America's Got Talent (season 3)

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America's Got Talent
Season 3
Broadcast fromJune 17 –
October 1, 2008
JudgesPiers Morgan
Sharon Osbourne
David Hasselhoff
Host(s)Jerry Springer
BroadcasterNBC
Websitewww.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/
Winner
Neal E. Boyd
Neal Boyd 08-10-08.jpg
Neal E. Boyd
OriginSikeston, Missouri
Genre(s)Opera
Runner-up
Eli Mattson
Chronology

Season Three of America's Got Talent, an American talent show competition, began broadcasting in the United States during 2008, from June 17 to October 1; due to live coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics, the program was forced to take a hiatus in August to avoid clashing with this. While there were no changes to the judging panel or the host of the program, the third season brought in a number of format changes to the program, including additional episodes of auditions for its broadcast schedule, the involvement of quarter-finals alongside semi-finals and the final, and double the number of participants advancing from the bootcamp stage than in the previous season. The show also received some cosmetic revamps, such as the red Xs and the judges' table being styled after those used on Britain's Got Talent.

The third season was won by opera singer Neal E. Boyd, with singer and pianist Eli Mattson finishing in second place, and violinists Nuttin' But Stringz placing third. During its broadcast, the season averaged over 10 million viewers.

Season Overview[edit]

Following the previous season, auditions took place within five major cities - New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Atlanta - with an additional round of auditions made online via Myspace and Facebook. Episodes covering these underwent editing that would put it within a similar format for audition episodes broadcast in Britain's Got Talent. Production staff had make changes to the schedule of their live episodes, after having to take into account the 2008 Summer Olympics - because the event would receive live coverage on American television networks, the production staff decided to place the program on a hiatus between August 7-26, in order to avoid it clashing with it.

The bootcamp stage introduced in the previous season was expanded to consist of larger number of participants who had advanced through the first round, with a far greater number of category groups used, and with double the number of successful participants moving on to the next stage than had been allowed in the previous season. For the live episodes, the rounds were divided into four quarter-finals, two semi-finals, and two rounds of finals, with the public voting on who advanced, or who won in regards to the grand-final, with some exceptions - in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, the judges could vote on their favourite act between the two acts who received the mid-level number of votes by the public. The only other changes made were cosmetic - alongside a new title card, the judges' table and the red Xs were re-styled to match the design of those used in Britain's Got Talent.

Of the participants who auditioned for this season, 40 secured a place in the live quarter-finals, with ten in each. 20 of these acts advanced into the semi-finals, with around 10 semi-finalists securing a place in the finals, and 5 becoming grand-finalists. The following below lists the results of each participant's overall performance in this season:

