America's Got Talent (season 5)

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America's Got Talent
Season 5
Broadcast from June 1, 2010 – September 15, 2010[1]
Judges Piers Morgan
Sharon Osbourne
Howie Mandel
Host(s) Nick Cannon
Broadcaster NBC
Winner:
Michael Grimm
Michael Grimm LA.jpg
Michael Grimm performing in Los Angeles
Origin Hancock County, Mississippi
Genre(s) Soul singer
Runner-up
Jackie Evancho
Chronology
2010
Runner-up Jackie Evancho, who has sold over 2 million albums since AGT

The fifth season of America's Got Talent, an American television reality show talent competition, premiered in the United States on the NBC network and on Canada's Global on June 1, 2010. Soul singer Michael Grimm was named the winner on September 15, 2010, beating 10-year-old classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho. Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne returned as judges. After four seasons on the show, David Hasselhoff left to host a new show and was replaced by Howie Mandel.

Selection Process[edit]

The season 5 selection process appears to carry over that of the past two seasons, but the Las Vegas Round was changed to that of the second and third seasons, which gave the performers a second chance to showcase their act. Instead of an audition consisting of performers who submitted their acts on MySpace, as has been done in previous seasons, the year contained a quarterfinal made up of twelve acts who submitted their auditions on YouTube (eleven selected by the judges and one selected by online voters). Because of the inclusion of an additional quarterfinal, only four acts were selected to move on each week, instead of five. Additionally, there was also a separate wild card show (the first since season 1), consisting of acts brought back by the judges to perform after being originally eliminated in either Las Vegas Week or previous quarterfinals. The semifinal consisted of 24 acts this year. Ten of the 24 passed through to the Top 10 round, from which six were eliminated by public voting, leaving four to compete in the finals.

Preliminary Auditions[edit]

The fifth season of America's Got Talent, premiered on NBC on June 1, 2010.

This season, auditions were held in six major U.S. cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Universal Orlando Resort, Portland, and Chicago. Host Nick Cannon and judges Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne returned to the show. Howie Mandel joined the show, taking the place of David Hasselhoff as the third judge.

The auditions lasted for ten episodes and 89 acts advanced.

Las Vegas Week[edit]

From 70,000 nationwide auditions, the judges advanced the top 108 acts to Las Vegas to compete head to head for a spot in the Top 48. On their way to Las Vegas, the judges reviewed the audition tapes and divided the contestants into 3 groups. Not all groups that were shown to have passed the preliminary auditions were shown in the Las Vegas Week episodes.

Those in Group A were referred to as "the judges' favorites," and performed on Day 1 of Las Vegas (Episode 511).

Those in Group B, were not seen as favorites by the judges and were declared "standby acts." These acts performed for 11 remaining spots after Group A (Episode 512).

The auditions of the Group C acts were declared by the judges to be the best and these acts moved on to compete in the live shows directly without performing in Las Vegas.

Group A: Judges' Favorites[edit]

Advanced[edit]

  • Alice Tan Ridley, Singer
  • Anna and Patryk, Ballroom Dancers
  • Antonio Restivo, Fire Artist/Illusionist
  • AscenDance, Rock Climbing Acrobats/Dancers
  • Chipps Cooney, Magician/Illusionist
  • CJ Dippa, Rapper
  • Debra Romer, Singer/Musician
  • Doogie Horner, Standup Comedian
  • Hannibal Means, Opera Singer
  • Harmonica Pierre, Harmonica Musician
  • Lil Chris, Singer
  • Lindsey Stirling, Hip-Hop Violinist
  • Maricar, Burlesque Painter
  • Mary Ellen, Yodeler/Pianist
  • Michael Grimm, Singer/Musician
  • Mona Sampath Dance Company, Bollywood Dance Troupe
  • MURRAY, Magician/Illusionist
  • Prince Poppycock, Opera Singer
  • Rudi Macaggi, Balancing Acrobat
  • Sally Cohn, Hand Whistler
  • Studio One Young Beast Society, Dance Troupe
  • Taylor Mathews, Singer/Musician
  • The Hot Shot Tap Dancers, Tap Dancers
  • The Strong Man, Strongman
  • Twisted Trystan & Krystan, Side Show Performers[note 1]
  • Wreckless, Dance Troupe

Rejected[edit]

