America's Got Talent (season 11)
|America's Got Talent|
|Broadcast from||May 31 –|
September 14, 2016
|Origin||Suffern, New York|
Season eleven of the reality competition series America's Got Talent was ordered on September 1, 2015. The season premiered on NBC on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Nick Cannon returned for his eighth and final season as host. Howie Mandel returned for his seventh season as a judge, while Mel B and Heidi Klum returned for their fourth season. Simon Cowell replaced Howard Stern as the fourth judge. The live shows began on July 26, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles instead of Radio City Music Hall in New York from previous years. Due to the 2016 Summer Olympics broadcast schedule on NBC, the show took a hiatus from August 9–17.
Dunkin' Donuts sponsored the show for a second season, and this season again featured the golden buzzer for each judge and Cannon. Four guest judges joined the panel for the judge's cuts: George Lopez, Reba McEntire, Ne-Yo, and Louis Tomlinson. Each judge was given a golden buzzer.
Grace VanderWaal was announced as the winner on September 14, 2016, making her the second female act and the second child act to win the show since season 1. Mentalist duo, The Clairvoyants, placed second, marking the first time that females placed in the top two positions. Magician Jon Dorenbos, an NFL long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles, placed third.
- 1 Season changes
- 2 Preliminary auditions
- 3 Judge Cuts
- 4 Quarterfinals
- 5 Semifinals
- 6 Finals
- 7 Top 36 acts
- 8 Ratings
- 9 Contestants who appeared on other seasons or shows
- 10 International broadcasts
- 11 References
- 12 External links
On October 22, 2015, it was announced that creator Simon Cowell would replace Howard Stern as a judge for season 11. On January 12, 2016, it was announced that Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel would all return as judges, with Nick Cannon returning as host.
This season will be the first time in the American version where the host, Nick Cannon, will also have the opportunity to use the golden buzzer. This is similar to the UK version of the series, Britain's Got Talent, where together the co-hosts are also allowed to press the golden buzzer for an act.
The position the judges sit at the judging table was flipped. From left to right (as seen from the live audience's perspective), the order is: Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel. This is likely because of the fact that Simon, who joined this season, has always been on the farthest left (from the live audience's perspective) whenever he's on the judging panel.
The season had preliminary open call auditions in Detroit, New York City, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, San Jose, San Diego, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando, and Dallas. As in years past, hopeful contestants could also submit online auditions.
This season again featured the golden buzzer, which allowed each judge (and host Nick Cannon) to send an act straight to the live shows. Mel B was the first judge to press it, using it for 13-year-old opera singer Laura Bretan, who performed "Nessun dorma". Howie Mandel was second to use it, for 12-year-old singer/songwriter/ukelele player Grace VanderWaal, after she performed an original song titled "I Don't Know My Name" in the third episode of auditions, Heidi Klum used her golden buzzer for 20-year-old singer/crooner Sal Valentinetti, who performed "My Way" by Frank Sinatra. Simon Cowell used his golden buzzer for 16-year-old Calysta Bevier, who performed "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten. All of the golden buzzers had been used for a singer until week 6 of auditions, when Cannon used his golden buzzer for Dorothy Williams, a 90-year-old burlesque dancer. This was the first season in which Cannon was given a golden buzzer. This was the first time that an act who got a golden buzzer in the auditions round won a season.
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The Judge Cuts began on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 and ended on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Like the previous season, one guest judge joined the judges' panel each show and 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 the one that received 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 immediately eliminated from the competition. The four guest judges were George Lopez, Reba McEntire, Ne-Yo, and Louis Tomlinson. This season, there were two Judge Cuts shows per week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Consequently, the Judge Cuts ended in two weeks rather than the four weeks they have taken in earlier seasons. This change was made to avoid competition with NBC's upcoming Olympic Games broadcast.
After the Judge Cuts, three wildcards were selected to compete in the live shows: FLIP, Steven Brundage and Sila Sveta (who did not perform in the Judge Cuts round).
