America's Got Talent (season 4)

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America's Got Talent
Season 4
Broadcast from June 23, 2009 – September 16, 2009
Judges David Hasselhoff
Piers Morgan
Sharon Osbourne
Host(s) Nick Cannon
Broadcaster NBC
Winner:
Kevin Skinner
Kevin Skinner.jpg
Kevin Skinner
Origin Mayfield, Kentucky
Genre(s) Country music
Runner-up
Bárbara Padilla
Chronology
2009

The fourth season of America's Got Talent, an American television reality show talent competition, premiered on the NBC network on June 23, 2009. Country singer Kevin Skinner was named the winner on September 16, 2009. This season is the first season to be broadcast in high definition.

This season's host was Nick Cannon, who replaced Jerry Springer. Springer had said that he could not host due to other commitments.[1] Judges David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne returned for the fourth season, despite rumors that Osbourne would be leaving the show.[2]

Season 4 was Hasselhoff's final season as a judge.[3]

This season started broadcasting live on August 4, 2009.

Selection Process[edit]

Nick Cannon replaces Jerry Springer as host for season 4 and onward.

Season 4 carries over Season 3's audition process. Out of the over 160 acts that passed through the preliminary auditions, 48 went on to perform in the live shows. This season, the callbacks were renamed "The Vegas Verdicts". Unlike previous seasons, the acts were not given a chance to perform a second time, unless prompted by the judges to as a challenge. The judges re-watched audition tapes and created a Top 40 based on the acts' preliminary performances, similar to the format used on sister show Britain's Got Talent. However, it was revealed during the first performance show that the judges, when prompted by executive producer Simon Cowell, called back eight acts that they previously had cut. This brought the total number of acts up to 48. Last season, the acts who passed through were divided into four groups, who performed over the course of two weeks with the acts who passed through from the previous night being announced before the next group of acts' performances. This year, each group in the Top 48 was divided into four groups of 12, but only one group performed per week, as a separate results show for the group aired the next day. This season was the first to feature results episodes lasting one hour on a weekly basis since Season 1.

During the performances episodes, if all three judges buzzed an act, the act was forced to end, unlike the previous season, where it could continue on for a short time. In the results episodes, five best acts from each group of twelve proceeded to the semi-finals - four acts were determined solely by viewers' votes, the judges decided between acts with the fifth and sixth highest viewers' vote totals. The twelve acts were presented to the audience in groups of two or three (usually similar acts - e.g. dancers, children - are put together) and then the host announced which of them moved forward and which of them had been eliminated. When three acts are presented as a group, the host would first announce an act from the three as the first act eliminated, then would announce which act from the remaining two remained in the competition. The final group were acts in the fifth and sixth places and the judges pick one of them by majority voting. At no time was the audience made aware of how many viewers' votes each act received.

In the semi-finals, the twenty acts who passed through the quarter-finals were divided into groups of 10. One of these groups performed each week, with a performance episode followed by the results the following day. Only four acts were supposed to pass through to the finals each week. Three are determined solely by viewers' votes, but the fourth and fifth place acts must face the judges' decision. However, in one case, the judges passed through both performers, as they could not make a decision. In the other case, the top five acts were passed through. Instead of previous seasons, where the finals contain four or five acts, this season the finale contained ten acts.

Preliminary auditions[edit]

This year, auditions were held in New York City, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Seattle/Tacoma. Auditions were also held in Boston, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. but not televised. A total of 160 acts advanced to the Las Vegas Round.[4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

Second round[edit]

Las Vegas Week[edit]

Las Vegas Week aired on July 28, 2009 and July 29, 2009. Over the course of the two episodes, the over 160 acts that made it through the preliminary rounds were narrowed down to a Top 40 that made it through to the live performance rounds.

In the first episode of the "Las Vegas Verdicts", as Cannon referred to it, the episode started off with 25 of the 160 acts being eliminated right at the Las Vegas Airport. The remaining acts were then briefly shown enjoying the sights of Vegas, before the eliminations resumed. Acts were brought before the judges and informed of their fate. The judges selected three dance groups: Destined 2 Be, BreakSk8, and U4ria Dance Crew for a challenge. They were asked to prepare a dance routine for 12 hours plus they'll have the same piece of music. After they perform, the judges will decide which dance groups will advance to the Top 40 Quarterfinals.[14][15]

In the second episode, the remainder of the Top 40 was revealed, and many more acts were eliminated. The three dance crews challenged in the previous episode were shown in a montage performing their challenge performance.[16][17]

At the end of the second episode, Simon Cowell, executive producer of the show, called the judges on their flight back to Los Angeles, stating that he was unhappy with some of the eliminations the judges made. Cowell revealed that there was just "too much talent" eliminated, and that he felt that a number of these acts should be given another chance. As a result, two acts were brought back as wildcards during each quarterfinal round.

