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Ever wanted to audition for America’s Got Talent, but weren’t sure where to start? If you’re ready for your talent to be recognized, we’re here to help you figure things out.

Check out our guide below for information about how to audition for the show, whether you’re doing it online or in person. Keep in mind that, like The Voice, you won’t be auditioning for the judges straight away.

How To Prepare For Your AGT Audition

It’s a good idea to start with the show’s eligibility requirements. You must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States, or you must possess an employment authorization card or be in the U.S. legally at the time of your audition. You can be any age, but if you’re under 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign up on your behalf and fill out special paperwork. Other eligibility guidelines can be found here.

Once you’ve determined that you’re eligible, you can register on the AGT audition website. Even if you’ve registered before, you will need to do it again for the next season. You can even request text alerts for information on upcoming auditions. Be prepared to choose a category for your act, such as “Singer” or “Magician.” Don’t worry, there’s also a “Variety/Other” category if yours doesn’t quite fit into anything else. If you’re auditioning in a group, only one person will need to sign up.

Be sure to also follow @AGTAuditions on social media to keep up to date on the latest audition information so you can eventually register for an audition city near you.

What To Do On The Day Of Your AGT Audition

According to the AGT website, it’s not mandatory to register for an audition day beforehand, but it can help the show keep you up to date. Completing paperwork online beforehand can also save you time on the day. Keep in mind that if you have friends and family accompanying you, they need to fill out paperwork as well. Be sure to also bring a photo ID.

The website says auditions are typically open from 8 am to 7 pm, and you can come any time you want. But keep in mind that if the lines get long, it could be an all-day commitment. You can usually start lining up at 6 am that morning. You’ll receive an audition number and wristband when you arrive.

After you’ve checked in, you’ll be kept in a holding room until your number is called. Once you get into the audition room, you’ll only have up to 90 seconds to show off your act, so make it count.

How To Submit A Video Audition For AGT

If you can’t make it to an open call audition, you have the option to submit a video audition online. Keep in mind that, unlike The Voice, these auditions aren’t open year-round, and must be submitted by a deadline each season.

Videos should be no longer than two or three minutes long, and keep the editing to a minimum to show the real you. Auto-tune is also a no-no, and make sure to check your audio before uploading.

You’re allowed to attend an open audition in addition to submitting a video, and vice versa. This can be helpful for the producers to get to know you better. Also keep in mind that you must re-submit your video auditions every season to be considered again.

Tips & Tricks

America’s Got Talent covers a lot of different kinds of acts, so make sure you check out the open call FAQ to determine if any specific rules or procedures apply to you.

For example, if you’re a singer, you’re encouraged to perform an existing song a cappella (or while playing an instrument). If you’re a dancer, you can request a room with a dance floor when you get called to the audition.

If your act requires props or animals, or takes time to set up, make sure you’re up to date on what’s allowed and fill out the proper paperwork. According to the FAQ, fire or sharp objects are not allowed at the first round of auditions. You can, however, bring a video clip of your act to the audition, or just submit an audition online.

If you’re wondering what you should wear, the show encourages bright colors and items that will make you stand out. However, don’t wear any logos on your clothes, as you may be filmed for television.

And if you want to know past contestant Preacher Lawson’s advice for standing out at your audition, he suggests twerking. (Hey, you never know.)

The above is only the most basic information you need to know to audition. You can find frequently asked questions and further guidelines on the America’s Got Talent audition website. Good luck!

America’s Got Talent: The Champions is proving controversial among fans, who are disappointed that they are unable to vote on which acts go through to the finals of the NBC series. Unlike regular AGT, Champions is not live, meaning that the winner of the show has already been decided by a group of “superfans,” who saw all the acts perform in fall 2019.

