“America’s Got Talent” is set to return to NBC on Tuesday May 29 with a two-hour premiere that will be the first of six weekly episodes showcasing the best (and worst) of the auditions. Tyra Banks is back for her second stint as host while the judges panel is as it has been for the past two seasons: Mel B. Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Of this quartet, Mandel is the longest-serving, having been with the show since season 5. Both Mel B. and Klum joined in season 8 while Cowell, who also executive produces the show, came on board in season 11.
The auditions took place in the following 10 cities over the winter: Cincinnati, OH; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Orlando, Fl; San Jose, CA; and Savannah, GA
The audition shows will conclude on Tuesday, July 10. Throughout these six weeks, we will see each of the judges and Banks hit the golden buzzer once. That will send those five lucky acts straight through to the live shows. In 2017, Mel B. singled out the eventual “AGT” winner, child ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, as worthy of this honor in the first audition episode.
There will then be four installments dedicated to the judges cuts beginning on July 17. The last of these shows, which were taped in mid April, will air on Tuesday, August 7. Each episode features a guest judge who gets a Golden Buzzer too. We know that Olivia Munn was one of these one-time panelists.
Only then will we get to the live shows, with three weeks of quarterfinals to run every Tuesday and Wednesday from August 14 to 29. There will be 36 acts in all (nine Golden Buzzers, two dozen from the judges cuts rounds, and three wildcards chosen by the producers). Each week, 12 acts will perform with seven making it through to the semi-finals.
The semi-finals will air live on September 4, 5, 11 and 12. Besides the 21 acts put through in the quarter-finals there will be one more wildcard. Each week, 11 acts will perform with five making it to the finals. The two-part final will air live on September 18 and 19. On the last night, the top five will be revealed before a countdown to the ultimate winner. Besides bragging rights, the champion act gets $1 million and a a chance to headline at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.