First Cut[edit]

Acts that were eliminated at the Las Vegas Airport include:

  • Tallan Noble Latz
    • Preliminaries, Episode 7: 9 year old electric guitarist[10]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 1): Eliminated.
  • Nathan Burton
    • Preliminaries, Episode 7: Magician, he also appeared in season one[10]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 1): Eliminated.
  • Ciana Pelekai
    • Preliminaries, Episode 10: 8 year old singer, sang "At Last".[13]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 1): Eliminated.
  • Alex Wesley
    • Preliminaries, Episode 10: 53-year-old dancer.
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 1): Eliminated.

Part One Cuts[edit]

Acts that were cut in the first episode of the Las Vegas Verdict included:

  • Joseph Constantine
    • Preliminaries, Episode 4: Magician[7]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 1): Eliminated.
  • The Spiritual Harmonizers
    • Preliminaries, Episode 7: Close harmony singing group of Post Office workers.[10]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 1): Eliminated.
  • Fuchsia FoXXX
    • Preliminaries, Episode 4: Belly dancer[7]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 1): Eliminated.
  • The Hurricane Tricksters
    • Preliminaries, Episode 4: Trickers[7]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 1): Eliminated.

Part Two Cuts[edit]

Acts that were cut in the second episode of the Las Vegas Verdict included:

  • Christopher & Laura Camp
    • Preliminaries, Episode 8: Whip act[11]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Eliminated.[16]
  • The Flash
    • Preliminaries, Episode 9: Jugglers and acrobats.[12]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Eliminated.[16]
  • The Kalinins
    • Preliminaries, Episode 8: Father and son acrobats.[11]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Eliminated.[16]
  • Arthur Gulkarov
    • Preliminaries, Episode 7: Contortionist and dancer[10]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Eliminated.[16]
  • Destined 2 Be
    • Preliminaries, Episode 8: Poppers, performed to "Shawty Get Loose" by Lil Mama.[11]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 1): Challenged by the judges. Given a new piece of music, they had 12 hours to come up with a performance to that music.[14]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Eliminated.[16]

Unknown Cut[edit]

Acts that were eliminated at an unknown stage of Las Vegas week.

  • Unexpected Step Team
    • Preliminaries, Episode 1: Step team[4]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Anointed S
    • Preliminaries, Episode 1: Vocal percussion[4]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Black Fire Percussion
    • Preliminaries, Episode 1: Drumline[4]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • NYC Gay Men's Chorus
    • Preliminaries, Episode 1: Singers[4]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Brad Byers
    • Preliminaries, Episode 1: Carnival sideshow style performer, put a fishing hook and a drill through his nose[4]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Urban Nation Hip-Hop Choir
    • Preliminaries, Episode 1: Show choir[4]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • The Jesse White Tumbling Team
    • Preliminaries, Episode 1: Acrobats[4]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Draconik
    • Preliminaries, Episode 1: Fire act[4]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Comic Bots
    • Preliminaries, Episode 2: A band consisting of performers dressed in homemade robot costumes[5]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Although this act was shown as surviving the initial airport cut, they did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Tom Durnin
    • Preliminaries, Episode 2: 52-year-old dancer and illusionist[5]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Joseph Harris
    • Preliminaries, Episode 3: Yo-yo performer[6]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • TJ & the Little Mamas
    • Preliminaries, Episode 5: 6- to 9-year-old dancers, performed to a hip-hop version of "Dance to the Music"[8]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Miss Germany
    • Preliminaries, Episode 5: Fire act[8]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Janice Martin
    • Preliminaries, Episode 5: Singer, violinist, and aerialist[8]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • The Scott Brothers
    • Preliminaries, Episode 5: Cartoon-style poppers[8]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Iconic Crew
    • Preliminaries, Episode 5: Dance crew[8]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Live in Color
    • Preliminaries, Episode 6: Dance crew[9]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Anna Pipoyan
    • Preliminaries, Episode 6: Belly dancer, danced with a lit candelabra prop on her head[9]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Eclipse
    • Preliminaries, Episode 6: Rapper[9]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Timez 2
    • Preliminaries, Episode 6: Hip-hop singing twins, sang "Yeah!" by Usher.[9]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Simon Chaban
    • Preliminaries, Episode 8: Fire dancer[11]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Louis Bar & Laura Cantu
    • Preliminaries, Episode 8: Tango dancers[11]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Encore
    • Preliminaries, Episode 9: Dance crew[12]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Alycia Cooper
    • Preliminaries, Episode 9: Standup comic[12]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • N2UN
    • Preliminaries, Episode 9: Violinist/pianist duo.[12]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • Koshka Raenelle
    • Preliminaries, Episode 10: Singer, sang "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin.[13]
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.
  • E3
    • Preliminaries, Episode 10: Dancing trio.
    • Las Vegas Week (Part 2): Not shown, but did not make the Top 40, so presumed eliminated by the judges.