NBC has never revealed the reasons behind the decision why AGT: The Champions is pre-taped, despite this being unpopular with the fans of the competition show. The fact that the show was filmed in fall, however, suggests that this may be a scheduling decision. After all, if they film Champions in fall, the production team can film episodes straight after the regular season of America’s Got Talent has finished, while all the judges are still in Los Angeles and the studio is set up. This prevents them from having to shut down production in September, only for them to have to start up everything again in January. It also means the show can be filmed quicker.

This is also the case with Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, which filmed in July 2019 after BGT ended in June, and then aired in September.

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon, plus host Terry Crews NBC

However, this pre-recording means there is no way for viewers to vote on the all-stars edition of AGT. Instead, the outcome of the show is decided by a number of “superfans” taken from all 50 states. This group is separate from the live studio audience, according to Gold Derby, who were told by an NBC spokesperson that the group “watched each show taping off-camera in a controlled environment within the show’s venue,” in Pasadena, California. NBC added that the group was, “not necessarily the exact same group of individuals voting for each episode, but there was some cross-over from week-to-week, similar to what you would find with any voting show.”

As for how these delegates vote, they said: “After viewing all of the acts, the superfans cast their votes via electronic keypads and were personally responsible for selecting the people’s choice winner for each episode.” Other acts are put through to the final by host Terry Crews and judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and new recruit Alesha Dixon, all of whom have a Golden Buzzer that will put an act straight through to the final.

Speaking to Forbes, Cowell said of the format: “The ‘superfans’ were important because they are all fans of the show, and we had to make sure they represented every state.

“They were in the neighboring place to where I was filming. When I say these guys were taking it seriously, they were taking it seriously. I would pop in several times during the taping.

“I really think they enjoyed the fact that, you know, they really had to think about it. And what was really impressive was they didn’t just vote for the American act. There were these surprises. It says a lot about the people who know who watch AGT. It’s a very inclusive show. I like the idea of doing it the way we did.”

As for how AGT fans at home can become a “superfan” for any future season on Champions, forms appear on the show’s website when they are looking for new applicants.

America’s Got Talent: The Champions 2020 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” Monday crowned Shin Lim as winner, beating out singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.

Both had won their respective “AGT” seasons.

The entire season was taped several months ago. The voters were a 50-state “panel” of voters. Lim’s mesmerizing close-up card trick won them over.

Suwanee singer Angelica Hale did not make the top 5 but was in the final 12.

“Being there was just amazing getting to be back,” 11-year-old Hale said in an interview before the finale aired. “The competition was very tough.” Howie Mandel had given her the Golden Buzzer, a moment she called “mindblowing.”

Viral sensation Susan Boyle, who sang the same song she chose during her opening audition on “Britain’s Got Talent” a decade ago, also didn’t make the cut.

The top five, interestingly, only featured two singers, including runner-up Darci Lynne, who had her puppet Petunia sing opera.

A Ukranian sand artist Kseniya Simonova came in third. Over-the-top Spanish singer Cristina Ramos landed fourth. And stand-up comic Preacher Lawson landed fifth.

The other seven were not actually “placed” in any order. They were just eliminated.

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‘America’s Got Talent’ results: Raleigh singer vies for spot in ‘Champion’ semifinals | Raleigh News & Observer

Voices of Service perform on the January 27, 2020, episode of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” on NBC. Raleigh native Christal Sanders Rheams is pictured second from the left. Trae Patton NBC

Raleigh native Sgt. Major Christal Sanders Rheams returned to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Monday night for the series’ “Champions” show, performing with the military quartet Voices of Service.

The group, which travels to hospitals to sing and bring comfort to veterans with PTSD, was one of 10 acts to make it to the finale in last season’s “America’s Got Talent,” making it to the Top 5 before being eliminated.

They were the second act to perform on Monday’s show, and sang a moving cover of “Brother” by Kodaline.

Before the performance, members of the group talked about their experiences after last season’s run, and their reasons for returning to the show, which brings together 40 contestants pulled from “America’s Got Talent” series from across the world.

