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Last season, America's Got Talent rose significantly in the ratings. Back in February though, Nick Cannon -- who hosted the past eight cycles-- publicly parted ways with the series. With Tyra Banks now taking the reins, will the audience dwindle, or increase? Will America's Got Talent be cancelled or renewed for season 13? Stay tuned. A nationwide talent competition, America's Got Talent features various individual and group performances. The winning act wins a cash prize and the chance to headline in the America's Got Talent Live show in Las Vegas. Returning as judges are Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell, Melanie Brown, and Heidi Klum. Guest judges in season 12 include Chris Hardwick, DJ Khaled, Laverne Cox, and Seal. The NBC series typically airs on Tuesdays (and also on Wednesdays, during the live performances and results episodes). Read More… »
Grab the tissues, you're going to need them after watching Evie Clair's America's Got Talent performance. The 13-year-old singer from Arizona took to the stage to sing "Arms" by Christina Perri, but there's more to the song for her. Evie told judges Simon Cowell, Mel B., Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel that the song was dedicated to her father, who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer. Her father was diagnosed a year ago and was given a 5 percent chance of survival, yet he continued to work to support the family, she said. "Tonight, I'm here to sing for him," the teenager said through tears. "Arms," the song she picked, is pretty significant to her »
“America’s Got Talent” continued auditions for its 12th season Tuesday night with 12 more acts performing in front of series judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. In the audition phase of the show, acts perform in front of the panel, needing at least three judges to give them a “yes” vote in order to […] »
Audiences were brought to tears after hearing 14-year-old Evie Clair’s moving performance for her father, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.
On Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent, the Florence, Arizona native belted out Christina Perri’s 2011 song “Arms” — the ballad she has been singing to her cancer-stricken father in times of need.
“About a year ago, my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer,” Evie tearfully told Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. “They gave him a five percent chance to live, and he continued working and supporting our family. So tonight I’m here to sing for him. »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Her name is Celine and her little sister’s name is Dion!
“When I was in the car, my dad was driving and suddenly I just sang ‘My Heart Will Go On’ and he was like, ‘Wow!’ ” the young girl told judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. “It’s my dream to be on America’s Got Talent.“
Celine’s parents are such »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Dancing in the dark has never looked this good.
Before the incredible dance crew Light Balance took the America's Got Talent stage on Tuesday, the Ukrainian performers were already winning over viewers with their emotional aspirations.
"Dance gave us a hope for a better life here in America," the group's technical director, Mykyta Sukhenko, told the Agt cameras in a pre-taped backstage interview. "If we win this show, we will have an opportunity to change the lives of our families, »
Host Tyra Banks shocked audiences when she pushed the coveted Golden Buzzer for Light Balance, a group of dancers from Ukraine who literally lit up the stage with their intricate choreography and neon costumes on Tuesday night’s episode.
“Stop right now. I’m amazed by you guys. You guys wasn’t this incredible? Like crazy good?” Banks asked the audience before going to the judges’ table.
“One of the most mind-blowing performances in #Agt history, »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Not everyone thinks Kim Kardashian West donned blackface intentionally to promote her new beauty line in a series of ads.
“This is a woman who is married to a black man, whose children are black,” Tyler said. “Obviously, the way that she feels about the black culture is affectionate and passionate. But that being said, she’s not in blackface.”
Guest cohost Howie Mandel brought up the topic of perception being more important than reality.
“People perceive it as blackface, »
- Alexia Fernandez
Everyone's got their own set of concerns when the America's Got Talent crew hits the streets ahead of week four of auditions to curb their hunger pangs. For Howie Mandel, it's making sure that Simon Cowell listens to any of his directions to the drive-thru. For Heidi Klum, it's confusion over why Simon's in the driver's seat at all. And for Mel B and host Tyra Banks, it's their luxurious locks. "All this wind is spoiling my hair," Mel complains from the backseat, trying to smooth down her sleek bob. "At least you don't have to worry about that if the wind kicks up, you hair flies off," Tyra retorts from the front passenger seat. »
There is no better “America’s Got Talent” moment than when a nice, humble kid surprises with some amazing chops — that’s pretty much what the series is built on. And Tuesday contestant Christian Guardino did not disappoint the NBC judges or studio audience with his rendition of the Jackson 5’s “Who’s Lovin’ You.” The 16-year-old started off as a bundle of nerves, before Simon Cowell (of all people) walked him through it. Once the music hit, Guardino had absolutely no issues, and the room was blown away. When all was said and done, Guardino earned the Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel. »
- Tony Maglio
The Golden Buzzers keep on coming on America's Got Talent. On the Tuesday, June 13 show, 16-year-old Christian Guardino took to the stage and sang The Jackson 5's "Who's Lovin' You." Judge Howie Mandel gave the teenager the Golden Buzzer treatment, sending him straight through to the live rounds. "Thank you so much," Guardino said after receiving a standing ovation from Mandel, Simon Cowell, Mel B. and Heidi Klum. "I mean, what just happened?!" Mel said. Mandel asked the singer, who was overcome by emotion, if he could make one wish, what would it be? "Right this second? Probably the Golden Buzzer," Guardino said. "Well, your wish just »
America's Got Talent has never been opposed to shake-ups in the cast. Except for Howie Mandel, no one on the current judging panel has been with the show since the beginning. Hosting duties have been just as scattered, with Regis Philbin launching the show and then the gig moving on to Jerry Springer and Nick Cannon. With season 12, Nick is gone and has been replaced with Tyra Banks. Though it's early in Tyra's hosting, she is already proving to be a massive disappointment compared to her immediate predecessor.
