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One of the most popular reality television shows in the United States is America’s Got Talent. The show began in 2006, and it has captivated audiences since its inception. There have been 14 seasons of the show to date, and the 15th season was slated to air in May 2020. Unfortunately, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to the start of the season being postponed, as auditions were slated to take place starting in March.
Event: America’s Got Talent Season 15
Where: Los Angeles, California
America’s Got Talent features a wide variety of people from across the United States who have a plethora of talents, from dancing and singing, to magic and variety, competing to win $1 million dollars. The participants audition in hopes of getting a spot on the live episodes of the season. The contestants who make it into the live episodes compete against each other and are judged with the goal of reaching the live final. America’s Got Talent has been a springboard for many people who have started careers because they were on the show. The show has been a good one in terms of ratings on NBC, generating about 10 million viewers per season.
The process for America’s Got Talent begins each year with the auditions that are held across the United States. These auditions are called “Producers’ Auditions” and they are held well before the season begins in May. The contestants who make it through the first stage then go into the “Judges’ Auditions” which are attended by the judges of the show. The participant gets 90 seconds to perform their act in front of the judges and a live audience. The participant is then voted to move on to the next stage or eliminated, but even those acts that get to move on to the next stage could still be cut by producers. The show did allow taped auditions for seasons five through seven, but that is no longer the case. Beginning with the ninth season the show incorporated a “Golden Buzzer” which would allow a judge to automatically advance a contestant into the live audition round regardless of what the other judges thought.
The current format that is used saw another tweak that began in Season 10 when the “Judges’ Cuts” began. This format has contestants going through a preliminary audition and a second stage audition where they are judged by the panel and a special guest judge.
America’s Got Talent truly begins with the live rounds and that is where viewers get to see the contestants in action. The live episodes are currently broadcast from Los Angeles and feature quarterfinals, semifinals and the final. The format has the participant doing a new performance for the judges and the viewers in what is called a “performer” episode. The judges and the viewers then decide who wins, and there is a separate “results” episode that occurs after the “performer” episode. Additionally, there are other tweaks to the show that include a “Wildcard” round that features acts that have been eliminated.
The goal for the participants is to make it to the season finale where they compete against each other. There have been more than two finalists in some seasons, and the number of finalists can vary from year to year. The winner is determined by the audience in a popularity contest, as the contestant with the most votes claims the $1 million cash prize.
Terry Crews began hosting America’s Got Talent in 2019 and there have been a variety of judges on the show over the years. The first season had a judging panel of David Hasselhoff, Brandy Norwood, and Piers Morgan and the show was hosted by Regis Philbin. None of those original personas are still part of the show, and America’s Got Talent has since used three other hosts (Jerry Springer, Nick Cannon, and Tyra Banks) and five other judges (Sharon Osbourne, Howard Stern, Mel B, Gabrielle Union, and Julianne Hough). Howie Mandel is the longest tenured judge, and this will be his 11th season with the program. Simon Cowell will return as the judge everyone loves to hate, and Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara will round out the judges.
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