Quarterfinal Wild Card
Guest judge: Ne-Yo
Date: July 12, 2016
This was the first Judge Cuts not to feature any acts getting four red buzzers.
|Philippe and Marie-Lee||2||Acrobatic Duo||Eliminated|
|Jumpers in Command||5||Acrobatic Jump Rope Team||Eliminated|
|Lori Mae Hernandez||8||Comedian||Advanced|
|John Ferraro||9||Danger Act||Eliminated|
|Duo Guerrero||11||Tightrope Duo||Eliminated|
|Jon Dorenbos||12||Magician||Advanced Immediately|
|The Passing Zone||13||Juggling Duo||Advanced|
|Julian Davis and the Hayburners||14||Bluegrass Band||Eliminated|
|Raii and Whitney Smith||15||Singing Duo||Eliminated|
|Axel Perez||18||Balancing Acrobat||Eliminated|
|Rory Freeman||19||Contemporary Dancer||Eliminated|
|Linkin' Bridge||20||A Cappella Group||Advanced|
^1 Although Hara is a multimedia illusionist, his act he performed did not include any multimedia.
Guest judge: Reba McEntire
Date: July 13, 2016
|Kadie Lynn Roberson||1||Singer And Guitarist||Advanced|
|House of Lewis||3||Hip Hop Band||Eliminated|
|Zach Sherwin||4||Comedic Rapper||Eliminated|
|Erik Cavanaugh||6||Contemporary Dancer||Eliminated|
|Sofie Dossi||7||Contortionist||Advanced Immediately|
|Parker Garrison||9||Contemporary Dancer||Eliminated|
|Cody Carter||11||Baton Twirler||Eliminated|
|Kadan Bart Rockett||12||Illusionists||Advanced|
|Cecile and Mighty||17||Singing Illusionists||Eliminated|
|Steven Brundage||18||Rubik's Cube Magician||Quarterfinal Wild Card|
|Gary Sladek and Jim||19||Trampolinists||Eliminated|
|Deadly Games||20||Extreme Knife Throwers||Advanced|
Guest judge: George Lopez
Date: July 19, 2016
|José and Carrie||1||Dancing Dog Act||Eliminated|
|Ilan & Josh||3||Beatboxers||Eliminated|
|The Finest Family||4||Dance Group||Eliminated|
|Alla and Daniel||6||Ballroom Dancing Duo||Advanced|
|Charles & Rose||7||Singing Duo||Eliminated|
|Mason Bumba||8||Martial Artist||Eliminated|
|Good Girl||10||R&B Vocal Group||Eliminated|
|Dominique Dy||11||Singer And Pianist||Eliminated|
|Malevo||14||Malambo Group||Advanced Immediately|
|Ian Stewart||15||Crossbow Act||Eliminated|
|Ryan Stock & AmberLynn||16||Sideshow Act||Advanced|
|Ryan Beard||18||Comedic Singer||Eliminated|
|Brian Justin Crum||20||Singer||Advanced|
Guest judge: Louis Tomlinson
Date: July 20, 2016
This was the only episode of Judge Cuts this season in which acts received four red buzzers.
|Campbell Walker Fields||2||Singer And Pianist||Eliminated|
|FLIP||3||Dance Group||Quarterfinal Wild Card|
|Shane and Shannon Jessen||4||Ballroom Dance Duo||Eliminated|
|Jayna Brown||8||Singer||Advanced Immediately|
|John Hetlinger||9||Rock Singer||Eliminated|
|Sos and Victoria||12||Quick Change Duo||Advanced|
|Jon Bernhardt||13||Thereminist||Eliminated Immediately|
|The Amazing Armando||15||Magician||||Eliminated Immediately|
|Musicality||16||A Cappella Group||Advanced|
|Oksana Grishina||17||Contemporary Dancer||Eliminated|
|The Baron of the Universe||18||Strongman||Eliminated|
15. Because Mel was on stage during Armando's act, Tomlinson pressed her buzzer
The live quarterfinals were held at the Dolby Theatre, starting on July 26, 2016. They featured the nine golden buzzer acts, the 24 acts passed through during the Judge Cuts round, and three wildcard acts chosen by the producers and judges. Twelve acts performed each week. Seven acts made it through to the semi-finals, while five were eliminated. Outlawz, ThroWings, Vello Vaher, and Alla and Daniel received an "X" in the live shows.
