America's Got Talent (season 2)

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America's Got Talent
Season 2
Broadcast from June 5, 2007 – August 21, 2007
Judges David Hasselhoff
Piers Morgan
Sharon Osbourne
Host(s) Jerry Springer
Broadcaster NBC
Winner:
Terry Fator
Terry Fator 03.jpg
Terry Fator with his character Julius.
Origin Mesquite, Texas
Runner-up
Cas Haley
Chronology
2007

The second season of America's Got Talent, an American television reality show talent competition, premiered on the NBC network on June 5, 2007 with a two-hour episode. Tabloid talk show host Jerry Springer succeeded Regis Philbin as host.[1] Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff returned as judges, joined by newcomer Sharon Osbourne.[2] Brandy Norwood voluntarily stepped down as judge after a wrongful death lawsuit was brought against her for her involvement in a fatal car collision.[3][4]

The second season of the show was originally announced to debut in January 2007,[5] with a timeslot of Sunday nights at 8 p.m.; however, the network substituted another reality talent show, Grease: You're The One That I Want.

This season's winner was ventriloquist/impressionist Terry Fator.

Selection Process[edit]

Overview[edit]

The audition process for the second season is very similar to that of the first, except that only a buzzer sounds when the X is pressed. When all the judges X's have been pressed, a lonely blue spotlight centers on the act, indicating they've been struck out. Unlike the previous season, the acts who pass the auditions then attend a Las Vegas boot camp, where they have a chance to perfect their craft. At this point, acts are divided into two groups, music, and variety. The music acts consist of singers and instrument players. The variety group consists of other acts. The music acts perform first, followed by the variety acts. Each act will perform for three minutes, and their performance will not be terminated, as the judges have no buttons to press. After each group has finished, the judges will split the groups into lines, either a yes line, or a no line. The ones who the judges said yes to will go to the short list of 35 acts. The acts which the judges have said no to will go home. After that, the judges will cut the short list of 35 to 20 final acts.

In the semi-final episodes, the 20 acts will be first split into two groups of 10. America will vote and eliminate five out of the first group, then five out of the second. The remaining 10 will perform head to head in the next round, where the field will be narrowed each week until there are four, which the viewing audience at home votes on. In the second season, the judges may terminate a performance any time they want with an X. The checks are eliminated from the game and the judges may only have comments. There is no judges' choice in this season, as the voting is entirely handed over to the viewers.

Differences from Season 1[edit]

Jerry Springer replaced Regis Philbin as host in season 2.
Sharon Osbourne replaced Brandy as a judge from season 1.

Unlike in season 1, where the acts were divided into four groups after the audition and sent straight to the semifinals, the acts were sent to Las Vegas for a boot camp, where they could perfect their skills. In Las Vegas, the acts were divided into two groups, "music" and "variety". The judges chose 35 acts from both groups to make it to their short list; afterward (with no additional performances after the first division of talent), the judges chose twenty acts to move on to the semifinals.

In the season 1 semifinals, within each group of 14 or 15 acts, only 10 would perform. In Season 2, the 20 remaining acts were divided into 2 groups of 10. America eliminated 5 from each group. The remaining 10 competed head to head, with some eliminated each week.

There are no more "judges' choice" and white check marks to signify approval. The judges may still press their X's anytime during the performance, but this rarely happens, as only Morgan used his button in the Season 2 semifinals (although Hasselhoff buzzed Luigi Padilla as Boy Britney after his semifinal performance, seemingly in jest).

