America's Got Talent (season 7)

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America's Got Talent
Season 7
Hosted byNick Cannon
Judges
WinnerOlate Dogs
Runner-ups
No. of episodes31
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseMay 14 –
September 13, 2012
Additional information
WebsiteOfficial website
Season chronology
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The seventh season of America's Got Talent, an American talent show competition, began broadcasting in the United States during 2012, from May 14 to September 13 on NBC; due to the network's live coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the program was forced to take a two week-hiatus between July and August to avoid clashing with this. Prior to production on the new season beginning, Piers Morgan left the program following the previous season, leading to production staff hiring Howard Stern as his replacement. However, as a condition for his involvement, the live rounds of the competition were moved from their venue in Los Angeles to a new site in Newark, New Jersey.[1][2][3] Alongside a change of judge, the show also underwent a visual makeover to improve its presentation, as well as making use of its new live round venue to attract a larger audience.

The seventh season was won by dog tricks act Olate Dogs, with stand-up comedian Tom Cotter finishing in second, and earth harpist William Close placing third. During its broadcast, the season averaged around 10.02 million viewers. The involvement of an army sergeant in this year's competition caused controversy after their appearance was broadcast, over a claim they made that was later refuted by their superiors and the media.

Season Overview[edit]

Howard Stern was brought in a month after Piers Morgan's departure.

Auditions for the seventh season's competition took place across Winter - mid-Spring 2012, with production staff holding the main auditions that would be filmed within the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Austin, St. Louis, and San Francisco;[4][5] additional auditions were held in Washington, D.C.and Charlotte, though were not filmed.

Following the conclusion of the sixth season's broadcast, Piers Morgan began contemplating his involvement with America's Got Talent, due to his increasing work schedule on other projects by that time. In November 2011, despite having signed a three-year contract the previous year,[6] Morgan was forced to quit the program in order to focus on his commitment to producing Piers Morgan Tonight for CNN.[7] His departure meant that production staff had to seek out his replacement before work on the seventh season could begin, with radio personality Howard Stern chosen in December to replace Morgan. However, as Stern had commitments to his SiriusXM radio show in New York that he could not abandon, the producers agreed that as a condition for his involvement, the live round venue would be relocated from its original site in Los Angeles, to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, thus ensuring his work schedule was manageable.[8]

While the use of the Performing Arts Center meant that audiences attending live rounds could be much larger than in previous years, the change in venue also allowed executive producer Simon Cowell to have the program undergo a significant "top-to-bottom makeover" of its presentation - amongst these included new graphics, a new intro, and a new theme song for America's Got Talent, alongside an update to set pieces. A significant change was the appearance of the judges' desk, which was re-modeled to appear similar in design to that used on Britain's Got Talent.[9] Despite the change in live round venue, Stern gave clearance to the producers that he could work on the "Vegas Verdicts" segment within Las Vegas without any issue. Alongside these changes, the producers also had to take into account the 2012 Summer Olympics that year - as the sporting event would receive live coverage from the network, the episode scheduling had to include a two week hiatus between 27 July to 12 August, so as to avoid America's Got Talent clashing with this.