Advanced (Won Public Vote)
Won Judges' Choice
Lost Judges' Choice
Week 1 (July 26–27)
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|Jayna Brown||1||Singer; sang "Make it Rain" by Ed Sheeran.||Advanced|
|Hara||2||Illusionist; appeared to conjure up two real doves from projections of doves behind him. Hara moved in from to additional projections to act out his mother handing him a box, his mother transforming into a dragon, Hara holding an umbrella and walking in the woods, and Hara riding the dragon in the air. Finally, Hara "arrived" at a place called "Harawood", where his mother, now there in person, greeted him.||1||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Outlawz||3||Hip-Hop Dance Group; Danced in a routine inspired by the Ghostbusters franchise. Their routine included moves from Michael Jackson with popping and contortion.||Eliminated|
|Musicality||4||A Capella Group; sang Ariana Grande's "One Last Time".||Advanced|
|Lori Mae Hernandez||5||Comedian; joked about Donald Trump's hair resembling a troll's, how kids would vote for braces to be illegal, and how the next President (referred to as "she", or Hillary Clinton) will do great.||Dunkin' Save|
|Deadly Games2||6||Extreme Knife Throwers; Alfredo threw a set of weapons on the board behind Anna while he was blindfolded. Next, Anna spun on a flaming spinning wheel while Alfredo threw a set of flaming weapons on the wheel as it spun.||Won Judges' Choice|
|Jon Dorenbos||7||Magician; Had a prediction inside of a bottle and set it aside. Then, all four judges drew a picture on a piece of paper. Jon proceeded to guess correctly which judge drew each drawing. Finally, he put the glass bottle inside of a bag and had Simon Cowell smash the bottle with a hammer. Jon pulled an envelope out and inside of the envelope was a very accurate prediction of Simon's drawing. A secret second pocket was revealed to have very accurate predictions of the three other judges' drawings.||Advanced|
|Daniel Joyner||8||Singer; sang "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen.||Eliminated|
|Tape Face||9||Mime; performed a skit where he held his arms around Heidi Klum as she molded Play-Dough on stand in front of them, in a parody of a classic pottery wheel scene from Ghost. Next, he wore a pair of sunglasses that played Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" when he wore them; however, when host Nick Cannon wore them, they played embarrassing songs. Finally, Tape Face brushed the glasses, gave the pair to Nick, and wore his own, causing the Peter Gunn theme to play for both men.||Advanced|
|Dorothy Williams||10||Burlesque Dancer; danced and stripped her clothes to Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)," this time with a large group of background dancers.||Eliminated|
|Sila Sveta||11||Videomapping Dance Duo; two performers danced in front of and behind a variety of colorful shapes. The act appeared to conclude with one of the dancers appearing to die after being struck and whose ghost then floated above the stage.||Eliminated|
|Laura Bretan||12||Opera Singer; sang Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's "The Prayer."||Advanced|
^1 After Mandel's vote tied the Judges' Choice, Deadly Games was announced to have received more of America's votes than Hara, and advanced to the semi-finals.
^2 In the middle of the Dunkin' Save vote during the results show, Deadly Games's picture was portrayed as Daniel Joyner, bringing Deadly Games's voting percentage to 0%. It was later fixed.
Week 2 (August 2–3)
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|FLIP||1||Dance Group; danced as a group to Sia's "Alive," percussion music, and Fleur East's "Sax."||Eliminated|
|Moya Angela||2||Singer; sang Whitney Houston's "I Don't Know My Strength".||Eliminated|
|Viktor Kee||3||Juggler; Emerged from a clear egg, then performed new juggling tricks such as balancing a ball on his forehead and then five balls on his spine as he spun his body around the stage. Finally, he tossed a series of five balls high in the air and caught one in the palm of his hand.||Advanced|
|Kadie Lynn Roberson||4||Singer And Guitarist; sang "My Church" by Maren Morris while playing the guitar.||1||Won Judges' Choice|
|Ryan Stock and AmberLynn||5||Sideshow Act; Performed in a "1970s" style house with the song "Sunshine Lollipop" in the background where Ryan swallowed a curved knife. Next, Ryan swallowed a lamppost with a target which AmberLynn was supposed to shoot with a flaming arrow. Unfortunately, AmberLynn was unable to shoot on point due to a malfunction of the equipment (although the laser sight was on target, the notch holding the arrow broke and sent the arrow sideways, and shot Ryan near his neck; Ryan was later revealed to be medically clear).||Eliminated|
|Calysta Bevier||6||Singer; sang "Brave" by Sara Bareilles.||Advanced|
|Sofie Dossi||7||Contortionist; Flew to the stage from an Aerial Silk. Next, she balanced on her hands on two canes while contorting her body. Finally, while blindfolded and after being rotated on the canes one full rotation, Sofie shot a bow with her feet and hit a target with a flaming arrow.||Advanced|
