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Season 9 of America's Got Talent premiered on May 26, 2014. It concluded on September 17, 2014. The entire judging panel and host from Season 8 returned.

Snapple continued to be the official beverage sponsor of America's Got Talent and its products were featured on the show throughout the season, along with their cups on the judges' desk.

America's Got Talent again shot live shows from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Episodes

Main article: Season 9 Episodes

Acts

Main article: Season 9 Acts

Auditions

Main article: Season 9 Auditions

Acts auditioned for the judges in New York and Los Angeles. There was a new Golden Buzzer aspect which allowed each judge the opportunity to send one act to the next round whatever the other judges voted.

Judgment Week

Main article: Season 9 Judgment Week

Quarterfinals

Main article: Season 9 Quarterfinals

Color Meaning
Judges' Choice
Wild Card
Judges' Choice and Wild Card
Week Moved On Eliminated Date #
1 Baila Conmigo Dan Naturman David and Leeman Flight Crew Jump Rope Jasmine Flowers JD Anderson Julia Goodwin July 29, 2014 909
Emily West Miguel Dakota Sean & Luke The Willis Clan Valo & Bobby July 30, 2014 910
2 Aerial Animation Andrey Moraru Jaycob Curlee ACTE II Darik Santos Hart Dance Team John & Andrew August 5, 2014 911
Mara Justine Mat Franco Juan Carlos Livy, Matt & Sammy Loop Rawlins August 6, 2014 912
3 AcroArmy Blue Journey Christian Stoinev Adrian Romoff Anna Clendening Cornell Bhangra Dragon House "The Agents" August 12, 2014 913
Paul Ieti Sons of Serendip Kieran & Finian Makepeace Mike Super Wendy Liebman August 13, 2014 914
4 Emil and Dariel Jonah Smith Kelli Glover Bad Boys of Ballet Dom the Bom's Triple Threat Extreme Jonatan Riquelme August 19, 2014 915
Quintavious Johnson Smoothini Mothmen Dance Nina Burri One Voice Children's Choir August 20, 2014 916

Semifinals

Main article: Season 9 Semifinals

Color Meaning
Snapple Save
Judges' Choice
Week Moved On Eliminated Date #
1 David and Leeman Emily West Mara Justine Aerial Animation Andrey Moraru Bad Boys of Ballet August 26, 2014 917
Miguel Dakota Mike Super Sons of Serendip Dan Naturman Flight Crew Jump Rope Paul Ieti August 27, 2014 918
2 AcroArmy Blue Journey Christian Stoinev Baila Conmigo Jaycob Curlee Jonah Smith September 2, 2014 919
Emil and Dariel Mat Franco Quintavious Johnson Kelli Glover Smoothini Wendy Liebman September 3, 2014 920

Finals

Main article: Season 9 Finals

All 12 remaining acts performed for six spots in the Final 6. The six remaining acts then performed to win one million dollars and the headlining of a show on the Las Vegas strip.

Symbol Meaning
Ovation Standing Ovation
Check Judges' Choice Vote

Top 12

Name Act Howard Heidi Mel B Howie Result
1. Mara Justine Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated
2. David and Leeman Magicians Eliminated
3. Sons of Serendip Band Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On (SS)
4. Christian Stoinev Hand Balancer Eliminated
5. Emil and Dariel Rock Cellists Check Ovation OvationCheck Eliminated (JC)
6. AcroArmy Acrobatic Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
7. Quintavious Johnson Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
8. Mike Super Mystifier Ovation Ovation Eliminated
9. Blue Journey Shadow Dance Duo Eliminated
10. Emily West Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
11. Mat Franco Magician Moved On
12. Miguel Dakota Singer Check Check Moved On (JC)

Final 6

Name Act Howard Heidi Mel B Howie Result
1. Quintavious Johnson Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 5th Place
2. Mat Franco Magician Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Winner
3. Emily West Singer Ovation Ovation 2nd Place
4. Miguel Dakota Singer/Guitarist 6th Place
5. Sons of Serendip Band Ovation Ovation Ovation 4th Place
6. AcroArmy Acrobatic Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 3rd Place
7. Mat Franco Magician Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Winner
8. Sons of Serendip Band Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 4th Place
9. Quintavious Johnson Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 5th Place
10. Miguel Dakota Singer/Guitarist 6th Place
11. AcroArmy Acrobatic Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 3rd Place
12. Emily West Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 2nd Place

Notable past contestants

  • Nick Fradiani, who auditioned with his band Beach Avenue, later tried out for season 14 of American Idol. He won the show on May 13, 2015.

Trivia

  • Season 9 is only the third time auditions were not held in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Season 9 is the first season since Season 1 not to feature a Vegas Round.
  • Season 9 introduced the Golden Buzzer. Each judge can hit it only once through the season, and it makes an act go through regardless of votes.
  • The Red Buzzers were almost never used during the live shows, with only one performance being buzzed (intentionally). This is the fewest number of live show buzzes in any season.