America's Got Talent (season 10)

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America's Got Talent
Season 10
Broadcast fromMay 26 – September 16, 2015
Judges
Host(s)Nick Cannon
BroadcasterNBC
Winner
Paul Zerdin
OriginLondon, England
Genre(s)Ventriloquist
Runner-up
Drew Lynch
Chronology
Oz Pearlman
Oz Pearlman finished in third place

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.[1] 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.[2] Mel B and Heidi Klum both returned for their third seasons on the judging panel.[3]

On July 29, the show aired a special two-hour tenth anniversary retrospective episode. The series returned to Radio City Music Hall in New York for the live shows, which began, 2015.[4]

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.

Changes[edit]

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.[1]

Some auditions were held outdoors to showcase big danger acts. Auditions, both in the theater and outdoors, were filmed in the Fairplex in Pomona, California.[1]

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.[1] The celebrity guest judges, who each assisted the regular judges one week, were Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Bublé, Piers Morgan, and Marlon Wayans.[5][6]

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.[1]

Preliminary auditions[edit]

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.[7] 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[edit]

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.[8] Contemporary dance duo Freckled Sky became the second Golden Act whose performance was aired, with Stern using the Golden Buzzer on them.[9] Mel B was the third judge seen using the Golden Buzzer, this time on gospel singer Sharon Irving.[10] Klum was the last to utilize the Golden Buzzer, with 11-year-old classical singer Arielle Baril being its recipient.[11]

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.[6] On the July 14 episode, Neil Patrick Harris used his golden buzzer on magician Piff the Magic Dragon.[12] 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.[13] Marlon Wayans used his buzzer on ventriloquist comedian Paul Zerdin on the July 28 episode.[14] 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.[15]

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.

Judge Cuts[edit]

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.

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed Crystal Clear action bookmark.png Golden Buzzer
  Advanced to the live shows
  Eliminated
  Eliminated immediately
  Advanced immediately
  Quarterfinal Wildcard

Week 1[edit]

Guest judge: Neil Patrick Harris

Act Order Performance Type Buzzes Result
Mandel Mel B Harris Klum Stern
Freelusion Dance Company 1 Videomapping Dance Group Advanced
Paul Ponce 2 Extreme Juggler Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Silvia Silvia[note 1] 3 Extreme Crossbow Archer Withdrew
Chapkis Dance Company 4 Dance Troupe Advanced
Samantha Hess 5 Professional Cuddler Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 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
Michael John 9 Magician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Piff the Magic Dragon 10 Comic-Magician Crystal Clear action bookmark.png Advanced Immediately
Duo Ignite 11 Acrobatic Aerial Duo Eliminated
Myq Kaplan 12 Comedian Advanced
Nick and Eddie 13 Singing Duo Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Keith Klein 14 Singer Eliminated
3 Shades of Blue 15 Acoustic Rock Band Advanced
Marc & Kiri 16 Ballroom Dance Duo Eliminated
Vibez 17 Contortion Dancer Eliminated
X-Treme Tricking & Tumbling 18 Tumbling Group Eliminated
Grand Master Qi Feilong 19 Kung Fu Artist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated Immediately
Samantha Johnson 20 Singer Advanced
Note
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Alondra was brought back as a replacement after extreme crossbow archer, Silvia Silvia, dropped out.

Week 2[edit]

Guest judge: Michael Bublé

Act Order Performance Type Buzzes Result
Mandel Mel B Bublé Klum Stern
Aiden Sinclair 1 Magician Eliminated
Jenna Renae 2 Singer And Pianist Eliminated
Shirley Claire 3 Singer Eliminated
Daniella Mass 4 Opera Singer Advanced
Ira 5 Singing Puppet Advanced
Benjamin Yonnatan 6 Contemporary Dancer Advanced
Facinet Sylla 7 Dancer Eliminated
Nastasya Generalova 8 Acrobat Eliminated
Wes Barker 9 Escapologist Eliminated
Uzeyer Novruzov 10 Ladder Acrobat Advanced
Ryan Shaw 11 Singer Eliminated
The CraigLewis Band 12 Singing Duo Crystal Clear action bookmark.png Advanced immediately
Dr. Danger's Daredevil All Stars 13 Daredevil Stunts Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 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 Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated Immediately
Chris Jones 18 Hypnotist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Scott Heierman 19 Comedian Eliminated
Selected of God Choir 20 Gospel Choir Advanced
Note
  1. ^ DADitude! was brought back as a replacement after extreme aerial act, Duo Volta presumably dropped out.