  • Anthony Lucia, Trick Roper
  • April Lane, Singer
  • Arthur Nakane, One-Man Band
  • Beat Master, Dancer
  • Bert & Frannie Davis and the Muttley Crew, Performing Dogs
  • Bhangra Empire, Indian Folk Dance Group
  • Blake Henderson, Singer
  • Carlos Aponte, Opera Singer
  • Connor Doran, Indoor Kite Flyer
  • Elaine Terranova, Singer
  • Esera Tualo, Singer
  • Frankie Elliston, Magician/Illusionist
  • He Jia-Yi, Harmonica Musician
  • Kent Jenkins, Musician
  • Kruti Dance Academy, Indian Classical Dancers
  • Mark Hayward, Juggler
  • Matt Keen, Singer
  • Michael Grasso, Magician/Illusionist
  • Michael Lipari and Ashleigh Dejon, Aerialists
  • Mrs. Hughes, Standup Comedian
  • Ms. Donna, Samoan Fire Knife act
  • Naishon Jones, Dancer
  • Nate Klinger, Dancer
  • Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Lumberjack Act
  • Phil Trau, Tap Dancer
  • Popping Kyle, Dancer
  • Sky Sirens, Doubles Trapeze Act
  • Style Proz Crew, Dance Crew
  • William Scott Anderson, Magician/Illusionist

Group B: Standby Acts[edit]

Advanced[edit]

  • Airpocalypse, Air Guitar Band
  • Christina & Ali, Singing Sisters
  • Iron Horse, Rockabilly Band
  • Jeremy VanSchoonhoven, Extreme Cyclist
  • Kung Fu Heroes, Martial Arts Group
  • Luigi Seno, Singer/Musician[2]
  • Nathaniel Kenyon, Singer/Musician
  • NU Covenant, Gospel Group
  • Paul Safy Jr., Singer
  • RNG, Dance Troupe
  • Ronith, Actor/Impersonator
  • The Strange Familiar, Band

Rejected[edit]

  • Blue Sky Canopy, Vocal Act
  • Broadway Boys, Vocal Act
  • Cody Joe Tilman, Singer
  • Danger Committee, Knife Performers
  • Eric Koloski, Yoyo Performer
  • Erin Barylski, Artist
  • Gentlemen of NUCO, Band
  • Harmonik, Band
  • Jeff Greer, Singer
  • Jeffrey Vinokur, Dancing Mad Scientist
  • Justin Hopkins, Singer
  • Kevin Colis, Singer
  • Max Winfrey, Knife Thrower
  • New Directions Veterans' Choir, Choir
  • Nick Pike, Variety Act[note 2]
  • Northwest Dance & Acro, Dance/Acrobatic Group
  • Rick Smith, Jr., Card Thrower

Group C: Advanced Directly to the Top 48[edit]

Advanced[edit]

  • ArcAttack, Technological Performance Group
  • Cheer SF, Cheerleading Troupe
  • Da Maniacs, Dance Troupe
  • Fighting Gravity, Blacklight Performers
  • Future Funk, Hip-Hop Dance Duo
  • Haspop, Popping Dancer
  • Kaya and Sadie, Belly Dancing Duo
  • Polina Volchek, Gymnast/Acrobat
  • Strikers All Stars, Tumblers/Dance Troupe
  • The South Philly Vikings, Dance Troupe
Footnotes
  1. ^ Twisted Trystan and Krystan originally made the Top 48, but they were unable to appear in the Quarterfinals.
  2. ^ Nick Pike did not originally make the Top 48, but he replaced Twisted Trystan and Krystan because they were unable to appear.

Quarterfinals[edit]

The quarterfinals began on July 13, 2010 and concluded on Wednesday, August 18 with the Wild Card episode results. Twelve acts performed each week. A two hour performance episode each Tuesday was followed by a one hour results show the following day, where four of the twelve acts from the previous night remained in the competition instead of five, due to the inclusion of one more quarterfinal consisting of acts who auditioned on YouTube.

Top 48 (Week 1)[edit]

The performance episode aired on July 13, 2010, 2 hours.[3][4]

The results episode aired July 14, 2010 (1 hour) and included performances by Selena Gomez & the Scene and the cast of Rock of Ages (with Dee Snider making a guest appearance).[5][6]

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 fourth or fifth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fourth or fifth place; Lost the judges' vote.
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Howie Sharon Piers
1
Kung Fu Heroes Martial Arts Group
2
Christina & Ali Singing Sisters
3
Airpocalypse Air Band
4
The Hot Shot Tap Dancers Tapping Dance Troupe
5
Paul Safy Jr. Singer
6
Future Funk Hip-Hop Dance Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg
7
Sally Cohn Hand Whistler
8
Nick Pike[note 1] Fire Artist/Variety Act Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
9 RNG Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg
10
Maricar Burlesque Painter
11 Fighting Gravity Blacklight Performers
12 Nathaniel Kenyon Singer/Musician
Footnotes
  1. ^ Twisted Trystan and Krystan were originally selected to be in the Top 48, but they were unable to appear in the Quarterfinal. They were replaced by danger act Nick Pike.