Of the participants who auditioned for this season, 62 secured a place in the live quarter-finals, with twelve quarter-finalists in each one - ten of these would later be given a second chance in the Wildcard quarter-final, after losing their initial quarter-final. Around 23 of these advanced to and were split between the two semi-finals - an additional semi-finalist was added in at the last minute - with 6 semi-finalists securing a place in the finals, which consisted of a single stage and not multiple rounds. 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 | Playing card heart A.svg Wildcard Quarter-finalist | Playing card club A.svg Wildcard Act
Participant Age(s) 1 Genre Act From [10] Quarter-Final Result
7 in Unison 14–15 Dance Dance Troupe Yorba Linda, California 5 Eliminated
787 Crew 19–31 Dance Dance Crew San Juan, Puerto Rico 1 Eliminated
Academy of Villains N/A Dance Hip-hop Dance Troupe San Francisco 5 Semi-finalist
All Beef Patty 38 Singing Singing Drag Queen New York City 3 Eliminated
All That! Playing card heart A.svg 23–36 Dance Clogging Dance Troupe Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 4 2 Semi-finalist
All Wheel Sports 18–35 Acrobatics / Danger BMX Action Team Los Angeles 3 Semi-finalist
American BMX Stunt Team 20–44 Acrobatics / Danger BMX Stunt Team Durham, North Carolina 1 Eliminated
Andrew De Leon Playing card club A.svg 19 Singing Opera Singer Kyle, Texas 6 Semi-finalist
Aurora Light Painters 38–46 Dance / Variety Light-painting Troupe San Francisco 2 Eliminated
Bandbaz Brothers Playing card club A.svg 34, 59 Acrobatics Balancing Duo Las Vegas 6 Eliminated
Ben Blaque Playing card heart A.svg 33 Danger Crossbow Performer Branson, Missouri 2 2 Eliminated
Big Barry 70 Singing Singer Fort Lauderdale, Florida 2 Eliminated
Bria Kelly 16 Singing Country Singer Virginia Beach, Virginia 5 Semi-finalist
Cast in Bronze 61 Music Carillon Musician St. Peters, Pennsylvania 5 Eliminated
Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots 52 Animal Parrot Trainer Las Vegas 5 Semi-finalist
Cristin Sandu Playing card heart A.svg 18 Danger Balancing Performer Las Vegas 3 2 Eliminated
Danielle Stallings 14 Singing Singer Richmond, Virginia 2 Eliminated
David "The Bullet" Smith 34 Danger Human Cannonball Performer Englewood, Florida 4 Eliminated
David Garibaldi and His CMYK's 26–30 Variety Art Performers Sacramento 1 Finalist
Distinguished Men of Brass 24–60 Music Marching Band Tampa, Florida 1 Eliminated
Donovan & Rebecca 44, 36 Acrobatics Acrobatic Aerialists Stony Brook, New York 2 Semi-finalist
Drew Erwin 16 Singing / Music Singer & Musician Arlington, Tennessee 5 Eliminated
Edon 14 Singing Singer Chicago 1 Semi-finalist
Elusive 21 Dance B-boy Dancer Austin, Texas 3 Eliminated
Eric & Olivia 20 Singing / Music Singer & Guitarist Duo Austin, Texas 4 Eliminated
Eric Buss 37 Variety Novelty act Entertainer Tucson, Arizona 5 Eliminated
Eric Dittelman 26 Magic Mentalist Boston 4 Semi-finalist
Hawley Magic 30 Magic Magician & Illusionists Shelby, North Carolina 2 Eliminated
Horse Playing card heart A.svg 25 Variety Groin attack taker Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 4 2 Eliminated
Inspire the Fire 13–29 Singing / Dance Singing Dance Troupe Charlotte, North Carolina 3 Eliminated
Jacob Williams 23 Comedy Stand-up Comedian Chicago 3 Semi-finalist
Jake Wesley Rogers Playing card heart A.svg 15 Singing / Music Singer & Pianist Ozark, Missouri 3 2 Eliminated
Jarrett & Raja Playing card heart A.svg 39, 32 Comedy / Magic Comic Illusionists Las Vegas 1 2 Eliminated
Joe Castillo 64 Variety Sand Artist Lexington, Kentucky 4 Finalist
Lightwire Theater 25–43 Dance Glow-light Dance Group New Orleans 3 Semi-finalist
Lil' Starr 6 Dance Tap Dancer Chino, California 1 Eliminated
Lindsey Norton Playing card heart A.svg 17 Dance Dancer Tampa, Florida 4 2 Eliminated
LionDanceMe 14–35 Danger / Animal / Dance Lion Dance Danger Act San Francisco 2 Eliminated
Lisa Clark Dancers 14–18 Dance Dance Troupe Suisun City, California 2 Eliminated
Melinda Hill 39 Comedy Stand-up Comedian Los Angeles 5 Eliminated
Michael Nejad 55 Music / Variety Household Musician San Jose, California 1 Eliminated
Nikki Jensen 25 Singing / Music Singer & Guitarist Austin, Texas 1 Eliminated
Olate Dogs 19, 55 Animal Dog Tricks Act New York City 4 Winner
Reverse Order N/A Music Rock Band Hackettstown, New Jersey 5 Eliminated
Rock Star Juggler Mike Price 33 Variety Juggler Las Vegas 3 Eliminated
Romeo Dance Cheetah 30 Music Air Guitarist Chicago 5 Eliminated
Rudy Coby 48 Magic Illusionist Los Angeles 5 Eliminated
Sebastien "El Charro de Oro" Playing card heart A.svg 10–30 Singing / Music Mariachi Singer & Band San Antonio, Texas 4 2 Semi-finalist
Shanice & Maurice Hayes 18, 62 Singing Father & Daughter Duet Kansas City, Missouri 1 Semi-finalist
Spencer Horsman Playing card heart A.svg 26 Magic / Danger Escape Artist Baltimore, Maryland 3 2 Eliminated
The All Ways 19–22 Music Rock Band New York City 2 Eliminated
The Magic of Puck 46 Magic Comic Illusionist Roosevelt, New York 5 Semi-finalist
The Scott Brothers 47, 48 Dance Pop Dance Duo Las Vegas 1 Semi-finalist
The Untouchables 8–13 Dance Latin Dance Troupe Miami 3 Finalist
Tim Hockenberry 50 Singing / Music Singer & Pianist San Francisco 2 Semi-finalist
Todd Oliver Playing card heart A.svg 53 Comedy / Animal Dog Ventriloquist Act Branson, Missouri 1 2 Semi-finalist
Tom Cotter 48 Comedy Stand-up Comedian Stony Point, New York 2 Runner-Up
Turf 21 Dance / Vairety Dancing Contortionist San Francisco 2 Semi-finalist
Ulysses 49 Singing Singer Statesville, North Carolina 4 Eliminated
Unity in Motion 11–16 Dance Dancing Contortionist Group Cape May, New Jersey 4 Eliminated
William Close 42 Music Earth Harpist Los Angeles 4 Third Place
Wordspit and the Illest! 20–27 Music Hip-hop & Rock Band New York City 3 Eliminated
  • ^1 Ages denoted in this column pertain to a participant(s) age in their final performance for this season.
  • ^2 These participants were entered into the Wildcard quarter-final after losing their initial quarter-final.