  Winner |   Runner-up |   Third place
  Finalist |   Semi-finalist (eliminated) |   Quarter-finalist (eliminated)
Participant Genre Act Quarter-final Result
Beyond Belief Dance Company Dance Dance Troupe 2 Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)
Bruce Block Magic Magician 3 Eliminated
Bryan Cheatham Singing R&B Singer 4 Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)
Dallas Desperados Dancers Dance / Variety Cheerleading Dance Team 4 Eliminated
Daniel Jens Singing / Music Singer & Musician 2 Semi-Finalist (Lost Judges' Vote)
DC Cowboys Dance Dance Troupe 1 Eliminated
Derrick Barry Singing / Variety Britney Spears Impersonator 1 Eliminated
Donald Braswell II 1 Singing Singer 4 Top 5 Finalist
Dorae Saunders Singing / Variety Tina Turner Impersonator 4 Eliminated
Eli Mattson Singing / Music Singer & Pianist 4 Runner-up
Elite Acrobatics / Variety Martial Artist 1 Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)
Extreme Dance FX Dance / Variety Contemporary Modern Clog Dance Troupe 1 Semi-Finalist
Flambeaux Danger Fire Breather 4 Eliminated
George the Giant Variety Carnival Side Show Performer 2 Eliminated
Indiggo Singing Duet Twin Singers 4 Eliminated
Jessica Price Singing / Music Singer & Musician 1 Top 10 Finalist
Jonathan Arons Dance / Music Dancing Trombonist 2 Eliminated
Jonathan Burkin Variety Baton Twirler 3 Semi-finalist (Lost Judges' Vote)
Joseph Hall Singing / Variety "Young Elvis" Impersonator 3 Top 10 Finalist
Kaitlyn Maher Singing Singer 4 Top 10 Finalist
Kazual Singing Vocal Group 2 Eliminated
Matthew Piazzi Comedy Impressionist 3 Eliminated
Michael Strelo-Smith Singing Classical Crossover Singer 3 Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)
Neal E.Boyd Singing Opera Singer 1 Winner
Nuttin' But Stringz Music Violinist Duo 4 Third place
Paul Salos Singing / Variety Frank Sinatra Impersonator 2 Top 10 Finalist
Queen Emily Singing Singer 2 Top 5 Finalist
Ronny B Singing / Dance Singer & Dancer 1 Eliminated
Sarah Lenore Singing / Music Singer & Musician 3 Semi-finalist
Shequida Hall Singing / Variety Drag Opera Singer 3 Eliminated
Shimshi Magic Magician 1 Eliminated
Sick Step Dance Hip-hop Dance Crew 3 Semi-finalist
Slippery Kittens Dance / Variety Burlesque Dance Group 2 Eliminated
Taubl Family Music Family Musical Group 3 Semi-finalist
The Cadence Music Percussion Group 1 Semi-finalist
The James Gang Singing Hip-hop Rap Quartet 1 Semi-finalist
The Tapping Dads Dance Tap Dancing Group 4 Semi-finalist
The Texas State Strutters Dance Precision Dance Team 3 Eliminated
The Wright Kids Music Bluegrass Trio 2 Top 10 Finalist
ZOOperstars! Dance / Variety Mascot Dance Troupe 2 Semi-finalist
  • ^1 This act was originally eliminated during the bootcamp stage, but was advanced into the contest, via a public vote, after another act was forced to step down for medical reasons.

Quarter-final summary[edit]

Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed Out | Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice
  Advanced to Semi-finals |   Won Judges' Vote |   Lost Judges' Vote

Quarter-final 1 (August 26)[edit]

Quarter-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
Extreme Dance FX 1 Contemporary Modern Clog Dance Troupe Advanced
The James Gang 2 Hip-hop Rap Quartet 2 Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
Derrick Barry 3 Britney Spears Impersonator Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Elite 4 Martial Artist Lost Judges' Vote
Ronny B 5 Singer & Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
The Cadence 6 Percussion Group Advanced
Jessica Price 7 Singer & Musician Advanced
Shimshi 8 Magician Eliminated
DC Cowboys 9 Dance Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Neal E. Boyd 10 Opera Singer Advanced
  • ^2 Because both Osbourne and Morgan voted for The James Gang, Hasselhoff's voting intention were not disclosed on the program because of the majority vote for the act.

Quarter-final 2 (August 27)[edit]

Quarter-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
Beyond Belief Dance Company 1 Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Lost Judges' Vote
Paul Salos 2 Frank Sinatra Impersonator Advanced
Kazual 3 Vocal Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
ZOOperstars! 4 Mascot Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Won Judges' Vote
The Wright Kids 5 Bluegrass Trio Advanced
Jonathan Arons 6 Dancing Trombonist Eliminated
Daniel Jens 7 Singer & Musician Advanced
Slippery Kittens 8 Burlesque Dance Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
George the Giant 9 Carnival Side Show Performer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Queen Emily 10 Singer Advanced

Quarter-final 3 (September 2)[edit]

Quarter-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
The Texas State Strutters 1 Precision Dance Team Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Michael Strelo-Smith 2 Classical Crossover Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Lost Judges' Vote
Bruce Block 3 Magician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Shequida Hall 4 Drag Opera Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Taubl Family 5 Family Musicial Group Advanced
Jonathan Burkin 6 Baton Twirler Advanced
Sarah Lenore 7 Singer & Musician Advanced
SickStep 8 Hip-hop Dance Crew Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
Matthew Piazzi 9 Impressionist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Joseph Hall 10 "Young Elvis" Impersonator Advanced

Quarter-final 4 (September 3)[edit]

