America's Got Talent (season 10)
|America's Got Talent|
|Broadcast from||May 26 – September 16, 2015|
Season Ten of the reality competition television series America's Got Talent was the 10th annual installment of the series and premiered on May 26, 2015. It concluded on September 16, 2015. Nick Cannon returned as host for his seventh season. Howie Mandel returned for his sixth season as a judge, and Howard Stern returned for his fourth and final season. Mel B and Heidi Klum both returned for their third seasons on the judging panel.
Dunkin' Donuts replaced Snapple as sponsor of the show after three seasons. Four guest judges were invited to judge during the judge's cuts round: actor Neil Patrick Harris, singer Michael Bublé, actor Marlon Wayans and former judge Piers Morgan. This was the first season to have an all-male finale and the first where at least four magicians competed in the finals. Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin was voted the winner for the season on September 16, 2015. Comedian Drew Lynch was the runner-up, and magician Oz Pearlman came in at third place.
- 1 Changes
- 2 Preliminary auditions
- 3 Judge Cuts
- 4 Quarterfinals
- 5 Semifinals
- 6 Finals
- 7 Top 36 acts
- 8 U.S. Nielsen ratings
- 9 References
- 10 External links
On June 23rd, 2016 (during the Judge Cuts round) Howard Stern announced on his radio show that season 10 was going to be his last season. “I told them (NBC) that this is my last season.” It was announced a few weeks after Stern’s abrupt departure that Simon Cowell would replace him for season 11.
Among the changes for the season are more extreme acts, an enhanced Golden Buzzer, and new elements in the boot camp round. The live shows began on Tuesday, August 11 and the later rounds returned to Radio City Music Hall.
The Golden Buzzer was also enhanced this year with an act going straight through to the live shows when a judge hit the buzzer (the same format as that of Britain's Got Talent, rather than a free pass to boot camp, as in the previous season). Like the previous season, the Golden Buzzer could only be used once by each judge and by each guest judge.
The enhanced bootcamp round began July 14, 2015, to determine which acts would become a part of the Top 36 to perform for America's vote. Unlike previous seasons, the live shows will only feature 36 acts instead of 48. The bootcamp round also lasted several weeks compared with just one week in previous seasons. The celebrity guest judges, who each assisted the regular judges one week, were Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Bublé, Piers Morgan, and Marlon Wayans.
A special two hour retrospective aired on July 29 this season to celebrate the ten years of AGT. The show featured some of the best acts of the series, the most heartwarming stories, the oddest personalities, and the biggest show-stopping moments from the last 10 years, as well as updates on what some of these acts are currently doing.
Producer auditions began on November 2, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. Other auditions sites include Nashville, Richmond (New York), Chicago, St. Louis, San Antonio, Albuquerque, San Francisco, Seattle, Boise, Los Angeles, Las Vegas. Online auditions were also accepted. Auditions in front of the judges were held March 2–9 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. They continued at the Manhattan Center in New York City and the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A special "extreme" audition session was held outside at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.
Golden Buzzer acts
Each of the four judges had one chance to use the Golden Buzzer. Mandel was the first one whose use of the Golden Buzzer was aired, doing so on stuttering comedian Drew Lynch. Contemporary dance duo Freckled Sky became the second Golden Act whose performance was aired, with Stern using the Golden Buzzer on them. Mel B was the third judge seen using the Golden Buzzer, this time on gospel singer Sharon Irving. Klum was the last to utilize the Golden Buzzer, with 11-year-old classical singer Arielle Baril being its recipient.
The guest judges each also had one chance to use the Golden Buzzer on any one act during their participation without consultation from the regular panel. Like the acts so selected by the regular judges, the Golden Buzzer acts chosen by the guest judges also went straight to the live rounds. On the July 14 episode, Neil Patrick Harris used his golden buzzer on magician Piff the Magic Dragon. On the July 21 episode, Michael Bublé used his golden buzzer on singing duo The Craig Lewis Band, although he was initially hesitant to do so. Marlon Wayans used his buzzer on ventriloquist comedian Paul Zerdin on the July 28 episode. Japanese light-and-sound dance troupe Siro-A became the last Golden Buzzer act of the season when former judge Piers Morgan used the Golden Buzzer on them.
Freckled Sky was eliminated in the quarterfinals after losing the Judges' Choice to the rock band 3 Shades of Blue. Arielle Baril, Sharon Irving and Siro-A were all eliminated in the semifinals.
The Judge Cuts round began on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. This round replaces the "Vegas Week" or "Judgment Week" rounds that were used in previous seasons. As noted above one guest judge joined the judges' panel in each week. Each guest judge was given one golden buzzer opportunity to send an act straight to the live shows. Twenty acts were shown each week, and seven advanced, including one from the guest judge's golden buzzer. Guest judges were not given a red buzzer to use. Any act that received all four red buzzers was to be immediately eliminated from the competition.