Preliminary Auditions[edit]

Dallas auditions[edit]

Aired June 5, 2007, 2 hours .[6]

Acts that were eliminated include:

  • Tony La Brea, took off his robe and sang shirtless, wearing a collar, tie and cuffs. Before his performance, the judges noted that his voice was similar to that of Barry White. However, once he took off his shirt, the judges eventually got him X'd out. The song he sang was "Don't Cha" by The Pussycat Dolls.
  • Adam Aaron Michaels, Elvis Presley impersonator, was eliminated by all three judges as soon as he came out. He was then given another chance but was eliminated again after singing the first line of "Release Me". David commented that they were granting his wish by "releasing him."
  • Erica Marks, 12-year-old singer who sang Jennifer Holliday's "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." Morgan said she was trying to copy the style of last year's winner, Bianca Ryan, singing the same song.
  • Mr. Bill, bus driver, sang "Climb Every Mountain" from The Sound of Music. At the end of his performance, Morgan noted that if the show were judged on personality, he would win the competition.
  • Human Slinky, a male acrobat covered with large colored coils for appendages. David made a reference to a dancing colon on stage.
  • Ari Marks, violinist. Her husband Nicholas Marks competed separately this season and continued to the next round. They auditioned as a duo in season 1.
  • Breeze, 9 years old, performed a competitive cheerleading routine. All three judges hit their buzzers, and Morgan said her mother must have pushed her into performing. Springer escorted her mother on stage and said, "She's not on trial here". In response to Morgan's comments, Osbourne said that she was leaving the show as she left the auditorium and returned to her dressing room. Morgan followed her and talked through her dressing room door. When they heard that the contestant was still waiting on stage, they returned to the judges' desk and apologized to her.
  • Sam Adu, sang "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder.
  • "Bronzon Gold" (Tom Zemke), disco dancer. He told the judges that his dance was a combination of old and new dance moves, but Osbourne mentioned that she had seen all of the moves he performed.
  • Bob Moore and his Amazing Mongrels, performed tricks with a dozen dogs he rescued from the pound. Piers pointed out that of the dozen, only two of the dogs actually did anything.
  • David and Joel Letterman "The Pec Brothers" , tightened their pectoral muscles to the tune of "Dueling Banjos". The judges were laughing, but they eventually X'd them out.
  • Brandon Pereyda, aerialist. He won over the audience, but the judges decided that his act was sketchy and unprofessional and asked him to keep practicing.
  • Hollywood Steppers. Ronnie H Jackson. This team rose to the top 35. The electrified the crowd with there moves with their feet. They performed tricks while stepping; the first team ever to do so. They tried to come back the next year but failed when all crashed on stage.

L.A. auditions[edit]

Aired June 12, 2007, 2 hours[7]

Acts that were eliminated include:

Chicago auditions[edit]

Aired June 19, 2007, 2 hours[8]

Acts that were eliminated include:

  • Consuelo Campbell, sang in the style of gospel, opera, religious, and blues.
  • Francisse Elaine, 10 years old, sang Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This".The judges all agreed that she would be much better in a few years.
  • Jon England, a pianist from, as his last name suggests, England, and dressed in red, white and blue. He failed to impress the judges, particularly Piers.
  • Mr. Heart & Soul, a mime that was criticized for talking and singing throughout his performance. Morgan reacted: "You have an appalling singing voice, so if I were you, I would just keep quiet."
  • Charlie the Whistler (Charlie King), played banjo and showed off several styles of Tuvan throat singing.
  • Serpentia, a dance group that carried boa constrictors.
  • L.A. Penetrate, a rock band.
  • Coolaid the Clown, a youth center's hip-hop dance troupe. Although Hasselhoff opted to put them through, Osbourne and Morgan voted not to.
  • Hot Pink Feathers, a cabaret burlesque dance group, led by the Latin inspired director, Kellita Tabouli of San Francisco.
  • Alex Mooney, who broke or bent small objects such as a ruler and spoon by squeezing them between his buttocks. The judges generally thought his act to be ridiculous.

