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America's Got Talent (abbreviated AGT) is an American reality television series on the NBC television network. It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of US$1 million. The show debuted in June 2006 for the summer television season and is approaching its tenth season, to premiere in 2015.

Among its significant features were that it gives opportunitities to talented amateurs or unknown performers, with the results decided by an audience vote.

The current incarnation was created by Simon Cowell, and was originally due to be a 2005 British series called Paul O'Grady's Got Talent, but was postponed due to O'Grady's acrimonious split with broadcaster ITV. As such, the American version became the first full series of the Got Talent franchise. Despite being heavily involved in the show's production, Cowell does not appear as a judge due to the conditions of his contract with Fox Network.

HistoryEdit

# Winner Runners-up Judges Host Premiere Finale
1 Bianca Ryan All That The Millers Piers Morgan Brandy Norwood David Hasselhoff Regis Philbin June 21, 2006 August 17, 2006
2 Terry Fator Cas Haley Butterscotch Piers Morgan Sharon Osbourne David Hasselhoff Jerry Springer June 5, 2007 August 21, 2007
3 Neal E. Boyd Eli Mattson Nuttin' But Stringz Piers Morgan Sharon Osbourne David Hasselhoff Jerry Springer June 17, 2008 October 1, 2008
4 Kevin Skinner Barbara Padilla Recycled Percussion Piers Morgan Sharon Osbourne David Hasselhoff Nick Cannon June 23, 2009 September 16, 2009
5 Michael Grimm Jackie Evancho Fighting Gravity Piers Morgan Sharon Osbourne Howie Mandel Nick Cannon June 1, 2010 September 15, 2010
6 Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Silhouettes Team iLuminate Piers Morgan Sharon Osbourne Howie Mandel Nick Cannon May 31, 2011 September 14, 2011
7 Olate Dogs Tom Cotter William Close Howard Stern Sharon Osbourne Howie Mandel Nick Cannon May 14, 2012 September 13, 2012
8 Kenichi Ebina Taylor Williamson Jimmy Rose Howard Stern Heidi Klum Mel B Howie Mandel Nick Cannon June 4, 2013 September 18, 2013
9 Mat Franco Emily West AcroArmy Howard Stern Heidi Klum Mel B Howie Mandel Nick Cannon May 26, 2014 September 17, 2014
10 TBD TBD TBD Howard Stern Heidi Klum Mel B Howie Mandel Nick Cannon May 26, 2015 TBA

Host & Judges TimelineEdit

Color Meaning
Current Judge
Previous Judge
Current Host
Previous Host
Cast Member Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Piers Morgan
Brandy
David Hasselhoff
Sharon Osbourne
Howie Mandel
Howard Stern
Heidi Klum
Mel B
Regis Philbin
Jerry Springer
Nick Cannon

Season 1Edit

Season 1 premiered on June 21, 2006, with Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood, and David Hasselhoff as judges. Regis Philbin served as host. The season consisted of 15 episodes and at least 83 acts. The season concluded on August 17, 2006, with Bianca Ryan as the winner.

Season 2Edit

Season 2 premiered on June 5, 2007, with Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff returning as judges. Sharon Osbourne debuted as a judge and Jerry Springer debuted as host. The season consisted of 12 episodes and at least 107 acts. The season introduced the Vegas Round to the competition. The season concluded on August 21, 2007, with Terry Fator as the winner.

Season 3Edit

Season 3 premiered on June 17, 2008, with Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and David Hasselhoff all returning as judges. Jerry Springer returned as host. The season consisted of 20 episodes and at least 169 acts. The season introduced the Quarterfinals to the competition. The season concluded on October 1, 2008, with Neal E. Boyd as the winner.

Season 4Edit

Season 4 premiered on June 23, 2009, with Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and David Hasselhoff all returning as judges. Nick Cannon debuted as host. The season consisted of 26 episodes and at least 173 acts. The season concluded on September 16, 2009, with Kevin Skinner as the winner.

Season 5Edit

Season 5 premiered on June 1, 2010, with Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne returning as judges. Howie Mandel debuted as a judge. Nick Cannon returned as host. The season consisted of 32 episodes and at least 180 acts. The season introduced YouTube Week to the competition. The season concluded on September 15, 2010, with Michael Grimm as the winner.

Season 6Edit

Season 6 premiered on May 31, 2011, with Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel all returning as judges. Nick Cannon returned as host. The season consisted of 32 episodes and at least 173 acts. The season concluded on September 14, 2011, with Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. as the winner. 

Season 7Edit

Season 7 premiered on May 14, 2012, with Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel returning as judges. Howard Stern debuted as a judge. Nick Cannon returned as host. The season consisted of 31 episodes and at least 182 acts. The season concluded on September 13, 2012, with the Olate Dogs as the winner.

Season 8Edit

Season 8 premiered on June 4, 2013, with Howard Stern and Howie Mandel returning as judges. Heidi Klum and Mel B debuted as judges. The season was the first to feature four judges instead of three. Nick Cannon returned as host. The season consisted of 27 episodes and at least 140 acts. The season concluded on September 18, 2013, with Kenichi Ebina as the winner.

Season 9Edit

Season 9 premiered on May 26, 2014, with Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel all returning as judges. Nick Cannon returned as host. The season consisted of 24 episodes and at least 135 acts. The season concluded on September 17, 2014, with Mat Franco as the winner.

Season 10Edit

Season 10 premiered on May 26, 2015, with Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel all returning as judges. Nick Cannon returned as host.


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