Top 48 (Week 2)[edit]

The performance episode aired on July 20, 2010, 2 hours.[7][8]

The results episode aired on July 21, 2010 (1 hour) and included performances from the cast members of Cirque Du Soleil and Train.

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 fourth or fifth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fourth or fifth place; Lost the judges' vote.
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Howie Sharon Piers
1
Cheer SF Cheerleading Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
2
Alice Tan Ridley Singer
3
Mona Sampath Dance Company Bollywood Dance Troupe
4
Iron Horse Rockabilly Band Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5
The Strong Man Strongman Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
6
Ronith Actor/Impersonator Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7
Hannibal Means Opera Singer
8 Wreckless Dance Crew Crystal Clear app clean.svg
9
Lil Chris Singer
10
AscenDance Rock Climbing Acrobats/Dancers
11
Antonio Restivo Fire Artist/Illusionist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
12
Michael Grimm Singer/Musician

Top 48 (Week 3)[edit]

The performance episode aired on July 27, 2010, 2 hours.[9][10]

The results episode aired on July 28, 2010 (1 hour) and featured performances by Mike Posner and the JabbaWockeeZ.

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 fourth or fifth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fourth or fifth place; Lost the judges' vote.
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Howie Sharon Piers
1
The South Philly Vikings Dance Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
2
CJ Dippa Rapper
3
Harmonica Pierre Harmonica Musician
4
Polina Volchek Gymnast/Acrobat Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5
The Strange Familiar Band
6
Haspop Popping Dancer
7
Luigi Singer/Musician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8
Chipps Cooney Magician/Comedian/Chippendale Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
9
Kaya and Sadie Belly Dancing Duo
10
Jeremy VanSchoonhoven Extreme Cyclist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
11
Debra Romer Singer/Musician
12
Studio One Young Beast Society Dance Troupe
Footnotes


Top 48 (Week 4)[edit]

The performance episode aired on August 3, 2010, 2 hours.

The results show aired on August 4, 2010 (1 hour) and featured performances by Taio Cruz and Bret Michaels.

The contestants this week were treated to an advance screening of the movie The Other Guys and a meeting with its co-stars Will Ferell and Mark Wahlberg.

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 fourth or fifth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fourth or fifth place; Lost the judges' vote.
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Howie Sharon Piers
1
Da Maniacs Dance Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
2
NU Covenant Gospel Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
3
Anna and Patryk Ballroom Dancers Crystal Clear app clean.svg
4
Lindsey Stirling Hip-Hop Violinist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5
Doogie Horner Standup Comedian
6
Rudi Macaggi Balancing Acrobat
7
Taylor Mathews Singer/Musician
8
Mary Ellen Yodeler/Pianist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
9
ArcAttack[note 1] Technological Performance Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
10
Prince Poppycock Opera Singer
11
MURRAY Magician/Illusionist
12
Strikers All Stars Dance Crew
Footnotes
  1. ^ ArcAttack had to perform outside the show's studio due to safety concerns. The judges did not have buzzers in the outside studio, instead having hand-carried signs with the familiar red "X", although they never used them.

Week 5: YouTube Special[edit]

The performance episode aired on August 10, 2010, 2 hours.

The results show aired on August 11, 2010 (1 hour) and featured performances from YouTube sensations Lin Yu Chun and Evolution of Dance, as well as a performance from Season 1 alumni David and Dania: Quick Change.

This special quarterfinal featured acts who submitted their auditions via YouTube.

Elimination Table, Week 5[edit]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice   Advanced to the semifinals.   Finished in either fourth or fifth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fourth or fifth place; Lost the judges' vote.
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Howie Sharon Piers
1
PLUtonic A Capella Group
2
Dylan Plummer Extreme Jump Roper
3
Pup Accordion-Playing Dog Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
4
Cam Hodges Singer/Musician Crystal Clear app clean.svg
5
Ryan Rodriguez Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
6
Austin Anderson Standup Comedian Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7
Booker Forté Hip-Hop Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8
Pizza Patt Pizza Dough Juggler Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
9
Kristina Young Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
10
Maestro Alexander Bui Pianist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
11
Dan Sperry Magician/Illusionist
[note 1]
12
Jackie Evancho Classical Crossover Singer[11]
Footnotes
  1. ^ Dan Sperry was accidentally given an "X" when Sharon slapped the table while laughing at Howie's reaction to his performance, but it was removed as it was not intentional.