Quarter-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
Dallas Desperados Dancers 1 Cheerleading Dance Team Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Bryan Cheatham 2 R&B Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Lost Judges' Vote
Flambeaux 3 Fire Breather Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Kaitlyn Maher 4 Singer Advanced
Dorae Saunders 5 Tina Turner Impersonator Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Donald Braswell II 6 Singer Advanced
Indiggo 7 Duet Twin Singers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
The Tapping Dads 8 Tap Dancing Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
Eli Mattson 9 Singer & Pianist Advanced
Nuttin' But Stringz 10 Violinist Duo Advanced

Semi-final Summary[edit]

Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed Out | Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice
  Advanced to Finals |   Won Judges' Vote |   Lost Judges' Vote

Semi-final 1 (September 9)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result
(September 11)
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
The Cadence 1 Percussion Group Eliminated
Queen Emily 2 Singer Advanced
The Wright Kids 3 Bluegrass Trio Advanced
The James Gang 4 Hip-hop Rap Quartet Eliminated
Daniel Jens 5 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Lost Judges' Vote
ZOOperstars! 6 Mascot Dance Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Neal E. Boyd 7 Opera Singer Advanced
Jessica Price 8 Singer & Musician Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
Extreme Dance FX 9 Contemporary Modern Clog Dance Troupe Eliminated
Paul Salos 10 Frank Sinatra Impersonator Advanced

Semi-final 2 (September 10)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result
(September 11)
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
SickStep 1 Hip-hop Dance Crew Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Donald Braswell II 2 Singer Advanced
Joseph Hall 3 "Young Elvis" Impersonator Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
Taubl Family 4 Family Musicial Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Sarah Lenore 5 Singer Eliminated
Nuttin' But Stringz 6 Violinist Duo Advanced
Kaitlyn Maher 7 Singer Advanced
The Tapping Dads 8 Tap Dancing Group Eliminated
Eli Mattson 9 Singer & Pianist Advanced
Jonathan Burkin 10 Baton Twirler Crystal Clear app clean.svg Lost Judges' Vote

Finals Summary[edit]

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  Winner (Top 5 Final Only) |   Runner-up (Top 5 Final Only) |   3rd place (Top 5 Final Only)
  Advanced (Top 10 Finals only) |   Eliminated

Top 10 Final (September 17)[edit]

Top 10 Finalist Order Act Buzzes Result
(September 18)
Hasselhoff Osbourne Morgan
Paul Salos 1 Frank Sinatra Impersonator Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Kaitlyn Maher 2 Singer Eliminated
Donald Braswell II 3 Singer Advanced
Jessica Price 4 Singer & Musician Eliminated
Joseph Hall 5 "Young Elvis" Impersonator Eliminated
Neal E. Boyd 6 Opera Singer Advanced
The Wright Kids 7 Bluegrass Trio Eliminated
Queen Emily 8 Singer Advanced
Nuttin' But Stringz 9 Violinist Duo Advanced
Eli Mattson 10 Singer & Pianist Advanced

Top 5 Final (September 24)[edit]

Grand-finalist Order Act Result
(October 1)
Nuttin' But Stringz 1 Violinist Duo 3rd
Donald Braswell II 2 Singer 4th
Neal E Boyd 3 Opera Singer 1st
Eli Mattson 4 Singer & Pianist 2nd
Queen Emily 5 Singer 5th

Ratings[edit]

Show Rating Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 7.8 3.8/10[1] 12.80
2 7 3.1/9 11.51
3 7.5 3.2/10 11.98
4 7.6 3.3/9 12.40
5 7.8 3.1/9 12.53
6 7.8 3.3/10 N/A
7 7.9 3.6/10 13.61
8 7.8 3.5/10 12.42
9 N/A 2.7/8 8.57
10 N/A 3.1/9 10.96
11 N/A 2.7/8 10.13
12 N/A 6.5/10 10.58
13 N/A 2.7/7 10.15
14 7.1 2.6/10 11.60
15 N/A 2.5/8 11.49
16 N/A 2.3/8 9.64
17 N/A 3.1/9 12.05
18 N/A 2.3/7 9.83
19 6.6 2.7/7 10.23
20 7.7 3.3/8 12.55

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tuesday 6/17/08". June 18, 2008. Archived from the original on June 22, 2008. Retrieved June 18, 2008.

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