America's Got Talent (season 13)
|America's Got Talent|
Promotional poster for the season
|Broadcast from||May 29 –|
September 19, 2018
Season thirteen of the reality competition series America's Got Talent premiered on May 29, 2018, on NBC. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell returned as judges for their respective ninth, sixth, sixth, and third seasons. Meanwhile, Tyra Banks returned for her second season as host.
Dunkin' Donuts is a sponsor for a fourth consecutive season.
Shin Lim was named the winner on the season finale, September 19, 2018. This marks the second magician to win. Acrobatic group Zurcaroh and violinist Brian King Joseph came in second and third place respectively.
- 1 Preliminary auditions
- 2 Judge Cuts
- 3 Quarterfinals
- 4 Semifinals
- 5 Finals
- 6 International broadcast
- 7 Ratings
- 8 Contestants who appeared in other seasons or shows
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The season had preliminary open call auditions in Orlando, Cincinnati, Savannah, Milwaukee, Houston, Las Vegas, New York City, Nashville, and Los Angeles. As in years past, prospective contestants could also submit online auditions.
The golden buzzer returned for its fifth consecutive season. Any act that receives the golden buzzer during the judges' auditions will be sent directly to the live shows and will not compete in the Judge Cuts round. In the first episode, Tyra Banks was the first to press the golden buzzer, for acrobatic and dance group Zurcaroh. Simon Cowell was second to press it, for 40-year-old singer Michael Ketterer. Howie Mandel was third to press it, for 13-year-old singer Courtney Hadwin. Mel B was fourth to press it for 15-year-old singer Amanda Mena. Heidi Klum was the final judge to use the golden buzzer, using it for 15-year-old singer Makayla Phillips.
The Judge Cuts rounds began airing on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Like the previous season, one guest judge will join the judges' panel each show and will be given one golden buzzer opportunity to send an act straight to the live shows. Eighteen acts perform each week instead of twenty as in the previous three seasons. Of the eighteen acts performing each week seven acts advance including the guest judge's golden buzzer which immediately advances if used. Guest judges will not be given a red buzzer to use. Any act that will receive all four red buzzers will be immediately eliminated from the competition. The four guest judges are Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn, Martina McBride, and Chris Hardwick, who was also a guest judge in the previous season. The final Judge Cuts episode aired on August 7, 2018. This is the first Judge Cuts rounds in history where no acts received four red buzzers.
After the Judge Cuts, three wildcards were chosen from eliminated acts to perform in the live shows: Daniel Emmet, Human Fountains and Front Pictures (who did not perform in the Judge Cuts round).
The golden buzzer also returned for the Judge Cuts round. Each week during the Judge Cuts a guest judge will have the option to use their golden buzzer on any act. An act that receives the golden buzzer during the Judge Cuts round will not face elimination and will advance automatically to the live shows. In the first week of the Judge Cuts Ken Jeong pressed his golden buzzer for the Voices of Hope Children's Choir. In week 2, Olivia Munn pressed her Golden Buzzer for Angel City Chorale. In the third week, Martina McBride pressed her Golden Buzzer for Quin and Misha, a ballroom dance duo. Chris Hardwick gave the season's final Golden Buzzer for Flau’jae, a 14-year old rapper, in the final week of the Judge Cuts.