Week 6: Wild Card Show[edit]

The performance episode aired on August 17, 2010. These acts had been eliminated but were called back by the judges for another chance. The episode was the first in the history of Talent that did not feature at least one act that incorporated live singing in their performance.

The results show aired on August 18, 2010 and included performances by singer LeAnn Rimes and magician Criss Angel.[12]

Elimination Table, Week 6[edit]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice   Advanced to the semifinals.   Finished in either fourth or fifth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fourth or fifth place; Lost the judges' vote.
Order Chosen By Performer Act Description Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Howie Sharon Piers
1
Piers
Kruti Dance Academy Indian Classical Dancers
2
Sharon
Rudi Macaggi Balancing Acrobat Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
3
Howie
CJ Dippa Rapper Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
4
Sharon
RNG Dance Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5
Piers
Harmonica Pierre Harmonica Musician
[note 1]
Crystal Clear app clean.svg
6
Sharon
Michael Grasso Magician/Illusionist
7
Howie
The Hot Shot Tap Dancers Tap Dancing Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8
Piers
Doogie Horner Standup Comedian
9
Howie
Connor Doran Indoor Kite Flyer
10
Piers
Anna and Patryk Ballroom Dancers
11
Sharon
Michael Lipari & Ashleigh Dejon Aerialists Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
12
Howie
Swing Shift Side Show [note 2] Sideshow Performers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
Footnotes
  1. ^ Mandel purposely buzzed Harmonica Pierre before his performance began. He did this because he noticed that Morgan was buzzing all of his and Osbourne's wild card picks and wanted to pay him back. The "X" was removed later, however.
  2. ^ Swing Shift Side Show was passed through to Las Vegas Week during their preliminary auditions, but pulled out of the competition for personal reasons. However, they were selected by Mandel as one of his picks to perform in the Wild Card Episode.

Semifinals[edit]

The semifinals began on Tuesday, August 24. Unlike the quarterfinals, five acts are to make it through each round instead of four; the other seven will be eliminated. The rest of the format is the same as the previous weeks of competition.

Round 1[edit]

The first episode of the semifinals was aired on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 2 hours.

The results aired on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 (1 hour) and featured performances from Jimmy Fallon, Kylie Minogue, and Season 4 alumni Recycled Percussion.

Round 1 Elimination Table[edit]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice   Advanced to the Top Ten.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Lost the judges' vote.
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Mandel Osbourne Morgan
1
Anna & Patryk Ballroom Dancers
2
Christina & Ali Singing Sisters Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
3
Antonio Restivo Fire Artist/Illusionist
4
Future Funk Hip-Hop Dance Duo Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5
Taylor Mathews Singer/Musician
6
Connor Doran Indoor Kite Flyer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7
Dan Sperry Magician/Illusionist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8
Kristina Young Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
9
ArcAttack[note 1] Technological Performance Group
10
Michael Grimm Singer/Musician
11
AscenDance Rock Climbing Acrobats/Dancers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
12
Prince Poppycock Opera Singer
Footnotes
  1. ^ ArcAttack had to perform outside the show's studio again due to safety concerns. The judges did not have buzzers in the outside studio, instead having hand-carried signs with the familiar red "X", although they never used them, just like in the quarterfinals.

Round 2[edit]

The second episode of the semifinals aired on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 2 hours.

The results aired on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 (1 hour) and featured performances from the cast members of Le Rêve and Jason Derülo. The host of the America's Got Talent Live Tour Jerry Springer also made an appearance.

Round 2 Elimination Table[edit]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice   Advanced to the Top Ten.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Won the judges' vote.   Finished in either fifth or sixth place; Lost the judges' vote.
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Howie Sharon Piers
1
Alice Tan Ridley Singer
2
haspop Popping Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
3
Maestro Alexander Bui Pianist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
4
Michael Lipari & Ashleigh Dejon Aerialists
5
Michael Grasso Magician/Illusionist
6
Debra Romer Singer
7
Studio One Young Beast Society Dance Troupe
[note 1]
Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
8
Jeremy VanSchoonhoven Extreme Cyclist
9
Nathaniel Kenyon Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
10
MURRAY Magician/Illusionist
11
Jackie Evancho Classical Crossover Singer
12
Fighting Gravity Blacklight Performers
Footnotes
  1. ^ Because both Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan voted for Studio One Young Beast Society for the last spot in the Top Ten, Mandel's voting intention was not revealed.

Top 10[edit]

For the Top 10, there was no Judge's Choice.

The Top 10 performance episode aired on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, for 2 hours and featured a performance from Enrique Iglesias. Prior to the episode, the contestants got to meet with and have a dinner and drinks with the judges, who offered advice to the contestants.