Advanced to the live shows
Guest judge: Neil Patrick Harris
|Freelusion Dance Company||1||Videomapping Dance Group||Advanced|
|Paul Ponce||2||Extreme Juggler||Eliminated|
|Silvia Silvia[note 1]||3||Extreme Crossbow Archer||Withdrew|
|Chapkis Dance Company||4||Dance Troupe||Advanced|
|Samantha Hess||5||Professional Cuddler||Eliminated immediately|
|Elin and Noah||6||Child Dance Duo||Eliminated|
|Los Angeles Children's Orchestra||7||Children's Orchestra||Eliminated|
|Alondra Santos[note 2]||8||Mariachi Singer||Quarterfinal Wildcard|
|Piff the Magic Dragon||10||Comic-Magician||Advanced Immediately|
|Duo Ignite||11||Acrobatic Aerial Duo||Eliminated|
|Nick and Eddie||13||Singing Duo||Eliminated|
|3 Shades of Blue||15||Acoustic Rock Band||Advanced|
|Marc & Kiri||16||Ballroom Dance Duo||Eliminated|
|X-Treme Tricking & Tumbling||18||Tumbling Group||Eliminated|
|Grand Master Qi Feilong||19||Kung Fu Artist||Eliminated Immediately|
- Silvia Silvia subsequently dropped out of the competition, even after advancing to the next round. Silvia Silvia is appearing in a new show in Israel, with conflicting dates for AGT.
- Alondra was brought back as a replacement after extreme crossbow archer, Silvia Silvia, dropped out.
Guest judge: Michael Bublé
|Jenna Renae||2||Singer And Pianist||Eliminated|
|Daniella Mass||4||Opera Singer||Advanced|
|Benjamin Yonnatan||6||Contemporary Dancer||Advanced|
|Uzeyer Novruzov||10||Ladder Acrobat||Advanced|
|The CraigLewis Band||12||Singing Duo||Advanced immediately|
|Dr. Danger's Daredevil All Stars||13||Daredevil Stunts Group||Eliminated|
|Center Stage||14||Dance Troupe||Eliminated|
|DADitude![note 1]||15||Dance Group||Quarterfinal Wildcard|
|DM Nation||16||Dance Troupe||Advanced|
|The Chippendoubles||17||Impersonators||Eliminated Immediately|
|Selected of God Choir||20||Gospel Choir||Advanced|
- DADitude! was brought back as a replacement after extreme aerial act, Duo Volta presumably dropped out.
Guest judge: Marlon Wayans
|Triple Threat||1||Vocal Group||Advanced|
|Honor Roll Skate Crew||2||Dance Group||Eliminated|
|Evoke Tap Movement||3||Tap Dance Group||Eliminated|
|The Squad||4||Dance Group||Eliminated|
|Animation Crew||5||Dance Group||Advanced|
|Johnny Shelton||7||Singer And Guitarist||Eliminated|
|Paul Zerdin||9||Ventriloquist||Advanced immediately|
|Paul Blair||12||Hula-Hoop Performer||Eliminated immediately|
|Pretty Big Movement||13||Dance Group||Eliminated|
|Stacey Kay||14||Singer And Band||Eliminated|
|Mountain Faith Band||15||Bluegrass Band||Advanced|
|Randy Roberts||16||Drag Act||Eliminated|
|Haley Glass||19||Martial Artist||Eliminated|
|Benton Blount||20||Singer And Guitarist||Advanced|
Guest judge: Piers Morgan
|The Gentlemen||1||Hip-Hop Dance Duo||Advanced|
|Leroy Patterson||4||Danger Act||Eliminated|
|Duo Vladimir||6||Acrobatic Duo||Eliminated|
|Duo Volta[note 1]||7||Static Trapeze Duo||Withdrew|
|Jamie Costa||8||Comedian||Eliminated immediately|
|Xavier Mortimer||9||Magician||Eliminated immediately|
|The Move||11||Dance Group||Eliminated|
|Semeneya||12||Latin Dance Trio||Eliminated|
|Aaron Smyth||13||Contemporary Dancer||Eliminated|
|Siro-A||14||Video Projection Dance Group||Advanced immediately|
|Kacey Jones||15||Country Singer||Eliminated|
|Kayvon Zand||17||Singer||Eliminated immediately|
- Duo Volta has presumably dropped out of the competition, even after advancing to the next round. According to the Duo Volta website, they no longer perform as a duo.
The live quarterfinals began on August 11 and were broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Each week, twelve acts performed and seven advanced. One or more guest artists or acts performed during each results show.
The four judges were still able to press the red buzzers to show disapproval of an act. If any act received all four buzzes, their performance would be ended prematurely, but the act would not necessarily be eliminated immediately. The golden buzzer did not appear in the live rounds. This season marked the first time Mel B and Heidi used their buzzers in the live rounds. This season also marked the first time an act received four 's during a live round in America's Got Talent history. Triple Threat, Animation Crew, and DADitude! all received "X's" in the Quarterfinals. Season 10 also has the least amount of Quarter Finals in America's Got Talent history. Previous years have had 4 Quarter Finals while this season only had 3.