Week 3[edit]

Guest judge: Marlon Wayans

Act Order Performance Type Buzzes Result
Mandel Mel B Wayans Klum Stern
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
Oleksiy Mogylnyy 6 Acrobat Eliminated
Johnny Shelton 7 Singer And Guitarist Eliminated
Dana Daniels 8 Magician Eliminated
Paul Zerdin 9 Ventriloquist Crystal Clear action bookmark.png Advanced immediately
Oz Pearlman 10 Mentalist Advanced
Brittney Allen 11 Singer Eliminated
Paul Blair 12 Hula-Hoop Performer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated immediately
Pretty Big Movement 13 Dance Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Stacey Kay 14 Singer And Band Eliminated
Mountain Faith Band 15 Bluegrass Band Advanced
Randy Roberts 16 Drag Act Eliminated
Vita Radionova 17 Contortionist Advanced
Cailyn Mathis 18 Dancer Eliminated
Haley Glass 19 Martial Artist Eliminated
Benton Blount 20 Singer And Guitarist Advanced

Week 4[edit]

Guest judge: Piers Morgan

Act Order Performance Type Buzzes Result
Mandel Mel B Morgan Klum Stern
The Gentlemen 1 Hip-Hop Dance Duo Advanced
Technicianz 2 Dance Group Eliminated
Duwende 3 Singing Group Eliminated
Leroy Patterson 4 Danger Act Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Derek Hughes 5 Magician Advanced
Duo Vladimir 6 Acrobatic Duo Eliminated
Duo Volta[note 1] 7 Static Trapeze Duo Withdrew
Jamie Costa 8 Comedian Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated immediately
Xavier Mortimer 9 Magician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated immediately
Alicia Michilli 10 Singer Advanced
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 Crystal Clear action bookmark.png Advanced immediately
Kacey Jones 15 Country Singer Eliminated
Gary Vider 16 Comedian Advanced
Kayvon Zand 17 Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated immediately
Vox 18 Opera Quartet Eliminated
Alex Boyé 19 Singer Eliminated
Stevie Starr 20 Regurgitator Advanced
Note
  1. ^ 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.

Quarterfinals[edit]

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 Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg'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.

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed
  Advanced
Crystal Clear app clean.png Judges' Choice
  Won Judges' Choice
  Lost Judges' Choice
  Dunkin' Save
  Judges' Wildcard

Week 1 (August 11–12)[edit]

Guests: The Rockettes, Mat Franco, OMI

Act Order Performance Description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Mandel Mel B Klum Stern
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 Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 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 Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 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 Crystal Clear app clean.svg 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)[edit]

Guests: Emily West, William Close

Act Order Performance Description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Mandel Mel B Klum Stern
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 Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Choice
Animation Crew 4 Popping Dance Group performed a hip-hop-style routine with a video game themed background Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 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)[edit]

Guests: Le Rêve

Act Order Performance Description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Mandel Mel B Klum Stern
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 Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 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 Crystal Clear app clean.svg Lost Judges' Choice
Daniella Mass 11 Opera Singer sang a cover of "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 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.

^2 DADitude! is the first and only act as of Season 12 to get 4 Xs during the live rounds. This is also the first time that Heidi has buzzed an act during the live shows.

Semifinals[edit]

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.

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed
  Advanced
Crystal Clear app clean.png Judges' Choice
  Won Judges' Choice
  Lost Judges' Choice
  Dunkin' Save

Week 1 (September 1–2)[edit]

Guests: The Illusionists, Taylor Williamson

Act Order Performance Description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Mandel Mel B Klum Stern
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" Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 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" Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 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" Crystal Clear app clean.svg1 Crystal Clear app clean.svg 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)[edit]

Guests: Little Mix, AcroArmy

Act Order Performance Description Judges' choices Result
Mandel Mel B Klum Stern
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 Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg1 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 Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 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

^1 After Stern's vote tied the Judges' Choice, Gary Vider went through to the finals on account of gaining more votes than Freelusion during the previous night's voting.

Finals[edit]

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.

Act Order Performance Description Result
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

Finale[edit]

The following chart describes the acts and appearances presented during the finale.[16]

Act(s) Performance Description
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.

Key
  1st place (Winner)
  2nd place (Runner-up)
  3rd place
  4th place
  5th place
Act Result
Paul Zerdin Winner
Drew Lynch Runner-up
Oz Pearlman 3rd place
Stevie Starr 4th place
The CraigLewis Band 5th place

Top 36 acts[edit]

