America's Got Talent (season 4)
|America's Got Talent|
|Hosted by||Nick Cannon|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original release||June 23 –|
September 16, 2009
The fourth season of America's Got Talent, an American talent show competition, began broadcasting in the United States during 2009, from June 23 to September 16 on NBC. 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.
Alongside the change in host, production staff made a number of new changes to the program, which included replacing the "bootcamp" stage with an audition round similar in format to that used by Britain's Got Talent for selecting live round participants, titled "Vegas Verdicts", and airing Results episodes for live rounds the day after their respective Performance episodes, with each broadcast in a one-hour timeslot and featuring a selection of guest performers. 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 11.91 million viewers, and was the first in the program's history to be aired in high definition.
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.
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 favor of using the selection process from 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. This stage would continue to divide participants into groups, allowing the judges to debate amongst themselves about which group of participants should earn a place in the live rounds, before bringing back each group to inform them of their decision about their progress in the competition; in some cases, some participants were required to do a second performance to help the judges make their final decisions. The format for the buzzers in the live rounds was also altered to match that of the format across the Got Talent franchise, in that participants receiving buzzes from all the judges had to stop immediately, rather than being given a little more time to perform.
The fourth season saw a number of issues arise that had to be dealt with during production of the episodes. The first use of the "Vegas Verdicts" stage for the first season forced executive producer Simon Cowell to question the judges on some of their choices made in this stage. After voicing his concerns that "too much talent" had been eliminated, the judges were prompted to bring back a number of eliminated acts and appoint them as Wildcards for the quarter-finals at his instruction. During the semi-finals for this year's competition, the judges were faced with an inability to determine which of two acts would advance into the final from the first semi-final, which eventually led to the decision that both would advance, while the judges' vote in the second semi-final would not occur as a direct result.
Of the participants who auditioned for this season, 48 secured a place in the live quarter-finals - including those originally eliminated in the Vega Verdicts stage before Cowell's intervention - with twelve quarterfinalists in each one. Around 20 of these advanced to and were split between the two semi-finals, with 10 semi-finalists securing a place in the live final, which was a single stage rather than multiple rounds in previous seasons. The following below lists the results of each participant's overall performance in this season:
- | Winner | Runner-up | Third place | Finalist Semi-finalist
- | Quarter-finalist Judges' Wildcard Quarter-Finalist
|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 City||4||Eliminated|
|Arcadian Broad||13||Dance / Music||Dancer & Pianist||Orlando, Florida||1||Semi-finalist|
|Bárbara Padilla||36||Singing||Opera singer||Houston||4||Runner-up|
|Beale Street Flippers||20–26||Acrobatics||Flippers||Memphis, Tennessee||2||Eliminated|
|Breaksk8||21–30||Dance||Rollerskating 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|
|Coney Island Chris||42||Danger / Comedy||Comic Stuntman||Naugatuck, Connecticut||4||Eliminated|
|David Johnson||30||Singing / Comedy||Comic singer||Renton, Washington||3||Eliminated|
|Diva League||20–44||Dance / Variety||Drag Dancers & 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 & Pianist||Amarillo, Texas||2||Eliminated|
|EriAm Sisters||11, 14, 16||Singing||Singing Trio||Seattle||4||Semi-finalist|
|Erik & Rickie||8, 8||Dance||Ballroom Dancers||Seattle||4||Semi-finalist|
|Fab Five||24-35||Dance / Variety||Clogging Dance Troupe||Morgan, Utah||2||Finalist|
|G Force||11, 9, 8||Singing / Music||Girl 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||Dance troupe||Houston||1||Eliminated|
|Lawrence Beamen||34||Singing||Bass Singer||Walnut Creek, California||3||Finalist|
|Manuela Horn||36||Singing / Variety||Yodeller & Singer||Seattle||1||Eliminated|
|Marcus Terrell & The Serenades||22 2||Vocal Group||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|
|Mosaic||30–34||Singing||Cappella Vocal 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||New York City||2||Semi-finalist|
|Pete Peterkin||54||Comedy||Impressionist||New York City||2||Eliminated|
|Pixie Mystère||9–11||Variety / Dancing||Contortionist Dance Troupe||Cape May, New Jersey||3||Eliminated|
|Platt Brothers||22–27||Acrobatics / Comedy||Comic 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 Group||Boston||2||Eliminated|
|Team Acrodunk||23-45||Acrobatics||Acrobatic Basketball Dunkers||Houston||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||2||Finalist|
|The Voices of Glory||16, 13, 9||Singing||Sibling Trio||Highland, New York||2||Finalist|
|Thia Megia||14||Singing||Singer||Redwood City, California||1||Eliminated|
|Tony Hoard & Rory||54||Animal||Dog Frisbee-catching Act||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 Drew Thomas' assistants and Marcus Terrell's backing group were not disclosed during the season's broadcast.
Quarter-final 1 (August 4)
Quarter-final 2 (August 11)
Quarter-final 3 (August 18)
Quarter-final 4 (August 25)
Guest Performer, Results Show: Reba McEntire
Semi-final 1 (September 1)
|Semi-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes||Result (September 2)|
|Team Acrodunk||1||Acrobatic Basketball Dunkers||Eliminated|
|The Texas Tenors||2||Country & Classical Vocal group||Advanced|
|Paradizo Dance||3||Acrobatic Performers||Eliminated|
|Drew Thomas Magic & Illusions||4||Magician & Illusionist||Eliminated|
|Tony Hoard and Rory||5||Dog Frisbee-catching Act||Eliminated|
|The Voices of Glory 5||6||Singing Trio||Advanced|
|The Fab Five 5||7||Clogging Dance Troupe||Advanced|
|Grandma Lee||8||Stand-up Comedian||Advanced|
|Arcadian Broad||9||Dancer & Pianist||Eliminated|
|Kevin Skinner||10||Singer & Guitarist||Advanced|
- 4 Kermit was handled by Artie Esposito, as his usual puppeteer Steve Whitmire (at the time) 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 musical Jersey Boys.
Final (September 14)
- | Winner | Runner-up 3rd place
|Finalist||Order||Act||Result (September 16)|
|The Voices of Glory||1||Sibling Trio||5th|
|Hairo Torres||2||Contortionist & Breakdancer||8th|
|Lawrence Beamen||3||Bass Singer||9th|
|Bárbara Padilla||4||Opera Singer||2nd|
|Fab Five||5||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||Singer & Musician||1st|
|Recycled Percussion||10||Junkyard Percussion Group||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"
|6.6||11||2.5/7 ||11.26||#1||#2 |
|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|
|25||"Finals, Performances"||8.5||13||3.3/9 ||13.84||#2||#3|
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