Quarterfinals[edit]

The quarterfinals began on August 4, 2009. Twelve acts (ten of the original Top 40, plus two wildcards) performed each week. A two-hour performance episode each Tuesday was followed by a one-hour results show the following day, where five of the twelve acts from the previous night remained in the competition. When an act got buzzed by all three judges, they must stop, unlike in the previous seasons, where at this stage acts were allowed to continue despite being buzzed by all judges. A large X appeared on the screen on stage, indicating the act had been struck out by the judges. Viewers were still able to vote for the buzzed act. The judges' choice, however, remained, as the judges got to decide whether the contestant who placed either in fifth or sixth place got to advance to the next round.

Week 1[edit]

The performance episode aired on August 4, 2009, 2 hours.[18][19]

The results episode aired on August 5, 2009, 1 hour. It included performances by Terry Fator and Mariah Carey.[20][21]

Elimination Table, Week 1[edit]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice   Advanced to the semifinals.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Lost the judges' vote.

Italics indicate the act was a wild card. Order indicates when the act performed during the performance episode.

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and judges' choices
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
1
Breaksk8 Rollerskate Dance Troupe
2 Thia Megia Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg
3 The Platt Brothers Pantomimers, Acrobats, and Dancers
4 The Diva League Drag Queens Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5 Manuela Horn Yodeling Dominatrix, Singer/Performer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
6 Grandma Lee Standup Comedian
7 Mosaic A cappella singers
8 Acrodunk Acrobatic Basketball Dunkers
9 Arcadian Broad Dancer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
10 Drew Thomas Magic Magician
11 Kevin Skinner Singer
12 Lake Houston Dance Dance Troupe

Week 2[edit]

The performance episode aired on August 11, 2009, 2 hours.[22][23]

The results episode aired on August 12, 2009, 1 hour. It included performances from LMFAO and Penn and Teller.[24][25]

Elimination Table, Week 2[edit]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice   Advanced to the semifinals.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Lost the judges' vote.

Italics indicate the act was a wild card. Order indicates when the act performed during the performance episode.

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and judges' choices
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
1 Fab Five Clogging Dance Troupe
2 Charles DeWayne Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg
3 Carol Loo Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
4 Tony Hoard & Rory Dog Trainer & Frisbee Catching Dog Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5 Eleisha Miller Singer/Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
6 Paradizo Dance Acrobatic Performers
7 The Texas Tenors Country/Classical Vocal Group
8 SQ Entertainment Dance Crew
9 Pete Peterkin Obama/Jamie Foxx/Ray Charles Impersonator
[note 1]
10 Alizma Singing/Violin Triplets Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
11 Beale Street Flippers Flipping Dance Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
12 Voices of Glory Singing Trio
Footnotes
  1. ^ Morgan jokingly buzzed Pete Peterkin after his performance.

Week 3[edit]

The performance episode aired on August 18, 2009, 2 hours.[26][27]

The results episode aired August 19, 2009, 1 hour. It included performances from Ashley Tisdale and Daughtry.[28][29]

Elimination Table, Week 3[edit]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice   Advanced to the semifinals.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Lost the judges' vote.

Italics indicate the act was a wild card. Order indicates when the act performed during the performance episode.