New York auditions[edit]

Aired June 26, 2007, 2 hours[9]

Acts that were eliminated include:

  • Sexy Techno Boy, from Astoria, New York - Techno Music Producer from NYC. He sang original track "Beat Conductor" while dancing.
  • S. K. Thoth - A self-proclaimed "prayer-formance artist" - violin, chanting, dancing. The chant was in a language that Thoth invented.
  • Ricardo Aleman - standup comedian who insulted Hasselhoff and Morgan after being refused to the Las Vegas callbacks.
  • Pennsylvania Hand Band - made music by squeezing their hands together, with one band member performing in a giant hand costume.
  • Abenz, rapper. He originally performed with Byrain Wynbush as his background singer, but the judges said no to Abenz alone and invited Wynbush to come back later for a solo audition.
  • Sunshine, 51 year old hippie who sang "Amazing Grace."
  • Shad-Dai - singing twin sisters.
  • Jay Green - juggler.

Second round[edit]

Las Vegas Callbacks[edit]

Part 1 of the Las Vegas callbacks was broadcast on July 10, 2007. The 70 remaining acts were trimmed down to a short list of 35 acts.[10]

Part 2 of the Las Vegas callbacks was broadcast on July 11, 2007. The short list of 35 acts was then reduced to a Top 20 to be voted on by the viewing audience.[11]

Acts that were eliminated during the callbacks included:

  • Ada Lynn
    • Chicago auditions: 80-year old singer/comedienne.[8]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
  • Bruce Block & Skippy à la King
    • New York auditions: a talking rabbit ventriloquist act. The judges liked the act in general, but thought the actual material was weak.[9]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Originally planned to have a lady dance on him while he lay on a bed of nails. After his assistant cancelled at the last minute, he regrouped and performed a "pulling a rabbi out of a hat" trick (played by Anthony Salazar), but actually made his head vanish.[10]
  • Byrain Wynbush
    • New York auditions: The Roxbury, Massachusetts, resident started the day as backup singer to rapper Abenz, who was eliminated. Wynbush, however, was invited by the judges to audition on his own. He returned to sing "Treat Her Like a Lady" with little preparation time and was passed through by the judges.[9]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Sang "Superstar".[10]
  • Christian Atayde Stoinev
    • Chicago auditions: The Big Apple Circus performer was only shown briefly in a montage and was not thoroughly named at that point. Acrobatic balancing act with his chihuahua.
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Scooby, the dog, had been injured a few days earlier by a bite from a larger dog, and was unable to perform, forcing Stoniev to perform his balancing act solo.[10]
  • Diana Augone
    • L.A. auditions: 75-year-old who sang and danced to "Last Dance" by Donna Summer.[7]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
  • Granny Pearl
    • L.A. auditions: standup comedian.[7]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Made jokes about what she would do with the million dollars if she won. The jokes fell flat with the judges, who commented about it being the "same shtick".[10]
  • The Great Throwdini
    • New York auditions: A knife throwing act performed by a reverend and his assistant.[9]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown briefly in a montage. One of his knives did not stick in the backboard (as was the case in his New York audition), and the judges were unimpressed that the act was essentially the same as the first time.[10]
  • Ivan the "Urban Action Figure"
    • L.A. auditions: acrobatic dancing.[7]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Attempted to jump a series of chairs, but tripped and crashed to the floor, knocking himself out. After a bit of time and medical attention, he got back up, dazed but otherwise apparently OK. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Returned to try again but got officially eliminated. The judges noted he was welcome to return and try again next year.[11]
  • JabbaWockeeZ
    • Dallas auditions: a group of male hip hop dancers.[6]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown dancing briefly in a montage.[10]
  • John Mitchell
    • Chicago auditions: baton twirler.[8]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Morgan referred to him as the most improved act from the first round.[13]
  • Jordan & Nasko
    • Dallas auditions: father and son hand-to-hand balancing act.[6]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
  • Liang Patti
    • L.A. auditions: Chinese acrobat, balanced eight spinning plates on sticks throughout her act. Morgan buzzed her to see whether she would react but she didn't drop any plates during her performance. She began crying on stage when he gave compliments on her training; then Hasselhoff went on stage to hug her.[7][14]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
  • The Magic of Eli Kerr
    • L.A. auditions: a magic and illusion act featuring fire eating and girls disappearing and appearing.[7]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown briefly in a montage. He had prop malfunctions while producing his assistant from a shadow box.[10]
  • Nicholas Marks
    • Dallas auditions: flamenco guitar player who advanced to the second round as a solo performer one year after his performance with wife Ari was rejected by the judges.[6][15]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
  • Philadelphia T. Plowden
    • New York auditions: standup comedian.[9][16]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
  • Rhythm Extreme
    • New York auditions: a Stomp style percussive group.[9]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.

