“America’s Got Talent” has moved into the next phase of the competition: Judges Cuts. This week, DJ Khaled joins the four regular judges — – Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — to sort through some of the acts that have been sent through in the six weeks of the audition phase. Khaled gets a Golden Buzzer, just like the others, that will send one act straight through to the live shows.
Last week Chris Hardwick, the host of the new NBC game show “The Wall,” joined the panel. Still to come as guest judges are Laverne Cox and Seal in one-off appearances. The three weeks of live quarter-finals will then begin in early August and air on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The line-up will consist of the nine golden buzzer acts, the 24 acts from the Judge Cuts, and three wildcard acts to be chosen by the judges. A dozen acts will perform each week; seven acts will make it to the semi-finals while five are axed.
The two weeks of live semi-finals then kick off in late August with the 21 acts voted to the semifinals, plus the judges’ semifinal wildcard pick. Each week, 11 acts will perform; five will make it through to the finals and six will be eliminated.
The two-part finale will take place in mid-September. On the first night, all 10 acts will be perform. On the second, the top 5 will be revealed and then the countdown to the winner starts. The champ will win one million dollars and a gig as a headliner in Las Vegas.