‘America’s Got Talent’ superfans voting explained once and for all on ‘AGT: The Champions’

Are you scratching your head over how voting works on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions“? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Ever since the superfan voting method was created for the first season of NBC’s worldwide talent search, viewers at home have been confused. You see, on a normal season of NBC’s reality TV juggernaut, America votes each week via phone, text message or Google searches. So why exactly have these superfans replaced them? Below, “AGT: The Champions” voting is explained once and for all.

Why the change in voting?
NBC confirmed to Gold Derby that since “America’s Got Talent” has “always been about the people’s vote,” the superfan voting method is a way to “empower our fans” in a season that was not airing live. Indeed, “AGT: The Champions” is typically filmed in the fall and then airs later in the winter. The show’s producers didn’t want the eventual winner to be chosen simply by the judging panel. Thus, these “delegates from all 50 states,” as host Terry Crews refers to them, were created to represent people at home. The Season 1 judges were Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. For Season 2, Alesha Dixon replaced Mel B on the panel.

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How were they chosen?
“We compiled a group of superfans for each show taping that is reflective and as diverse as our nationwide viewing audience,” NBC revealed about the diversity of the voters. As for how they were originally chosen to take part in the series, a “research team sourced delegates from all 50 states who have been longtime and dedicated viewers of ‘AGT.’”

How do they vote?
After viewing all of the acts, the superfans cast their votes “via electronic keypads.” Beginning with Season 2, producers also allowed the viewers in the auditorium to vote as well. The network emphasized, “While we have expert judges who provide commentary on each act and get to provide one Golden Buzzer each throughout the season, the final decision comes down to our loyal viewers.”

How many are there?
All 50 states are represented, though the exact number of superfans remains a mystery. “There was some cross-over from week-to-week, similar to what you would find with any voting show,” we’re told. “America’s Got Talent” has aired since 2006 on the peacock network, with “The Champions” beginning in 2019.

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