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“As Voices of Service, we decided to come to ‘America’s Got Talent’ because we wanted to spread this message to as many people as possible,” said Rheams, an active duty member of the U.S. Army who graduated from Enloe High School in Raleigh and attended UNC-Chapel Hill.

Each member of the group — made up of Rheams, Master Sergeant Caleb Green, retired Staff Sergeant Ron Henry and Sergeant First Class Jason L. Hannah — read from letters they received from people who watched them last season and drew strength from their music.

“We were proud of our accomplishment, but we have more to do,” Rheams said.

Voices of Service sings ‘Brother’ on ‘AGT’

The performance of “Brother” was incredible, and it really provided a showcase for Rheams’ vocal talents.

The judges seemed blown away, and Rheams was emotional listening to them gush.

“The vocals are amazing and the power you feel when you guys harmonize is like no other,” said judge Howie Mandel.

Judge Alesha Dixon said: “It’s a beautiful, very poignant song. The soul is pouring out of all of you.”

Judge Heidi Klum added: “Your voices are weapons — weapons of inspiration, weapons of hope. Thank you very much for your service and for being here one more time.”

Perhaps most enthusiastic was judge Simon Cowell.

“I think the message you deliver was absolutely beautiful,” Cowell said. “It made me very emotional. This was a massive step up.”

Cowell then added that he is sure they will win the competition.

Backstage with host Terry Crews, Rheams said, “To be able to spread that morale and continue that message, I can’t begin to tell you how important that is.”

Did Voices of Service make it to the AGT semifinals?

As we noted last week when Raleigh violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa performed (and advanced to the semifinals), the voting for “The Champions” is very different than last season’s regular “AGT” show.

Viewers will not get to vote this season.

Instead, a group of SuperFans have been put in control. Each of the judges (plus host Terry Crews) get one Golden Buzzer pick each, to be used across the audition shows, and they’ll get some wildcard votes later — but the Super Fans select everyone else.

Of the 10 acts that performed Monday, four advanced: two were chosen by a panel of SuperFans, one advanced via Golden Buzzer (this week, that went to children’s dance company The Silhouettes) and one was voted on by the judges.

Unfortunately, Voices of Service was not picked by the Superfans to move to the semifinals (Simon Cowell mouthed “wow” when Strauss Serpent was announced instead). The other act advanced by Superfans was Cassie Sandou’s acrobatic act Sandou Trio.

The judges advanced tiny kid comic JJ Pantano.

What happens next on ‘America’s Got Talent: Champions’?

The semifinalists (including Tyler Butler-Figueroa) perform next Monday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. on NBC. Six of those acts will move on to the finals (five voted through by Superfans and one by judges).

The finalists perform on the February 11 show and the winner will be named on the finale, which airs February 18.

Brooke Cain is a North Carolina native who has worked at The News & Observer for more than 20 years. She writes about TV and local media for the Happiness is a Warm TV blog, and answers CuriousNC questions for readers.

The second round of AGT semifinals for Season 14 came to a close with Wednesday night’s results. Five of Tuesday’s acts moved on to the finals, with six acts going home.

Read on to find out which acts were voted through by America, and which were saved by the Dunkin’ Save and judges’ choice. Then tune in next Tuesday at 8/7c for the finals.

The “AGT” judges play a funny prank on audience members in a photo booth.

Who Advanced On AGT Tonight?

These acts were sent straight through to the finals, having received the most votes from America’s viewers.

V. Unbeatable
Detroit Youth Choir
Voices of Service

Talent Recap predicted that Detroit Youth Choir would be eliminated, so their inclusion in the Top 3 comes as a bit of a surprise. This means three singing groups will appear in the finals, including Ndlovu Youth Choir from last week.

Which acts were eliminated on “AGT” and which acts are going to the finals?

‘AGT’ Results: The Bottom 5 Are Eliminated

These acts received the least amount of votes from AGT viewers, immediately eliminating them from the competition without the chance at a live save or the judges’ choice.