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and judges' choices
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
1 FootworKINGz Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
2 Marcus Terrell and the Serenades Singing Group
3 Pixie Mystère Contortionist Dancers
4 Jay Mattioli Magician/Illusionist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5 BRI Singer/Pianist
6 U4RIA Dance Crew Dance Crew
7 David Johnson Comedic Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 Hairo Torres Contortionist and Breakdancer
9 G-Force Girl Rock Band Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
10 Jeffery Ou Pianist
11 Mario & Jenny Jugglers
12 Lawrence Beamen Bass Singer

Week 4[edit]

The performance episode aired on August 25, 2009, lasting 2 hours.[30][31]

The results episode aired on August 26, 2009, lasting 1 hour. It included a performance from Reba McEntire.[32][33]

Elimination Table, Week 4[edit]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice   Advanced to the semifinals.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Lost the judges' vote.

Italics indicate the act was a wild card. Order indicates when the act performed during the performance episode.

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and judges' choices
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
1 Ishaara Bollywood Dance Troupe
2 Bárbara Padilla Singer
3 Pam Martin's Top Dogs Trainer With Dancing Dogs
4 African High Flyers Acrobats Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5 Mia Boostrom Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg
6 Erik & Rickie Ballroom Dancers Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
7 Coney Island Chris Physical Comedian Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 Matt & Anthony Guitarist and Tap Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
9 The Lollipop Girls Burlesque Dancers
10 Drew Stevyns Singer
11 Recycled Percussion Percussion Act
12 The EriAm Sisters Sister Singing Trio

Top 20[edit]

The Semifinals began on September 1, 2009. The process on stage is identical to that of the Quarterfinals, except there are no longer any new wild card acts.

Round 1[edit]

The performance episode aired September 1, 2009, 2 hours.

The results episode aired September 2, 2009, 1 hour. It included a performance from Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog (played by Artie Esposito filling in for an unavailable Steve Whitmire) singing "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and one from David Hasselhoff singing "Feeling Good."

Round 1 Elimination Table[edit]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice   Advanced to the finals.   Finished in either fourth or fifth place; Won the judges' vote.
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and judges' choices
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
1
Acrodunk Basketball Dunkers
2 The Texas Tenors Vocal Group
3 Paradizo Dance Acrobatic Performers
4 Drew Thomas Magic Magician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5 Tony Hoard and Rory Dog Frisbee Act
6 The Voices of Glory Singing Trio Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
7 The Fab Five Clogging Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
8 Grandma Lee Standup Comedian
9 Arcadian Broad Dancer
10 Kevin Skinner Singer/Musician
Footnotes
  • Because David, Sharon, and Piers were unable to make a decision as to which act they wanted to advance further in the competition, they decided to allow both acts to compete in the next round.

Round 2[edit]

The performance episode aired September 8, 2009, 2 hours.

The results episode aired September 9, 2009, 1 hour, with a guest appearance from the musical Jersey Boys.

Round 2 Elimination Table[edit]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out   Advanced to the finals.
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
1
Recycled Percussion Percussion Group
2
Lawrence Beamen Bass Singer
3
Erik and Rickie Ballroom Dancers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
4
Jeffrey Ou Pianist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5
Hairo Torres Breakdancer and Contortionist
6
The EriAm Sisters Sister Singing Trio
7
Mario and Jenny Jugglers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8
Drew Stevyns Singer
9
FootworKINGz Dance Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
10
Bárbara Padilla Singer
Footnotes
  • As a result of there being no judges' choice the previous week of the semifinals, there was no judges' choice this week of competition, either.

Finals[edit]

The finale performances aired on Monday, September 14, 2009, 2 hours.

The finale results aired on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 2 hours, and included guest performances from Thelma Houston, Shakira, Rascal Flatts, cast members of Cirque Du Soleil, Leona Lewis, and runner-up of the third series of Britain's Got Talent, Susan Boyle. These acts were all highly praised by critics.

The performances episode averaged 13.84 million viewers, and the finale averaged 15.5 million viewers.

Finals, Elimination Chart[edit]

Here is the chart for the finals of the fourth season of America's Got Talent.

