and Mel B, who were all wowed by the innovative dance productions of Season 8 winner Kenichi Ebina.

AGT returned for its ninth season with a two-hour season premiere on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC. Season 9 open-call audition cities included: Miami (Oct. 26-27); Atlanta (Nov. 2-3); New York (Nov. 16-17); Denver (Dec. 7-8); Houston (Jan. 18-19); Indianapolis (Jan. 25-26); Nashville (Jan. 28); Greensboro (Jan. 29); Baltimore (Jan. 30); Providence (Feb. 1); and Los Angeles (Feb. 8-9).

NBC premiered the tenth season of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 8-10pm ET/PT, with Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel returning as judges and Nick Cannon returning as host. This season, the Golden Buzzer allows four lucky acts the chance to go directly to the live performance rounds at Radio City Music Hall. Plus, to accommodate acts that are simply too big for the theater, AGT brings the show outdoors to showcase some of the biggest and most dangerous acts to ever audition. Similar to the acts in theater, the extreme contestants, filmed at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA, are subject to the judges' dreaded 'X' buzzers. Later in the season, beginning Tuesday, July 14, boot camp begins, and each week one judge receives a special advantage over the others in determining which acts become part of the Top 36 to take part in the live performance shows, which begin Tuesday, August 11.

Season 11 of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, the #1 most-watched alternative summer show for the past 10 years, premiered on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC. The series shifts back to Los Angeles for the show's 11th season, which is highlighted by new judge Simon Cowell. Open call auditions for AGT's new season kicked off in Detroit on Nov. 7 and made stops in 12 U.S. cities, including New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, San Jose, San Diego, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando and Dallas. In the season premiere, variety acts of all types and contestants of all ages audition for the chance to win the $1 million prize. The Golden Buzzer is back and allows four lucky acts the chance to go directly to the live performance rounds at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to compete for America's vote.

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT was back for its twelfth season on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC, with creator and judge Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, as well as new host Tyra Banks. In the season premiere, "Auditions 1," variety acts of all types and contestants of all ages audition for the chance to win the $1 million prize. The Golden Buzzer is back giving five lucky acts the chance to go directly to the live shows at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to compete for America's vote. Live shows begin Tuesday, August 15 from 8-10pm and live results programs start Wednesday, August 16 from 8-9pm.

NBC premiered Season 13 of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 8-10pm ET/PT. Judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, as well as host Tyra Banks, all return for the new season. In the season premiere, variety acts of all types and contestants of all ages audition for the chance to win the $1 million prize. The Golden Buzzer is back giving five lucky acts the chance to go directly to the live shows at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to compete for America's vote.

NBC premiered the 14th season of its top-rated summer series, AMERICA'S GOT TALENT. The judging panel for the upcoming season consists of new judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough, as well as returning judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel. Terry Crews, who hosted the recent AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS, is the new host.

Season 15 of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT premiered on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC, with new judge Sofia Vergara and returning judge Heidi Klum joining Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Terry Crews. In the season premiere, variety acts of all types and contestants of all ages audition for the chance to win the $1 million prize. The Golden Buzzer is back giving five lucky acts over the auditions the chance to go directly to the live shows to compete for America's vote.

On Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 8-10pm ET/PT, NBC premiered the sixteenth season of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, with judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, and Sofia Vergara all returning for a new season, along with host Terry Crews. This season promises some of the wildest acts to ever grace the AGT stage after an unprecedented number of submissions poured in from across the country. As recently as Saturday, March 6, AGT hosted a final nationwide "Last Chance Audition" for the new season.
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Tonight (Wednesday, September 15, 2021) from 9-11pm ET/PT, NBC premieres "Finale Results," the Season 16 finale of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, with judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, and Sofia Vergara and with host Terry Crews. The 10 finalists are: aerialist Aidan Bryant; martial arts group World Taekwondo Demo Team (Terry's Golden Buzzer); magician Dustin Tavella; comedian Gina Brillon; singer Jimmie Herrod (Sofia's Golden Buzzer); quick-change magician Lea Kyle (Heidi's Golden Buzzer); Northwell Nurse Choir (Howie's Golden Buzzer); singer Victory Brinker (Golden Buzzer from all 4 judges & Terry); comedian Josh Blue; and singer Brooke Sampson.

Last night, the top 10 acts performed for the last time from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for their chance to win $1 million and be named the most talented act in America. Jimmie Herrod belted out "What a Wonderful World," aerialist Aidan Bryant prompted Simon to stand on the judges' table to cheer him on, and the Northwell Nurse Choir closed the show with their rendition of "Stand By You."

Tonight's finale features these special guests: Idina Menzel, Pentatonix, Bishop Briggs, George Lopez, Rico Rodriguez, Olympic Silver Medal gymnasts Jordan Chiles and MyKayla Skinner, and AGT Season 9 winner and Las Vegas headliner Mat Franco.

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Other Titles

  • Informally known as: AGT

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by FremantleMedia North America
  • Produced by SYCO Television