Dom Chambers
Chris Kläfford
Lukas & Falco
Marcin Patrzalek
Luke Islam

Talent Recap correctly predicted four out of five of these eliminated acts, although we expected that Marcin Patrzalek would at least make it into the Dunkin’ Save. Dom Chambers’ elimination means there will be no magicians in the finals this season, a year after Shin Lim won.

Alex Dowis, Emanne Beasha, and Ryan Niemiller were up for the “AGT” Dunkin’ Save.

‘AGT’ Results: The Dunkin’ Save

These three acts came in 4th, 5th, and 6th place in last night’s vote. They were put up for a half-hour vote, and one act was saved by viewers.

Alex Dowis
Emanne Beasha
Ryan Niemiller

Talent Recap correctly predicted two of these acts, but Emanne Beasha’s inclusion came as a bit of a surprise. In the end, America voted to save comedian Ryan Niemiller. In the judges’ choice, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough voted for Emanne, while Howie Mandel voted for Alex. Simon Cowell’s vote for Emanne Beasha sent her to the finals.

“BGT” winner Tokio Myers performs on “AGT” with Stewart Copeland.

Tokio Myers & Stewart Copeland Perform!

This 2017 Britain’s Got Talent winner opened the results show with a performance featuring The Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Terry announced that Tokio will be releasing an album and touring the United States next year.

Piff the Magic Dragon returns with a new magic trick on “AGT.”

Piff the Magic Dragon Returns!

This funny magician returned to the AGT stage to perform a trick involving cake, socks, and Terry Crews’ very fancy watch. There’s a reason Piff made it to the finals of AGT in Season 10 and returned for The Champions.

The Announcement Of ‘AGT Champions’

Terry Crews made the announcement for the second season of ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’, which will air in the winter. He asked the TV audience to sign up to become AGT Champions Superfans. What are superfans and is their role in AGT Champions? Click on this button to get to the Superfan form application.

What do you think of tonight’s results? Did your favorites make it to the finals? Who did you vote for in the Dunkin’ Save? Let us know in the comments.


America’s certainly got talent — this summer, mostly in the form of Kodi Lee. The singer-songwriter beat the other nine finalists (and a whole bunch more before that) to be crowned the 2019 “America’s Got Talent” champion.

The second part of NBC’s two-hour Season 14 finale aired Wednesday night, when Lee was named the winner. The Detroit Youth Choir was the runner-up.

Lee, who is blind and autistic, wowed the judges all season long. During the finale, he teamed up with pop star Leona Lewis, who won “The X Factor U.K.” in 2006.

Other guests performers during the finale included Macklemore, reggaeton star Ozuna, pianist Lang Lang, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Cher.

Magician Shin Lim won the million-dollar prize and a Las Vegas residency last summer.

Watch Lee’s coronation via the video above.

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Below are the bios for Summer 2019’s Top 10:

Benicio Bryant: Benicio Bryant is a 14-year-old singer-songwriter from Maple Valley, Wa. His passion for music began before he could even talk. His love of music has allowed him to sing, play drums and guitar all over the world. He sings for audiences both big and small — from family gatherings to a duet with Grammy Award winner, Brandi Carlile on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Bryant continues to follow his dream of writing and producing his own music and is grateful for the platform AGT has given him to showcase his music.

Detroit Youth Choir: The Detroit Youth Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company (D.Y.C) is a non- profit 501 (c) 3 organization that services young people throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area. The program teaches and develops inner-city students through music education, dance and theatrical arts. The program is designed for youth ranging between the ages of 8-18. The organization’s vision is to offer the youth of Metro Detroit a world-class performing art experience that develops their creative skills and talents. This group of young people from different backgrounds has performed throughout the state of Michigan and abroad over its 20+ year existence. Terry’s golden buzzer was a wonderful chance for the students to believe that “dreams do come true.”