The Dunkin' Save, originally called the Snapple Save, was continued from the previous season. Each week during the quarterfinals, the acts with the 6th, 7th and 8th most votes were subject to a new vote during the live results shows to send one of them to the semifinals. Out of the remaining two acts, one was selected by the judges to move on to the next round. In the event of a tie, the act with the most votes from the previous night would move on.
Won Judges' Choice
Lost Judges' Choice
Week 1 (August 11–12)
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|Siro-A||1||Video-Mapping Dance Group performed a fast-paced routine including programmed judge cameos, to the Lenny Kravitz song "Are You Gonna Go My Way"||Advanced|
|Alondra Santos||2||Mariachi Singer performed "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" by Selena||Won Judges' Choice|
|Vita Radionova||3||Contortionist performed a routine consisting of contortions and acrobatic stunts to "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Monophonics||Eliminated|
|Triple Threat||4||Vocal Group performed "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child||Eliminated|
|The Gentlemen||5||Hip-Hop Dance Duo performed a self-choreographed routine with backup dancers to "Time of Our Lives" by Pitbull Ft. Ne-Yo||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Piff the Magic Dragon||6||Comic Magician performed a routine in which his chihuahua, Mr. Piffles, was inside one of four numbered boxes; each box that judge Howie Mandel guessed did not contain Mr. Piffles was destroyed, and the dog was found in the remaining box||Advanced|
|Benton Blount||7||Singer And Guitarist performed an acoustic version of "Say Something" by A Great Big World||Advanced|
|Craig and Micheline||8||Acrobatic Dance Duo performed an acrobatic dance routine to "Tainted Love" by Marilyn Manson||Eliminated|
|Drew Lynch||9||Comedian performed a stand-up routine about his stutter and his service dog||Advanced|
|Showproject||10||Gymnastics Team performed a routine on parallel gym bars to "Chains" by Nick Jonas||Eliminated|
|Paul Zerdin||11||Ventriloquist performed a routine in which he left his puppet, Sam, on the stage after an argument; Sam raised its head and began talking, but acted lifeless once Zerdin returned onstage||Advanced|
|Samantha Johnson||12||Singer performed her rendition of "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & The Papas||Dunkin' Save|
Week 2 (August 18–19)
Guests: Emily West, William Close
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|DM Nation||1||Hip-Hop Dance Group performed an army-style routine in their signature black uniforms to "Run the World (Girls)" by Beyoncé||Eliminated|
|Derek Hughes||2||Comedian Magician performed a trick with Mel B that involved how to cheat at playing cards by making cards appear and disappear in his pocket||Advanced|
|3 Shades of Blue||3||Acoustic Rock Band performed a version of "Chains" by Nick Jonas||Won Judges' Choice|
|Animation Crew||4||Popping Dance Group performed a hip-hop-style routine with a video game themed background||Eliminated|
|Arielle Baril||5||Opera Singer sang "Pie Jesu" by Andrew Lloyd Webber with a backup choir||Advanced|
|Uzeyer Novruzov||6||Ladder Acrobat showed a series of small ladder tricks before climbing an 18-foot ladder and balancing on top of it||Advanced|
|Ira||7||Singing Puppet sang "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones on a cruise ship set with backing puppets||Dunkin' Save|
|Damone Rippy||8||Flyboarder performed a routine over the Hudson River that included a triple back flip to "Come Get It Bae" by Pharrell Williams (recorded live prior to broadcast)||Eliminated|
|Myq Kaplan||9||Comedian performed a stand-up routine about kids and airports||Eliminated|
|The CraigLewis Band||10||Singing Duo sang a rendition of "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding||Advanced|
|Freckled Sky||11||Video Mapping Dance Duo performed with projections and water effects to the song "Can't Pretend" by Tom Odell||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Sharon Irving||12||Gospel Singer performed the Golden Globe-winning song "Glory" from the film Selma||Advanced|
^1 Klum's voting intention was not revealed.
