America's Got Talent (season 1)

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America's Got Talent
Season 1
Broadcast from August 12, 2007 – January 13, 2008
Judges David Hasselhoff
Piers Morgan
Brandy Norwood
Host(s) Phil Gulbis
Broadcaster MediaCorp Channel MediaCorp Channel5.jpg
Winner:
David and Dania - Quick Change
Genre(s) Quick Change Artists
Runner-up
All That & The Millers
Chronology
  2007

The first season of America's Got Talent premiered on MediaCorp Channel 5 on August 12, 2007 and concluded on January 13, 2008. The audition tour took place in April 2006, stopping at Los Angeles, California, New York City, New York, Chicago, Illinois, and Atlanta, Georgia. Phil Gulbis was the host for this season and David Hasselhoff, Brandy Norwood and Piers Morgan were the judges. This season's winner was quick change artists David and Dania - Quick Change. The entire season was recorded in 2006 and telecast in 2007-08. The show is aired at 10:00pm on Sundays (later moved to 10:30pm on November 4, 2007).

Selection process[edit]

For the audition round, each of the three judges has a button in front of them that they can press when they do not want the act to continue; the button rings an electronic bell and a large red X with the judge's name lights up over the stage. A louder buzzer indicates the third judge's button was pressed, and the contestant's performance is terminated. Then, the judges deliberate over the act and decide if it gets through to the live semi-finals. In the semi-finals, the judges have X's and check marks (ticks). Acts are divided into four groups of either 14 or 15, and only 10 of those acts in the group perform. They do not have the power to terminate an act in the middle of his/her performance. At the end of the performance, the judges give the act a check for approval, and an X if they did not like the act. At the end of the episode, the judges would pick an act and automatically move them through to the live finale. Then, the viewers at home would vote another act through to the finale, and that act would be announced in a live results show the next day. There was also a fifth wild card episode, where the judges picked ten acts who were previously eliminated and give them one more chance to perform. In the finale, there is no judges' choice, and the voting is entirely handed over to the viewers.

Auditions[edit]

Los Angeles auditions[edit]

Aired August 12 & 19, 2007, 2 one hour parts (The second part on August 19, 2007 was aired at 10:30pm due to the live telecast of the National Day Rally 2007)

Acts that advanced to the second round include:

  • Bobby Badfingers, a "professional finger snappist" from San Francisco, California. He danced to classic 1950s rock, as well.[1]
  • Dave the Horn Guy, a man with a plethora of horns attached to his body. He moved different parts of his body to honk the horns, making humorous music.
  • At Last, a hip-hop a cappella quartet.
  • Kenny Shelton, a juggler from Alpine, California, who was given three X's for dropping his props, and pleaded for another chance. He survived the first round by successfully juggling three swords on top of a Rola Bola for one minute.[2]
  • Bernie Barker, a 65-year-old male stripper from San Diego whose underwear was censored by the show with a black rectangle. Morgan didn't like the act, but Brandy and Hasselhoff voted him through, with Brandy saying she could use him as a backup dancer for her next music video.
  • Alexis Jordan, a 14-year old R&B singer. All three critics agreed that she had a 'perfect voice'. She performed the song, "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston.
  • Kevin Johnson, a ventriloquist who threw his voice and the voices of his two puppets out of synchronization with lip movements, à la the English-language dub of Godzilla.
  • Vladimir Malachikhin, a hand balancing acrobat.
  • Team AcroDunk, a group of acrobats from Houston, Texas, who shot basketballs while doing somersaults, backflips, and other tricks on a trampoline. Morgan didn't feel they were right for the competition, though he did agree that they could be the next Harlem Globetrotters. Brandy and Hasselhoff gave their total praise for them though.
  • Ivan Pecel, a juggler. He did some technical juggling, which didn't impress Hasselhoff or Morgan, though Brandy supported him. Morgan reluctantly voted yes on the condition that Ivan step up his performance in the semi-finals.
  • Nathan Burton, a magician who performed the Bowl-A-Rama magic trick, making a bowling ball appear from a drawing in a large sketchpad. Then, he did a disappearing act involving the "Microwave of Death"
  • Vladik Miagkostoupov, a juggler. All three critics agreed that he was the only good juggler performing that day.
  • Michael Speaks, a gospel singer. The judges unanimously sent him through for his great energy and his pop-gospel vibe.
  • J. R. Johns and His Best Friends, a dog trainer who did some acrobatic and fast paced dog tricks.
  • Rappin' Granny, a 73-year-old rapping grandmother from Castaic, California.
  • Sydney "Syd the Kid" Park, a young stand-up comedian,[3] and gospel singer Michael Speaks, also advanced to the second round from the L.A. auditions, but didn't compete in any of the semifinal episodes, for reasons not disclosed.