Acts that were advanced to the "short list" but not brought into the "Top 20" include:

  • The Magic of Anthony Reed
    • New York auditions: a magician from Las Vegas, Nevada who worked with doves and combined them to make a duck.[9]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performed the Aquarian Illusion.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Eliminated by the judges in favor of his mentor, Kevin James.[11]
  • Cocoa Brown
    • L.A. auditions: Standup comedian.[7]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Though they told her that she was "the funniest comic we saw," the judges eliminated her.[11]
  • Fallon Franklin
    • Dallas auditions: a 25-year old singer who sang "Who Will Save Your Soul" by Jewel and played guitar.[6]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): [18]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Eliminated by the judges.[11]
  • Illmatic Styles with Lazy Legz (Luca)
    • New York auditions: Consists of acrobatic dancers from Montreal, Quebec who want to inspire people. Luca was born with a condition called arthrogryposis: he has very little muscles in his legs.[9][19]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown briefly in a montage.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 20, so presumed eliminated by the judges.[11]
  • Leonid the Magnificent
    • New York auditions: Performed with two girls dressed up like lions. Much like Boy Shakira, he was put through over the objections of Hasselhoff, who threatened to quit the show if the other two judges advanced him to the next round.[9][20]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Judges made the choice to "treat him as a performer rather than a joke," and eliminated him. Backstage Leonid vowed not to try again, saying "Enough is enough."[11]
  • Lil' C
    • L.A. auditions: An 11-year-old rapper/dancer. He was told that he should just stick to dancing by the judges, as his rapping needed work.[7][21]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 20, so presumed eliminated by the judges.[11]
  • Michael Strelo-Smith
    • L.A. auditions: an elementary school music teacher sang "This is the Moment" from Jekyll & Hyde, which, coincidentally, Hasselhoff once starred in, a cappella.[7]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Sang "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Commended by the judges for following his dream, but eliminated.[11]
  • Mr. Big "Who's the Guy" Beal
    • Dallas auditions: played "Pick Up the Pieces" by Average White Band on the saxophone while dancing.[6][22]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 20, so presumed eliminated by the judges.[11]
  • Odysy
    • New York auditions: Four member hip hop boy band that sang "Real Love" by Mary J. Blige.[9]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 20, so presumed eliminated by the judges.[11]
  • The Rascals (not to be confused with the '60s group)
    • Dallas auditions: A trio of teenage male rock singers.[6]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown briefly in a montage.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Told they had "bright futures" but were "not yet ready."[10]
  • Sage
    • New York auditions: Seven year old Sage and his grandfather from Novato, California. Sage sang while both played the piano to Cab Calloway's "St. James Infirmary Blues". They were put through by Osbourne and Hasselhoff, while Morgan said beforehand that they were nowhere near close to being a million dollar act. Criticism was harder on the grandfather, who remarked as he left the stage that Sage went on, but that he himself had been fired.[9]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised, but from photos on the AGT web site, it was apparent that Sage is now competing solo, without his grandfather.[23]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Told by the judges, "this isn't the end, it's the beginning." Eliminated.[11]
  • The 3 Redneck Tenors
    • New York auditions: A cappella close harmony singing, while dressed as rednecks, performed Beethoven's 5th Symphony.[9]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Eliminated even after being told they will be, "Very big one day."

