‘AGT’ 2018: Everything you need to know about season 13 of ‘America’s Got Talent’ – premiere, judges, format changes

“America’s Got Talent” is back for a lucky season 13 on NBC with the two-hour premiere airing on May 29 at at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Tyra Banks is back for her second season as the host of this reality competition series. All four judges — Mel B. Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. — are also returning. Mandel has been with “AGT” since season 5 while Mel B. and Klum came on board in season 8 and Cowell, who also executive produces the show, joined in season 11.

They traveled to 10 cities in search of talent this 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.

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The audition episodes run every week until July 10. Over the course of these six episodes, we will see each of the judges and Banks hit the golden buzzer once apiece to send five lucky acts straight through to the live shows. In 2017, Mel B. singled out the eventual “AGT” winner, teen ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, for this special treatment in the first audition episode.

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The four episodes showcasing the judges cuts begin on July 17. The last of these, which was 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.

At that point, “AGT” will start airing live shows, with three weeks of quarterfinals 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.

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The semi-finals are live on September 4, 5, 11 and 12. Aside from 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.

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