|The Clairvoyants||8||Mentalists; Blindfolded, Amelie guessed the precise colour and flavour of the jelly beans that Cowell and Klum have picked individually. Amelie also figured out the exact number of jelly beans that Mel B had scooped – 22 pieces. The Clairvoyants claimed to have deciphered – or better yet, dictated – the judges’ choices way before they made their picks. With a chalk board, the Clairvoyants showed how they have the judge’s minds figured out, including Mandel’s wish for a spicy chocolate-flavoured jelly bean.||Advanced|
|Sal Valentinetti||9||Singer; sang a jazz rendition of "Story of My Life" by One Direction.||Dunkin' Save|
|ThroWings||10||Extreme Acrobats; performed their Russian Cradle act, this time with strobe lights and a successful trick they did unsuccessfully a few years ago.||3||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Steven Brundage||11||Rubik's Cube Magician; Had Simon Cowell watch a large, mixed Rubik's cube. Next, he had Heidi Klum roll a six-colored die and cover the die after she rolled it. Next, Mel B named a different color than was on the top. Next, from a paper bag, Steven grabbed a Rubik's cube with one solid side of the color of the top of the die and then Mel B's choice. Next, he had Howie Mandel randomly mix a cube that then matched a cube from behind Steven's back. Finally, Steven revealed that the two recently matched cubes were identical in mixed color to the large cube Simon observed at the beginning of the performance.||Advanced|
|Sos and Victoria||12||Quick Change Duo; performed a quick change act in which Victoria changed dresses behind cloths, inside booths, and underneath glitter.||Eliminated|
^1 After Cowell's vote tied the Judges' Choice, Kadie Lynn Roberson was announced to have received more of America's vote than ThroWings, and advanced to the semifinals.
^3 Cowell pressed his buzzer after his comments on ThroWings. He later stated that he pressed the buzzer after the performance due to safety reasons. However, he did apologize for his actions publicly during the results.
Week 3 (August 23–24)
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|Vello Vaher||1||Contortionist; Did a Pirate-themed act, Contorted his body and climbed up stairs, up walls, and up a rope.||Eliminated|
|Ronee Martin||2||Singer; "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers.||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Kadan Bart Rockett||3||Illusionists; invited each of the judges to lock handcuffs around his wrists. Next, Brooklyn showed the judges a toolbox with bolt cutters, a box of bandages, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Next, Kadan stood on the stage and appeared to attempt to break out of the handcuffs in a covered box. Next, Brooklyn revealed that she would get "revenge" on Kadan for sawing her in half for the auditions by letting loose chainsaws to cut through his box. After they cut into the box, Kadan revealed himself as he stepped out of the toolbox onto the judges' desk.||Advanced|
|Linkin' Bridge||4||A Cappella Group; sang "Always on My Mind" by Elvis Presley as a group.||Won Judges' Choice|
|Alla and Daniel||5||Ballroom Dance Duo; Danced to "Cake By The Ocean" by DNCE.||Eliminated|
|Blake Vogt||6||Magician; had a large crate being suspended in the air. Next, Blake invited a random woman from the audience to select another woman in the audience. The second woman then picked a random bird (a blue jay). From the crate dropped an egg. Next, Blake invited the judges to narrow down a card from the deck (queen of diamonds). Next, Blake revealed the card to be inside the egg. Finally, Blake revealed to crate, opened up, to contain the word "Blue Jay" and blue feathers.||Advanced|
|Edgar||7||Family Band; sang "You've Got a Friend" by Carole King.||Advanced|
|Julia Scotti||8||Comedian; joked about her dating life and how she would hate to "spoon." She ended her set by talking about having a man in prison so she would only have to see him once a year on their anniversary.||Eliminated|
|Brian Justin Crum||9||Singer; sang "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins.||Advanced|
|Malevo||10||Malambo Group; Performed a rhythmic Malambo routine, including tap dancing in gaucho's boots in unison, beating drums in a circle, twirling staffs, tap dancing in gaucho's boots, and whirling boleadoras.||Dunkin' Save|
|The Passing Zone||11||Juggling Duo; juggled three of the judges dressed as astronauts (Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Heidi Klum) wearing astronaut suits suspended in the air around in a circular motion.^1||Judges' Wild Card|
|Grace VanderWaal||12||Singer-Songwriter/Ukulele Player; sang her original song "Beautiful Thing," while playing the Ukulele.||Advanced|
^1 Howie was purposefully left suspended in the air during the judging as part of a running gag of being abused by the act.