Semifinals[edit]

Part 1[edit]

The first episode of the live performance semifinals was broadcast on July 17, 2007. Ten of the remaining twenty acts performed, and audience votes selected five of the ten to continue.[24]


Acts that performed, but were eliminated include:

  • Johnny Lonestar
    • General: Western arts performer.
    • L.A. auditions: Trick roping act[7]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown briefly in a montage, but this time had a trick whip act.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through.[11]
    • Semifinals (Part 1): Trick roping to "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" by Big & Rich. The act culminated with Johnny up on the judge's table twirling a giant lasso around him and all 3 judges.[24][25]
    • Semifinals (Part 2): Eliminated.[26]
Kevin James with assistant Antonio Hoyos
  • Kevin James
    • General: A veteran at creating acts for other magicians, He is now pursuing a career as an entertainer in his own right. He has previously appeared at "The World's Greatest Magic Show" in Las Vegas.
    • Chicago auditions: In his first routine, he turned a puppet of Charlie Chaplin alive.[8]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): In plain view, cut an assistant in half, with the halves continuing to move about. He then put the assistant back in one piece.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through.[11]
    • Semifinals (Part 1):Performed a disembodied hand trick (Inspired by cult film Re-Animator.) that fell flat with the judges (Piers buzzed the act).[24][27]
    • Semifinals (Part 2): Eliminated.[26]

Part 2[edit]

The second episode of the live performance semifinals was broadcast on July 24, 2007. The ten semifinalists who did not perform in the first part of the semifinals performed, and audience votes will select five of the ten to continue. Also, the results of the audience voting for the first semifinal group were announced.[26]

Acts that performed, but were eliminated include:

  • Luigi Padilla (performed under the stage names Boy Shakira and Boy Britney)
    • General: Female impersonator/dancer.
    • Chicago auditions: Boy Shakira, Shakira impersonation, Luigi was advanced to the second round over Hasselhoff's objections. Hasselhoff stormed off the stage in protest.[8]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Hasselhoff describes his performance as the "longest three minutes of his life", but Morgan thinks he has improved.[10][32]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through, to Hasselhoff's apparent amazement.[11]
    • Semifinals (Part 2): Boy Britney, Britney Spears impersonation, danced to "...Baby One More Time". Morgan said Luigi was becoming his guilty pleasure. Every time Morgan reached to buzz Luigi, he ended up laughing instead.[26][33]
    • Top Ten episode: Eliminated.[34]
  • The Fault Line
    • General: Progressive vocal rock band.
    • Chicago auditions:, Sang "Some Kind of Wonderful" by Grand Funk Railroad.[8]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown briefly in a montage.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through.[11]
    • Semifinals (Part 2): Performed "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson. They were criticized for selecting the wrong kind of song for their group.[26][35]
    • Top Ten episode: Eliminated.[34]
  • Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater
    • General: Trained animal act
    • L.A. auditions: trained cat act.[7]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown briefly in a montage. This time he did a trained dog act.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through.[11]
    • Semifinals (Part 2): Performed a skit titled "The Homeless Clown". Popovich was criticized by the judges for making the act more about himself, and less about the animals.[26][36]
    • Top Ten episode: Eliminated.[34]
  • Second Story Guys
    • General: Dance group on stilts.
    • Chicago auditions: [8]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown briefly in a montage.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through.[11]
    • Semifinals (Part 2): Performed to "Turn the Beat Around by Gloria Estefan. They were generally praised by the judges, with Osbourne calling them "pure variety" and "infectious".[26][37]
    • Top Ten episode: Eliminated.[34]
  • Southern Girl
    • General: Three female singers.
    • Dallas auditions: [6][38]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through.[11]
    • Semifinals (Part 2): Sang "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys. They were criticized by the judges for being a little flat, and for lacking an identifiable lead singer.[26][39]
    • Top Ten episode: Eliminated.[34]

Finals[edit]

