America's Got Talent (season 4)
|America's Got Talent|
|Broadcast from||June 23 –|
September 16, 2009
|Judges||Piers Morgan |
Season Four of America's Got Talent, an American talent show competition, began broadcasting in the United States during 2009, from June 23 to September 16. Following the previous season, Jerry Springer was forced to leave the program due to other commitments, leading to him being replaced as host by Nick Cannon, with no further changes being required, in regards to the judging panel; although there were rumours that Sharon Osbourne would be leaving, these later proved unfounded.
Production staff replaced the bootcamp stage for the fourth season, replacing it with an audition round that used the same format used by Britain's Got Talent for selecting live round participants, entitled "Vegas Verdicts", while the Results of each live round were returned to airing a day later and within a one-hour timeslot, accompanied by a guest performance(s). This season featured unique moments that had different impacts on the competition for 2009 - Simon Cowell was forced to question some of the acts that were eliminated from auditions, leading to some of these being invited back as Wildcard acts in the quarter-finals, while the judges held no vote in one of the semi-finals due to having been undecided over two acts in another and opting to send both through.
The fourth season was won by Country singer Kevin Skinner, with opera singer Bárbara Padilla finishing in second, and percussion group Recycled Percussion placing third. During its broadcast, the season averaged around 11.9 million viewers, and was the first in the program's history to be aired in high definition.
- 1 Season Overview
- 2 Ratings
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Auditions for the fourth season's competition took place across Winter - mid-Spring 2009, with production staff expanding the audition sites to a greater number of cities. Filming for the audition episodes focused on those held within the cities of New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Tacoma, and Seattle; auditions were also held in Boston, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., but production staff opted to not include these in the final edits of these episodes. Prior to auditions taking place, NBC received word from Jerry Springer that his work schedule for 2009 would make him unable to commit to hosting the program that year - alongside working on his talk show, he had also signed up to take part in summer theatre productions to help further his acting skills. As a direct result, a search was made for a successor, with the network eventually recruiting Nick Cannon as his successor. At the same time, rumours began circulating that amongst the judges, Sharon Osbourne was also set to leave the program, but we these were later proven to be unfounded when filming began.
Production staff decided to alter the program's format with regards to the second stage of auditions. The change was aimed at ditching the "bootcamp" format that had been used in the previous two seasons, in favour of using the format of selection process used in Britain's Got Talent, under the title of "Vegas Verdicts" - judges would now review the tapes of participants who had made successful auditions, to determine who would advance into the live rounds, dividing them up into groups to help with the debating between them, before bringing them back to learn if they had advanced or been eliminated from the competition; in some cases, some participants were required to do a second performance to help the judges make their decisions. However, in its first use within the fourth season, executive producer Simon Cowell was forced to question the judges on their decisions in this stage, voicing his concerns that "too much talent" had been eliminated. As a result, it prompted them to find and invite back a number of eliminated acts and appoint them as Wildcards for the quarter-finals. Apart from Cowell's intervention, this season also saw the judges' vote not function normally in the semi-finals - due to an inability to determine which two acts to advance into the final in the first semi-final, the judges opted to send both through, and held no vote on the second semi-final. The format for the buzzers in the live rounds was also altered to match that of the format more commonly used in other editions of the Got Talent franchise, in that if an act got buzzed by all the judges, they have to stop their performance rather than have a little more time to perform before ending their act.