The live semifinals started on August 30, 2016. They feature the 21 acts voted to the semifinals, plus the judges' semifinal wildcard pick. Each week, eleven acts will perform. Five will go through, while six will be eliminated. No acts got buzzed.
Advanced (Won Public Vote)
Won Judges' Choice
Lost Judges' Choice
Week 1 (August 30–31)
Guests: The Illusionists
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Judges' choices||Result|
|Sal Valentinetti||1||Singer, performed "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra.||Advanced|
|Blake Vogt||2||Magician, performed a trick in which he tore off a piece of a card that Simon chose, and made it reappear in the empty card box. Vogt then got on a scissor lift and covered himself with a large cloth, only to disappear upon dropping the cloth and reappearing on one of the theater's balconies.||Eliminated|
|Edgar||3||Family Band, performed "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts.||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Lori Mae Hernandez||4||Comedian, performed a routine in which she joked about the U.S Olympic team, her barbie doll collection, and Nick and the judges.||Eliminated|
|Musicality||5||Capella Group, performed "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga.||Eliminated|
|Deadly Games||6||Extreme Knife Throwers, performed a routine consisting of Alfredo using a whip to cut a rose off of a stem in Anna's mouth, throwing knives at Anna while she was obscured by a long white canvas, and shooting a crossbow at her whilst holding balloons with her mouth/hands.||Eliminated|
|Tape Face||7||Mime, performed a routine in which he brought an audience member to the stage to "duel" with him using staple guns and balloons under both men's armpits and between their legs.||Dunkin' Save|
|Jon Dorenbos||8||Magician, performed a trick in which he made the judges throw a football at a U.S. map, then proceeded to reveal 4 quarters in a locked chest that represented the states the judges threw their footballs at. Dorenbos also revealed a hidden map to the judges that predicted the locations of the judges' throws.||Advanced|
|Grace VanderWaal||9||Singer-Songwriter/Ukulele Player , performed her original song, "Light the Sky".||Advanced|
|Malevo||10||Malambo Group, performed an Argentine folk dance routine with elements such as water and percussion incorporated.||Eliminated|
|Laura Bretan||11||Opera Singer, performed Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu".||Won Judges' Choice|
Week 2 (September 6–7)
Guests: Andra Day, Blue Journey
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Judges' choices||Result|
|Jayna Brown||1||Singer, performed "Rise" by Katy Perry.||Eliminated|
|Kadan Bart Rockett||2||Illusionists, performed a trick in which they made all of their classmates appear out of a cardboard schoolhouse.||Eliminated|
|Kadie Lynn Roberson||3||Singer, performed "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack.||Eliminated|
|Viktor Kee||4||Juggler, performed a routine consisting of emerging out of a treasure chest, levitating a ball, and then juggling four balls in a variety of ways.||1||Won Judges' Choice|
|Linkin' Bridge||5||A Cappella Group, performed "7 Years" by Lukas Graham.||Advanced|
|The Passing Zone||6||Juggling Duo, performed a routine in which they juggled flaming torches around Cowell.||Eliminated|
|Calysta Bevier||7||Singer, performed "Human" by Christina Perri.||Eliminated|
|Steven Brundage||8||Rubik's Cube Magician, performed a routine in which he asked Cannon to choose a card with a celebrity's name on it while the judges were mixing Rubik's cubes, followed by asking Cannon to place the mixed cubes on a board, followed by revealing the chosen celebrity on the board.||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Sofie Dossi||9||Contortionist, performed a routine in which she balanced and rotated on a platform using her hands while contorting her body, followed by a performance on a suspended hoop.||Dunkin' Save|
|The Clairvoyants||10||Mentalists, performed a routine in which they asked for Mandel to ask Cowell a question, asked Mel B for an influence, asked Klum to name a kiss location, named the time on a clock correctly, and correctly named what the judges wrote.||Advanced|
|Brian Justin Crum||11||Singer, performed "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears.||Advanced|
^1 After Mandel's vote tied the Judges' Choice, Viktor Kee was announced to have received more of America's votes than Steven Brundage, and advanced to the finals.