Eighteen additional acts from Los Angeles that also made it to the second round were briefly shown at the end of the show, since there were too many performers to fit into two one hour episodes. They include: Celtic Spring, Sugar n' Spice, Jessica Sanchez, N'Versity, Rabbi Baptiste, George Kelly, Andy Chitanga, Conrad Wright, Shawn Ryan, Sean and John, Natasha Le, Realis, Caitlyn Taylor Love, Marla and Michelle, Hell If I Know, Jesschelle, Trey Knight's Stilt World, Hoopalicious, and Desperation Squad.

Acts that were eliminated include:

  • Blue Velvet, a singing trio, was voted out as soon as they sang their name. They mentioned that they were missing out on their music.
  • Shadow Dancers, a troupe of performers who used costumed actors and a donkey to tell some sort of allegorical tale. Neither the judges nor the audience could understand it. The judges refused to vote; the audience was allowed to vote in their place.
  • Eddie Haskell, who played a saw as a musical instrument. He was voted off very quickly, and was visibly angry with the judges as a result.
  • Kathy Kavanaugh, a singing harpist. Morgan commented that he would like her to sing at his funeral, as the music was deep and touching, but said it was not the right kind of talent for the show.
  • Eric "Harry Carrey" Mol, who tried to impersonate the voices of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yoda and Shaggy Rogers from Scooby-Doo, but appeared to have failed on all accounts.
  • Jay Myl, a man in a pirate costume playing "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" on a nose flute. After being eliminated, he started insulting the judges.
  • Betty Victor, a 76-year-old woman singing "God Bless America". Morgan single-handedly stopped the act by pushing all three X buttons.
  • The Boofont Sisters, a singing duo featuring a woman and a cross-dressing man in matching outfits, singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart".
  • Holy Cow, a man breakdancing in a cow suit that shot milk at the judges. Morgan said he would be popular with children, but not with adults.
  • Wildlife Wendy, a zookeeper with an African Grey Parrot named Wazoo, that was trained to make various sound effects. The judges weren't impressed, but Wendy shot back, emphasizing the hard work and amount of time it took to train the parrot
  • S. Frank Stringham, a performer who blew up balloons to make parts of a face, then put the parts on while singing Frank Sinatra's "All of Me". Despite not moving on, he presented Gulbis with a mini replica of him made out of balloons.

New York auditions[edit]

Aired August 26, 2007, 1 hour

Acts that advanced to the second round include:

  • All That, a clog dancing group; the five men from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (who had auditioned in New York) danced with incredible rhythm and had the audience on their feet in no time. Brandy described the men as worthy of their title and Hasselhoff thought they were "up front", Morgan joked that he didn't like them, adding after the audience expressed, "because all the women in America will love you."
  • Leonid the Magnificent from Russia; a tall, flamboyant Adonis with angel's wings, who balanced a sword tip to tip on a sword held in his mouth. He was noticeably nervous, dropped the sword during his first try, and was rejected. Later in the show, Brandy asked him to be brought back. Leonid cried and said he was on the show to make his dream come true.
  • Elliot Zimet, a magician that made doves and a parrot appear in a more exciting and cool fashion. Piers said that he usually finds dove acts excrutiatingly boring, but that Zimet had managed to make it interesting, and all the judges agreed to put him through.
  • Corina Brouder, a young Irish woman who played a harp while singing; the judges said that she and her voice were beautiful, and agreed to put her through.
  • Dave Smith, a contortionist and musician who sang and played the song "Bend Me, Shape Me" on his guitar while his legs were wrapped behind his head. He amused Morgan and he wanted to see what other crazy stuff Dave could do.
  • PBM, A rock band from Detroit, came on stage with hopes of dazzling the judges and the audience. Their music was a combination of rock and reggae, also known as ska or ska-punk. Morgan liked the band’s energy but wasn’t a big fan of the lead singer. Hasselhoff and Brandy wanted the band to come back. Brandy challenged PBM to prove Morgan wrong the next time they hit the stage.
  • Michelle L'amour, dressed as Snow White, performed a burlesque striptease for the judges. This infuriated Brandy, who vigorously pushed Hasselhoff and Morgan's strike buttons. The two male judges enthusiastically gave their approvals for her to go on to the next round.
  • Beeyansha Ryan, an 11-year old from Philadelphia, belted out the Jennifer Hudson cover of the Jennifer Holliday song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from the 2006 motion picture adaptation of the 1982 Broadway musical Dreamgirls. All three judges gave her approval to go through to the semi-finals.
  • Side Swipe, a karate team who performed karate moves to music, also advanced to the second round from the New York auditions, but didn't compete in any of the semifinal episodes. In their audition for the second season of America's Got Talent in 2007 (telecast in 2009), it was disclosed that the group had to withdraw from the competition in Season 1 because one of the members had injured his foot shortly after their first round performance.

Seven additional acts from New York that also made it to the second round were briefly shown at the end of the show, since there were too many performers to fit into a one hour episode. They include: The Hemphill Kids, Clarence Donaldson, Ten13 Concept, Billy Januario, The King Charles Unicycle Troupe, Aaron Burr, and Daniel Colin.

Acts that were eliminated include:

  • William J. McGowan, an opera singer that sang "Cara Mia". Morgan called him the worst singer he'd ever heard.
  • Frank Simon, a man who balanced a motorbike and then a stove on his lower jaw. Though extremely popular with the crowd, the judges felt that wasn't a level of talent. Morgan stated, "This is a talent show, not a freak show," which was followed by loud boos from the audience.
  • Matthew Fuhrman, a navy reserve soldier from Miami Beach, Florida who attempted to beatbox. Though taking off his shirt won him some female audience support, the judges didn't like his audition.
  • Marlon Reynolds, a man that sang "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", did not get a chance to sing the chorus. Morgan said he should have left his voice in San Francisco.

Chicago auditions[edit]

Consipary Therories juggling for the audience and judges.
Aired September 2, 2007, 1 hour

Acts that advanced to the second round include:

  • Consipary Therories, two comedians/jugglers who juggled lit torches while on the 'Rola Bola of Death' as they make one-liners. Hasselhoff didn't like them, as with most of the other jugglers on the show, but Brandy and Morgan both said yes.
  • The Millers, Cole on guitar and vocals, and L.D. on harmonica and backing vocals. They played Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama". Morgan said that L.D. was a terrible singer, but in contrast, was the best harmonica player he had ever seen.
  • Lilia Stepanova, a contortionist who shot a bow and arrow with her feet while executing a handstand to Ecstasy by ATB.
  • Mark Faje (aka Mark "The Knife"), the "world's most dangerous comic", kicked a burning bowling ball with two steak knives protruding from it to the side of his head after placing a live scorpion in his pants. The judges all voted yes (though Morgan thought he was "completely barking mad").
  • Taylor Ware, a singer and yodeler who learned all her yodeling from a tape and instruction booklet. The judges were blown away by her performance ("You learned that from a tape," asked Hasselhoff, "and an instruction booklet?! You are a good student!").
  • The Players Club, a group of people who were "Step dancers", which involves using only your body as musical instruments. Morgan didn't see that they had an audience for their talent, while Hasselhoff and Brandy liked the act, though Brandy wanted them to be tighter.
  • Quick Change Artists, a magic duo who rapidly changed outfits, with no visible way of determining how they did it.

Three additional acts from Chicago that also made it to the second round were briefly shown at the end of the show, since there were too many performers to fit into a one hour episode. They include: K Turbo, Sonia Lee, and Chadwick.