Emanne Beasha: Emanne Beasha wowed guest judge Jay Leno and received her golden buzzer for her operatic performance of Caruso. Singing since she was two years old, she has always loved performing on stage. She performed for her first big crowd at age seven, when she sang the National Anthem to a crowd of 10,000 at a spring training baseball game in Port Charlotte, Florida. Soon after, she started learning opera songs from YouTube. Although Beasha loves to sing all types of music, she feels most connected to the operatic arias and loves being able to transfer the passion and emotion of the music to the audience. She hopes one day to be able to bring the beauty of operatic music to the pop music world and create her own songs that she will call ‘POPERA.’

Kodi Lee: Kodi Lee was born with optic nerve hypoplasia which rendered him legally blind and at an early age, he was diagnosed with autism. Kodi also suffers from Addison’s Disease, which is a life-threatening disorder that can be fatal if not monitored at all times. He is also known as a musical prodigious savant. One of only approximately 25 in the world today who possess his extraordinary abilities. Throughout his challenging life, the one thing that stayed a constant and literally saved his life – was his connection to music and amazing ability to retain, understand and express himself through music. He taught himself to play the piano and sings with pure emotion and skill. He has been performing across the globe for many years. He currently performs locally at a variety of venues including local restaurants, wineries, and music events all around town. Recently, he was invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. His musical repertoire ranges from rock to jazz, to R & B and pop and he has mastered classics such as Bach, Chopin, Mozart and others. He recently picked up tap dancing and he is one of only a few that can tap dance and sing simultaneously. Kodi’s story is one of overcoming life-challenging obstacles with inspirational determination, indomitable spirit and the will to succeed. All the while, his goal in life is to share his music with the world and to make people happy!

Light Balance Kids: Light Balance Kids was formed in late 2018 and consists of 13 dancers aged 11 to 14 from Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. The “junior sequel” to their Golden Buzzer mentors, Light Balance Kids are hi-tech performers, dancing in the dark with their moves synchronized with programmed cues of EL and LED lights integrated into their costumes.

Ndlovu Youth Choir: Since its inception in 2009, the Ndlovu Youth Choir from rural Limpopo, South Africa has demonstrated the potential of any human being to achieve excellence no matter their background, education or place of birth. From its humble beginnings as an after-school activity, the choir has evolved into a truly outstanding professional ensemble. The Ndlovu Youth Choir forms part of the Ndlovu Care Group’s globally acclaimed childcare community program. The choir offers an early pathway to artistic and professional achievement that is so often only available to children from affluent backgrounds, but it also creates a platform for them to share their talents with the world. It’s a profound gift in both directions and one which the singers themselves say fills them with hope: for a better life and a better world.

Ryan Niemiller: Ryan Niemiller realized from a young age the power of comedy. Being born with a limb difference in his arms, he learned that if he made the joke first, he could control the conversation. After graduating with a degree in Theater from Indiana State University, Ryan moved to Los Angeles to take his ability to make people laugh and try to turn it into a career. After 12 incredibly short and not even remotely strenuous years, he is now officially “The Cripple Threat” of Comedy. Ryan’s primary goal is to make you laugh, but he also wants to serve as a voice for other individuals with limb difference and show that even though the road might be more difficult, anything is possible. Finally, Ryan wants to let you know you’re all invited to become official members of Club Nubb.