The performances took place on September 13, 2016, where 10 acts performed. Every performance received a standing ovation from every judge. No acts were buzzed.
The season finale took place on September 14, 2016. During the finale results, the top 5 acts were revealed first; then they were eliminated in reverse ranking from fifth place to third place. Grace VanderWaal was announced the winner at the end of the finale. She won the million-dollar prize and was set to headline at the PH Showroom at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on October 27-30, 2016.
Advanced to the Top 5
|Sal Valentinetti||1||Singer, performed "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin.||Advanced|
|Sofie Dossi||2||Contortionist, performed a compilation act, including a fast back-flip sequence and an aerial ring routine.||Top 10|
|Linkin' Bridge||3||A Cappella Group, performed "See You Again" by Charlie Puth.||Top 10|
|Laura Bretan||4||Opera Singer, performed "O mio babbino caro", by Giacomo Puccini.||Top 10|
|The Clairvoyants||5||Mentalists, performed an act where they compiled their previous performances together, naming a man's birthday from the crowd, naming the expiration date and the last four numbers of Simon's credit card while Amelie was submerged underwater, and naming the Howie-flavored jelly bean that Mel B described inside of a pendant.||Advanced|
|Brian Justin Crum||6||Singer, Performed "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson.||Advanced|
|Tape Face||7||Mime, performed an act with horse puppets to the tune of "William Tell Overture", featuring Mel B with a toilet seat around her neck as he fired a plunger at the toilet seat in a parody of the William Tell legend.||Top 10|
|Viktor Kee||8||Juggler, performed with several different juggling methods, including one with a flaming ball.||Top 10|
|Jon Dorenbos||9||Magician, told an inspirational story while manipulating cards the judges signed.||Advanced|
|Grace VanderWaal||10||Singer-Songwriter/Ukulele Player, sang an original song called "Clay" with an anti-bullying message.||Advanced|
The following chart describes the performances each act did that was televised for the finale.
|Sal Valentinetti||Singer; Guest Performers: Jersey Boys. Sang "Oh What a Night" together.|
|Sofie Dossi, Laura Bretan & Viktor Kee||Contortionist, Opera Singer and Juggler; Guest Performers: Il Volo. Bretan and II Volo sang a duet of "Nessun dorma", while Dossi swung from a hoop in the air and Viktor juggled balls.|
|Linkin' Bridge||A Cappella Group; Guest Performers: Silhouettes. Sang "7 Years" with Silhouettes shadow dancing in the background.|
|The Clairvoyants & Jon Dorenbos||Mentalists; Guest Performer: Paula Abdul. Thommy handed Heidi a book of celebrities. She called "stop" on a photo of Abdul, who joined them on stage carrying a box. A lottery followed; each judge picked a random number between 1 and 50. They opened a box that contained a lottery ticket with the numbers each judge chose. They handed Abdul an envelope, and Dorenbos asked Abdul to pick a card from a giant deck of cards. He had her tear the card into four pieces, three of which he put into a paper bag. He made them disappear, and they reappeared in the envelope reassembled. The remaining corner was a perfect match.|
|Brian Justin Crum||Singer. Instead of a Guest performer, Crum sang "Creep" by Radiohead.|
|Tape Face||Mime; Guest Performers: Jon Dorenbos, Brian Justin Crum, Viktor Kee & Shon China Lacy. Tape Face got them all to sway to "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers. Then he sat them in four chairs, with their backs all facing the same direction. He laid them down so that they were leaning on each other and pulled out the chairs, one by one, so that they were, themselves, the chairs. He sat down, read some papers and snapped a selfie, and they were stuck that way until he slid the chairs back so they could de-tangle.|
|Grace VanderWaal||Singer-Songwriter/Ukulele Player. Instead of a guest performer, VanderWaal again sang "I Don't Know my Name".|
1st place (Winner)
2nd place (Runner-up)
