America's Got Talent (season 2)
|America's Got Talent|
|Broadcast from||June 5 –|
August 21, 2007
Terry Fator with his character Julius.
Season Two of America's Got Talent, an American talent show competition, began broadcasting in the United States during 2007, from June 5 to August 21. The success of the first season led to NBC commissioning a second season, with production staff making changes to the format that involved the inclusion of a "bootcamp" stage of auditions and establishing the more common format for the judges' buzzers as found across the Got Talent franchise. Although it was intended to debut in January 2007, the network decided to focus the program for its Summer 2007 schedule, and thus allocated the slot to another program.
While Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff returned as judges, Regis Philbin did not return for the new season as host, and was replaced by tabloid talk show host Jerry Springer, while Brandy Norwood was unable to return due to an ongoing lawsuit against her at the time, and was replaced by Sharon Osbourne as a result. The second season was won by singing ventriloquist and impressionist Terry Fator, with singer and guitarist Cas Haley finishing in second place, and beatboxer and singer Butterscotch placing third.
Following the success of the first season, NBC opted to commission a second season of the program, though with every intention of allocating the new season to its Winter 2007 schedule and without separate episodes for voting results. However, such a decision had the potential of putting America's Got Talent in competition with sixth season of American Idol, which was set to broadcast from mid-January through to May, which led the network to re-consider the broadcast scheduling of the program to later that year; the slot itself was handed over to another talent show of NBC's - Grease: You're The One That I Want. Auditions took place during Spring of 2007, with groups of participants performing at locations within New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, as had been done in the previous season, but with the inclusion of auditions being checked over within Dallas for this season.
Production staff made a number of changes to the program's format:
- The buzzers now functioned in the standard format used within all editions of the Got Talent franchise, in that they could stop a performance, although the act would be given a little time to continue before eventually having to stop.
- The live episodes consisted of only two semi-finals for this season, while the Final consisted of three separate rounds.
- More than two acts could advance past the semi-finals, due to the number involved in this season.
- Judges could not vote for an act to move on to the next stage - only the public could vote on who would advance further in the competition.
- Wildcard acts were dropped for this season.
- Results of the live episode performances were announced one week later; most were usually announced during the next live round.
Alongside the changes, the second season saw the introduction of a new element in the program's format in the form of a "bootcamp" stage entitled "Las Vegas Callbacks". Unlike the previous season, where participants that had passed the main auditions then had to undergo a second performance to secure a place in the semi-finals, participants who passed their auditions attended a Las Vegas boot camp to perfect their craft, before competing against each other through two rounds - any that passed both rounds by gaining the judges' approval for their act would secure a place in the semi-finals. The judges are required to view a three minute performance by each participant(s) and could not terminate the act at any time while it was undergoing before them, with all those in this stage divided into two categories of groups - music and variety.
Of the participants who auditioned for this season, 20 secured a place in the live semi-finals, with 10 in each, and of these acts competing in the first Final, eight in the second, and four in the grand final. The following below lists the results of each participant's overall performance in this season:
- | Winner | Runner-up Third place
- | Finalist Semi-finalist (eliminated)
|Boy Britney||Dance||Dancing Impersonator||2||Eliminated|
|Butterscotch||Singing||Singing Beatboxer||1||Third Place|
|Cas Haley||Singing / Music||Singing Guitarist||2||Runner-up|
|Jason Pritchett||Singing / Music||Singing Guitarist||2||Top 8 Finalist|
|Jonny Come Lately||Music||Rockabilly Band||1||Eliminated|
|Johnny Lonestar||Variety||Western Arts Performer||1||Eliminated|
|Popovich Comedy Pet Theater||Comedy / Animal||Comic Animal Act||2||Eliminated|
|Robert Hatcher||Singing||Singer||1||Top 8 Finalist|
|Sideswipe||Variety / Dance||Martial Arts Dance Group||1||Top 8 Finalist|
|Southern Girl||Singing||Vocal Group||2||Eliminated|
|Terry Fator||Comedy / Singing||Singing Impressionist & Ventriloquist||2||Winner|
|The Calypso Tumblers||Acrobatics||Tumbler Acrobatic Group||2||Top 10 Finalist|
|The Duttons||Music||Family Country Band||2||Top 10 Finalist|
|The Fault Line||Singing / Music||Rock Vocal Group||2||Eliminated|
|The Glamazons||Singing / Variety||Burlesque Vocal Group||1||Top 8 Finalist|
|The 2nd Story Guys||Dance / Variety||Stilt Dance Group||2||Eliminated|
Semi-final 1 (July 17)
Semi-final 2 (July 24)
|Semi-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and judges' votes||Result |
|The 2nd Story Guys||1||Stilt Dance Group||Eliminated|
|Southern Girl||2||Vocal Group||Eliminated|
|Popovich Comedy Pet Theater||3||Comic Animal Act||Eliminated|
|Cas Haley||4||Singing Guitarist||Advanced|
|Terry Fator||5||Singing Impressionist & Ventriloquist||Advanced|
|The Fault Line||6||Rock Vocal Group||Eliminated|
|Boy Britney||7||Dancing Impersonator||1||Eliminated|
|Jason Pritchett||8||Singing Guitarist||Advanced|
|The Calypso Tumblers||9||Tumbler Acrobatic Group||Advanced|
|The Duttons||10||Family Country Band||Advanced|
- ^1 Hasselhoff jokingly pressed his buzzer after Boy Britney's performance. It was not counted against the semi-finalist.
- Buzzed (Top 10 & 8 Finals only)
- | Winner (Top 4 Final Only) | Runner-up (Top 4 Final Only) 3rd place (Top 4 Final Only)
- | Advanced (Top 10 & 8 Finals only) Eliminated
Top 10 Final (July 31)
Top 8 Final (August 7)
Top 4 Final (August 14)
|Cas Haley||1||Singing Guitarist||2nd|
|Terry Fator||3||Singing Impressionist & Ventriloquist||1st|
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