Week 3 (August 25–26)
Guests: Le Rêve
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|Chapkis Dance Family||1||Hip-Hop Dance Group performed a jungle-themed dance to a remix of "Run Boy Run" by Woodkid, "No Twerk" by Apashe, and "Animals" by Martin Garrix, with flips and movement||Eliminated|
|Metal Mulisha Fitz Army1||2||Motocross Team rode off of a ramp, performing danger tricks in mid-air with the NYC skyline behind them||Judges' Wild Card|
|DADitude!2||3||Dance Group danced an old-school back in time routine to "Living in New York City" by Robin Thicke||Eliminated|
|Alicia Michilli||4||Singer sang a passionate rendition of "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins||Advanced|
|Gary Vider||5||Comedian told jokes about his dating life and his materialistic roommate||Dunkin' Save|
|Mountain Faith Band||6||Bluegrass Band played and sang "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon||Advanced|
|Oz Pearlman||7||Mentalist performed a trick in which he asked the judges to guess how many gumballs were in a jar. In an Instagram video, he predicted that Mel B would be off by 2: the actual number was 327; her guess was 325. He then showed a receipt for the gumballs purchased with all the judges' numbers printed on top as the order number.||Advanced|
|Selected of God||8||Gospel Choir performed their rendition of the song "Impossible" by Shontelle||Eliminated|
|Stevie Starr||9||Regurgitator swallowed Heidi Klum's $500,000 ring and then swallowed a lock and key; regurgitated the ring now in the lock; initially could not get the key up but swallowed a Pool ball to force the key up and regurgitated both||Advanced|
|Benjamin Yonattan||10||Contemporary Dancer performed an inspiring and energized routine with jumps and aerials to "One Life" by Boyce Avenue||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Daniella Mass||11||Opera Singer sang a cover of "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables||Won Judges' Choice|
|Freelusion Dance Company||12||Videomapping Dance Group performed a routine symbolizing a couple is separated by a volcano and reunited in heaven||Advanced|
^1 Though they were eliminated in the quarterfinals, Metal Mulisha Fitz Army were the judges' wildcard pick, and they came back for the first week of the semifinals.
The live semifinal round began on September 1 at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, with two weeks of competition. Because only 22 acts advanced to the semifinals, eleven acts perform each week, and five acts advance each week. Special guest acts or artists will perform each week during the live results shows.
The four judges will still be able to press the red buzzers to show disapproval of an act. If any act receives all four buzzes, their performance would be ended prematurely, but the act would not necessarily be eliminated immediately. Ira was the only act to receive an "X" in the semifinals. No acts got buzzed on the second week of the semifinals.
The Dunkin' Save continued into the semifinals, with the three acts in danger of elimination being those voted in 4th, 5th, and 6th place.
Won Judges' Choice
Lost Judges' Choice
Week 1 (September 1–2)
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|Ira||1||Singing Puppet Ira and his mother, performed a comic skit and then sang about Ira's mother and father's courtship to Barry Manilow's "Copacabana"||Eliminated|
|Mountain Faith Band||2||Bluegrass Band performed a cover of The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face"||Eliminated|
|Metal Mulisha Fitz Army||3||Motocross Team performed dangerous jumps and flips on their motorcycles with one shooting sparks from his tailpipes; another rider was set on fire before making a jump||Eliminated|
|Samantha Johnson||4||Singer performed a cover of The Weeknd's "Earned It"||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Derek Hughes||5||Comedian magician performed a trick in which he told a story then ripped up a sheet of paper, dropped a piece, then restored the paper together and the piece he dropped was the missing piece||Advanced|
|Drew Lynch||6||Comedian performed a routine about both his high-pitched voice and his stutter giving him problems when talking to people on the phone||Advanced|
|The CraigLewis Band||7||Singing Duo sang Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come"||1||Won Judges' Choice|
|Oz Pearlman||8||Mentalist set out cups with various drinks and then, while blindfolded by Heidi, predicted which drinks Howard would choose and in what order; then predicted Mel's drink of choice and a treat that Howie was thinking of||Advanced|
|Benton Blount||9||Singer And Guitarist performed a cover of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song"||Dunkin' Save|
|Siro-A||10||Video Projection Dance Group performed a routine including colorful squares, duplicates of themselves, and various special effects, such as the dancers turning upside down, set to "Summer" by Calvin Harris||Eliminated|
|Arielle Baril||11||Opera Singer performed "Nessun Dorma"||Eliminated|
^1 After Mandel's vote tied the Judges' Choice, The CraigLewis Band went through to the finals on account of gaining more votes than Samantha Johnson during the previous night's voting.
Week 2 (September 8–9)
Guests: Little Mix, AcroArmy
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Judges' choices||Result|
|3 Shades of Blue||1||Acoustic Rock Band sang "Sail" by AWOLNATION||Eliminated|
|Gary Vider||2||Comedian performed a routine where he joked about working out in a 24-hour gym, wanting to be walked home in a dangerous neighborhood, pumping oxygen into a casino, Jewish people raising their hands, and staring at Mel in an elevator||1||Won Judges' Choice|
|Alondra Santos||3||Mariachi Singer performed "La Copa de la Vida" by Ricky Martin||Eliminated|
|Freelusion Dance Company||4||Video Mapping Dance Group danced with realistic special effects, including a 3-D robot||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Alicia Michilli||5||Singer performed a cover on "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers||Eliminated|
|Piff the Magic Dragon||6||Comic Magician performed a routine where he first mentioned that it was just going to be him and his case. Then, toasted some bread, then he asked Klum, Mel, and Stern to pick a random card. Then, one of the cards was printed on the toast, the other card was revealed was when he bit out of the toast, and the last one was revealed by Piff going into the TV that Mr. Piffles was in, got the last card and ran back to the stage||Advanced|
|Daniella Mass||7||Opera Singer, performed an operatic version of "Crying" by Roy Orbison||Eliminated|
|Uzeyer Novruzov||8||Ladder Acrobat performed a routine in which he span in a Cyr wheel, climbing up a free-standing ladder, and standing on the end caps. He then caught two rings thrown by his assistants and attempted to get a hoop under his foot while balancing. Unfortunately, he fell off the ladder while attempting the trick and injured himself.||Dunkin' Save|
|Stevie Starr||9||Regurgitator swallowed smoke from two cups, liquid soap, and water to blow bubbles, then exhaled half of the smoke into a large bubble, and then swallowed and regurgitated a raw egg||Advanced|
|Sharon Irving||10||Gospel Singer performed "Imagine" by John Lennon||Eliminated|
|Paul Zerdin||11||Ventriloquist, used Mandel as a dummy (through a remote-controlled mask), then switched places with Mandel by pretending to be a judge while forcing a struggling Mandel to twerk and Irish dance on stage||Advanced|
The live finals took place at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on September 15 with the live results show taking place on September 16. The finals spanned only one week with the top 10 acts performing one more time before a winner was selected. The judges had the option to use their buzzer, though none of them did so. Five acts advanced into the top 5.