Acts that were eliminated include:

  • The Chicago Matadors, a group of overweight Chicago Bulls fans who danced to music.
  • Shawn Crump, a singer who had only been singing for nine months. When asked by Brandy how good he was, he said he was awesome. Soon after starting "Suspicious Minds", he was quickly voted off.
  • Sharon Kissane, a bird caller. She called birds that weren't there and made bird noises. Brandy wondered where the birds were that she was calling, Hasselhoff said she should be on medication, and Morgan said that she got off the wrong bus and came to the studio by mistake. He also said that he thought of the cuckoo when she was performing.
  • Buster Balloon, a man who put himself inside a giant balloon. The balloon popped the first time, so he got another and did his act again. The judges were not very impressed, though.
  • Flippy the Magnificent, a man wearing only a loincloth who imitated a hand-to-hand balancing act with an inflatable doll that looked like himself. When asked what was the "magnificent" part of the act, Flippy said that the judges did not give him a chance to bring out the magnificent part. Morgan said it was a ridiculous act and it was a waste of time.
  • The Laughing Yogi (Yogi Ramesh), a man who did yoga that tried to make people laugh. However, nobody laughed and he was eliminated.

Semi-finals[edit]

At this point, 58 of the 61 acts (29 with televised auditions and 29 without) that made it to the semifinals were divided into four groups. The 14 or 15 acts in each group had to perform a second audition in front of only the judges. Brandy, Hasselhoff, and Morgan then pick ten of these performers to continue onto the telecast. The contestants chosen to perform on stage were announced one at a time. Those acts that were not chosen did not find out until the last act is called, ending their chances to move on to the semifinals, unless a judge selected a nonperformer for the Wild Card show later in the season.

Three semifinalists: Sydney Park, Sideswipe, and Michael Speaks (all of which had televised auditions), didn't perform in the semifinals at all. No reason was given for their absence, but in 2007, it was revealed that Sideswipe had to withdraw because of a member's foot injury. Sydney Park was believed to be absent because of her career in acting.

All semifinal programs were two one hour episodes long. The results shows, airing the next week, were one hour long, except for the first results show which was 30 minutes long.

Semifinals legend
Formatting Description
Contestants 1. Order of appearance in the episode
italicized contestant received three checks from the judges
bold contestant moved on to the final round
Audition
city
contestant's audition was televised
contestant's audition was not televised
Results Judges choice judges' favorite act and selection to automatically move on to the finals
Viewers elim eliminated from competition by viewers' votes, unless chosen to perform in the Wild Card episode
Viewers 2nd received second-most votes from viewers; would later perform in the Wild Card episode
Viewers choice received the most votes from viewers; moves on to the finals

Part 1[edit]

Semifinals - Part 1, Septeber 16 & 23, 2007
Contestant
(audition accreditation)
Audition
city
Result
(September 30, 2007)
Notes
1. Taylor Ware Chicago Viewers choice
2. All That New York Viewers 2nd
3. Kevin Johnson Los Angeles Viewers elim
4. Alexis Jordan Los Angeles Viewers elim Chosen by Brandy to perform in Wild Card episode
5. Vladik
(Vladik Miagkostoupov)
Los Angeles Viewers elim
6. Shawn Ryan Los Angeles Viewers elim Cabaret singer
7. J. R. Johns and His Best Friends Los Angeles Viewers elim
8. Hoopalicious Los Angeles Viewers elim Hula hoop dancer
9. Corina Brouder New York Viewers elim Chosen by David Hasselhoff to perform in Wild Card episode
10. The Millers Chicago Judges choice

Eliminated by judges (These acts were not selected by the judges to perform in the episode, and were eliminated from the competition unless chosen for the Wild Card episode):

  • Audition televised: Bernie Barker (auditioned in Los Angeles) and The Players' Club (Chicago)
  • Audition not televised: Hell If I Know, Andy Chitanga, and Jessica Sanchez (all from Los Angeles)

Jessica Sanchez would appear in the Wild Card as the choice of Brandy.