Key   Winner   Runner-up   3rd Place   4th Place   5th Place   6th Place   7th Place   8th Place   9th Place   10th Place
Finals, September 14–16, 2009
Order Contestant Performance Description Result
(September 16, 2009)
1 Voices of Glory Sibling singers; sang "Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston. Fifth Place
2 Hairo Torres Contortionist dancer; danced to "Puttin' on the Ritz" by Rufus Wainwright and "Closer" by Ne-Yo. Eighth Place
3 Lawrence Beamen Bass singer; sang "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White. Ninth Place
4 Bárbara Padilla Opera singer; sang "O Mio Babbino Caro" by Giacomo Puccini. Runner-Up
5 Fab Five Sister cloggers; danced to "Circus" by Britney Spears. Sixth Place
6 The Texas Tenors Country/Classical Vocal Group; sang "My Way" by Frank Sinatra. Fourth Place
7 Drew Stevyns Singer (and guitarist); sang "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders. Tenth Place
8 Grandma Lee Stand-up comedienne; performed a varied routine, picking on her children, her (fictional) ex-husband, Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell. Seventh Place
9 Kevin Skinner Country singer; sang "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith. Winner
10 Recycled Percussion Junkyard percussionists; played "Wipe Out" by The Surfaris. Third Place

Round Chart[edit]

This is the list of the acts who passed through to the live rounds.

Italics indicate the act was a wild card.

