‘America’s Got Talent’ returns to NBC for Season 12 on May 30

Fans of “America’s Got Talent” started and ended the week with good news from NBC. First, we found out that Tyra Banks is taking over from Nick Cannon as host of the televised talent show. Now comes word that it will be returning to the peacock network for its 12th season on Tuesday, May 30. Last year’s line-up of judges is set to return. For the show’s executive producer Simon Cowell, it will be season two on the panel while both Mel B and Heidi Klum will be in place for a fifth year. The veteran of the bunch is Howie Mandel who will be back for an eighth time running.

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Last year’s edition also debuted on the last Tuesday of May. While it took a 10-day hiatus due to the Olympics, it concluded on the third Sunday in September as had previous seasons. Twelve-year-old singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal won. The mentalist duo, The Clairvoyants, were second and NFL player turned magician Jon Dorenbos was third. Tape Face claimed the title of most memorable act of the season.

The format will stay the same this year. The series will air initially just on Tuesdays with the first six weeks devoted to the auditions that took place at various venues around the country. Then there will be four weeks of Judge Cuts beginning in mid July. Last year, there were four guest judges: George Lopez, Reba McEntire, Ne-Yo, and Louis Tomlinson.

Each week, we will see 20 acts and the eight judges and host will each have one chance to press the golden buzzer to send an act straight through to the live shows. Six other acts will make it to next round. And if all four regular judges hit their red buzzers, it is immediately eliminated.

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The three weeks of live quarter-finals will begin in early August and air on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The line-up will be the nine golden buzzer acts, the 24 acts from the Judge Cuts, and three wildcard acts chosen by the judges. A dozen acts perform each week; seven acts make it to the semi-finals while five are axed.

The two weeks of live semi-finals 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.

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