|Oz Pearlman||1||He performed a trick in which he handed Mandel five envelopes so he could shuffle them. He then asked each of the judges to "swear" on their close friends not to cheat on Oz's act. He then had each judge sit on four separate covered chairs on stage. Each judge picked one of the five envelopes and opened the envelope to reveal four different-colored X's. Oz opened the fifth envelope to reveal a picture of his face. The chairs were uncloaked to reveal colors matching those of the envelopes. He then revealed on the back of his picture the information the judges provided in the beginning of the act and the corresponding chair colors.||Advanced|
|Uzeyer Novruzov||2||Novruzov climbed up a free-standing ladder, hopping up a flight of stairs, and hanging off a ladder hanging from the ceiling to resemble a helicopter.||Top 10|
|Benton Blount||3||Blount sung an acoustic rendition of "Story of My Life" by One Direction.||Top 10|
|Gary Vider||4||Vider joked about North Korea setting everybody's dollar value to zero (and erasing his debt), not knowing about Caitlyn Jenner's transition, his respect of Ryan Gosling, having a restraining order against him, and being stingy because he's Jewish.||Top 10|
|Piff the Magic Dragon||5||The comic magician had Howie Mandel sign a 20-dollar bill, and then changing it to a voucher for one free magic trick. He then took Heidi's ring and gave it to Mr. Piffles. He then placed him in a cannon and launched him through a hoop. A robotic Mr. Piffles then walked on the stage. When it fell, Piff covered it with a cloth and then revealed the real Mr. Piffles. Inside a walnut released by Mr. Piffles was the original 20-dollar bill signed by Howie.||Top 10|
|Paul Zerdin||6||He performed with his puppet Sam's grandpa Albert. He joked about Albert's hearing aid not working, and Albert having issues with his suppository. He then sang a song to make the baby sleep. He then brought Sam out. He swapped voices with Sam. Paul then had a conversation with all three puppets at once.||Advanced|
|The Craig Lewis Band||7||The R&B duo sang "Beggin'" by The Four Seasons. Sung "What Love Is" by Foreigner with Guest performers: Yolanda Adams and Harlem Gospel Choir||Advanced|
|Derek Hughes||8||The magician introduced his act as the first three minutes of his Vegas show with a DJ and two backup dancers. Derek took three ropes of the same length. He bantered with Howie Mandel about being impressed with the ropes being the same size. He then had Stern cut a piece rope in half and then put the ropes back together.||Top 10|
|Stevie Starr||9||Starr swallowed five push pins and a strong magnet. He then asked Heidi to pick a number to bring up, and she chose 4. He then brought up the four pins on the magnet and then the preceding one left over. He then swallowed flammable gas, and had Nick light a lighter, in which he created a big explosion by blowing the gas into a bubble and lighting the bubble with the lighter.||Advanced|
|Drew Lynch||10||The comedian joked about lacking conviction in his voice, spending too much time giving his phone number to his girlfriend, and his girlfriend's bust.||Advanced|
The following chart describes the acts and appearances presented during the finale.