Key      Winner      Runner-up      Finalist      Semifinalist
Name Member(s) Genre Act Hometown Qtr. Final Semi. Final Position Reached
Kevin Skinner Kevin Skinner (35) Singing Singer/Musician Mayfield, Kentucky 1 1 Winner
Bárbara Padilla (site) Bárbara Padilla (36) Singing Opera Singer Houston, Texas 4 2 Runner-up
Recycled Percussion(site) Ryan Vezina; Justin Spencer; James "Jimmy" Magoon; Todd Griffin (22–39) Musical performance Junkyard Percussion Group (and other) Goffstown, New Hampshire 4 2 Third Place
The Texas Tenors Marcus Collins (34); JC Fisher (35); John Hagen (44) Singing Country/Classical Vocal Group Houston, Texas 2 1 Fourth Place
The Voices of Glory Michael Cole (16); Avery Cole (13); Nadia Cole (9) Singing Trio Sibling Singers Highland, New York 2 1 Fifth Place
Drew Stevyns Drew Stevyns (26) Singing Singer/Musician Sykesville, Maryland 4 2 Top 10 bottom 5
Fab Five LaChere Vawdrey (35); Shaundalee Morgan (33); Ayrion Myers (31); Cambria Gibson (28); Veva Ahlstrom (24) Dancing Sister Clogging Dance Troupe Morgan, Utah 2 1 Top 10 bottom 5
Grandma Lee Lee Strong (75) Performing Stand-up Comedienne Jacksonville, Florida 1 1 Top 10 bottom 5
Hairo Torres Hairo Torres (23) Dancing Contortionist/Breakdancer Grants Pass, Oregon 3 2 Top 10 bottom 5
Lawrence Beamen Lawrence Beamen (34) Singing Bass Singer Walnut Creek, California 3 2 Top 10 bottom 5
Acrodunk (Team Acrodunk) Jerry L. Burrell (45); Romale Daunte Crawford (23); Anthony Grant (27); Gregory T. Jerralds (25); Eddie Ray Johnson (24); Greg L. Mueller (32) Acrobatics Acrobatic basketball dunkers ("acrodunkers") Houston, Texas 1 1 Eliminated
Arcadian Broad Arcadian Broad (13) Dancing Dancer (and pianist) Orlando, Florida 1 1 Eliminated
Drew Thomas Magic (Drew Thomas Magic & Illusion) Drew Thomas (40); Rebecca Thomas; Erin Nicole Cline-Lead; Heather Specht Performing Magician/Illusionist Orlando, Florida 1 1 Eliminated
EriAm Sisters Haben Abraham (11); Salina Abraham (14); Lianda Abraham (16) Singing Sister Singing Trio Seattle, Washington 4 2 Eliminated
Erik & Rickie Erik Linder (8); Rickie Taylor (8) Dancing Ballroom Dancers Seattle, Washington 4 2 Eliminated
FootworKINGz (The Chicago FootworKINGz) Trevell Johnson (23); Kendall Larkin (18); Kenneth Livingston (18); Brandon Love (18); Eddie Martin (16); Christopher Thomas (24) Dancing Dance Troupe Chicago, Illinois 3 2 Eliminated
Jeffrey Ou Jeffrey Ou (18) Classical Pianist Pianist Carrollton, Texas 3 2 Eliminated
Mario & Jenny Mario Ferreira (34); Jenny Ferreira (33) Performing Jugglers Las Vegas 3 2 Eliminated
Paradizo Dance Dave Paris (37); Zoë Klein (29) Dancing Acrobatic Performers Brooklyn, New York 2 1 Eliminated
Tony Hoard & Rockin' Rory Tony Hoard (54); Rockin' Rory (or Rock-'n'-Roll Rory) Animal performing Canine Flying Disc Thrower / Catcher New Castle, Indiana 2 1 Eliminated
African High Flyers 24–35 Acrobatics Acrobats Orlando, Florida 4 Eliminated
Alizma Aleksandra Okapiec (23); Izabela Okapiec (23); Monika Okapiec (23) Musical performance Singing/Violin Triplets Las Vegas 2 Eliminated
'Anthony & Matt (AM Project) Anthony Morigerato (24); Matt Lucas (22) Dancing; musical performance Tap dancer / guitarist New York, New York 4 Eliminated
Breaksk8(site) 21–30 Dancing Roller-skate Dance Troupe Kokomo, Indiana 1 Eliminated
Beale Street Flippers 20–26 Acrobatics Flippers Memphis, Tennessee 2 Eliminated
BRI Sabrina "Bri" Bernstein (17) Singing Singer/Pianist Las Vegas 3 Eliminated
Carol Loo Carol Loo (63) Dancing Dancer Jersey City, New Jersey 2 Eliminated
Charles DeWayne Charles DeWayne Dorsey, Jr. (21) Singer Singer (and pianist) La Verne, California 2 Eliminated in Judges' Choice
Coney Island Chris Chris Allison (42) Performing Stunt comedian Naugatuck, Connecticut 4 Eliminated
David Johnson David Johnson (30) Singing Comedic Singer Renton, Washington 3 Eliminated
Diva League Shi-Queeta Lee; Jessica Spaulding; Akasha Cassadine; Banaka Deveraux; Mark'us Young; Kiera Turner; Derek Brown; Cheryl Brown; Byron Smith; Dominique Harvin; Rashad Dinkins (20–44) Dancing Drag dancers and lip-synchers Washington, D.C. 1 Eliminated
Eleisha Miller Eleisha Miller (8) Musical performance Singer and Pianist Amarillo, Texas 2 Eliminated
G Force Emily Gendics (11); Hannah Gendics (9); Olivia Gendics (8) Musical performance / singing Sister Rock Band Amherst, Ohio 3 Eliminated
Ishaara Shahil Patel; Sian Bentson; Nickesh Viswanathan; Shivani Mehta; Neeraj Kohirkar; Amlu Natesan; Anwesh Thakur; Priya Tanna; Prashant Shukla; Meghna Bhatter (18–23) Dancing Bollywood Dance Troupe Berkeley, California 4 Eliminated
Jay Mattioli Jay Mattioli (27) Performing Magician/Illusionist Manassas, Virginia 3 Eliminated
Lake Houston Dance The Lake Houston Performing Arts Center members (9–14) Dancing Dance Troupe Houston, Texas 1 Eliminated
Manuela Horn Manuela Horn (36) Singing Yodeler (and singer) Seattle, Washington 1 Eliminated
Marcus Terrell & The Serenades Marcus Terrell (22); others varied Singing Singer Kansas City, Missouri 3 Eliminated
Mia Boostrom Mia Boostrom (16) Singing Singer North Dighton, Massachusetts 4 Eliminated in Judges' Choice
Mosaic (site) Corwyn Hodge; Heath Burgett; John Henry Gibson II; Josh Huslig; Sean Gerrity; Troy Dolendo (30–34) Singing A cappella singing group Las Vegas 1 Eliminated
Pam Martin's Top Dog Pam Martin (54); various dogs Animal performing Dancing Dogs Garland, Texas 4 Eliminated
Pete Peterkin Pete Peterkin (54) Performing Impressionist Brooklyn, New York 2 Eliminated
Pixie Mystère 9–11 Dancing Contortionist Dance Troupe Cape May, New Jersey 3 Eliminated in Judges' Choice
Platt Brothers Boone Platt; Cheetah Platt; Cy Platt (22–27) Acrobatics Trio Comedic Acrobats San Diego, California 1 Eliminated
SQ Entertainment 19–32 Dancing Dance Crew Boston, Massachusetts 2 Eliminated
The Lollipop Girls Alexandra; Celena; Janet; Jessica; Kyley; Lindy; Liza; Marisa (21–40) Dancing Burlesque Dance Troupe San Diego, California 4 Eliminated
Thia Megia Thialorei Lising "Thia" Megia (14) Singing Singer Redwood City, California 1 Eliminated in Judges' Choice
U4ria Dance Crew 16–23 Dancing Dance Troupe Coral Springs, Florida 3 Eliminated

Contestants who appeared on other shows[edit]

Thia Megia was the youngest of the top 13 finalists on the tenth season of American Idol. She is the first former America's Got Talent contestant to compete on American Idol, followed by Jessica Sanchez from America's Got Talent season 1 who competed in the following season of that show. She was eliminated in tenth place, along with eleventh place finalist Naima Adedapo.