Guest judge: Ken Jeong
Date: July 17, 2018
|Junior New System||1||Dance Group||Advanced|
|Harold & Regan||2||Dance Duo||Eliminated|
|Us the Duo||3||Band||Advanced|
|Lilly Wilker||6||Animal Impressionist||Eliminated|
|Oscar and Pam||7||Singing Dog & Pianist||Eliminated|
|Daniel Emmet||8||Opera Singer||Quarterfinal Wildcard|
|Voices of Hope||9||Choir||Advanced Immediately|
|Aaron Crow||10||Danger Act||Advanced|
|Carmen Lynch||11||Stand-up Comedienne||Eliminated|
|Celina and Filiberto||15||Dance Duo||Eliminated|
|Trinh Tra My||16||Aerialist||Eliminated|
|Duo Transcend||18||Trapeze Duo||Advanced|
Guest judge: Olivia Munn
Date: July 24, 2018
|Human Fountains||1||Novelty Act||Quarterfinal Wildcard|
|Shin Lim||2||Close-up Magician||Advanced|
|The Melisizwe Brothers||3||Band||Eliminated|
|Reyes del Swing||6||Salsa Dance Troupe||Eliminated|
|The Future Kingz||7||Dance Group||Advanced|
|Lioz Shem Tov||8||Comedy Mentalist||Eliminated|
|Angel City Chorale||9||Choir||Advanced Immediately|
|Shannon and Reckon||10||Dog Act||Eliminated|
|EXISDANCE||11||Multimedia Dance Act||Eliminated|
|Vivien Vajda||13||Jump Rope Acrobat||Eliminated|
|Vicki Barbolak||18||Stand-up Comedienne||Advanced|
- Simon Cowell forced Joseph O'Brien to stop performing during his act. After given the opportunity, O'Brien chose to perform for a second time. His result is based off the second performance.
Guest judge: Martina McBride
Date: July 31, 2018
This is the second Judge Cuts episode in the show's history in which an act with at least one "X" buzzer was nevertheless promoted to the live shows.
|The Savitsky Cats||1||Cat Act||Advanced|
|Blue Tokyo||2||Acrobatic Dance Group||Eliminated|
|OC Music and Dance||3||Orchestral Band||Eliminated|
|The PAC Dance Team||4||Dance Group||Advanced|
|Bone Hampton||9||Stand-up Comedian||Eliminated|
|Quin and Misha||10||Ballroom Dance Duo||Advanced Immediately|
|Jules and Jerome||12||Teeterboard Duo||Eliminated|
|Fratelli Rossi||13||Acrobatic Duo||Eliminated|
|Oliver Graves||15||Stand-up Comedian||Eliminated|
|UDI Dance||16||Blacklight Dance Group||Advanced|
|The Sacred Riana||18||Illusionist||Advanced|
- Simon Cowell forced Noah Guthrie to stop performing during his act. After given the opportunity, Guthrie chose to perform for a second time. His result is based off the second performance.
Guest judge: Chris Hardwick
Date: August 7, 2018
This is the first time in America's Got Talent Judge Cuts history where two or more acts that have been buzzed went on to the live shows.
|Brian King Joseph||1||Electric Violinist||Advanced|
|Yumbo Dump||2||Comedy Duo||Advanced|
|Academy of Villains||3||Dance Group||Eliminated|
|Da RepubliK||4||Dance Group||Advanced|
|Sergey and Sasha||6||Acrobatic Duo||Eliminated|
|Sixto and Lucia||9||Quick Change Duo||Eliminated|
|Diabolowalker||13||Diabolo Dance Group||Eliminated|
|Street Drum Corps||15||Percussion Group||Eliminated|
|Lord Nil||17||Escape Artist||Advanced|
|Samuel J. Comroe||18||Stand-up Comedian||Advanced|
The quarterfinals were broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles starting on August 14, 2018 with twelve acts performing each night. The following night the results will be announced to the public with seven of the twelve acts proceeding to the semifinals. Each week viewers of the show also have the opportunity to send one act, determined by popular vote, using "Google's Instant Save", sometimes also known as the "Dunkin' Save" due to a sponsorship contract with Dunkin Donuts, via the America's Got Talent app or the official website. In the first week of the Quarterfinals, Human Fountains received a buzzer from Cowell and Lord Nil received one from Mel B. In the second week of the Quarterfinals, Yumbo Dump received a buzzer from Klum. In the third week of the Quarterfinals, Aaron Crow received a buzzer from Mel B, however, made a decision to select him to go to the semi-finals after dominating against the Future Kingz.
