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America's Got Talent

America's Got Talent

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Photo Credit:  Andrew Eccles/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, premieres 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 is 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.
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On Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 8-10pm ET/PT, NBC aired an encore presentation of the Season 13 finale of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT. Starring creator and executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and host Tyra Banks.

After hundreds of acts auditioned for the chance to win the $1 million prize, the competition is down to just 10 acts for the finals. These 10 acts competed live at The Dolby Theatre for the chance to win one million dollars and be named the most talented act in America: stand-up comedian Samuel J. Comroe; aerial artists Duo Transcend; singer Michael Ketterer (Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer); magician Shin Lim; acrobatic dance group Zurcaroh (Tyra Banks' Golden Buzzer); musician Brian King Joseph; singer Courtney Hadwin (Howie Mandel's Golden Buzzer); singer Glennis Grace; comedienne Vicki Barbolak; and singer Daniel Emmet (winner of the Dunkin' Save).

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers KISS open the show. In addition, superstar performances are scheduled throughout the night with guest appearances from opera legend Placido Domingo; acclaimed and award-winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling; chart-topping singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha; actor, comedian and New York Times best-selling author David Spade; stand-up comedian and AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR co-host Matt Iseman; and Akbar Gbajabiamila, co-host of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR. At the conclusion of the evening, host Tyra Banks will announce the newly crowned Season 13 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT winner. The show will also feature a special song contribution written by the No.1 selling solo artist in U.S. history and six-time CMA Entertainer of the year, Garth Brooks.

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Other Titles

  • Informally known as: AGT

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by FremantleMedia North America
  • Produced by SYCO Television