Tyler Butler-Figueroa: At the age of 4 ½, Tyler Butler-Figueroa was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A. L. L.). He was given a sentence of 3 years of chemotherapy, during which he was not allowed to have any rough physical contact because of the chemotherapy catheter. Instead of playing basketball, football or soccer like the other boys his age, Butler-Figueroa was fighting for his life, taking several medicines, staying days in the hospital, receiving a blood transfusion and trying to eat food without bringing it back up. He wanted a way to express himself and escape the teasing and bullying so he signed up for violin lessons at his school, learning the basics to read music and play the violin. Butler-Figueroa kept advancing to the higher levels in violin class and wanted to get more technical training than the class offered so he left the program and began teaching himself by learning new advanced techniques from the internet. Butler-Figueroa and his mom created a YouTube channel and he began performing covers of songs. He also began to play at some local events and began street performing to save money for more musical equipment. When Butler-Figueroa saw last season’s contestant, Brian King Joseph, he knew he had to try and make it onto the show. He began saving money to make the trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to audition for “America’s Got Talent” and the rest is history. After this season with AGT, he would like to write a children’s book about his journey with cancer and the violin. Butler-Figueroa wants to be an inspiration for anyone going through a life-altering disease like cancer and let them know to stay strong and don’t give up! Butler-Figueroa has already “won” because he is now cancer-free and 4 years in remission.

Unbeatable: This India-based dance group began in 2012, founded by Vikas and Om Prakash. Tragically, Vikas passed away in 2014 after an injury and the group has carried on, motivated in part by Vikas’ dream to compete in a big reality show. After many rejections from “India’s Got Talent,” they formed a “mega crew” with 35 members and were finally accepted to the show in season four. Following their appearance on IGT, they became excited to audition for “America’s Got Talent,” and are now fulfilling Vikas’ vision. Says the group, “to represent India in ‘America’s Got Talent’ is a very proud moment for us.”

Voices of Service: CAMMO’s Voices of Service consists of veterans and active duty service members – a dynamic and diverse group of musicians and singers with a modern eclectic sound. Voices of Service has performed in support of numerous veteran’s organizations, government agencies, military bases, and corporate functions. The group represents the diversity and excellence that exists within our military and veteran communities and is an inspiring example for the nation that they serve, have served, and continue to serve – now through music.

‘America’s Got Talent’: 10 Best Golden Buzzer Performances (Videos)

  • Mandy Harvey The deaf singer inspired fans and the judges, and earned Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer when she performed an original song on the show in the summer of 2017.

  • Darci Lynne The 12-year-old ventriloquist got Mel B.’s Golden Buzzer when she sang a song with her puppet. At the beginning of her performance, she said her goal was to “keep ventriloquism alive.”

  • Courtney Hadwin The nervous 13-year-old went on stage but quickly wowed audiences when she started singing “Hard to Handle,” with many likening her to Janis Joplin. Simon Cowell’s reaction was priceless, and she ended up scoring Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer.

  • Dorothy Williams The 90-year-old lady treated the judges and “AGT” fans to a little dance that took many by surprise. In the end, Nick Cannon ran over the judges table to give her the Golden Buzzer.

  • Angelica Hale The 9-year-old Angelica Hale stunned the audiences with her own rendition of Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire.” The judges couldn’t stop smiling and in the end, guest judge Chris Hardwick pressed the Golden Buzzer.

  • Craig Lewis Band The singing duo sang a cover of Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Goin’ Down,” scoring the Golden Buzzer from guest judge Michael Bublé.

  • Light Balance One of the most epic performances to ever hit the “AGT” stage, Light Balance performed a stunning dance and light show to amazing songs — to the point where Tyra Banks couldn’t stop herself from hitting the Golden Buzzer.

  • Grace VanderWaal Then 12-year-old Grace VanderWaal scored the Golden Buzzer in 2016 when she wowed everyone with her ukulele and singing skills. She even performed an original song. She has since released her own EP and has performed at Madison Square Garden and various other benefit concerts.

  • Angel City Chorale We dare you to watch this performance and try not to get goosebumps. Olivia Munn hit the Golden Buzzer after barely getting through the act without tearing up.

  • Christian Guardino The 16-year-old got a standing ovation after his singing performance, and was awarded the Golden Buzzer by Howie Mandel.

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From epic light shows to singing sensations, the NBC talent show has seen some stellar performances over the years

Mandy Harvey The deaf singer inspired fans and the judges, and earned Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer when she performed an original song on the show in the summer of 2017.