Advanced (Won Public Vote)
Won Judges' Choice
Google's Instant Save / Dunkin' Save
Lost Judges' Choice
Week 1 (August 14–15)
Guest: Darci Lynne Farmer
|Act||Order||Performance type||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|Mochi||1||Diabolo Artist||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Human Fountains||2||Novelty Act||Eliminated|
|Angel City Chorale||3||Choir||Google's Instant Save / Dunkin' Save|
|The PAC Dance Team||4||Dance Group||Eliminated|
|Junior New System[a]||6||Dance Group||Won Judges' Choice|
|Lord Nil||8||Escape Artist||Eliminated|
|Shin Lim||10||Close-up Magician||Advanced|
|Vicki Barbolak||11||Stand-up Comedienne||Advanced|
- After the Judges' choice was split evenly, Junior New System was revealed to have received more of America's votes than Mochi, and they advanced to the semi-finals.
Week 2 (August 21–22)
Week 3 (August 28–29)
The live semifinals started on September 4, 2018. They featured the 21 acts voted to the semifinals, plus the judges' semifinal wildcard pick. Each week, eleven acts performed; five went through to the finals, and six were eliminated. Although Cowell's expectations for the semi-finals were demanding, however, Front Pictures and Da RepubliK were the only acts that got buzzed.
Advanced (Won Public Vote)
Won Judges' Choice
Google's Instant Save / Dunkin' Save
Lost Judges' Choice
Week 1 (September 4–5)
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|Amanda Mena||1||Singer; performed "Happy" by Pharrell.||Eliminated|
|Junior New System||2||Dance Group; dancers performed with a basketball themed red stiletto extravaganza to "Work Bitch" by Britney Spears, "Bang Bang" by Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, and "Lose Control" by Missy Elliott ft. Ciara & Fatman Scoop.||Eliminated|
|Us the Duo||3||Band; performed an original song called "Broke".||Eliminated|
|Voices of Hope||4||Choir; performed "Defying Gravity" from Wicked by Idina Menzel.||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Shin Lim||5||Close-up Magician; started the act by placing a card in his back pocket "for later". He asked Heidi to pick a card and sign it. He put the signed card down and after he made a gesture, smoke began to rise from beneath it, at which point the card was shown to be blank. He opened his mouth, smoke came billowing out, and Heidi's card appeared from it. He placed her card in a plastic bag and then asked Tyra to pick a card and sign it. Tyra's card jumped from Shin's hand to his vest pocket, and thence to the card that started in his back pocket. Tyra's card then appeared in his mouth amidst a cloud of smoke, then switched places with Heidi's card in the plastic bag before the two cards switched back. He put both cards into the plastic bag and then vanished them in full view of the audience. Finally, he placed the remaining cards back in the box, and when smoke began pouring from the box he crushed it flat, making the box immediately disappear.||Advanced|
|Makayla Phillips||6||Singer; performed "Who You Are" by Jessie J.||Eliminated|
|Front Pictures||7||Multimedia Performance Act; starts in outer space and then gets a low oxygen tank. Ends up swimming with sea creatures such as turtles, dolphins, and whales.||Eliminated|
|Duo Transcend[a]||8||Trapeze Duo; performed a dangerous trapeze act for half of the performance, and the other half was a fire roller skate act where Mary hung onto Tyce with just her legs wrapped around his neck.||Won Judges' Choice|
|Samuel J. Comroe||9||Stand-up Comedian; explains about being the only kid out of his six siblings with tourettes. Then talks about how a woman tried to pray away his Tourette Syndrome. He ends with a story about how he was at a party with his black friends and the cops came. The cops told him to blink twice if he was in danger, and having tourettes he is likely to blink, so his black friends had to run.||Google's Instant Save / Dunkin' Save|
|Michael Ketterer||10||Singer; performed "When I Look At You" by Miley Cyrus.||Advanced|
|Zurcaroh||11||Acrobatic Group; the act was set in Egypt. Start with a dance on the floor, and then began leaping and flipping from the air while other members held gold wings and swung them simultaneously. They ended with two men swinging from a rope that dangled from the ceiling, and then made a human tower where the little girl on the top jumped down.||Advanced|
- After Cowell's vote tied the Judges' Choice, however, Duo Transcend was revealed to have received more of America's votes than Voices of Hope, and they advanced to the finals.