Part 2[edit]

Semifinals - Part 2, October 7 & 14, 2007
Contestant
(audition accreditation)
Audition
city
Result
(October 21, 2007)
Notes
1. Dave the Horn Guy Los Angeles Viewers elim
2. Realis Los Angeles Judges choice Acrobatic dancing duo; see note below
3. At Last Los Angeles Viewers choice
4. Natasha Le Los Angeles Viewers 2nd Pianist
5. Vladimir
(Vladimir Malachkin)
Los Angeles Viewers elim
6. Bobby Badfingers Los Angeles Viewers elim Chosen by Piers Morgan to perform in Wild Card episode
7. Sugar n' Spice Los Angeles Viewers elim Pop music family group
8. N'Versity Los Angeles Viewers elim A cappella singing group; chosen by Piers Morgan to perform in Wild Card episode
9. Mark Faje
(Mark "The Knife" Faje)
Chicago Viewers elim
10. Leonid the Magnificent New York Viewers elim Chosen by David Hasselhoff to perform in Wild Card episode

Eliminated by judges:

  • Audition televised: PBM (New York)
  • Audition not televised: Rabbi Baptiste (Los Angeles), The Hemphill Kids (New York), K Turbo (Chicago), and Clarence Donaldson (New York)

The judges could not agree on a winner by the end of the performance episode, which upset Philbin and many of the audience members. Although Brandy revealed that she and Hasselhoff agreed on a choice, Morgan said he refused to add a third singing act to the two that had already made it to the finals, stating "this is not American Idol" and he "wanted a more diverse group of acts for the final". This indicated that At Last was Brandy and Hasselhoff's pick (as the other singing acts that night got an X on Brandy's part). Realis became the judges' selection, announced on the following day's results show, while At Last became the viewers' pick.

Part 3[edit]

Due to the tekecast of the comedy The Noose from November 4, 2007, America's Got Talent was shifted to a new timeslot of 10:30pm.

Semifinals - Part 3, October 28 & November 4, 2007
Contestant
(audition accreditation)
Audition
city
Result
(November 11, 2007)
Notes
1. Team Acrodunk Los Angeles Viewers choice
2. Caitlyn Taylor Love Los Angeles Viewers elim Singer
3. Sonia Lee Chicago Viewers elim Electric violinist
4. Elliot Zimet New York Viewers elim
5. Ten13 Concept New York Viewers elim Punk band
6. Rappin' Granny Los Angeles Judges choice
7. Nathan Burton Los Angeles Viewers 2nd
8. Beeyansha Ryan New York Viewers elim
9. Kenny Shelton Los Angeles Viewers elim
10. Trey Knight's Stilt World Los Angeles Viewers elim Stilt performers

Eliminated by judges:

  • Audition not televised: Billy Januario (New York), Marla & Michelle (Los Angeles), Jesschelle (Los Angeles), and Chadwick (Chicago)

Part 4[edit]

Semifinals - Part 4, November 18 & 25, 2007
Contestant
(audition accreditation)
Audition
city
Result
(December 2, 2007)
Notes
1. Consipary Therories Chicago Judges choice
2. Celtic Spring Los Angeles Viewers choice Irish fiddle/dance act
3. Sean and John Los Angeles Viewers elim Tap dancers
4. Lilia Stepanova Chicago Viewers elim Contortionist archery act.
5. Dave Smith One Man Sideshow New York Viewers elim;
bot 3
6. David & Dania – Quick Change
Chicago Viewers 2nd
7. George Kelly Los Angeles Viewers elim Singer
8. Michelle L'amour New York Viewers elim
9. King Charles Unicycle Troupe New York Viewers elim;
bot 3
Unicyclists/stunt basketball performers
10. Desperation Squad Los Angeles Viewers elim;
bot 3
Punk rock band

Eliminated by judges:

  • Audition televised: Ivan Pecel (Los Angeles)
  • Audition not televised: Aaron Burr (New York), Daniel Colin (New York), and Conrad Wright (Los Angeles)

The show was pre-empted on December 9, 2007 for the telecast of the 2007 Southeast Asian Games and on December 16, 2007 for the live telecast of the Asian Idol results show. The show returned on December 23, 2007.