The results show aired on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 (1 hour) and featured performances from Sarah McLachlan and the cast of American Idiot, determining who made the top four spots in the finals.[13] Singing sensation Susan Boyle, who was a contestant on the third series of Got Talent's sister show Britain's Got Talent, was scheduled to perform at the results show but was not able to. The producers of the show had not been given the rights to the song from Lou Reed, and Boyle was pulled from the episode at the last minute.[14]

This was the season's only live show without any buzzes.

Top Ten
Order Contestant Performance Description [15] Result
1 Studio One Young Beast Society Dance Troupe, performed a high-energy dance routine to "Outta Space Love" by Group 1 Crew. Eliminated
2 Christina and Ali Singing Sisters, sang "Love You I Do" from the film Dreamgirls. Eliminated
3 Jeremy VanSchoonhoven Extreme Cyclist, performed to Jason Derülo's "Ridin' Solo". Eliminated
4 Taylor Mathews Singer/Musician, sang "What a Wonderful World" by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. Eliminated
5 Anna & Patryk Ballroom Dancers, danced in quickstep to Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)". Eliminated
6 Fighting Gravity Blacklight Performers, performed to "Genesis" by Justice Advanced
7 Michael Grimm Singer, sang "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green. Advanced
8 Michael Grasso Magician/Illusionist, performed a trick where he enclosed an assistant into a clear box. He then disappears under a curtain, and the trapped assistant reappears, freed from the box. Michael is later revealed to have switched places with another of the masked assistants. Eliminated
9 Prince Poppycock Opera Singer, sang a medley of "The Star-Spangled Banner", "The Yankee Doodle Boy", and "Stars and Stripes Forever". Advanced
10 Jackie Evancho Classical Crossover Singer, performed Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu". Advanced

Finals[edit]

The Finals aired on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 1 hour.

The season finale aired on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 2 hours and featured performances from Usher, the Goo Goo Dolls, the cast members of Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, and a surprise performance from T-Pain. Finalists performed with their favorite singers: Prince Poppycock sang a duet with Donna Summer, Michael Grimm with Jewel, Jackie Evancho with Sarah Brightman[16] and Fighting Gravity performed with Lionel Richie joining in singing.

The show's two part finale, overall, averaged 15.3 million viewers. The performance show averaged 14.6 million viewers, and the season finale averaged 16.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched episode in the history of Talent to date.

Finals Elimination Table[edit]

Key   Winner   Runner-up   3rd Place   4th Place
Finals, September 14–15, 2010
Order Contestant Performance Description[17] Result (September 15, 2010)
1 Prince Poppycock Opera Singer; performed "Nessun Dorma" from the opera Turandot. Buzzed by Piers Morgan. Fourth Place
2 Michael Grimm Singer/Musician; sang Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman". Winner
3 Jackie Evancho Classical Crossover Singer, sang "Ave Maria". Runner-Up
4 Fighting Gravity Blacklight Performers; performed an act depicting an intense struggle between "good and evil" to the music of Glitch Mob's "Beyond Monday", Kraddy's "Android Porn", and edIT's "More Lazers". Third Place

Round chart[edit]

The following is the list of the 48 official quarterfinalists. It also includes the 12 contestants that were picked from the YouTube auditions and the five acts that were originally eliminated in Las Vegas, but were brought back to compete in the Wild Card Episode.

Italic indicates the act was picked from a YouTube audition and was not featured in the preliminary auditions or Las Vegas Week, therefore, the quarterfinals were their debut to the competition.