Week 2 (September 11–12)
|Act||Order||Performance Description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|Christina Wells||1||Singer; performed "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin.||Eliminated|
|Da RepubliK||2||Dance Group; dancers mixed a combination of flipping and dancing to "Get Ugly" by Jason Derulo, "Hit the Floor" by Twista ft. Pitbull, and "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot.||Eliminated|
|Noah Guthrie||3||Singer; performed "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston.||Eliminated|
|Daniel Emmet||4||Opera Singer; performed "Somewhere" from West Side Story by Reri Grist.||Won Judges' Choice|
|Angel City Chorale||5||Choir; performed "The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen.||Eliminated|
|Aaron Crow||6||Danger Act; starts the act with a video of Crow asking Howie for his help in this routine. It then cuts back to the main stage with Howie trapped in a box. In total there are four boxes. Crow first asks Heidi to choose a box out of the four, then ask Mel B to do the same. Heidi selected box 3 and Mel B picked box 1. Crow proceeded to cut a rope that crushed box 3. He then did the same thing to box 1. Simon then had to pick a box which turned out to be box 4, Crow then crushed box 4. Finally, Crow opened box 2 and Howie was inside and safe.||Eliminated|
|Vicki Barbolak||7||Stand-up Comedienne; talks about how she is extra attracted to Italian men. She says the best way to get a guy to notice you is to trace your body. Next, she explains that no diet has worked for her in the past. She ends talking about if a cop caught her drunk in her trailer, she would just trace her body.||Advanced|
|We Three||8||Band; performed an original song called "Make Up".||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Glennis Grace||9||Singer; performed "This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush.||Google's Instant Save / Dunkin' Save|
|Brian King Joseph||10||Electric Violinist; started in the audience and made his way to the main stage. Performed "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio ft. L.V. to an electric mix on the song.||Advanced|
|Courtney Hadwin||11||Singer; performed "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf.||Advanced|
The final performances took on September 18, followed by the final results show aired on September 19, 2018. No acts were buzzed.
The season finale took place on September 19, 2018. During the finale results, the top 5 acts were revealed first; then they were eliminated in reverse ranking from fifth place to third place. Shin Lim was announced the winner at the end of the finale. He won the million-dollar prize and was set to headline at the Paris Las Vegas at Las Vegas on November 2, 3 and 4, 2018.
Advanced to the Top 5
|Brian King Joseph||1||Electric Violinist; performed "Heartless" by Kanye West to an electric beat on the song. Joseph was surrounded by fire and two drummers.||Advanced|
|Daniel Emmet||2||Opera Singer; gives an opera take on "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran.||Top 10|
|Vicki Barbolak||3||Stand-up Comedienne; starts by saying she thought the finale was a swimsuit competition. She proceeds to strip into her swimsuit and talk about her time as a stripper. Chats about all the accomplishments her grandson has in school, to later say he is homeschooled. She says her dad is an ex-football player, and she has the typical looks of a football player's daughter. Ends with talking about Hooter's and how she wants tom open a restaurant for women called, "Woodpeckers".||Top 10|
|Glennis Grace||4||Singer; performed "Run" by Snow Patrol.||Top 10|