Of the participants who auditioned for this season, 48 secured a place in the live quarter-finals, with twelve in each one - two of these were Wildcard acts chosen by the judges at Cowell's insistence, after they had been originally eliminated in the Vega Verdicts. Around 20 quarter-finalists advanced to and were split between the two semi-finals, with 10 of these securing a place in the live final - contrary to previous seasons, the final was not split into two rounds. 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)
|African High Flyers||24–35||Acrobatics||Acrobats||Orlando, Florida||4||Eliminated|
|Alizma||23,23,23||Singing / Music||Singing Violinist triplets||Las Vegas||2||Eliminated|
|Anthony & Matt (AM Project)||24,22||Dance / Music||Tap dancer & Guitarist||New York, New York||4||Eliminated|
|Arcadian Broad||13||Dance / Music||Dancer & Pianist||Orlando, Florida||1||Semi-finalist|
|Bárbara Padilla||36||Singing||Opera singer||Houston, Texas||4||Runner-up|
|Beale Street Flippers||20–26||Acrobatics||Flippers||Memphis, Tennessee||2||Eliminated|
|Breaksk8||21–30||Dance||Roller-skate dance troupe||Kokomo, Indiana||1||Eliminated|
|BRI||17||Singing / Music||Singer / Pianist||Las Vegas||3||Eliminated|
|Carol Loo||63||Dance||Dancer||Jersey City, New Jersey||2||Eliminated|
|Charles DeWayne||21||Singing / Music||Singer & Pianist||La Verne, California||2||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Coney Island Chris||42||Danger / Comedy||Stunt comedian||Naugatuck, Connecticut||4||Eliminated|
|David Johnson||30||Singing / Comedy||Comedic singer||Renton, Washington||3||Eliminated|
|Diva League||20–44||Dance / Variety||Drag dancers and Lip-synchers||Washington, D.C.||1||Eliminated|
|Drew Stevyns||26||Singing / Music||Singer / Musician||Sykesville, Maryland||4||Finalist|
|Drew Thomas Magic & Illusion||40 2||Magic||Magician / Illusionist||Orlando, Florida||1||Semi-finalist|
|Eleisha Miller||8||Singing / Music||Singer and pianist||Amarillo, Texas||2||Eliminated|
|EriAm Sisters||11,14,16||Singing||Sister singing trio||Seattle, Washington||4||Semi-finalist|
|Erik & Rickie||8,8||Dance||Ballroom dancers||Seattle, Washington||4||Semi-finalist|
|Fab Five||24-35||Dance / Variety||Sister clogging dance troupe||Morgan, Utah||2||Finalist|
|FootworKINGz||16-24||Dance||Dance troupe||Chicago, Illinois||3||Semi-finalist|
|G Force||11,9,8||Singing / Music||Sister rock band||Amherst, Ohio||3||Eliminated|
|Grandma Lee||75||Comedy||Stand-up comedian||Jacksonville, Florida||1||Finalist|
|Hairo Torres||23||Variety / Dance||Contortionist/Breakdancer||Grants Pass, Oregon||3||Finalist|
|Ishaara||18–23||Dance||Bollywood dance troupe||Berkeley, California||4||Eliminated|
|Jay Mattioli||27||Magic||Magician / Illusionist||Manassas, Virginia||3||Eliminated|
|Jeffrey Ou||18||Music||Classical Pianist||Carrollton, Texas||3||Semi-finalist|
|Kevin Skinner||35||Singing / Music||Singer / Musician||Mayfield, Kentucky||1||Winner|
|Lake Houston Dance||9–14||Dance||The Lake Houston Performing Arts Center Dance troupe||Houston, Texas||1||Eliminated|
|Lawrence Beamen||34||Singing||Bass singer||Walnut Creek, California||3||Finalist|
|Manuela Horn||36||Singing / Variety||Yodeller & Singer||Seattle, Washington||1||Eliminated|
|Marcus Terrell & The Serenades||22||Singing||Singer||Kansas City, Missouri||3||Eliminated|
|Mario & Jenny||34,33||Variety||Jugglers||Las Vegas||3||Semi-finalist|
|Mia Boostrom||16||Singing||Singer||North Dighton, Massachusetts||4||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Mosaic||30–34||Singing||Cappella Singing group||Las Vegas||1||Eliminated|
|Pam Martin's Top Dog||54||Animal||Dancing Dogs||Garland, Texas||4||Eliminated|
|Paradizo Dance||37,29||Acrobatics||Acrobatic performers||Brooklyn, New York||2||Semi-finalist|
|Pete Peterkin||54||Comedy||Impressionist||Brooklyn, New York||2||Eliminated|
|Pixie Mystère||9–11||Variety / Dancing||Contortionist dance troupe||Cape May, New Jersey||3||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Platt Brothers||22–27||Acrobatics / Comedy||Trio comedic acrobats||San Diego, California||1||Eliminated|
|Recycled Percussion||22–39||Music||Junkyard percussion group||Goffstown, New Hampshire||4||Third place|
|SQ Entertainment||19–32||Dance||Dance crew||Boston, Massachusetts||2||Eliminated|
|Team Acrodunk||23-45||Acrobatics||Acrobatic basketball dunkers||Houston, Texas||1||Semi-finalist|
|The Lollipop Girls||21–40||Dance / Variety||Burlesque dance troupe||San Diego, California||4||Eliminated|
|The Texas Tenors||34,35,44||Singing||Country & Classical vocal group||Houston, Texas||2||Finalist|
|The Voices of Glory||16,13,9||Singing||Trio sibling singers||Highland, New York||2||Finalist|
|Thia Megia||14||Singing||Singer||Redwood City, California||1||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Tony Hoard & Rory||54||Animal||Canine flying-disc thrower & catcher||New Castle, Indiana||2||Semi-finalist|
|U4ria Dance Crew||16–23||Dance||Dance troupe||Coral Springs, Florida||3||Eliminated|
- ^1 Ages denoted in this column pertain to a participant(s) age in their final performance for this season.