This season of America's Got Talent just keeps getting more and more magical!
On Tuesday's all-new episode, the auditions continued with even more incredible acts and heartwarming performances, including astounding singers, some bizarrely hilarious dancing acts and two magicians who seemingly have legitimate supernatural powers.
Tony and Jordan are identical twins who have changed the game when it comes to illusion. Their routine is confounding and astounding in equal measure, and when the pair start pulling solid objects out of thin air (and a giant TV screen), it's downright epic.
Watch: 7 Mind-Blowing Performances From 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Premiere
As judge Simon Cowell said, their act is already tailor-made for the Las Vegas strip, and it's going to be amazing to see how the dynamic duo up the ante as the season progresses.
One of the night's best group performances came from the sharp-dressed Air Force Academy Singers, who go by the »
Christian Guardino brushed off his nerves and blew audiences away with his powerful performance!
The 16-year-old boy from Long Island, New York earned the coveted Golden Buzzer from judge Howie Mandel on Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent with a soulful rendition of The Jackson 5’s 1969 single “Who’s Lovin’ You.”
“You were like a little mouse that turned into a lion. You are one of my favorite contestants I’ve seen this year. Not only in terms of your voice. I just like you. There’s something about you, and it’s just the best possible feeling when we meet someone like you, »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Kechi Okwuchi will be among the contestants to keep your eyes (and ears) on during this season of America’s Got Talent.
The singer took the audience and judges’ breaths away with her performance of Ed Sheeran’s 2014 single “Thinking Out Loud” on Tuesday’s episode. But it was her powerful story that truly amazed everyone.
At age 16, Okwuchi nearly died in a fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of 107 passengers in 2005. She was one of two survivors on board a Nigerian flight — traveling between Abuja and Port Harcourt — that crash-landed at Port Harcourt International Airport.
I almost still can't believe this is real… »
- Karen Mizoguchi
America’s Got Talent fans, meet Daniel Ferguson.
In an exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday’s episode, Ferguson, a radio station sales representative from Ohio, takes on Dnce’s hit, “Cake by the Ocean“— but with an impressive twist.
“Walk for me, baby. I’ll be Diddy, you’ll be Naomi, whoa-oh,” Ferguson sings in the British television personality’s voice. “Let’s lose our minds and go crazy, crazy.”
“That’s good! »
- Mariah Haas
Another day, another amazing America's Got Talent audition. Following the internet's fascination with pint-sized ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, singer Mandy Harvey performed an original song on Tuesday night that reduced practically everyone in the building (and also out of the building, including yours truly) to tears. Before she sang, the 29-year-old introduced herself to judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel, and with the help of an interpretor, explained that she completely lost her hearing a decade earlier because of a connective tissue disorder. "I've been singing since I was 4," she said. "I left music after I lost my hearing, and then figured out how to get back into singing with muscle memory, using visual tuners and trusting my pitch." Then, she pulled out her ukulele and blew everyone away with her song, "Try," which she wrote to inspire herself not to give up on music. As soon as she finished, »
- Quinn Keaney
Singer Mandy Harvey delivered a touching performance on the Tuesday episode of America's Got Talent, earning her a standing ovation from the audience and a firm stamp of approval from judge Simon Cowell.
The Florida native took to the stage in a bright red dress and black tights, looking a bit uncertain as she stood before the four judges with her ukulele. During the pre-performance back-and-forth, Harvey revealed that she was deaf, and the woman standing next to Cowell was her interpreter, Sarah.
"I lost all my hearing when I was 18 years old, »
Mandy Harvey lost all her hearing when she was 18 years old due to a connective tissue disorder, which deteriorated her hearing nerves. But that didn’t stop the musician from pursuing her dream to be a singer.
On Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent, Harvey, 29, opened up about her journey back to music in what was the night’s most inspiring audition.
“I was singing since I was 4,” she explained before her song. “I left music after I lost my hearing and then figured out how to get back into singing with muscle memory, using visual turners and trusting my pitch. »
- Dave Quinn
A familiar face graced the coveted America's Got Talent stage on the latest episode of the NBC series. Fans might have recognized Nick Uhas, formerly of Big Brother 15, showcasing his unique talent on the second episode of season 12.
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