Top Ten[edit]

The top ten episode of the live performance finals was broadcast on July 31, 2007. The results of the previous week's voting were announced, revealing the remaining five slots in the top ten. Audience votes narrowed the contestants down to the top eight.[34]

  • Calypso Tumblers
    • General: Reggae-inspired dance group from Saint Kitts.[40]
    • Chicago auditions: [8]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown briefly in a montage.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through.[11]
    • Semifinals (Part 2): Performed to "Hot Hot Hot" by Arrow. They were lightly criticized for having less tumbling in their act this time, but otherwise were generally praised by the judges.[26][41]
    • Top Ten episode: Performed to "Conga" by Gloria Estefan[34][42]
    • The Final Eight: Eliminated.[43]
  • The Duttons
    • General: A family country band of nine adults, with five children joining the group near the end of the performance.[44]
    • Dallas auditions: Morgan voted "no" because he thought they couldn't afford to bring in every single member of the family, as he put it, but Hasselhoff and Osbourne put them through.[6][45]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Only shown briefly in a montage, though they appear to have taken Morgan's advice and left out the youngest family members.[10]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Passed through.[11]
    • Semifinals (Part 2): Performed "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens. They were strongly criticized for selecting the wrong song, and for putting too much emphasis on everyone getting solo moments, making the performance a "bit frantic".[26][46]
    • Top Ten episode: Performed "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band.[34][47]
    • The Final Eight: Eliminated.[43]

Final eight[edit]

The "final eight" episode of the live performance finals aired on August 7, 2007. Audience votes narrowed the contestants down to the top four.[43]

  • Side Swipe
    • General: A martial arts dance act. They made it to the second round in 2006, but had to withdraw because of a foot injury to one of the group's members.[53]
    • Chicago auditions: [8][54]
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 1): Performance was not televised.
    • Las Vegas Callbacks (Part 2): Was encouraged to add more dance to their act and passed through.[11]
    • Semifinals (Part 1): They seemed to follow the judge's advice and put more dance into the act.[24][55]
    • Semifinals (Part 2): Passed through.[26]
    • Top Ten episode: Performed to the can-can. Midway through the performance they added several of their students to the performance. Morgan harshly criticized them for this choice (at which point Osbourne told him "not to start with the children"), saying that bringing out the kids will likely cost the group its chance at the million dollars.[34][56]
    • The Final Eight: Performed a "swashbuckling" pirate skit.[43][57]
    • The Final Four: Eliminated.[52]

Final four[edit]

The final four episode of the live performance finals aired on August 14, 2007. Audience votes decided the season's winner. The final four acts performed twice: once with their own act, and once with a performance chosen by the judges.[52]

In the live results finale, broadcast on August 21, 2007, all four finalists performed duets with a celebrity guest. There were also special performances by Quick Change, Stomp Out Loud, and David Hasselhoff.[68]

Fourth Place[edit]

Third Place[edit]

Second Place[edit]

Winner[edit]

Terry Fator with his puppet Winston the Impersonating Turtle.

Round Chart[edit]

Semi Finals 1: July 17th- July 24th

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Semi Finals 2:July 24th- July 31st

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes Result
David Sharon Piers
1 Johnny Lonestar Western Arts Performer Eliminated
2 Julienne Irwin Singer Advanced
3 Kevin James Magician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
4 Robert Hatcher Singer Advanced
5 Jonny Come Lately Rockabilly Band Eliminated
6 Kashif Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
7 Butterscotch Beatboxer/Singer Advanced
8 Sideswipe Martial Arts Dance Group Advanced
9 Manuel Romero Singer Eliminated
10 The Glamazons Burlesque Vocal Group Advanced
Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed   Advanced