Wild Card[edit]

Wild Card, December 23, 2007
Contestant Chosen by Result
(December 30, 2007)
Notes
1. Nathan Burton Viewers (Semi-finals part 3) Viewers 2nd; elim A magician
2. Bobby Badfingers Piers Morgan Viewers elim; bot 3 A professional "Snappist"
3. Jessica Sanchez Brandy Viewers elim Singer; Wasn't picked to perform in semifinals
4. All That Viewers (Semi-finals part 1) Judges choice Clogging Group
5. Corina Brouder David Hasselhoff Viewers elim; bot 3 Singing Harpist
6. David & Dania – Quick Change Viewers (Semi-finals part 4) Viewers choice Quick Change Artists
7. N'Versity Piers Morgan Viewers elim; bot 3 Singing Group
8. Natasha Le Viewers (Semi-finals part 2) Viewers elim 8 Year-Old Pianist
9. Alexis Jordan Brandy Viewers elim Teen Singer
10. Leonid the Magnificent David Hasselhoff Viewers elim Random Acts

Finals[edit]

In the final round, the judges were still allowed to judge, but only the audience can decide the winners. In addition, each finalist had a celebrity coach to guide them.

Italics indicate that the act received three checks from the judges.

Finals, January 6 & 13, 2008
Contestant Chosen by Celebrity coach Result
(January 13, 2008)
1. At Last Viewers (Semi-finals part 2) Chaka Khan Bottom 5
2. David & Dania – Quick Change Viewers (Wild Card) Steve Valentine Winner
3. Rappin' Granny Judges (Semi-finals part 3) Master P Bottom 5
4. Team Acrodunk Viewers (Semi-finals part 3) Michael Jordan Bottom 5
5. All That Judges (Wild Card) Dave Scott (R&B choreographer) Top 3 (runner-up)
6. Taylor Ware Viewers (Semi-finals part 1) Tom McBryde (country music arranger) Top 5
7. Consipary Therories Judges (Semi-finals part 4) Penn & Teller Bottom 5
8. Celtic Spring Viewers (Semi-finals part 4) Tara Barry (Riverdance lead dancer) Top 5
9. Realis Judges (Semi-finals part 2) Gene Lubas (Cirque du Soleil choreographer) Bottom 5
10. The Millers Judges (Semi-finals part 1) John Popper Top 3 (runner-up)

The winner of the one-million-dollar grand prize was quick change artists David and Dania - Quick Change. The ten finalists were first split into two groups. Group A consisted of Realis, At Last, Rappin' Granny, Consipary Therories and Team Acrodunk. Out of the ten finalists, they received the lowest number of votes. The five finalists that received the most votes were The Millers, Taylor Ware, Bianca Ryan, Celtic Spring and All That. Phil asked All That and The Millers to step forward, and announced that they did not win the grand prize but were both runners-up, and were ranked in either 2nd or 3rd place. These acts each won a 2007 Dodge Caliber RT. The remaining three were Taylor Ware, David and Dania - Quick Change and Celtic Spring. Gulbis announced that David and Dania - Quick Change won the grand prize.

Crazy Caliber Talent[edit]

  1. Rudi Macaggi, Mike Lloyd, Kelvin Gordon, James Thompson Winner:Rudi Macaggi
  2. The Douglas Lee, Nicolas Abramowitz, Larry Clark, Gery Deer and Scout, Camille Trout Winner:The Douglas Lee
  3. Duane Flatmo, Mayling Garcia, Bandaloni, Zach Freeman, Arthur the One Man Band Winner:Duane Flatmo
  4. Skylar Aud, Sammi Pryor, Alexis and Alysha, The Great Stamen Show Winner:The Great Stamen Show
  5. Dave Nakfoor, The Rubberband Kid, Jim McDonald, Nikolo Ashford, Sizzle Twins Winner:Dave Nakfoor

On the Finals Results Show (January 13, 2008), acrobat Rudi Macaggi won the Weird and Wacky Talent Finale (aka Crazy Caliber Talent) when the 5 finalists competed for a 2007 Dodge Caliber RT. He tap danced and dribbled a basketball while in a handstand, and did a standing backflip and caught a trapeze with his feet. The other finalists were Duane Flatmo (who played the guitar with an egg beater and a weed whacker), The Great Stamen Show (who played music by tapping his teeth), The Douglas Lee (who played water-filled drinking glasses), and Dave Nakfoor (who caught hard boiled eggs in his mouth).

Performers on results shows[edit]

Contestants who appeared on other shows[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
None
America's Got Talent
Season 1 (2007-08)
Succeeded by
Season 2 (2009)