One of the highest-rated shows on NBC, ‘America’s Got Talent’, or ‘AGT’, is a reality TV talent competition that debuted on the platform on June 21, 2006. Since its premiere, it has been released annually every summer and features multiple participants, holding expertise in various fields. The talents showcased can be from any field, such as singing, dancing, comedy, magic, stunts, and others. Those who are not eliminated during the auditions make it to the live episodes, where they compete against each other. A joint decision that includes public votes and judges’ scores is used to announce the final winner. He/she receives a grand cash prize and gets the opportunity to headline a show on the Las Vegas Strip.
‘AGT’ is created by Simon Cowell and co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. It has been holding a rank of the No.1 alternative series for the past 13 years, since its release. The show is executive produced by Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane, and Richard Wallace. Garnering a viewership of around 10 million viewers every season, ‘AGT’ helps in discovering, grooming, and nurturing budding artists. The program returns for its 14th season on May 28, 2019 on ABC. And here’s everything we know about the upcoming season.
America’s Got Talent Cast: Who is in it?
As per Variety, actor and former NFL player, Terry Crews joins the cast as the host, after replacing Tyra Banks, who had hosted seasons 12 and 13. Crews had previously featured on AGT’s spin-off, AGT: The Champions season 1. As for the judges, we see actress Gabrielle Union and dancer Julianne Hough, taking up the stage and replacing Heidi Klum and Mel B. The duo had earlier judged the show ‘Dancing with the Stars‘. They are accompanied by returning judges, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, thereby, completing the panel.
We do see several guest judges as well, who make special appearances. We get to meet Ellie Kemper, Jay Leno, Brad Paisley, and Dwayne Wade, among several others who appear as the episodes progress. Additionally, Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila, and Zuri Hall are credited as the sideline reporters. They give viewers a first-hand account of the event while sharing interviews of the candidates and recording reactions from the crowd.
America’s Got Talent Plot: What is it about?
The general format of AGT follows three stages: auditions, second round, and a live round. The production team holds auditions in multiple cities across the US. This is the initial stage and those who are filtered via this round make it to the judges’ audition. Each participant here is given 90 seconds to display his/her talent and impress the panel. There’s also a live audience present to witness the performances. After every act, judges offer constructive criticism and feedback, thereby giving their votes. If a contestant receives maximum votes, he/she is selected for the next stage.
Next comes the second stage. Participants who pass the preliminary auditions have to undergo another round of auditions as a common venue. The panel comprises the original judges, along with a special guest judge. Contestants are allocated four separate groups and the guest judge has to decide which act he loved the most from every team.