America's Got Talent

televised American talent show competition

America's Got Talent (sometimes abbreviated as AGT) is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent series franchise. It began in June 21, 2006. It features singers, dancers, magicians and other talents from America to compete for a contract and $1,000,000 and as a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip since season 3.

America's Got Talent
Talent show
Created by
Directed byRussell Norman[1]
Creative directorBrian Friedman
Presented by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons18
No. of episodes440
Executive producers
  • Simon Cowell
  • Sam Donnelly
  • Jason Raff
  • Rob Wade
  • Trish Kinane
  • Richard Wallace
Running time44–104 minutes
Production companiesFremantleMedia North America
Original release
ReleaseJune 21, 2006 (2006-06-21) –
present (present)

Format change

Artists compete for the judges votes. Before appearing, Applicants must audition to impress the crew who works on the show. This is how people get a chance to impress the judges.

Note: Certain seasons may have different variations of rounds.

Auditions change

Once applicants have made the show, they go on stage with the judges. Before the act, they introduce themselves("Who are you and where are you from?") is a common line. They perform their act with added help from the crew that helps the contestants with playing music, and props. The coaches have a big red X button they can press if the act starts performing and they get bored, don't like the act, or think the act isn't "talent" material or just plain stupid. If an act receives all of the Judges X's, they must stop performing, however, some have ignored the unofficial rule. After the act is complete, the judges make comments make positive and/or negative about it. Each judge then votes. If an act received 3 Yes's(75%) or more, they move on to the next round of competition. If an act received 2 yes's(50%) or less, they are eliminated from the competition. X's do not determine a judge's yes or no decision. Even if an act received four X's, they can still go through if they can convince the judges to give them 3 yes's, they still go through.

Judge Cuts change

The second round of the competition features the contestants performing an act again(usually better and bigger) than the last time. The Judges decide on a certain number of acts moving to the live shows. The contestants are usually split into a certain number of groups as well. The judges decide who moves on as a group, instead of individually. The judges can still X a performance, but all performances are eligible to move on when the judges X a performance, even with four X's.

Live Shows change

Overview change

Season Originally Aired Winner Runner(s)-up Third place
First Aired Last Aired
1 June 21, 2006 August 17, 2006 Bianca Ryan All That / The Millers 1
2 June 5, 2007 August 21, 2007 Terry Fator Cas Haley Butterscotch
3 June 17, 2008 October 1, 2008 Neal E. Boyd Eli Mattson Nuttin' But Stringz
4 June 23, 2009 September 16, 2009 Kevin Skinner Bárbara Padilla Recycled Percussion
5 June 1, 2010 September 15, 2010 Michael Grimm Jackie Evancho Fighting Gravity
6 May 31, 2011 September 14, 2011 Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Silhouettes Team iLuminate
7 May 14, 2012 September 13, 2012 Olate Dogs Tom Cotter William Close
8 June 4, 2013 September 18, 2013 Kenichi Ebina Taylor Williamson Jimmy Rose
9 May 27, 2014 September 17, 2014 Mat Franco Emily West AcroArmy
10 May 26, 2015 September 16, 2015 Paul Zerdin Drew Lynch Oz Pearlman
11 May 31, 2016 September 14, 2016 Grace VanderWaal The Clairvoyants Jon Dorenbos
12 May 30, 2017 September 20, 2017 Darci Lynne Angelica Hale Light Balance
13 May 29, 2018 September 19, 2018 Shin Lim Zurcaroh Brian King Joseph
14 May 28, 2019 September 18, 2019 Kodi Lee Detroit Youth Choir Ryan Niemiller
15 May 26, 2020 September 23, 2020 Brandon Leake Broken Roots Cristina Rae
16 June 1, 2021 September 15, 2021 Dustin Tavella Aidan Bryant Josh Blue
17 May 31, 2022 September 14, 2022 Mayyas Kristy Sellars Drake Milligan
18 May 30, 2023 September 27, 2023 Adrian Stoica and Hurricane Anna DeGuzman Murmuration

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 "America's Got Talent / About the Show". NBC. Archived from the original on June 3, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.

Other websites change