The Season 14 premiere of “America’s Got Talent” on May 28 will be the first of six episodes dedicated to the auditions. Terry Crews, who emceed this winter’s “AGT: The Champions,” replaces Tyra Banks as the host. That special edition of “AGT” marked the farewell appearance for judges Mel B and Heidi Klum, who had been with the show since season 8.
They are replaced by actress Gabrielle Union and “Dancing with the Stars” alum Julianne Hough. The two men on the “AGT” judging panel — Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel — are returning. Mandel has been with “AGT” since season 5 while Cowell, who also executive produces this reality comepetition series, joined in season 11.
Despite the changes in the cast, “America’s Got Talent” will follow the same broadcast schedule as last year. The half dozen episodes showcasing the best (and worst) of the auditions will air every week until July 9. Over the course of these six shows, we will see the judges and Crews hit the golden buzzer once each to send five lucky acts straight through to the live episodes.
The four episodes featuring the judges cuts begin on July 16. Each episode will feature a guest who also gets a Golden Buzzer. This year’s guest judges are: actress Ellie Kemper, talk show host Jay Leno, country singer Brad Paisley and NBA all-star Dwayne Wade (who is married to Gabrielle) . The last of these episodes will air on Tuesday, August 6.
The live shows kick off on August 13 with three weeks of quarter-finals airing every Tuesday and Wednesday until August 28. At that point in the competition, 36 acts (nine Golden Buzzers, two dozen from the judges cuts rounds, and three wildcards chosen by the producers) will still be in the running. Each week, 12 acts will perform with seven making it through to the semi-finals.
The semi-finals go out live on September 3, 4, 10 and 11. 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 17 and 18. 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 chance to headline at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.