|Zurcaroh||5||Acrobatic Group; started all lined up in a row. They broke out and performed a ritual dance to "Baba Yetu". Next, they created a human tower, and threw the little girl at the top off. They showed a scene where a little boy sees a girl acrobat and is scared of her appearance. The remaining acrobats do a flag routine. The little boy comes back and isn't scared of the girl anymore. They end the routine by making another human tower and throwing three girls in the air to be caught.||Advanced|
|Samuel J. Comroe||6||Stand-up Comedian; explains how he met his wife. Tells a story about a guy he met that was squeezing his girlfriend's butt. The guy then walked up to Comroe and said he doesn't really have tourettes because he doesn't cuss. Comroe said when he cusses it is from the heart. He finishes talking about how he does not like rude people. If you honk at him, he will follow you home. If he opens the door and you don't say thank you, he will pull you back in.||Advanced|
|Courtney Hadwin||7||Singer; performed "River Deep, Mountain High" by Tina Turner.||Top 10|
|Shin Lim||8||Close-up Magician; played piano for a bit, and talked about how he used to play piano until carpal tunnel made him stop, then got Tyra to randomly select a card. He then made multiple copies of this card appear and disappear, and displayed the name of the card with floating playing cards.||Advanced|
|Duo Transcend||9||Trapeze Duo; opens with both at the top of the trapeze. Mary blindfolds Tyce, and proceeds to dangle for his leg in the air. She then does many flips by just holding onto his arms. Mary stands on Tyce's shoulders and jumps down with Tyce just barely catching her. They continue to do flips. Mary takes off his blindfold and holds him by just her arms. They conclude by Mary dropping Tyce, on purpose.||Top 10|
|Michael Ketterer||10||Singer; performed "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell.||Advanced|
The following chart describes the acts, appearances and segments presented during the finale.
|Glennis Grace||Singer; Guest performer Bebe Rexha sang a duet with Grace of her song "Meant to Be".|
|Samuel J. Comroe||Stand-up Comedian; Clips were shown of Comroe performing and acting as a judge to comment on the Mel B's performance as a stand-up comedienne.|
|Courtney Hadwin||Singer; Guest performer The Struts sang a duet with Hadwin of their song "Could Have Been Me" and Janis Joplin's version of "Piece of My Heart" song.|
|Daniel Emmet||Opera Singer; Guest performer Plácido Domingo sang a duet with Emmet of Les pêcheurs de perles opera song "Au fond du temple saint" (generally known as "The Pearl Fishers Duet").|
|Vicky Barbolak||Stand-up Comedienne; Guest performer David Spade performed together with Barbolak.|
|Michael Ketterer||Singer; Sang "The Courage To Love" by Garth Brooks.|
|Shin Lim||Close-up Magician; Guest volunteers Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila|
|Brian King Joseph & Duo Transcend||Electric Violinist and Trapeze Duo; Guest performer Lindsey Stirling and Joseph performed "Roundtable Rival" and "The Force of Nature" while Duo Transcend performs.|
|Zurcaroh||Acrobatic Group; Guest performer Lindsey Stirling|
1st place (Winner)
2nd place (Runners-up)
|Brian King Joseph||3rd place|
|Samuel J. Comroe||4th place|
|Michael Ketterer||5th place|