- ^2 The ages of Thomas' assistants were not disclosed during the season's broadcast.
Quarter-final 1 (August 4)
|Quarter-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and judges' votes||Result (August 5)|
|Breaksk8||1||Rollerskating dance troupe||Eliminated|
|Thia Megia||2||Singer||Lost Judges' Vote|
|The Platt Brothers||3||Pantomimes, acrobats, dancers||Eliminated|
|Diva League||4||Drag queens||Eliminated|
|Manuela Horn||5||Yodelling dominatrix & Singer||Eliminated|
|Grandma Lee||6||Standup comedian||Advanced|
|Team Acrodunk||8||Acrobatic basketball dunkers||Advanced|
|Arcadian Broad||9||Dancer||Won Judges' Vote|
|Drew Thomas Magic & Illusions||10||Magician||Advanced|
|Lake Houston Dance||12||Dance Troupe||Eliminated|
Quarter-final 2 (August 11)
|Quarter-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and judges' votes||Result (August 12)|
|Fab Five||1||Clogging Dance troupe||Advanced|
|Charles DeWayne||2||Singer||Lost Judges' Vote|
|Tony Hoard & Rory||4||Dog Frisbee-catching act||Won Judges' Vote|
|Paradizo Dance||6||Acrobatic performers||Advanced|
|The Texas Tenors||7||Country & Classical vocal group||Advanced|
|SQ Entertainment||8||Dance crew||Eliminated|
|Alizma||10||Singing / Violin triplets||Eliminated|
|Beale Street Flippers||11||Flipping dance troupe||Eliminated|
|The Voices of Glory||12||Singing trio||Advanced|
- ^3 Morgan jokingly buzzed Pete Peterkin after his performance, though it was not counted.
Quarter-final 3 (August 18)
Quarter-final 4 (August 25)
Guest Performer, Results Show: Reba McEntire
|Quarter-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and judges' votes||Result (August 26)|
|Ishaara||1||Bollywood Dance Troupe||Eliminated|
|Pam Martin's Top Dogs||3||Dancing dogs||Eliminated|
|African High Flyers||4||Acrobats||Eliminated|
|Mia Boostrom||5||Singer||Lost Judges' Vote|
|Erik & Rickie||6||Ballroom dancers||Won Judges' Vote|
|Coney Island Chris||7||Physical Comedian||Eliminated|
|Matt & Anthony||8||Guitarist and tap dancer||Eliminated|
|The Lollipop Girls||9||Burlesque dancers||Eliminated|
|Recycled Percussion||11||Percussion act||Advanced|
|EriAm Sisters||12||Sister singing trio||Advanced|
Semi-final 1 (September 1)
|Semi-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes||Result (September 2)|
|Team Acrodunk||1||Basketball dunkers||Eliminated|
|The Texas Tenors||2||Vocal group||Advanced|
|Paradizo Dance||3||Acrobatic performers||Eliminated|
|Drew Thomas Magic & Illusions||4||Magician||Eliminated|
|Tony Hoard and Rory||5||Dog frisbee act||Eliminated|
|The Voices of Glory 5||6||Singing trio||Advanced|
|The Fab Five 5||7||Clogging dance troupe||Advanced|
|Grandma Lee||8||Standup comedian||Advanced|
|Kevin Skinner||10||Singer / Guitarist||Advanced|
- 4 Kermit was handled by Artie Esposito, as his usual puppeteer (at the time), Steve Whitmire, was unavailable.
