Even though it doesn’t return to the NBC schedule until May 28, “America’s Got Talent” is already filming. We just our first look at the two new judges: actress Gabrielle Union and “Dancing with the Star” alum Julianne Hough. Presiding over the panel is Simon Cowell, who joined the show he executive produces in season 11. Also back for more merriment is Howie Mandel, who has been with “AGT” since season 5.
The women replace singer Mel B and model Heidi Klum who came on board in season 8 after Sharon Osbourne exited. Also new to the summer hit show is Terry Crews as host. He replaces Tyra Banks who emceed the last two editions of the reality competition series. Crews was also the host of the recently wrapped “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”
This year’s “America’s Got Talent” will follow the same schedule as the most recent seasons. Audition episodes will air every week until July 9. Over the course of these six episodes, we will see each of the judges and Crews hit the golden buzzer once apiece to send five lucky acts straight through to the live shows. The four episodes showcasing the judges cuts begin on July 16. The last of these will be shown on Tuesday, August 6. Each episode features a guest judge who gets a Golden Buzzer too.
At that point, “AGT” will start airing live shows, with three weeks of quarterfinals every Tuesday and Wednesday from August 13 to 28. 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 be 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.