History Series / AmericasGotTalent

9th Mar '17 2:33:53 PM WaxingName
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* {{Burlesque}}: A few acts of this sort show up, with all the [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn stripping]] it implies. Ones who have made it to the live rounds include Michelle L'amour[[note]]A performer who is already well-respected in burlesque circles[[/note]] (season 1), The Slippery Kittens (season 3), and The Lollipop Girls (season 4).

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* {{Burlesque}}: A few acts of this sort show up, with all the [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn stripping]] removal of clothing]] it implies. Ones who have made it to the live rounds include Michelle L'amour[[note]]A performer who is already well-respected in burlesque circles[[/note]] (season 1), The Slippery Kittens (season 3), and The Lollipop Girls (season 4).
9th Mar '17 2:10:34 PM WaxingName
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* {{Burlesque}}: A few acts of this sort show up, with all the [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn stripping]] it implies. Ones who have made it to the live rounds include Michelle L'amour[[note]]A performer who is already well-respected in burlesque circles[[/note]] (season 1), The Slippery Kittens (season 3), and The Lollipop Girls (season 4).
8th Mar '17 6:28:23 PM WaxingName
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The show has been hosted by Regis Philbin (Season 1), [[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]] (Seasons 2 and 3), and Nick Cannon (Season 4 onward); and the judges are (current ones in bold):

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The show has been hosted by Regis Philbin (Season 1), [[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]] (Seasons 2 and 3), and Nick Cannon (Season 4 onward); (Seasons 4-11); and the judges are (current ones in bold):
28th Feb '17 12:11:57 PM HighCrate
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: See BerserkButton.
* BiasSteamroller:
** Heidi Klum is admittedly biased against stand-up comedy, on the grounds that she feels that they aren't the type of act she would take her family to see or she feels they don't fill the stage too well. This brought her into conflict with Season 8 comedian Taylor Williamson, but thanks to his hilarious banter with her after his performances, he managed to win her over. On the other hand, Howie Mandel is appropriately biased ''in favor'' of comedians, as he acknowledges that the art is very difficult to master and that comedy is subjective.
** Howie is also admittedly biased against dance acts, as he often states that they look too much like a dance recital and not as a Vegas Act.
25th Feb '17 7:31:31 PM nombretomado
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** Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. in Season 6. He's a big black guy with dreadlocks and facial hair, and he has a voice reminiscent of [[FrankSinatra Sinatra]].

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** Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. in Season 6. He's a big black guy with dreadlocks and facial hair, and he has a voice reminiscent of [[FrankSinatra [[Music/FrankSinatra Sinatra]].
21st Jan '17 7:39:24 PM WaxingName
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** Piers in Season 3 said no to Billy Dodson, a man singing female opera, in which he told him to sing like a man, yet on Series/BritainsGotTalent he said yes to another guy who did the same thing.

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** Piers in Season 3 said no to Billy Dodson, a man singing female opera, in which he told him to sing like a man, yet on Series/BritainsGotTalent he said yes to another guy who did the same thing. To be fair, Dodson wasn't particularly good at what he was trying to do.
25th Dec '16 9:54:02 AM JMQwilleran
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* BaitAndSwitchComment: This is common from Simon Cowell. A typical example:
-->'''Simon''': It wasn't great. (''audience boos'') It was incredible.
15th Dec '16 1:19:42 PM DragonRanger
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* In the middle phase, all the decent acts are gathered and the judges choose which ones are actually going to compete in the live shows. ** Seasons 1-9, "Vegas Week" ("Judgment Week" in Season 9 due to not taking place in Las Vegas that year): A short one- or two-episode intermediate stage where judges were generally given free reign, usually having acts do another private performance but just as often putting them through or rejecting them based on the strength of their audition.

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* In the middle phase, all the decent acts are gathered and the judges choose which ones are actually going to compete in the live shows. shows.
** Seasons 1-9, "Vegas Week" ("Judgment Week" in Season 9 due to not taking place in Las Vegas that year): A short one- or two-episode intermediate stage where judges were generally given free reign, usually having acts do another private performance but just as often putting them through or rejecting them based on the strength of their audition.



** And through it triggers panic instead of anger, don't even think of [[TerrifiedOfGerms shaking Howie's hand or touching any part of his body (including his forehead)]] in any way, even if he's hypnotized.



* BrutalHonesty: Piers and Howard have played the role of the judge who gives out the most of this.

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* BrutalHonesty: Piers Piers, Howard, and Howard Simon have all played the role of the judge who gives out the most of this.



** On the longest buss trip so far, jugglers The Passing Zone from season 1 returned on season 11.

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** On the longest buss bus trip so far, jugglers The Passing Zone from season 1 returned on season 11.



** Being the host, poor Nick is the go-to choice whenever an act needs an assistant of some sort. This usually results in him being put in danger or humiliated, sometimes both. Howie lampshades this during a clip show in Season 9, noting Nick has the toughest job on the show and it's to the point a performer just has to ''ask'' him to come on stage for the judges to crack up, because they know what's coming.

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** Being the host, poor Nick is the go-to choice whenever an act needs an assistant of some sort. This usually results in him being put in danger or humiliated, sometimes both. Howie lampshades this during a clip show in Season 9, noting Nick has the toughest job on the show and it's to the point a performer just has to ''ask'' him to come on stage for the judges to crack up, because they know what's coming. By Season 11, acts have begun bringing ''all'' the judges in on the "fun".