Top 10:July 31st- August 7th

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes Result
David Sharon Piers
1 The 2nd Story Guys Stilt Dance Group Eliminated
2 Southern Girl Vocal Group Eliminated
3 Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Animal Act Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
4 Cas Haley Singer/Gutiarist Advanced
5 Terry Fator Ventriloquist/Singing Impressionist Advanced
6 The Fault Line Rock Vocal Group Eliminated
7 Boy Britney Impersonator/Dancer Eliminated
8 Jason Pritchett Singer/Guitarist Advanced
9 The Calypso Tumblers Tumblers/Acrobatic Group Advanced
10 The Duttons Family Country Band Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Advanced
Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed   Advanced

Top 8:August 7th- August 14th

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes Result
David Sharon Piers
1 The Duttons Family Country Band Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
2 Robert Hatcher Singer Advanced
3 The Calypso Tumblers Tumblers/Acrobatic Group Eliminated
4 Jason Pritchett Singer/Guitarist Advanced
5 Butterscotch Beatboxer/Singer Advanced
6 The Glamazons Burlesque Vocal Group Advanced
7 Cas Haley Singer/Guitarist Advanced
8 Terry Fator Ventriloquist/Singing Impressionist Advanced
9 Julienne Irwin Singer Advanced
10 Sideswipe Martial Arts Dance Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Advanced
Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed   Advanced

Final 4:August 14th- August 21st

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes Result
David Sharon Piers
1 Robert Hatcher Singer Eliminated
2 Julienne Irwin Singer Advanced
3 Terry Fator Ventriloquist/Singing Impressionist Advanced
4 Cas Haley Singer/Guitarist Advanced
5 Jason Pritchett Singer/Guitarist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
6 The Glamazons Burlesque Vocal Group Eliminated
7 Butterscotch Beatboxer/Singer Advanced
8 Sideswipe Martial Arts Dance Group Eliminated
Key   Winner   Runner Up   Third Place   Fourth Place

Season Summary[edit]