Key      Winner      Runner-up      Third Place      Top 5      Finalist      Semifinalist (lost judges' vote)      Semifinalist (lost audience vote)      Quarterfinalist (lost judges' vote)      Quarterfinalist (lost audience vote) Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Golden buzzer (Auditions) Crystal Clear action bookmark.png Golden buzzer (Judge Cuts) Playing card club A.svg Judges' wild card (quarterfinals) Playing card heart A.svg Judges' wild card (semifinals)
Name of act Age(s) Genre Act Hometown Quarterfinal Semifinal Result
Paul Zerdin Crystal Clear action bookmark.png 42 Comedy Ventriloquist England London, England 1 2 Winner
Drew Lynch Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 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 Scotland Glasgow, Scotland 3 2 4th Place
The CraigLewis Band Crystal Clear action bookmark.png 30 & 33 Singing Singing Duo Atlanta, Georgia 2 1 5th Place
Piff the Magic Dragon Crystal Clear action bookmark.png 34 Magic Comedic Magician England 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 Russia Eysk, Russia 2 2 Finalist (won Dunkin' Save vote)
Freelusion 27-29 Dance Videomapping Dance Group Hungary 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 Playing card club A.svg 13 Singing Mariachi Singer El Monte, California 1 2 Eliminated
Arielle Baril Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 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 Playing card club A.svg Playing card heart A.svg 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 Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 29 Singing Gospel Singer Chicago, Illinois 2 2 Eliminated
Siro-A Crystal Clear action bookmark.png 23-36 Dance Video Projection Dance Group Japan Sendai, Japan 1 1 Eliminated
Benjamin Yonattan 14 Dance Contemporary Dancer Kalamazoo, Michigan 3 N/A Eliminated (lost judges' vote)
Freckled Sky Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 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 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 Playing card club A.svg 56 & 56 Dance Acrobatic Dance Duo South Africa South Africa 1 N/A Eliminated
DADitude! Playing card club A.svg 42-55 Dance Dance Group Los Angeles, California 3 N/A Eliminated
Damone Rippy Playing card club A.svg 16 Stunt Flyboarder Austin, Texas 2 N/A Eliminated
DM Nation 14-29 Dance Hip-Hop Dance Group Canada 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 Playing card club A.svg 21-33 Gymnastics Gymnastics Team Armenia Czech Republic Germany Armenia,Czech Republic, Germany 1 N/A Eliminated
Triple Threat 21 Singing Vocal Group Benton, Arkansas 1 N/A Eliminated
Vita Radionova 33 Gymnastics Contortionist Ukraine Ukraine 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[edit]

Show Episode title First air date Rating
(18–49)
Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Time slot
rank
Nightly
rank
Weekly
rank
1 Auditions Week 1 (Premiere) May 26, 2015 2.6 9 11.09[17] 1 1 1[18]
2 Auditions Week 2 June 2, 2015 2.4 9 10.84[19] 1 1 3[20]
3 Auditions Week 3 June 9, 2015 2.3 8 10.44[21] 2 2 4[22]
4 Auditions Week 4 June 16, 2015 2.3 8 10.18[23] 1 2 4[24]
5 Auditions Week 5 June 23, 2015 2.6 10 11.08[25] 1 1 1[26]
6 Auditions Week 6 June 30, 2015 2.5 9 10.74[27] 2 2 3[28]
7 Auditions Week 7 July 7, 2015 2.3 8 10.57[29] 1 1 1[30]
8 Judge Cuts Week 1 July 14, 2015 2.4 9 10.82[31] 1 2 2[32]
9 Judge Cuts Week 2 July 21, 2015 2.3 9 10.50[33] 1 1 1[34]
10 Judge Cuts Week 3 July 28, 2015 2.1 8 10.33[35] 1 1 3[36]
11 Judge Cuts Week 4 August 4, 2015 2.2 8 10.21[37] 1 1 3[38]
12 Quarterfinals Week 1 (Performances) August 11, 2015 2.5 9 11.43[39] 1 1 1[40]
13 Quarterfinals Week 1 (Results) August 12, 2015 1.6 6 8.83[41] 2 2 6[40]
14 Quarterfinals Week 2 (Performances) August 18, 2015 2.3 8 10.86[42] 1 1 1[43]
15 Quarterfinals Week 2 (Results) August 19, 2015 1.6 6 9.12[44] 2 2 7[43]
16 Quarterfinals Week 3 (Performances) August 25, 2015 2.2 8 10.34[45] 1 1 2[46]
17 Quarterfinals Week 3 (Results) August 26, 2015 1.6 6 8.46[47] 2 2 7[46]
18 Semifinals Week 1 (Performances) September 1, 2015 2.3 8 10.55[48] 1 1 2[49]
19 Semifinals Week 1 (Results) September 2, 2015 1.7 7 9.29[50] 2 2 6[49]
20 Semifinals Week 2 (Performances) September 8, 2015 2.1 7 10.53[51] 1 1 9[52]
21 Semifinals Week 2 (Results) September 9, 2015 1.8 7 9.46[53] 2 2 12[52]
22 Finals (Performances) September 15, 2015 2.4 9 11.33[54] 1 1 6[55]
23 Finale September 16, 2015 2.1 7 9.54[56] 1 1 9[55]

Specials[edit]

Show Episode title First air date Rating
(18–49)
Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Time slot
rank
Nightly
rank
Weekly
rank
S1 Best of Season 10 Auditions July 22, 2015 1.2 5 5.66[57] 3 4 12[34]
S2 10 Years of Talent July 29, 2015 1.6 6 5.80[58] 2 2 8[36]
S3 World's Got Talent August 5, 2015 1.5 6 6.99[59] 2 2 9[38]
S4 Finale Performance Recap September 16, 2015 1.2 4 5.65[56] 3 4 19[55]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Season 9 (2014)
America's Got Talent
Season 10 (2015)
Succeeded by
Season 11 (2016)