Season 9
Winner Mat Franco
Runner-up Emily West
Judges Howard Stern
Heidi Klum
Mel B
Howie Mandel
Host Nick Cannon
Held from May 26, 2014 - September 17, 2014
Previous Season Season 8
Next Season Season 10

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.


Main article: Season 9 Episodes


Main article: Season 9 Acts


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


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


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


Main article: Season 9 Finals

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th - 12th
Mat Franco Emily West AcroArmy Sons of Serendip Quintavious Johnson Miguel Dakota Emil and Dariel Blue Journey Christian Stoinev David and Leeman
Mara Justine Mike Super

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.


  • 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.