|Jon Dorenbos||3rd place|
|Brian Justin Crum||4th place|
|Sal Valentinetti||5th place|
Top 36 acts
- | Winner | Runner-up Third place
- | Finalist | Semi-finalist (eliminated) Quarter-finalist (eliminated)
- Wildcard (Semi-finals)
- Wildcard (Quarter-finals)
- Golden Buzzer (Auditions)
- Golden Buzzer (Judge Cuts)
|Alla & Daniel||8 & 32||Dance||Ballroom Dance Duo||Upland, California||3||Eliminated|
|Blake Vogt||27||Magic||Magician||Lebanon, Indiana||3||Semi-finalist|
|Brian Justin Crum||28||Singing||Singer||San Diego, California||3||Finalist (Won Public Vote)|
|Calysta Bevier||16||Singing||Singer||Grand Rapids, Ohio||2||Semi-finalist|
|Daniel Joyner||17||Singing||Singer||Alamo, Tennessee||1||Eliminated|
|Deadly Games||32 & 34||Danger||Extreme Knife Throwers||Las Vegas, Nevada||1||Semi-finalist|
|Dorothy Williams||90||Dance||Burlesque Dancer||Hilo, Hawaii||1||Eliminated|
|Edgar||15–36||Singing||Family Band||Toluca Lake, California||3||Semi-finalist (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|FLIP||14–17||Dance||Dance Group||Lévis, Canada||2||Eliminated|
|Grace VanderWaal||12||Singing / Music||Singer & Ukuleleist||Suffern, New York||3||Winner|
|Hara||25||Magic||Magician||Japan||1||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Jayna Brown||14||Singing||Singer||Baltimore, Maryland||1||Semi-finalist|
|Jon Dorenbos||35||Magic||Magician||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||Third Place|
|Julia Scotti||63||Comedy||Stand-up Comedienne||Whiting, New Jersey||3||Eliminated|
|Kadan Bart Rockett||10||Magic||Illusionists||Hollywood, California||3||Semi-finalist|
|Kadie Lynn Roberson||12||Singing / Music||Singer And Guitarist||Kemp, Texas||2||Semi-finalist|
|Laura Bretan||14||Singing||Opera Singer||Chicago||1||Finalist (Won Judges' Vote)|
|Linkin' Bridge||36–41||Singing||Vocal Group||Louisville, Kentucky||3||Finalist (Won Public Vote)|
|Lori Mae Hernandez||13||Comedy||Comedienne||Lancaster, California||1||Semi-finalist|
|Malevo||17–42||Dance||Malambo Group||Buenos Aires, Argentina||3||Semi-finalist|
|Moya Angela||32||Singing||Singer||Las Vegas, Nevada||2||Eliminated|
|Outlawz||17–20||Dance||Hip-Hop Dance Group||Gilbert, Arizona||1||Eliminated|
|Ronee Martin||62||Singing||Singer||Columbia, Virginia||3||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Ryan Stock & AmberLynn||34||Danger||Sideshow Duo||Las Vegas, Nevada||2||Eliminated|
|Sal Valentinetti||21||Singing||Jazz Singer||Bethpage, New York||2||Finalist (Won Public Vote)|
|Sila Sveta||20–35||Dance||Videomapping Dance Duo||Los Angeles||1||Eliminated|
|Sofie Dossi||15||Acrobatics||Contortionist/Aerialist||Cypress, California||2||Finalist (Won Dunkin' Save)|
|Sos & Victoria||37 & 44||Magic||Quick Change Duo||Mannheim, Germany||2||Eliminated|
|Steven Brundage||25||Magic||Rubik's Cube Magician||Saratoga Springs, New York||2||Semi-finalist (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Tape Face||37||Comedy||Comic Mime Act||Canterbury, New Zealand||1||Finalist (Won Dunkin' Save)|
|The Clairvoyants||28 & 29||Magic||Mentalist Duo||Vienna, Austria||2||Runners-up|
|The Passing Zone||49||Juggling||Juggling Duo||Hermosa Beach, California||3||Semi-finalist|
|ThroWings||25 & 29||Acrobatics||Acrobat Duo||Boston, Massachusetts||2||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Vello Vaher||52||Acrobatics||Acrobat/Contortionist||Tallinn, Estonia||3||Eliminated|
|Viktor Kee||45||Juggling||Juggler||Priluki, Ukraine||2||Finalist (Won Judges' Vote)|
U.S. Nielsen ratings
|Show||Episode title||First air date||Timeslot (EDT)||Rating
|1||Auditions Week 1 (Premiere)||May 31, 2016||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||2.6||10||11.67||1||3|
|2||Auditions Week 2||June 7, 2016||2.3||8||10.79||1||3|
|3||Auditions Week 3||June 14, 2016||2.6||10||11.54||1||5|
|4||Auditions Week 4||June 21, 2016||2.3||9||11.73||1||1|
|5||Auditions Week 5||June 28, 2016||Tuesday 9:00 p.m.||2.4||9||11.21||1||1|
|6||Auditions Week 6||July 5, 2016||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||2.7||10||12.81||1||1|
|7||Judge Cuts 1||July 12, 2016||2.4||9||11.54||1||1|