Key      Winner      Runner-up      Finalist      Top Ten finalist      Semifinalist      Wild Card
Name/Name of Act Age(s) Genre Act Hometown Qtr. Final (Week) Semi Final (Week) Position Reached
Michael Grimm 30 Singing Singer/Musician Hancock County, Mississippi 2 1 Winner
Jackie Evancho 10 Singing Classical Crossover Singer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 5 2 Runner-Up
Fighting Gravity 19-22 Performing Blacklight Performers Blacksburg, Virginia 1 2 Third Place
Prince Poppycock 32 Singing Opera Singer Los Angeles, California 4 1 Fourth Place
Anna and Patryk 12 Dancing Ballroom Dancers New Hyde Park & Maspeth, New York 4,6 1 Eliminated
Christina & Ali 13 & 20 Singing Singing Sisters Idaho Falls, Idaho 1 1 Eliminated
Jeremy VanSchoonhoven 27 Performing Stunt Bike Rider Talent, Oregon 3 2 Eliminated
Studio One Young Beast Society 10-21 Dancing Dance Troupe Orlando, Florida 3 2 Eliminated
Michael Grasso[notes 1] 36 Magic Magician/Illusionist Cape May, New Jersey 6 2 Eliminated
Taylor Mathews 18 Singing Singer/Musician Alexandria, Louisiana 4 1 Eliminated
Alice Tan Ridley 57 Singing Singer New York, New York 2 2 Eliminated in Judges' Choice
Antonio Restivo 39 Performing Fire Artist Las Vegas, Nevada 2 1 Eliminated
ArcAttack 25-37 Musical Electric Light Show Band Austin, Texas 4 1 Eliminated
AscenDance 29 Performing Rock Climbing Acrobats/Dancers Berkeley, California 2 1 Eliminated
Connor Doran[notes 1] 17 Performing Indoor Kite Flyer Bend, Oregon 6 1 Eliminated in Judges' Choice
Dan Sperry 25 Magic Illusionist/Magician Las Vegas, Nevada 5 1 Eliminated
Debra Romer 21 Singing Singer/Musician Kalamazoo, Michigan 3 2 Eliminated
Future Funk 5-10 Dancing Dancing Duo Las Vegas, Nevada 1 1 Eliminated
Haspop 32 Dancing Dancer Los Angeles, CA 3 2 Eliminated
Kristina Young 22 Singing Singer Little Rock, Arkansas 5 1 Eliminated
Maestro Alexander Bui 16 Musical Pianist Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey 5 2 Eliminated
Michael Lipari and Ashleigh Dejon[notes 1] 29-30 Performing Aerialists Los Angeles, California 6 2 Eliminated
MURRAY 30 Magic Magician Las Vegas, Nevada 4 2 Eliminated
Nathaniel Kenyon 19 Singing Singer Baxley, Georgia 1 2 Eliminated
CJ Dippa 12 Musical Rapper Denton, Texas 3,6 N/A Eliminated
Doogie Horner 30 Comedy Stand-Up Comedian Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4,6 N/A Eliminated
Harmonica Pierre 74 Musical Harmonica Musician Tucson, Arizona 3,6 N/A Eliminated in Judges' Choice
Kruti Dance Academy[notes 1] 15-33 Dancing Indian Classical Dancers Atlanta, Georgia 6 N/A Eliminated
RNG 11-13 Dancing Dance Troupe Seattle, Washington 1,6 N/A Eliminated
Rudi Macaggi 43 Performing Acrobat Las Vegas, Nevada 4,6 N/A Eliminated
Swing Shift Side Show[notes 1] 30-31 Performing Sideshow Performers Las Vegas, Nevada 6 N/A Eliminated
The Hot Shot Tap Dancers 19-25 Dancing Tap Dancers Portland, Oregon 1,6 N/A Eliminated
Airpocalypse 22-40 Performing Air Band Seattle, Washington 1 N/A Eliminated
Austin Anderson 31 Comedy Stand-Up Comedian Omaha, Nebraska 5 N/A Eliminated
Booker Forte 21 Dancing Hip-Hop Dancer Richmond, Virginia 5 N/A Eliminated
Cam Hodges 22 Singing Singer Seattle, Washington 5 N/A Eliminated in Judges' Choice
Cheer SF 19-52 Dancing Cheerleaders San Francisco, California 2 N/A Eliminated
Chipps Cooney 61 Comedy Magician/Comedian Edgewater, New Jersey 3 N/A Eliminated
Da Maniacs 25-56 Dancing Overweighted Dance Troupe Dallas, Texas 4 N/A Eliminated
Dylan Plummer 12 Performing Jump Rope Artist Cincinnati, Ohio 5 N/A Eliminated
Hannibal Means 59 Singing Opera Singer Vienna, Austria 2 N/A Eliminated
Iron Horse 22-27 Musical Rockabilly Band Crete, Illinois 2 N/A Eliminated
Kaya & Sadie 32-36 Dancing Bellydancers Denver, Colorado 3 N/A Eliminated in Judges' Choice
Kung Fu Heroes 23-31 Performing Martial Arts Group Costa Mesa, California 1 N/A Eliminated
Lil Chris 12 Singing Singer Sarasota, Florida 2 N/A Eliminated
Lindsey Stirling 23 Musical Violinist Provo, Utah 4 N/A Eliminated
Luigi 20 Singing Singer Highland, California 3 N/A Eliminated
Maricar 38 Performing Burlesque Painter Los Angeles, California 1 N/A Eliminated
Mary Ellen 74 Singing Yodeler/Singer Manheim, Pennsylvania 4 N/A Eliminated
Mona Sampath Dance Company 9-31 Dancing Bollywood Dance Troupe Sunnyvale, California 2 N/A Eliminated
Nick Pike 30 Performing Daredevil Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 1 N/A Eliminated
NU Covenant 21-27 Singing Gospel Group Cleveland, Ohio 4 N/A Eliminated
Paul Safy Jr. 26 Singing Singer New York, New York 1 N/A Eliminated
Pizza Patt 27 Performing Pizza Dough Juggler Columbus, Ohio 5 N/A Eliminated
Pup 58 & ? Musical Accordion Playing Dog Redwood City, California 5 N/A Eliminated
PLUtonic 19-28 Singing A cappella Group Tacoma, Washington 5 N/A Eliminated
Polina Volchek 24 Performing Gymnast Las Vegas, Nevada 3 N/A Eliminated
Ronith 59 Performing Impersonator Seattle, Washington 2 N/A Eliminated
Ryan Rodriguez 29 Dancing Dancer Santa Cruz, California 5 N/A Eliminated
Sally Cohn 75 Musical Hand Whistler Portland Oregon 1 N/A Eliminated
Strikers All Stars 22-26 Dancing Dance Crew Hollywood, California 4 N/A Eliminated
The South Philly Vikings 16-56 Dancing Dance Troupe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3 N/A Eliminated
The Strange Familiar 27 Musical Band Woodland Hills, California 3 N/A Eliminated
The Strong Man 43 Performing Strongman Pesotum, Illinois 2 N/A Eliminated
Wreckless 17-26 Dancing Dance Crew Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2 N/A Eliminated in Judges' Choice
Footnotes
  1. ^ a b c d e The contestants were selected for the Wild Card episode, but during Las Vegas Week, were either originally eliminated by the judges or was not seen.

