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Season 11 of America's Got Talent premiered on May 31, 2016. The entire judging panel and host from Season 10 returned except for Howard Stern, who decided to leave the judging panel. He was replaced by Simon Cowell.

Dunkin' Donuts continued to be the official beverage sponsor of this season, having its products shown throughout the show and their cups on the judges' desks.

This season was the final season for host Nick Cannon, who announced that he was not coming back for Season 12 on February 16, 2017.

Judging Panel

Howie MandelMel BHeidi KlumSimon Cowell
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Episodes

Main article: Season 11 Episodes

Acts

Main article: Season 11 Acts

Auditions

Main article: Season 11 Auditions

Each act that performed in front of the judges was given 90 seconds to demonstrate their talents for the four judges. If an act received at least three "Yes" votes from the judges, they were accepted to the next round. Otherwise, they were eliminated from the competition.

Judge Cuts

Main article: Season 11 Judge Cuts

80 acts were pulled from the 100+ acts that were accepted by the judges in the Auditions. The Judge Cuts took place over four days; every day, 20 acts performed with only 7 moving on to the Quarterfinals.

Joining the main judging panel were four guest judges While each regular judge was given a normal buzzer, each guest had only a Golden Buzzer he or she could press to send an act to the live shows without further deliberation as one of the 7 acts.

Quarterfinals

Main article: Season 11 Quarterfinals

From the 36 Quarterfinalists, 12 acts performed each week over three weeks. Each week, 7 acts moved onto the Semifinals. 1 Wild Card act would later join them.

The contestants that came in sixth, seventh, and eighth place in America's Vote fought for votes online in the Dunkin' Save. The act who received the most votes earned a spot in the Semifinals. The judges voted between the two remaining acts the last spot of the week in the Semifinals.

Color Meaning
Dunkin' Save
Judges' Choice
Wild Card
Week Moved On Eliminated Date #
1 Deadly Games Jayna Brown Jon Dorenbos Laura Bretan Daniel Joyner Dorothy Williams Hara July 26, 2016 1111
Lori Mae Hernandez Musicality Tape Face Outlawz Sila Sveta July 27, 2016 1112
2 Calysta Bevier Kadie Lynn Sal Valentinetti Sofie Dossi Flip Moya Angela Ryan Stock and AmberLynn August 2, 2016 1113
Steven Brundage The Clairvoyants Viktor Kee Sos and Victoria ThroWings August 3, 2016 1114
3 Blake Vogt Brian Justin Crum Edgar Grace VanderWaal Alla and Daniel Julia Scotti Ronee August 23, 2016 1115
Kadan Bart Rockett Linkin' Bridge Malevo The Passing Zone Vello Vaher August 24, 2016 1116

Semifinals

Main article: Season 11 Semifinals

From the 22 Semifinalists, 11 acts performed each week over two weeks. Each week, 5 acts moved onto the Finals.

The contestants that came in fourth, fifth, and sixth place in America's Vote fought for votes online in the Dunkin' Save. The act who received the most votes earned a spot in the Finals. The judges voted between the two remaining acts the last spot of the week in the Finals.

Color Meaning
Dunkin' Save
Judges' Choice
Week Moved On Eliminated Date #
1 Grace VanderWaal Jon Dorenbos Laura Bretan Blake Vogt Deadly Games Edgar August 30, 2016 1117
Sal Valentinetti Tape Face Lori Mae Hernandez Malevo Musicality August 31, 2016 1118
2 Brian Justin Crum Linkin' Bridge Sofie Dossi Calysta Bevier Jayna Brown Kadan Bart Rockett September 6, 2016 1119
The Clairvoyants Viktor Kee Kadie Lynn Steven Brundage The Passing Zone September 7, 2016 1120

Finals

Main article: Season 11 Finals

All 10 remaining acts performed to win one million dollars and the headlining of a show on the Las Vegas strip.

Symbol Meaning
Ovation Standing Ovation
Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Sal Valentinetti Jazz Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 5th Place
2. Sofie Dossi Contortionist/Aerialist Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Top 10
3. Linkin' Bridge Vocal Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Top 10
4. Laura Bretan Opera Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Top 10
5. The Clairvoyants Mentalist Duo Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 2nd Place
6. Brian Justin Crum Pop Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 4th Place
7. Tape Face Mime Ovation Ovation Ovation Top 10
8. Viktor Kee Juggler Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Top 10
9. Jon Dorenbos Magician Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 3rd Place
10. Grace VanderWaal Singer/Ukulelist Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Winner

Contestants Who Appeared on Other Competitions

  • Brennley Brown, who made it to the Judges Cuts round, later competed on Season 12 of The Voice. She started out as a part of Blake Shelton's team, but was stolen onto Gwen Stefani's team in the Battle Rounds. She finished in the Top 6.
  • Flip, who made it to the Quarterfinals round, later competed on World of Dance.