|The CraigLewis Band||Singing Duo; Guest Performers: Yolanda Adams and Harlem Gospel Choir; performed "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner with the guest performers.|
|Oz Pearlman, Piff the Magic Dragon and Derek Hughes||Mentalist and Comedic Magicians; Guest Performers: Penn & Teller and Mat Franco; Franco asked Judge Heidi Klum to pick invisible cards and tear them until she found an "indestructible" card made out of titanium. Klum claimed she picked the three of hearts; Franco made that card visible. Hughes revealed photos of several celebrities, picking out a photo of Neil Patrick Harris. Pearlman changes a photo of Judge Mel B into the same picture of Harris. Teller asked Mel B to choose a card. She signed her name on a three of clubs, which was then hidden in the deck of cards. Penn & Teller gave Piff's sword and the deck to him. Piff then stabbed and "breathed dragon fire" on the deck. Mel B's card was stuck on the sword.|
|Uzeyer Novruzov||Ladder Acrobat; Guest Performer: Freelusion1; Novruzov and Freelusion danced in a theme in which they traveled around a city to get to the movie theater.|
|Stevie Starr||Regurgitator; Guest Performer: Penn & Teller; Teller magically put coins in a fish bowl and in Starr's mouth; he regurgitated them. After Teller did the same, he magically made some fish appear in a fish bowl, but since they were too big, Starr got his own fish out. He swallowed a cap and told Teller to sign a container while Starr swallowed his own fish and the container. After regurgitating it, the cap and fish reappeared unharmed.|
|Drew Lynch and Gary Vider||Comedians; Guest Performer: Jeff Ross; Lynch and Vider were about to engage in a roasting competition when Ross sat that it was not going well and began coaching them. To see if they improved, he invited Lynch and Vider to roast himself, in which they succeeded.|
|Benton Blount||Singer; Guest Performer: Rachel Platten; The two duetted on Platten's song "Fight Song".|
|Paul Zerdin||Ventriloquist; Guest Performer: Terry Fator; Zerdin lightly teased with Sam and then had a conversation with Fator and his puppet before having Sam "lip-sync" to Fator's singing.|
^1 Freelusion was invited to perform in the finale although they were eliminated in the semifinals.
1st place (Winner)
2nd place (Runner-up)
|Oz Pearlman||3rd place|
|Stevie Starr||4th place|
|The CraigLewis Band||5th place|
Top 36 acts
|Name of act||Age(s)||Genre||Act||Hometown||Quarterfinal||Semifinal||Result|
|Paul Zerdin||42||Comedy||Ventriloquist||London, England||1||2||Winner|
|Drew Lynch||23||Comedy||Comedian||Las Vegas, Nevada||1||1||Runner-Up|
|Oz Pearlman||32||Magic||Mentalist||New York, New York||3||1||3rd Place|
|The Professional Regurgitator||52||Variety||Regurgitator||Glasgow, Scotland||3||2||4th Place|
|The CraigLewis Band||30 & 33||Singing||Singing Duo||Atlanta, Georgia||2||1||5th Place|
|Piff the Magic Dragon||34||Magic||Comedic Magician||London, England||1||2||Finalist (won public vote)|
|Benton Blount||35||Singing||Singer And Guitarist||North Carolina||1||1||Finalist (won Dunkin' Save vote)|
|Derek Hughes||43||Magic||Comedic Magician||Los Angeles, California||2||1||Finalist (won public vote)|
|Gary Vider||31||Comedy||Comedian||New York, New York||3||2||Finalist (won judges' vote)|
|Uzeyer Novruzov||39||Acrobatics||Ladder Acrobat||Eysk, Russia||2||2||Finalist (won Dunkin' Save vote)|
|Freelusion||27-29||Dance||Videomapping Dance Group||Hungary||3||2||Eliminated (lost judges' vote)|
|Samantha Johnson||26||Singing||Singer||New Bedford, Massachusetts||1||1||Eliminated (lost judges' vote)|
|3 Shades of Blue||19-20||Band||Acoustic Rock Band||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||2||2||Eliminated|
|Alicia Michilli||23||Singing||Singer||Detroit, Michigan||3||2||Eliminated|
|Alondra Santos||13||Singing||Mariachi Singer||El Monte, California||1||2||Eliminated|
|Arielle Baril||11||Singing||Opera Singer||Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania||2||1||Eliminated|
|Daniella Mass||22||Singing||Opera Singer||Barranquilla, Colombia||3||2||Eliminated|
|Ira||32||Singing||Singing Puppet||Los Angeles, California||2||1||Eliminated|
|Metal Mulisha Fitz Army||25-30||Stunt||Motocross Team||Omaha, Nebraska||3||1||Eliminated|
|Mountain Faith Band||19-51||Band||Bluegrass Band||Sylva, North Carolina||3||1||Eliminated|
|Sharon Irving||29||Singing||Gospel Singer||Chicago, Illinois||2||2||Eliminated|