Contestants who appeared on other shows[edit]

  • Justin Hopkins appeared on the second season of NBC's The Voice. He made it to the Battle Rounds but lost to Tony Vincent.

Production[edit]

Howie Mandel replaced David Hasslehoff as a judge for season 5

This is the first season with Deal or No Deal game show host and comedian Howie Mandel judging on the show, replacing former judge David Hasselhoff.[18]

The show is once again hosted by Nick Cannon with Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan as judges.

Piers Morgan announced on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 27, 2010 that he signed a three year contract to stay on Talent.[19]

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Ratings[edit]

Order Episode(s) Airdate Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Timeslot)
Rank
(Night)
Rank
(Week)
1 "Los Angeles Auditions" June 1, 2010 7.4 13 3.6/11 12.35 #1 #1 #4[20]
2 "Dallas Auditions" June 2, 2010 6.1 10 2.9/9 10.35 #1 #1 #9[20]
3 "New York City Auditions" June 8, 2010 7.4 12 3.7/10 13.09 #2 #2 #4[21]
4 "New York Auditions (Part 2)" June 15, 2010 6.2 10 3.0/8 10.55[22] #2 #2 #4[23]
5 "Orlando Auditions" June 16, 2010 6.7 11 3.1/9 11.65 #1 #1 #3[23]
6
7
"Orlando Auditions (Part 2)"
"Portland Auditions"
June 22, 2010 6.8 12 3.4/10 11.65 #1 #1 #2[23]
8 "Portland Auditions (Part 2)" June 23, 2010 7.2 12 3.5/10 12.37 #1 #1 #1[23]
9 "Chicago Auditions" June 29, 2010 6.0 10 2.9/9 10.23 #1 #1 #2[24]
10 "Final Auditions" June 30, 2010 7.5 13 3.5/11 12.94 #1 #1 #1[24]
11 "Vegas Week (Part 1)" July 6, 2010 7.0 12 3.4/10 11.82 #1 #1 #2[25]
12 "Vegas Week (Part 2)" July 7, 2010 6.7 12 3.4/10 11.95 #1 #1 #1[25]
13 "Quarterfinals, Group 1" July 13, 2010 6.8 11 3.3/10 11.63 #1 #2 #2[26]
14 "Quarterfinals, Group 1 Results" July 14, 2010 6.5 11 3.0/10 11.17[27] #1 #2 #3[26]
15 "Quarterfinals, Group 2" July 20, 2010 6.2 11 3.0/9 10.48 #1 #1 #1[28]
16 "Quarterfinals, Group 2 Results" July 21, 2010 5.9 10 2.6/8 10.02 #1 #1 #3[28]
17 "Quarterfinals, Group 3" July 27, 2010 5.6 10 2.6/8 9.69 #1 #1 #1[29]
18 "Quarterfinals, Group 3 Results" July 28, 2010 5.7 10 2.6/8 9.76 #1 #1 #2[29]
19 "Quarterfinals, Group 4" August 3, 2010 6.0 10 2.9/8 10.37 #1 #1 #4[30]
20 "Quarterfinals, Group 4 Results" August 4, 2010 5.9 10 2.8/8 10.06 #1 #1 #5[30]
21 "Quarterfinals, Group 5: YouTube" August 10, 2010 6.2 11 2.9/9 10.48 #1 #1 #2[31]
22 "Quarterfinals, Group 5: YouTube, Results" August 11, 2010 6.2 11 2.8/8 10.67 #1 #1 #1[31]
23 "Quarterfinals, Group 6: Wild Card" August 17, 2010 6.1 10 2.9/8 10.19 #1 #1 #3[32]
24 "Quarterfinals, Group 6: Wild Card, Results" August 18, 2010 6.0 10 2.6/8 10.30 #1 #1 #2[32]
25 "Semifinals, Group 1" August 24, 2010 6.5 11 3.1/9 10.80 #1 #1 #2[33]
26 "Semifinals, Group 1 Results" August 25, 2010 6.1 10 2.7/8 10.52 #1 #1 #3[33]
27 "Semifinals, Group 2" August 31, 2010 6.7 11 3.0/9 11.50 #1 #1 #1[34]
28 "Semifinals, Group 2 Results" September 1, 2010 6.2 10 2.5/8 10.47 #1 #1 #2[34]
29 "Top Ten, Performances" September 7, 2010 7.3 12 3.3/9 12.35 #1 #1 #8[35]
30 "Top Ten, Results" September 8, 2010 7.3 12 2.8/8 12.14 #1 #1 #9[35]
31 "Finals, Performances" September 14, 2010 8.7 14 3.9/11 14.60 #1 #1 #4[36]
32 "Finale" September 15, 2010 9.5 16 3.9/11 16.41 #1 #1 #3[36]