  • Of the ten finalists, eight of them have singing as some part of their act, whether as solo singers, groups, or (in Fator's case) as part of a ventriloquism show. This contrasts with the larger variety of acts that were finalists in the first season.
  • For the audition and callback shows, audiences could participate by way of the "Lucky X" game. Viewers were asked to select which of the judges would press the X. All correct answers were entered in a random drawing with three winners winning $10,000 per episode. Entries were accepted online at NBC.com and by way of text messaging.
  • The white buttons to activate the checks from last season are still on the judges' desk, despite it being eliminated from the game.
  • Morgan buzzed at least one performance in every episode, except for the finale.
  • As with the previous season, the final division of contestants included people who incorporated singing in their act.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NBC press release (March 5, 2007): "Popular Television Talk-Show Host Jerry Springer Named Host of NBC's 'America's Got Talent' when Hit Variety-Talent Competition Series Returns this Summer", Retrieved on 2007-03-05
  2. ^ NBC ANNOUNCES DAVID HASSELHOFF, PIERS MORGAN AND SHARON OSBOURNE AS TRIO OF JUDGES FOR SECOND SEASON OF NBC'S HIT TALENT COMPETITION SERIES 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' PREMIERING MAY 29
  3. ^ "Brandy Says She's Leaving 'America's Got Talent'". Associated Press. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
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  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Chicago auditions". America's Got Talent. Season 2. Episode 3. 2007-06-19.
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  12. ^ Cinda Ramseur's initial audition.
  13. ^ John Mitchell in the Las Vegas Callbacks
  14. ^ Liang Patti's initial audition
  15. ^ Nicholas Marks' initial audition
  16. ^ Philadelphia T. Plowden's initial audition
  17. ^ Ahmir's initial audition
  18. ^ Fallon in the Las Vegas Callbacks
  19. ^ Illmatic Styles' initial audition
  20. ^ Leonid's initial audition
  21. ^ Lil' C's initial audition.
  22. ^ Mr. Big's initial audition
  23. ^ NBC.com - America's Got Talent - Photos
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  25. ^ Johnny Lonestar in the Semifinals
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Semifinals, Part 2". America's Got Talent. Season 2. Episode 8. 2007-07-24.
  27. ^ Kevin James in the Semifinals
  28. ^ Jonny Come Lately's initial audition
  29. ^ Jonny Come Lately in the Semifinals
  30. ^ Kashif in the Semifinals
  31. ^ Manuel Romero in the Semifinals
  32. ^ Boy Shakira in the Las Vegas Callbacks
  33. ^ Boy Britney in the Semifinals
  34. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Top Ten episode". America's Got Talent. Season 2. Episode 9. 2007-07-31.
  35. ^ Fault Line in the Semifinals
  36. ^ Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater in the Semifinals
  37. ^ Second Story Guys in the Semifinals
  38. ^ Southern Girl's initial audition
  39. ^ Southern Girl in the Semifinals
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  41. ^ Calypso Tumblers in the Semifinals
  42. ^ Calypso Tumblers in the Top Ten episode
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  45. ^ The Duttons initial audition
  46. ^ The Duttons in the semifinals
  47. ^ The Duttons in the Top Ten episode
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  49. ^ Robert Hatcher in the semifinals
  50. ^ Robert Hatcher in the Top Ten episode
  51. ^ Robert Hatcher in the Final Eight episode
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  54. ^ Sideswipe's initial audition
  55. ^ Sideswipe in the semifinals
  56. ^ Sideswipe in the Top Ten episode
  57. ^ Sideswipe in the Final Eight episode
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  59. ^ The Glamazons' initial audition
  60. ^ The Glamazons in the semifinals
  61. ^ The Glamazons in the Top Ten episode
  62. ^ The Glamazons in the Final Eight episode
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  64. ^ Jason Pritchett's initial audition
  65. ^ Jason Pritchett in the semifinals
  66. ^ Jason Pritchett in the Top Ten episode
  67. ^ Jason Pritchett in the Final Eight episode
  68. ^ a b c d e "Results". America's Got Talent. Season 2. Episode 12. 2007-08-21.
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  70. ^ Julienne Irwin in the semifinals
  71. ^ Julienne Irwin in the Top Ten episode
  72. ^ Julienne Irwin in the Final Eight episode
  73. ^ Julienne Irwin's Judge's Choice performance in the Finals
  74. ^ Julienne Irwin's Contestant's Choice performance in the Finals
  75. ^ NBC.com - America's Got Talent - Contestants
  76. ^ Butterscotch's initial audition
  77. ^ Butterscotch in the semifinals
  78. ^ Butterscotch in the Top Ten episode
  79. ^ Butterscotch in the Final Eight episode
  80. ^ Butterscotch's Judge's Choice performance in the Finals
  81. ^ Butterscotch's Contestant's Choice performance in the Finals
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  83. ^ Cas Haley's initial audition
  84. ^ Cas Haley in the Las Vegas Callbacks
  85. ^ Cas Haley in the semifinals
  86. ^ Cas Haley in the Top Ten episode
  87. ^ Cas Haley in the Final Eight episode
  88. ^ Cas Haley's Judge's Choice performance in the Finals
  89. ^ Cas Haley's Contestant's Choice performance in the Finals
  90. ^ NBC.com - America's Got Talent - Contestants
  91. ^ Terry Fator in the semifinals
  92. ^ Terry Fator in the Top Ten episode
  93. ^ Terry Fator in the Final Eight episode
  94. ^ Terry Fator's Judge's Choice performance in the Finals
  95. ^ Terry Fator's Contestant's Choice performance in the Finals

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Order Performer Act Description Result
1 Cas Haley Singer/Guitarist Runner Up
2 Butterscotch Beatboxer/Singer Third Place
3 Terry Fator Ventriloquist/Singing Impressionist Winner
4 Julienne Irwin Singer Fourth Place
Preceded by
Season 1 (2006)
America's Got Talent
Season 2 (2007)
Succeeded by
Season 3 (2008)