America's Got Talent (season 1)

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America's Got Talent
Season 1
Broadcast fromJune 21 –
August 17, 2006
Judges
Host(s)Regis Philbin
BroadcasterNBC
Winner
Bianca Ryan
Bianca Ryan.jpg
Bianca Ryan
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre(s)Gospel, pop, R&B
Runner-up
All That & The Millers
Chronology

Season One of America's Got Talent, an American talent show competition, began broadcasting in the United States during 2006, from June 21 to August 17 on NBC. It was originally intended to be aired after the first season of Britain's Got Talent, but following a dispute between that edition's planned host and the network that had secured the rights to the program, the Got Talent creator, Simon Cowell, decided to suspend work on the British edition and focused his attention on the American edition. Production staff appointed the program's first judges to be David Hasselhoff, Brandy Norwood, and Piers Morgan, and the first host to be Regis Philbin. The success of the season per its ratings helped to foster development of international editions of Got Talent, along with restarting production work on the British edition.

The first season was won by singer Bianca Ryan,[1] with clogging dance group All That and singer & musician duo The Millers finishing as runner-ups within the Top 3 finalists.

Season Overview[edit]

Judge
Host
Both Brandy Norwood and Regis Philbin fronted AGT for the first season only.

In 2005, Simon Cowell devised plans for a televised talent competition, originally intending for it be created and broadcast in Britain through the British broadcaster ITV, with an American edition to follow after its first season. However, following a pilot broadcast of the format, a dispute arose between ITV and Paul O'Grady, the originally intended host of Britain's Got Talent.[2] In the wake of the dispute, after O'Grady decided to sign on to another network, Cowell suspended production on the British edition, and instead focused on the American edition in 2006. His proposal for his program in America was bought by NBC, who commissioned a small season of episodes, with Cowell working alongside Freemantle with his own company Syco Entertainment. Production staff launched open auditions across the United States at this time, while they subsequently searched for and chose those who would front the program in the required roles - while Regis Philbin was picked as the host,[3] the judging panel featured the involvement of David Hasselhoff, Brandy Norwood, and Piers Morgan.[4] After the open auditions had been completed, those who had been nominated for the program were entered into more an extensive round of major auditions, with these being filmed and taking place across three major cities in April 2006 - Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

The format used in the first season of America's Got Talent for live rounds differed greatly to what would later be used in both later seasons of the program and other international editions of the Got Talent franchise. Although the concept of airing the Results episode after a Performance episode on a different day would be retained in later seasons, the format of semi-final rounds and the final itself mainly had judges making votes about each performance pertaining to whether they approved or disapproved of an act, with no use of a buzzer to stop a performance at any times. The first season did incorporate the use of round for Wildcard acts for the contest, though a considerable number could be selected from any semi-final that they had been eliminated from, unlike in later seasons were the format was used. In the first season, the format's use was defined by the rule that the judges could each select two eliminated semi-finalists from any semi-final, while the public could choose one from each round.

Of the participants who auditioned for this season, 40 secured a place in the semi-finals, with ten appearing in each one, and eight of these acts making it into the live final. Around ten of the semi-finalists who didn't advance were chosen by the judges to compete within a WildCard round, and secured two additional places in the final. The following below lists the results of each participant's overall performance in this season:

  Winner |   Runner-Up |   Finalist |   Semi-finalist
Participant Genre Act Semi-final Result
Alexis Jordan Singing Singer 1 1 Eliminated
All That Dance / Variety Male Clogging Dance Group 1 1 Runner-up
At Last Singing A-Cappella Vocal Group 2 Finalist
Bianca Ryan Singing Singer 3 Winner
Bobby Badfingers Variety Finger Snapper 2 1 Eliminated
Caitlyn Taylor Love Singing Singer 3 Eliminated
Celtic Spring Music / Dance Irish Fiddler & Dancers 4 Finalist
Corina Brouder Singing / Music Singing Harpist 1 1 Eliminated
Dave the Horn Guy Music Horn Performer 2 Eliminated
Dave Smith One Man Sideshow Singing / Variety Singer & Side-Show Performer 4 Eliminated
David & Dania Magic Quick-Change Illusionists 4 1 Finalist
Desperation Squad Music Punk Rock Band 4 Eliminated
Elliot Zimet Magic Hip-hop Magician 3 Eliminated
George Komsky Singing Singer 4 Eliminated
Hoopalicious Dance / Variety Hula Hoop Dancer 1 Eliminated
J. R. Johns and His Best Friends Animal Dancing Dog Act 1 Eliminated
Jessica Sanchez Singing Singer 5 Eliminated
Kenny Shelton Comedy / Variety Comic Juggler 3 Eliminated
Kevin Johnson Comedy Ventriloquist 1 Eliminated
King Charles Unicycle Troupe Danger Unicycle Stunt Basketball Troupe 4 Eliminated
Leonid the Magnificent Variety Contortionist Performer 2 1 Eliminated
Lilia Stepanova Variety / Danger Contortionist Archer 4 Eliminated
Mark Faje Danger / Comedy Knife-Throwing Comedian 2 Eliminated
Michelle L'amour Variety Burlesque Performer 4 Eliminated
Natasha Le Music Pianist 2 1 Eliminated
Nathan Burton Magic / Comedy Comic Magician 3 1 Eliminated
N'Versity Singing Vocal Group 2 1 Eliminated
Rappin' Granny Singing Rapper 3 Finalist
Realis Acrobatics / Dance Acrobatic Dancing Duo 2 Finalist
Sean and John Dance Tap Dancers 4 Eliminated
Shawn Ryan Singing Cabaret Singer 1 Eliminated
Sonia Lee Music Electric Violinist 3 Eliminated
Sugar n' Spice Music / Dance Vocal Dance Group 2 Eliminated
Taylor Ware Singing / Variety Yodeller 1 Finalist
Team Acrodunk Acrobatics / Variety Acrobatic Basketball Dunkers 3 Eliminated
Ten13 Concept Music Punk Band 3 Eliminated
The Passing Zone Comedy / Variety Comic Juggling Duo 4 Finalist
The Millers Singing / Music Singer & Musician Duo 1 Runner-up
Trey Knight's Stilt World Variety Stilt Performers 3 Eliminated
Vladik Miagkostoupov Acrobatics / Variety Acrobatic Juggler 1 Eliminated
Vladimir Malachkin Variety Hand Balancer 2 Eliminated
  • ^1 These participants were entered into the Wildcard semi-final, after losing their initial semi-final.

Semi-final summary[edit]

Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Judge Disapproved | Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judge Approved
  Won the public vote |   Won the judges' vote
  Chosen for Wildcard Round (Semi-Finals 1-4 only) |   Eliminated

Semi-final 1 (July 12)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Judges' Vote Results
(July 13)
Hasselhoff Norwood Morgan
Taylor Ware 1 Yodeller Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Public Vote
All That 2 Male Clogging Dance Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated (Chosen for Wildcard Round)
Kevin Johnson 3 Ventriloquist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Alexis Jordan 4 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated (Chosen for Wildcard Round)
Vladik Miagkostoupov 5 Acrobatic Juggler Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2 Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Shawn Ryan 6 Cabaret Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
J. R. Johns and His Best Friends 7 Dancing Dog Act Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Hoopalicious 8 Hula Hoop Dancer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2 Eliminated
Corina Brouder 9 Singing Harpist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated (Chosen for Wildcard Round)
The Millers 10 Singer & Musician Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice
  • ^2 Each respective judge meant to vote their disapproval for the corresponding performance, but accidentally voted the opposite.