background:NavajoWhite" |Angel City Chorale |19–88 |Singing |Choir |Los Angeles, California |1 |2 |Eliminated |-style="color:black; background:NavajoWhite" |Christina Wells |42 |Singing |Singer |Houston, Texas |3 |2 |Eliminated |- style="color:black; background:NavajoWhite" |Da RepubliK |15–32 |Dance |Dance Group |Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic |2 |2 |Eliminated |- style="color:black; background:NavajoWhite" |Front Pictures |41 & 43 |Variety |Multimedia Performance Act |Kiev, Ukraine |2 |1 |Eliminated |- style="color:black; background:NavajoWhite" |Junior New System |18–25 |Dance |Dance Group |Manila, Philippines |1 |1 |Eliminated |- style="color:black; background:NavajoWhite" |Makayla Phillips |16 |Singing |Singer |Canyon Lake, California |2 |1 |Eliminated |- style="color:black; background:NavajoWhite" |Noah Guthrie |24 |Singing |Singer/Guitarist |Greer, South Carolina |2 |2 |Eliminated |- style="color:black; background:NavajoWhite" |Us the Duo |27 & 28 | |[[ | |
U.S. Nielsen ratings
|Episode||Title||First air date||Timeslot (EDT)||Rating
|1||Auditions Week 1||May 29, 2018||Tuesday
|2||Auditions Week 2||June 5, 2018||2.2||10||11.27||1||3|
|3||Auditions Week 3||June 12, 2018||2.3||10||11.46||1||1|
|4||Auditions Week 4||June 19, 2018||2.2||10||11.86||1||1|
|5||Auditions Week 5||June 26, 2018||2.0||9||11.32||1||1|
|6||Auditions Week 6||July 10, 2018||2.1||9||11.55||1||1|
|7||Judge Cuts 1||July 17, 2018||2.1||9||11.33||1||1|
|8||Judge Cuts 2||July 24, 2018||2.0||8||11.68||1||1|
|9||Judge Cuts 3||July 31, 2018||2.1||9||11.83||1||1|
|10||Judge Cuts 4||August 7, 2018||1.9||9||11.04||1||1|
|11||Quarterfinals, Week 1 (Performances)||August 14, 2018||2.1||10||11.10||1||1|
|12||Quarterfinals, Week 1 (Results)||August 15, 2018||Wednesday
|13||Quarterfinals, Week 2 (Performances)||August 21, 2018||Tuesday
|14||Quarterfinals, Week 2 (Results)||August 22, 2018||Wednesday
|15||Quarterfinals, Week 3 (Performances)||August 28, 2018||Tuesday
|16||Quarterfinals, Week 3 (Results)||August 29, 2018||Wednesday
|17||Semifinals, Week 1 (Performances)||September 4, 2018||Tuesday
|18||Semifinals, Week 1 (Results)||September 5, 2018||Wednesday
|19||Semifinals, Week 2 (Performances)||September 11, 2018||Tuesday
|20||Semifinals, Week 2 (Results)||September 12, 2018||Wednesday
|21||The Finals||September 18, 2018||Tuesday
|22||Season Finale||September 19, 2018||Wednesday
|Specials||Title||First air date||Timeslot (EDT)||Rating
|S1||Best of Auditions||July 11, 2018||Wednesday
|S2||Road to Lives||August 9, 2018||Thursday
Contestants who appeared in other seasons or shows
|Academy of Villains||America's Got Talent||7||Semifinalist|
|Sergey and Sasha||10||Cut Before Judge Cuts|
|Silicon Valley Girls||11||Cut Before Judge Cuts||Auditioned as "Trio Grace"|
|Junior New System||Asia's Got Talent||1||Finalist||Received the golden buzzer during the semifinals.|
|The Sacred Riana||2||Winner|||
|UDI||Britain's Got Talent||9||Finalist|
|Wes-P||12||Semi-Finalist||Auditioned as "Mr. Uekusa"|
|La France a un incroyable talent||11||Semi-Finalist|
|Zurcaroh||12||Finalist||Received the golden buzzer during the auditions.|
|Got Talent España||1||Finalist|
|Noah Guthrie||Glee||6||N/A||Played Roderick Meeks|
Recurring role; 12 episodes.
|Lioz Shem Tov||Israel's Got Talent||1||Semi-Finalist|
|Jeffrey Li||Little Big Shots||1||N/A|
|Rob Lake||Masters of Illusion||3||N/A|
|Shin Lim||Penn & Teller: Fool Us||2||Fooler|
|Flau'jae||The Rap Game||3||Final Four|
|Troy James||Showtime At The Apollo||1||N/A|
|Glennis Grace||Eurovision Song Contest||50 (2005)||Semi-Finalist||Dutch contestant with "My Impossible Dream"|
|Soundmixshow||10 (1994)||Winner||Sang "One Moment in Time" by Whitney Houston|
|Courtney Hadwin||The Voice Kids (UK)||1||Finalist||One-chair turn from Danny Jones.|
|Angel Garcia||La Voz Kids (US)||2||Eliminated in the Battles||Auditioned as "Angelito Garcia". One-chair turn from Prince Royce.|
|Amanda Mena||Winner||Three-chair turner and joined Team Royce.|
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