|8||Judge Cuts 2||July 13, 2016||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||2.4||9||11.85||1||2|
|9||Judge Cuts 3||July 19, 2016||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||2.3||9||11.10||1||2|
|10||Judge Cuts 4||July 20, 2016||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||2.3||9||10.78||1||1|
|11||Quarterfinals, Week 1 (Performances)||July 26, 2016||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||2.3||9||10.47||1||1|
|12||Quarterfinals, Week 1 (Results)||July 27, 2016||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||1.8||8||9.52||1||3 (tie)|
|13||Quarterfinals, Week 2 (Performances)||August 2, 2016||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||2.5||9||11.57||1||4 (tie) |
|14||Quarterfinals, Week 2 (Results)||August 3, 2016||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||1.8||7||9.39||1 (tie)||8 (tie)|
|15||Quarterfinals, Week 3 (Performances)||August 23, 2016||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||2.4||9||11.26||1||1|
|16||Quarterfinals, Week 3 (Results)||August 24, 2016||Wednesday 9:00 p.m.||2.1||8||10.67||1 (tie)||2 (tie)|
|17||Semifinals, Week 1 (Performances)||August 30, 2016||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||2.6||10||12.28||1||2|
|18||Semifinals, Week 1 (Results)||August 31, 2016||Wednesday 9:00 p.m.||2.0||8||10.50||1||4|
|19||Semifinals, Week 2 (Performances)||September 6, 2016||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||2.5||9||11.96||1||6|
|20||Semifinals, Week 2 (Results)||September 7, 2016||Wednesday 9:00 p.m.||2.0||7||10.61||2||9|
|21||Finals (Performances)||September 13, 2016||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||2.8||10||13.97||1||4 (tie)|
|22||Finale||September 14, 2016||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||2.8||10||14.41||1||4 (tie)|
|Show||Episode title||First air date||Timeslot (EDT)||Rating
|S1||Best of Season 11 Auditions||July 6, 2016||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||1.8||7||8.48||2||5|
|S2||Quarterfinals Week 3 Recap||August 24, 2016||1.4||6||7.26||2||13 (tie)|
|S3||Semifinals Week 1 Recap||August 31, 2016||1.2||7||6.46||2||16|
|S4||Holiday Spectacular||December 19, 2016||Monday 8:00 p.m.||1.8||6||9.54||1||5 (tie)|
Contestants who appeared on other seasons or shows
- The Passing Zone competed in season 1 and finished in the final.
- Dan Meyer competed in season 3, but was cut in Vegas.
- Russian Bar Trio competed in season 3, but had to withdraw due to injury. Donald Braswell took their place.
- Diane Barnard competed in season 9, and was eliminated during auditions in both seasons.
- Sal Valentinetti appeared on season 14 of American Idol and was cut during Hollywood Week.
- Cory Kahaney competed in season 1 of Last Comic Standing and finished in the final. She also appeared in season 4 of Food Network Star and was eliminated first.
- Steven Brundage and Blake Vogt participated on the second season of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, where Brundage successfully fooled Penn & Teller.
- Pato & Ginger participated on the first season of México Tiene Talento, where they finished runners-up.
- José and Carrie participated on the ninth season of La France a un incroyable talent and finished as a semifinalist.
- Laura Bretan won the sixth season of Românii au talent.
- Will Jay, a contestant who was eliminated in auditions, competed in the fourth season of The Voice of China and was eliminated in the Knockouts.
- Brennley Brown appeared on Season 12 of The Voice and finished in the Top 6.
- FLIP competed on season 2 of World of Dance
In Indonesia, the eleventh season of the show has currently been broadcast by NET. since October 22, 2016 every Saturday and Sunday at 10.00 PM WIB. But, since Monday, October 31, in addition to the weekend slot, the show has also been broadcast every Monday to Friday at 5.00 PM WIB as the replacement of the currently concluded TV drama, the second season of Kesempurnaan Cinta, which was concluded on Friday, October 28, 2016.
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