Semi-final 2 (July 19)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Judges' Vote Results
(July 20)
Hasselhoff Norwood Morgan
Dave the Horn Guy 1 Horn Performer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Realis 2 Acrobatic Dancing Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice
At Last 3 A-Cappella Vocal group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Public Vote
Natasha Le 4 Pianist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated (Chosen for Wildcard Round)
Vladimir Malachkin 5 Hand Balancer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Bobby Badfingers 6 Finger Snapper Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated (Chosen for Wildcard Round)
Sugar n' Spice 7 Vocal Dance Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
N'Versity 8 Vocal Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated (Chosen for Wildcard Round)
Mark Faje 9 Knife-Throwing Comedian Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Leonid the Magnificent 10 Contortionist Performer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated (Chosen for Wildcard Round)

Semi-final 3 (July 26)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Judges' Vote Results
(July 27)
Hasselhoff Norwood Morgan
Team Acrodunk 1 Acrobatic Basketball Dunkers Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Caitlyn Taylor Love 2 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Sonia Lee 3 Electric Violinist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Elliot Zimet 4 Hip-hop Magician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Ten13 Concept 5 Punk Band Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Rappin' Granny 6 Rapper Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice
Nathan Burton 7 Comic Magician Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated (Chosen for Wildcard Round)
Bianca Ryan 8 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Public Vote
Kenny Shelton 9 Comic Juggler Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Trey Knight's Stilt World 10 Stilt Performers Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated

Semi-final 4 (August 2)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Judges' Vote Results
(August 3)
Hasselhoff Norwood Morgan
The Passing Zone 1 Comic Juggling Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice
Celtic Spring 2 Irish Fiddlers & Dancers Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Won Public Vote
Sean and John 3 Tap Dancers Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Lilia Stepanova 4 Contortionist Archer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Dave Smith One Man Sideshow 5 Singer & Side-show Performer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
David & Dania 6 Quick-change Illusionists Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated (Chosen for Wildcard Round)
George Komsky 7 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Michelle L'amour 8 Burlesque Performers Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
King Charles Unicycle Troupe 9 Unicycle Stunt Basketball Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Desperation Squad 10 Punk Rock Band Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated

Semi-final 5 - Wildcard Round (August 9)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Judges' Vote Results
(August 10)
Hasselhoff Norwood Morgan
Nathan Burton 1 Comic Magician Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Bobby Badfingers 2 Finger Snapper Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Jessica Sanchez 3 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
All That 4 Male Clogging Dance Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice
Corina Brouder 5 Singing Harpist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
David & Dania 6 Quick-change Illusionists Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Won Public Vote
N'Versity 7 Vocal Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Natasha Le 8 Pianist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Alexis Jordan 9 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Eliminated
Leonid the Magnificent 10 Contortionist Performer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated

Final (August 16)[edit]

Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Judge Disapproved | Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judge Approved
  Winner |   Runner-up
Finalist Order Act Judges' Vote Results
(August 17)
Hasselhoff Norwood Morgan
At Last 1 A-Cappella Vocal Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Bottom 5
David & Dania 2 Quick-change Illusionists Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Bottom 5
Rappin' Granny 3 Rapper Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Bottom 5
Bianca Ryan 4 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Winner
All That 5 Male Clogging Dance Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Runner-up (2nd-3rd place)
Taylor Ware 6 Yodeller Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Top 5
The Passing Zone 7 Comic Juggling Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Bottom 5
Celtic Spring 8 Irish Fiddlers & Dancers Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Top 5
Realis 9 Acrobatic Dancing Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Bottom 5
The Millers 10 Singer & Musician Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Runner-up (2nd-3rd place)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philly 11-Year-Old Wows Judges On 'America's Got Talent' Archived 2006-07-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ McGarry, Lisa (February 23, 2006). "Paul O'Grady Quits Simon Cowell's New ITV Show!". Unreality TV. Archived from the original on July 18, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2006.
  3. ^ "Regis Philbin To Host NBC's America's Got Talent". movieweb.com. May 10, 2006.
  4. ^ Andy Dehnart (May 22, 2006). "David Hasselhoff, Brandy, and Piers Morgan will judge NBC's America's Got Talent". www.realityblurred.com.

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