|Siro-A||23-36||Dance||Video Projection Dance Group||Sendai, Japan||1||1||Eliminated|
|Benjamin Yonattan||14||Dance||Contemporary Dancer||Kalamazoo, Michigan||3||N/A||Eliminated (lost judges' vote)|
|Freckled Sky||20 & 28||Dance||Video Projection Dance Duo||Chicago, Illinois||2||N/A||Eliminated (lost judges' vote)|
|The Gentlemen||9 & 12||Dance||Hip-Hop Dance Duo||Fairfield, California||1||N/A||Eliminated (lost judges' vote)|
|Animation Crew||25-33||Dance||Popping Dance Group||South Korea||2||N/A||Eliminated|
|Chapkis Dance Family||14-35||Dance||Hip-Hop Dance Group||Suisun City, California||3||N/A||Eliminated|
|Craig and Micheline||56 & 56||Dance||Acrobatic Dance Duo||South Africa||1||N/A||Eliminated|
|DADitude!||42-55||Dance||Dance Group||Los Angeles, California||3||N/A||Eliminated|
|Damone Rippy||16||Stunt||Flyboarder||Austin, Texas||2||N/A||Eliminated|
|DM Nation||14-29||Dance||Hip-Hop Dance Group||Lévis, Canada||2||N/A||Eliminated|
|Myq Kaplan||36||Comedy||Comedian||Brooklyn, New York||2||N/A||Eliminated|
|Selected of God||21-52||Singing||Gospel Choir||Detroit, Michigan||3||N/A||Eliminated|
|Showproject||21-33||Gymnastics||Gymnastics Team||Armenia,Czech Republic, Germany||1||N/A||Eliminated|
|Triple Threat||21||Singing||Vocal Group||Benton, Arkansas||1||N/A||Eliminated|
|Duo Volta||31 & 34||Acrobatics||Trapeze Duo||Seattle, Washington||N/A||N/A||Withdrew|
|Silvia Silvia||60||Danger||Crossbow Archer||Unknown||N/A||N/A||Withdrew|
U.S. Nielsen ratings
|Show||Episode title||First air date||Rating
|1||Auditions Week 1 (Premiere)||May 26, 2015||2.6||9||11.09||1||1||1|
|2||Auditions Week 2||June 2, 2015||2.4||9||10.84||1||1||3|
|3||Auditions Week 3||June 9, 2015||2.3||8||10.44||2||2||4|
|4||Auditions Week 4||June 16, 2015||2.3||8||10.18||1||2||4|
|5||Auditions Week 5||June 23, 2015||2.6||10||11.08||1||1||1|
|6||Auditions Week 6||June 30, 2015||2.5||9||10.74||2||2||3|
|7||Auditions Week 7||July 7, 2015||2.3||8||10.57||1||1||1|
|8||Judge Cuts Week 1||July 14, 2015||2.4||9||10.82||1||2||2|
|9||Judge Cuts Week 2||July 21, 2015||2.3||9||10.50||1||1||1|
|10||Judge Cuts Week 3||July 28, 2015||2.1||8||10.33||1||1||3|
|11||Judge Cuts Week 4||August 4, 2015||2.2||8||10.21||1||1||3|
|12||Quarterfinals Week 1 (Performances)||August 11, 2015||2.5||9||11.43||1||1||1|
|13||Quarterfinals Week 1 (Results)||August 12, 2015||1.6||6||8.83||2||2||6|
|14||Quarterfinals Week 2 (Performances)||August 18, 2015||2.3||8||10.86||1||1||1|
|15||Quarterfinals Week 2 (Results)||August 19, 2015||1.6||6||9.12||2||2||7|
|16||Quarterfinals Week 3 (Performances)||August 25, 2015||2.2||8||10.34||1||1||2|
|17||Quarterfinals Week 3 (Results)||August 26, 2015||1.6||6||8.46||2||2||7|
|18||Semifinals Week 1 (Performances)||September 1, 2015||2.3||8||10.55||1||1||2|
|19||Semifinals Week 1 (Results)||September 2, 2015||1.7||7||9.29||2||2||6|
|20||Semifinals Week 2 (Performances)||September 8, 2015||2.1||7||10.53||1||1||9|
|21||Semifinals Week 2 (Results)||September 9, 2015||1.8||7||9.46||2||2||12|
|22||Finals (Performances)||September 15, 2015||2.4||9||11.33||1||1||6|
|23||Finale||September 16, 2015||2.1||7||9.54||1||1||9|
|Show||Episode title||First air date||Rating
|S1||Best of Season 10 Auditions||July 22, 2015||1.2||5||5.66||3||4||12|
|S2||10 Years of Talent||July 29, 2015||1.6||6||5.80||2||2||8|
|S3||World's Got Talent||August 5, 2015||1.5||6||6.99||2||2||9|
|S4||Finale Performance Recap||September 16, 2015||1.2||4||5.65||3||4||19|
- "'America's Got Talent' Season 10 to Premiere Tuesday, May 26 on NBC". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- Stern announced on his radio show, that this season would be his last season as a judge due to a busy work schedule. Mink, Casey (June 24, 2015). "Howard Stern Leaving 'America's Got Talent': Judge Confirms In Interview". Hollywood Life. Archived from the original on June 25, 2015.
- "Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel keep spots on 'America's Got Talent's' 10th Season". Daily News. New York. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- "Breaking News: "America's Got Talent" Premieres 10th Anniversary Season May 26 with New Features, Extreme Acts and Special Anniversary Episode". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- "America's Got Talent". On-Camera-Audiences.
- "Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Bublé, Piers Morgan & Marlon Wayans to Guest Judge on 'America's Got Talent' Starting Tuesday, July 14!". Retrieved May 27, 2015.
