The 16th season of “America’s Got Talent” officially entered the final stage of competition — the live shows — on Tuesday, August 10. For three weeks, three groups of 12 performed in the quarterfinals for America’s votes. Now the “AGT” 2021 cycle is in the midst of the two-week semifinals round, with 11 acts taking the stage both weeks at the Dolby Theatre. The Season 16 finale is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14 (performance show) and Wednesday, September 15 (results show).
The Top 36 quarterfinalists, chosen by the judges in secret, performed on Tuesday nights for three weeks. America voted for their favorite contestants each time, and then seven acts from each group advanced to the semifinals. That left 21 acts still in the competition, with the judges — Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara — then picking Beyond Belief Dance Company as their wildcard to complete the Top 22.
One of the Top 36 artists, singer-songwriter Nightbirde (real name Jane Marczewski), withdrew from the competition because of her battle with cancer. America replaced her with singer Storm Large during the quarterfinals, but she was quickly eliminated. “Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention,” Nightbirde wrote on Instagram. “I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of ‘AGT.’ Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it — but we knew that already.”
Five Golden Buzzer acts advanced immediately to the live shows based on their auditions: chorale group Northwell Nurse Choir (by Howie Mandel), martial arts group World Taekwondo Demonstration Team (by Terry Crews), singer Jimmie Herrod (by Sofia Vergara), quick-change artist Lea Kyle (by Heidi Klum) and singer Victory Brinker (by the entire panel). So far none of them have been eliminated, as of this writing.
Here’s a closer look at the remaining “AGT” 2021 schedule:
Tuesday, August 31 — Semifinals 1 performance show
Wednesday, September 1 — Semifinals 1 results show
Tuesday, September 7 — Semifinals 2 performance show
Wednesday, September 8 — Semifinals 2 results show
Tuesday, September 14 — Finale performance show
Wednesday, September 15 — Finale results show