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Ratings[edit]

Order Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank (Night)
(Viewers)
Rank (Week)
(Viewers)
1 "Auditions Episode 1" 6.8 12 3.3/10[34] 11.30 #1 #1
2 "Auditions Episode 2" 6.2 11 3.1/9[35] 10.39 #1 #3
3 "Auditions Episode 3" 7.5 13 3.7/11[36] 12.91 #1 #1
4 "Auditions Episode 4" 6.8 12 2.9/9 11.30 #2 #3
5 "Auditions Episode 5" 6.2 10 3/9[37] 10.43 #1 #2
6 "Auditions Episode 6" 6.9 12 3.3/10[38] 11.69 #1 #1
7 "Auditions Episode 7" 8 13 3.6/10[39] 13.17 #2 #2
8 "Auditions Episode 8" 6.9 12 2.9/9[40] 11.38 #1 #4
9 "Auditions Episode 9" 8.2 14 3.4/10[41] 13.75 #1 #1[42]
10 "Auditions Episode 10
Susan Boyle Interview"
6.6 11 2.5/7[43] 11.26 #1 #2[42]
11 "Vegas Verdicts (Part 1)" 7.7 13 3.4/10[44] 12.76 #1 #1
12 "Vegas Verdicts (Part 2)" 6.4 11 2.8/8[45] 10.90 #1 #2
13 "Quarterfinals, Group 1" 7.7 14 3.6/11[46] 12.97 #1 #1
14 "Quarterfinals, Group 1 Results" 6 10 2.9/9[47] 10.68 #1 #2
15 "Quarterfinals, Group 2" 7.6 13 3.4/10 12.48 #1 #1
16 "Quarterfinals, Group 2 Results" 6.9 12 2.9/9 11.42 #1 #4
17 "Quarterfinals, Group 3" 7 12 2.9/9[48] 11.59 #1 #2
18 "Quarterfinals, Group 3 Results" 6.4 11 2.4/7[49] 10.29 #1 #4
19 "Quarterfinals, Group 4" 6.9 12 3/8 11.42 #1 #1
20 "Quarterfinals, Group 4 Results" 6.7 11 2.9/8 10.87 #1 #2
21 "Semifinals, Group 1" 7.5 13 3.2/9[50] 12.81 #1 #1
22 "Semifinals, Group 1 Results" 7.4 12 2.6/8[51] 12.39 #1 #2
23 "Semifinals, Group 2 " 7.1 12 2.9/8[52] 12.03 #1 #5
24 "Semifinals, Group 2 Results" 6 9 2.1/5[53] 10.06 #1 #10
25 "Finals, Performances" 8.5 13 3.3/9[54] 13.84 #2 #3
26 "Finale" 9.5 16 3.5/10[55] 15.53 #1 #2

Canadian ratings[edit]

Order Episode Viewers
(100'00s)
Rank (Week)
1 "Auditions Episode 1" 6.77 #24[56]
2 "Auditions Episode 2" 6.71 #25
3 "Auditions Episode 3" 7.58 #20
5 "Auditions Episode 5" 8.52 #18
6 "Auditions Episode 6" 7.93 #24
7 "Auditions Episode 7" 9.00 #18
9 "Auditions Episode 9" 7.01 #28
11 & 12 "Vegas Verdicts" 7.08 #27
13 "Quarterfinals, Group 1" 8.36 #18
15 "Quarterfinals, Group 2" 6.68 #24
16 "Quarterfinals, Group 2 Results" 6.00 #27
17 "Quarterfinals, Group 3" 6.28 #27
21 "Semifinals, Group 1" 10.44 #18
22 "Semifinals, Group 1 Results" 8.84 #26
23 "Semifinals, Group 2" 7.93 #28
25 "Finals, Performances" 20.27 #4
26 "Finale" 14.47 #9

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Season 3 (2008)
America's Got Talent
Season 4 (2009)
Succeeded by
Season 5 (2010)