- "Audition Cities". Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- Westbrook, Caroline (May 29, 2015). "This stuttering comedian just wowed America's Got Talent". Metro. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
- Real, Evan (June 2, 2015). "'America's Got Talent' Week 2: Which Act Got Howard Stern To Press The Golden Buzzer?". Hollywood Life. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
- Hillen, Tom (June 9, 2015). "'Golden Buzzer' for GR woman on 'America's Got Talent'". Grand Rapids, MI: WOOD-TV. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
- Rackham, Casey (June 23, 2015). "'America's Got Talent's 11-year-old Arielle Baril gets golden buzzer for her crazy opera skills". Zap2It. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- Stormy Elizabeth. "America's Got Talent 2015 Recap: NPH Guests on Judges Cut: Season 10 Episode 8 "Judge Cuts 1"". Celeb Dirty Laundry. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
- Hayner, Chris (July 21, 2015). "'America's Got Talent' guest judge Michael Bublé makes a man cry with golden buzzer". Zap2It. Zap2It.com. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
- Weiss, Shari (July 28, 2015). "Paul Zerdin 'America's Got Talent' Video: Marlon Wayans Uses Golden Buzzer For Funny Ventriloquist—Watch Here!". Gossip Cop. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- Weiss, Shari (August 4, 2015). "Siro-A 'America's Got Talent' Video: Piers Morgan Uses Golden Buzzer For Virtual Performance Group—WATCH!". Gossip Cop. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
- King, Bill. "America's Got Talent Season 10 Finale: And the Winner Is...", BuddyTV.com, September 16, 2015
- Kondology, Amanda (May 28, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: No Adjustement for 'iZombie', 'America's Got Talent' or '500 Questions'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- Kondology, Amanda (June 2, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'America's Got Talent' Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending May 31, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
- Kondology, Amanda (June 3, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: No Adjustments for 'America's Got Talent', 'iZombie' or 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (June 9, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: NBA Finals Game 2 Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending June 7, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (June 10, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Hell's Kitchen' Adjusted Up & Final NBA Finals Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
- "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: NBA Finals Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending June 14, 2015". TV by the Numbers.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (June 17, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Adjusted Up + Final NBA & FIFA Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: NBA Finals Game 6 Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending June 21, 2015". TV by the Numbers.
- Bibel, Sara (June 24, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
- "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'America's Got Talent' Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending June 28, 2015—Ratings". TVbytheNumbers.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (July 1, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Adjusted Up; 'Beats the Champion' Adjusted Down + Final FIFA Women's World Cup Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
- "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: FIFA Women's World Cup Championship Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending July 5, 2015—Ratings". TV by the Numbers.
- Bibel, Sara (July 8, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' & 'Zoo' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (July 14, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'America's Got Talent' Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending July 12, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (July 15, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Hollywood Game Night' Adjusted Down + Final All-Star Game Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (July 19, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: MLB All-Star Game Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending July 19, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (July 22, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'So You Think You Can Dance' & 'Knock Knock Live' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (July 28, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'America's Got Talent' Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending July 26, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (July 29, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Hollywood Game Night' Adjusted Down; No Adjustment for 'Zoo', 'Knock Knock Live' or 'America's Got Talent'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (August 4, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Bachelorette' Tops Adults 18-49, 'America's Got Talent' Wins With Total Viewers for the Week Ending August 2, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (August 5, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Adjusted Up; 'Hollywood Game Night' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (August 11, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: NFL Preseason Football Tops Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers for the Week Ending August 9, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (August 12, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Zoo' Adjusted Up; 'Hollywood Game Night' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (August 16, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: NFL Preseason Football Tops Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers for the Week Ending August 16, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (August 13, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up; 'America's Next Top Model' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (August 19, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Zoo' & 'America's Got Talent' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (August 25, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'America's Got Talent' Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending August 23, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (August 20, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Master Chef' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (August 26, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (September 1, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'America's Got Talent' Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers for the Week Ending August 30, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (August 27, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up; 'Celebrity Wife Swap' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (September 2, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Adjusted Up; 'Hollywood Game Night' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (September 9, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: Saturday Night Football Tops Adults 18-49 While 'America's Got Talent' Leads Total Viewers for the Week Ending September 6, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (September 3, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother', 'Last Comic Standing' & 'Celebrity Wife Swap' Adjusted Up; 'The Carmichael Show' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (September 10, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Adjusted Up; 'Hollywood Game Night' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
- Dixon, Dani (September 15, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: NFL Football Tops Adults 18-49 and Leads Total Viewers for the Week Ending September 6, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (September 10, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: No Adjustment for 'Extant', 'The Carmichael Show' or 'America's Next Top Model'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
- Dixon, Dani (September 16, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' & 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up; 'Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (September 22, 2015). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: NFL Football Tops Adults 18-49 and Leads Total Viewers for the Week Ending September 20, 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
- Dixon, Dani (September 17, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'America's Next Top Model' & 'A Wicked Off' Adjusted Down 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (July 23, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Master Chef' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (July 30, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Last Comic Standing' and 'Extant' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
- Bibel, Sara (August 6, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother', 'MasterChef', 'America's Got Talent' & 'Last Comic Standing' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
Season 9 (2014)
| America's Got Talent
Season 10 (2015)
Season 11 (2016)