History Series / AmericasGotTalent

9th Aug '16 2:49:04 PM WaxingName
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** Jackie Evancho on Season 5, ''and how!'' She has the voice of a pro-level soprano, and she's only ''eleven years old''.

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** Jackie Evancho on Season 5, ''and how!'' She has the voice of a pro-level soprano, and she's she was only ''eleven years old''.old'' at the time.
9th Aug '16 2:48:16 PM WaxingName
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* WeakButSkilled: In a way, this can accurately describe Season 9 winner Mat Franco as a magician. Instead of doing one massively impressive trick, his act generally consists of doing a bunch of smaller tricks in a short amount of time.
8th Aug '16 5:36:07 PM dinobotTM2
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** On the longest buss trip so far, jugglers The Passing Zone from season 1 returned on season 11.
4th Aug '16 10:47:10 PM Lirodon
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* SoundtrackDissonance: Invoked by Ryan Stock and Amberlynn Walker in their first live round performance in Season 11, where Ryan's sword swallowing act was accompanied by a 1960's sitcom-style staging and "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" playing in the background, presumably to soften the impact of the otherwise gruesome and bizarre things they were doing to begin with.
30th Jul '16 4:13:51 PM Weirdguy149
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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.

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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, though, he seems to have softened up except for music acts.
28th Jul '16 10:10:29 AM DragonRanger
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* TheSilentBob: Tapeface in Season 11, a mime act who tapes his mouth shut (as you might have guessed from the name) and refuses to remove it even for things like backstage interview segments.
27th Jul '16 9:56:26 PM Lirodon
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** Primitivo Montoya's audition in season 6 began with him singing ''and'' dancing poorly to Taio Cruz's "Dynamite", with Piers the first to make his opinion known. Then, he breakdanced ''right off the stage.'' Somehow unscathed, he got right back up on stage and continued from where he left off, but not before Howie hit everyone else's buzzer to finally end it.
22nd Jul '16 12:45:45 PM dinobotTM2
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* DeafComposer: Season 10 has two: Benjamin Yonattan, who continues to dance even as his eyesight is rapidly deteriorating; and Drew Lynch, a comedian whose severe stutter interferes with telling jokes. In Drew's case, he compensated by making most of his jokes ''about'' his stutter.

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* DeafComposer: Season 10 has two: Benjamin Yonattan, who continues to dance even as his eyesight is rapidly deteriorating; deteriorating and having a skin condition that makes him bruise and hurt himself much easier than he should; and Drew Lynch, a comedian whose severe stutter interferes with telling jokes. In Drew's case, he compensated by making most of his jokes ''about'' his stutter.
21st Jul '16 11:46:49 AM DragonRanger
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TalentShow created by Simon Cowell which takes the ''Series/AmericanIdol'' concept and expands it to pretty much anything you think people will pay to see -- or not, in the case of the bad acts. It was launched in 2006 and is still ongoing. People audition to win $1,000,000 and, since Season 3, a contract to perform in Las Vegas (usually via a tour featuring them and other high-ranking participants from the season). 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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''America's Got Talent'' is a TalentShow created by Simon Cowell which takes the ''Series/AmericanIdol'' concept and expands it to pretty much anything you think people will pay to see -- or not, in the case of the bad acts. It was launched in 2006 and is still ongoing. People audition to win $1,000,000 and, since Season 3, a contract to perform in Las Vegas (usually via a tour featuring them and other high-ranking participants from the season). One of the main features of the show is the panel of judges who can each hit a buzzer during acts they hate, and if all judges buzz an act then it ends then and there.

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 first half of each season sees the judges travel the country holding open auditions, putting forward any act that's worthy enough to consider. If an act gets a majority of judges to vote in their favor, then they go through to the next round. Conversely, the judges are equipped with buzzers that they hit if they hate the act; if all the judges buzz then the act ends then and there. Starting in Season 9, judges also get a golden buzzer that they can each use once in the audition stage to send an act through regardless of the other judges' votes.
* 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. Judges were generally given free reign in this stage, usually having acts do another performance but just as often putting them through or rejecting them based on the strength of their audition performance. Originally known as "Vegas Week" after its location, it became "Judgment Week" in Season 9 due to moving out of Vegas. In Season 10, the process was overhauled to be more like the other phases (and renamed "Judge Cuts" due to being longer than one weeks' worth of episodes), with all acts (except ones who had received the golden buzzer) split into groups of twenty and performing again in front of an audience with only seven per group selected to go to the live shows. An additional guest judge is also brought in for each group and is able to unilaterally select one winning act with their own golden buzzer.
* The last half of the season takes place in Hollywood (Seasons 1-6) or New York (Season 7 onward) with live shows where viewers vote on who goes forward, though the judges get to pick between acts on the fence (for example, the top three vote-getters go through and the judges choose between the fourth- and fifth-place acts), and they still offer their opinions and can use their buzzers to register displeasure.

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* The first half of each season sees the judges travel the country holding open auditions, putting forward any act that's worthy enough to consider. If an act gets a majority of judges to vote in their favor, then they go through to the next round. Conversely, the judges are equipped with buzzers that they hit if they hate the act; if all the judges buzz then the act ends then and there. Starting in Season 9, judges also get a golden buzzer that they can each use once in the audition stage to send an act through regardless of the other judges' votes.
* 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. Judges ** 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 in this stage, 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 performance. Originally known as "Vegas Week" after its location, it became "Judgment Week" in audition.
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Season 9 due to moving out of Vegas. In Season 10, the process was overhauled to be more like the other phases (and renamed 10 onward, "Judge Cuts" due (due to being longer more than one weeks' worth week of episodes), with episodes): After the field is narrowed down offscreen, all remaining acts (except ones who had received the golden buzzer) are split into four groups of twenty and performing perform again in front of an audience with only seven per group selected to go to the live shows. An additional guest judge is also brought in for each group and is able to unilaterally select one winning act with their own golden buzzer.
* The last half of the season takes place in Hollywood (Seasons 1-6) 1-6, 11) or New York (Season 7 onward) (Seasons 7-10) with live shows where viewers vote on who goes forward, though the judges get to pick between acts on the fence (for example, the top three vote-getters go through and the judges choose between the fourth- and fifth-place acts), and they still offer their opinions and can use their buzzers to register displeasure.
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14th Jul '16 1:57:03 PM windyshadow32
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