Canadian ratings[edit]

Order Episode Airdate Viewers
(millions)
Weekly rank
1 "Los Angeles Auditions" June 1, 2010 1.282 #9[37]
2 "Dallas Auditions" June 2, 2010 0.955 #18[37]
3 "New York City Auditions" June 8, 2010 1.347 #8[38]
4 "New York Auditions (Part 2)" June 15, 2010 1.587 #1[39]
5 "Orlando Auditions" June 16, 2010 1.240 #9[39]
6
7
"Orlando Auditions (Part 2)
Portland Auditions"
June 22, 2010 1.378 #9[40]
8 "Portland Auditions (Part 2)" June 23, 2010 1.346 #12[40]
9 "Chicago Auditions" June 29, 2010 1.370 #5[41]
10 "Final Auditions" June 30, 2010 1.440 #3[41]
11 "Vegas Week (Part 1)" July 6, 2010 1.482 #10[42]
12 "Vegas Week (Part 2)" July 7, 2010 1.259 #14[42]
13 "Quarterfinals, Group 1" July 13, 2010 1.582 #6[43]
14 "Quarterfinals, Group 1 Results" July 14, 2010 1.326 #12[43]
15 "Quarterfinals, Group 2" July 20, 2010 1.340 #8[44]
16 "Quarterfinals, Group 2 Results" July 21, 2010 1.217 #13[44]
17 "Quarterfinals, Group 3" July 26, 2010 1.274 #11[45]
18 "Quarterfinals, Group 3 Results" July 27, 2010 1.082 #18[45]
19 "Quarterfinals, Group 4" August 3, 2010 1.566 #5[46]
20 "Quarterfinals, Group 4 Results" August 4, 2010 1.120 #18[46]
21 "Quarterfinals, Group 5: YouTube" August 10, 2010 1.295 #11[47]
22 "Quarterfinals, Group 5: YouTube Results" August 11, 2010 1.191 #14[47]
23 "Quarterfinals, Group 6: Wild Card" August 17, 2010 1.177 #13[48]
24 "Quarterfinals, Group 6: Wild Card Results" August 18, 2010 1.291 #9[48]
25 "Semifinals, Group 1" August 24, 2010 1.363 #8[49]
26 "Semifinals, Group 1 Results" August 25, 2010 1.340 #9[49]
27 "Semifinals, Group 2" August 31, 2010 1.356 #11[50]
28 "Semifinals, Group 2 Results" September 1, 2010 1.301 #12[50]
29 "Top Ten, Performances" September 7, 2010 1.548 #6[51]
30 "Top Ten, Results" September 8, 2010 1.439 #9[51]
31 "Finals, Performances" September 14, 2010 1.773 #6[52]
32 "Finale" September 15, 2010 1.794 #5

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Season 4 (2009)
America's Got Talent
Season 5 (2010)
Succeeded by
Season 6 (2011)