* ChristmasEpisode: Although the series usually airs during the summer, a Christmas episode was made between Seasons 11 and 12 featuring several returning acts in Christmas-themed performances.



** Defied by magician Derek Hughes, who deliberately did such an act in the semifinals; explaining that he wanted to show his range and that he could do small-scale magic as well as big spectacles. The judges accepted this explanation and Howard in particular supported it.
* GenreBusting: Kenichi Ebina. Is he a dancer? Mime? Video director? What he does defies explanation. When he returns to perform during the finals in the next season, Nick lampshades it's hard to classify what he does.

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** Defied by magician Derek Hughes, who deliberately did such an act in the Season 10(?) semifinals; explaining that he wanted to show his range and that he could do small-scale magic as well as big spectacles. The judges accepted this explanation and Howard in particular supported it.
* GenreBusting: Season 8's Kenichi Ebina. Is he a dancer? Mime? Video director? What he does defies explanation. When he returns to perform during the finals in the next season, Nick lampshades it's hard to classify what he does.



** Simon Cowell himself (who's also the franchise's creator) became a judge starting with Season 11. One 13-year-old classical singer named Laura Bretan lampshaded this in her highlight segment, knowing that if you're not good enough, Simon will say so. Compared to Series/AmericanIdol, though, he seems to have softened up except for music acts, and even so, he's far more constructive instead of venomous towards singers.

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** Simon Cowell himself (who's also the franchise's creator) became a judge starting with Season 11. One 13-year-old classical singer named Laura Bretan lampshaded this in her highlight segment, knowing that if you're not good enough, Simon will say so. Compared to Series/AmericanIdol, ''Series/AmericanIdol'', though, he seems to have softened up except for music acts, and even so, he's far more constructive instead of venomous towards singers.



* NiceHat: Anything worn or made by Hannibal Means (Season 5).

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* NiceHat: NiceHat:
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Anything worn or made by Hannibal Means (Season 5).



* OldMediaPlayingCatchUp: Averted; the first seven seasons had a special round where people audition over a social networking site (originally Website/MySpace, later Website/YouTube). In Seasons 5-7, the guest performances for the [=YouTube=] results shows are viral video stars as well. This was dropped after Season 7, as beyond Jackie Evancho they've almost ''never'' produced anything good from these special [=MySpace=]/[=YouTube=] shows (and the S7 show was a particularly big failure); Season 9 has its own home-submission contest but run through The Today Show rather than a website.

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* OldMediaPlayingCatchUp: Averted; the first seven seasons had a special round where people audition over a social networking site (originally Website/MySpace, later Website/YouTube). In Seasons 5-7, the guest performances for the [=YouTube=] results shows are viral video stars as well. This was dropped after Season 7, as beyond Jackie Evancho they've almost ''never'' produced anything good from these special [=MySpace=]/[=YouTube=] shows (and the S7 show was a particularly big failure); Season 9 has its own home-submission contest but run through The ''The Today Show Show'' rather than a website.



* TheStoic: Season 8's Sprice.

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* TheStoic: Season 8's Sprice. Even more so Piff the Magic Dragon in Season 10; StiffUpperLip and all that.



* TerrifiedOfGerms: Howie's a well-known germophobe. It can get hilarious (in a CrossesTheLineTwice kind of way) when a performer, intentionally or not, hits his panic button (see Dan Sperry in the Season 5 [=YouTube=] episode or the very first audition of Season 6).

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* TerrifiedOfGerms: Howie's a well-known germophobe. It can get hilarious (in a CrossesTheLineTwice kind of way) when a performer, intentionally or not, hits his panic button TraumaButton (see Dan Sperry in the Season 5 [=YouTube=] episode or the very first audition of Season 6).


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* TraumaButton: Don't even think of [[TerrifiedOfGerms shaking Howie's hand or touching any part of his body (including his forehead)]] in any way. He'll have a panic attack.
11th Oct '16 10:02:28 AM WaxingName
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* {{Troll}}: Piers does this a bit in playing up his MeanBrit role (Nick even tends to call him an "ogre" when he buzzes cute kid acts). In turn, Howie trolled Piers in Season 6; even bringing back Those Funny Little People as one of his Wild Card picks just so he could watch Piers recoil in horror (whether Howie's trolling is KickTheDog or KickTheSonOfABitch is up to the viewer).

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* {{Troll}}: {{Troll}}:
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Piers does this a bit in playing up his MeanBrit role (Nick even tends to call him an "ogre" when he buzzes cute kid acts). In turn, Howie trolled Piers in Season 6; even bringing back Those Funny Little People as one of his Wild Card picks just so he could watch Piers recoil in horror (whether Howie's trolling is KickTheDog or KickTheSonOfABitch is up to the viewer).viewer).
** During his time on the show, Howard Stern often compared bad female music groups to the Music/SpiceGirls to get a rise out of Mel B.
11th Oct '16 10:00:00 AM WaxingName
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** The winner of Season 11, Grace [=VanderWaal=] was a 12-year old singer-songwriter who exclusively played original songs. She is thus far the youngest contestant to win the show.

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** The winner of Season 11, Grace [=VanderWaal=] was a 12-year old singer-songwriter who exclusively played original songs. She is thus far the youngest second-youngest contestant to win the show.show after Bianca Ryan.
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