- 5 Both acts were advanced into the next stage, after the judges could not decide on who to vote for advancing further in the competition. This decision meant no judges' vote was held in the next semi-final.
Semi-final 2 (September 8)
Guest Performer, Results Show: Cast of muscial Jersey Boys.
|Semi-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes||Result (September 9)|
|Recycled Percussion||1||Percussion group||Advanced|
|Lawrence Beamen||2||Bass singer||Advanced|
|Erik and Rickie||3||Ballroom dancers||Eliminated|
|Hairo Torres||5||Break dancer and contortionist||Advanced|
|EriAm Sisters||6||Sister singing trio||Eliminated|
|Mario and Jenny||7||Jugglers||Eliminated|
Final (September 14)
- | Winner | Runner-up 3rd place
|Finalist||Order||Act||Result (September 16)|
|The Voices of Glory||1||Trio sibling singers||5th|
|Hairo Torres||2||Contortionist dancer||8th|
|Lawrence Beamen||3||Bass singer||9th|
|Bárbara Padilla||4||Opera singer||2nd|
|Fab Five||5||Sister clogging dance troupe||6th|
|The Texas Tenors||6||Country & Classical Vocal Group||4th|
|Drew Stevyns||7||Singer & guitarist||10th|
|Grandma Lee||8||Stand-up comedian||7th|
|Kevin Skinner||9||Country singer||1st|
|Recycled Percussion||10||Junkyard percussionists||3rd|
|1||"Auditions Episode 1"||6.8||12||3.3/10||11.30||#1||#1|
|2||"Auditions Episode 2"||6.2||11||3.1/9||10.39||#1||#3|
|3||"Auditions Episode 3"||7.5||13||3.7/11||12.91||#1||#1|
|4||"Auditions Episode 4"||6.8||12||2.9/9||11.30||#2||#3|
|5||"Auditions Episode 5"||6.2||10||3/9||10.43||#1||#2|
|6||"Auditions Episode 6"||6.9||12||3.3/10||11.69||#1||#1|
|7||"Auditions Episode 7"||8||13||3.6/10||13.17||#2||#2|
|8||"Auditions Episode 8"||6.9||12||2.9/9||11.38||#1||#4|
|9||"Auditions Episode 9"||8.2||14||3.4/10||13.75||#1||#1|
|10||"Auditions Episode 10
Susan Boyle Interview"
|11||"Vegas Verdicts (Part 1)"||7.7||13||3.4/10||12.76||#1||#1|
|12||"Vegas Verdicts (Part 2)"||6.4||11||2.8/8||10.90||#1||#2|
|13||"Quarterfinals, Group 1"||7.7||14||3.6/11||12.97||#1||#1|
|14||"Quarterfinals, Group 1 Results"||6||10||2.9/9||10.68||#1||#2|
|15||"Quarterfinals, Group 2"||7.6||13||3.4/10||12.48||#1||#1|
|16||"Quarterfinals, Group 2 Results"||6.9||12||2.9/9||11.42||#1||#4|
|17||"Quarterfinals, Group 3"||7||12||2.9/9||11.59||#1||#2|
|18||"Quarterfinals, Group 3 Results"||6.4||11||2.4/7||10.29||#1||#4|
|19||"Quarterfinals, Group 4"||6.9||12||3/8||11.42||#1||#1|
|20||"Quarterfinals, Group 4 Results"||6.7||11||2.9/8||10.87||#1||#2|
|21||"Semifinals, Group 1"||7.5||13||3.2/9||12.81||#1||#1|
|22||"Semifinals, Group 1 Results"||7.4||12||2.6/8||12.39||#1||#2|
|23||"Semifinals, Group 2 "||7.1||12||2.9/8||12.03||#1||#5|
|24||"Semifinals, Group 2 Results"||6||9||2.1/5||10.06||#1||#10|
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