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 (July 2)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Cast of Cirque du Soleil: Zarkana, and will.i.am

Quarter-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' votes Result (July 3)
Mandel Osbourne Stern
Distinguished Men of Brass 1 Marching Band Eliminated
Edon 2 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
Jarrett and Raja 3 Comic Illusionists Eliminated
Lil' Starr 4 Tap Dancer Eliminated
Todd Oliver 5 Dog Ventriloquist Act Lost Judges' Vote
American BMX Stunt Team 6 BMX Stunt Team Eliminated
Nikki Jensen 7 Singer & Guitarist Eliminated
The Scott Brothers 8 Pop Dance Duo Advanced
Michael Nejad 9 Household Musician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
787 Crew 10 Dance Crew Eliminated
Shanice & Maurice Hayes 11 Father & Daughter Duet Advanced
David Garibaldi and His CMYK's 12 Art Performers Advanced

Quarter-final 2 (July 10)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Gavin DeGraw, and TRACES

Quarter-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' votes Result (July 11)
Mandel Osbourne Stern
LionDanceMe 1 Lion Dance Danger Act Eliminated
Turf 2 Dancing Contortionist Advanced
The All Ways 3 Rock Band Eliminated
Hawley Magic 4 Magician & Illusionist Eliminated
Lisa Clark Dancers 5 Dance Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Aurora Light Painters 6 Light-painting Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Danielle Stallings 7 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Lost Judges' Vote
Donovan & Rebecca 8 Acrobatic Aerialists Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
Big Barry 9 Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Tom Cotter 10 Stand-up Comedian Advanced
Ben Blaque 11 Crossbow Performer Eliminated
Tim Hockenberry 12 Singer & Pianist Advanced

Quarter-final 3 (July 17)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Ashleigh and Pudsey, and Havana Brown

Quarter-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' votes Result (July 18)
Mandel Osbourne Stern
The Untouchables 1 Latin Dance Troupe Advanced
Rock Star Juggler Mike Price 2 Juggler Eliminated
Inspire the Fire 3 Singing Dance Troupe Eliminated
Cristin Sandu 4 Balancing Performer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Elusive 5 B-boy Dancer Eliminated
Jake Wesley Rogers 6 Singer & Pianist Eliminated
All Wheel Sports 7 BMX Action Team Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
WordSpit and the Illest! 8 Hip-hop & Rock Band Crystal Clear app clean.svg Lost Judges' Vote
Jacob Williams 9 Stand-up Comedian Advanced
All Beef Patty 10 Singing Drag Queen Eliminated
Spencer Horsman 11 Escape Artist Eliminated
Lightwire Theater 12 Glow-light Dance Group Advanced

Quarter-final 4 (July 24)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Cher Lloyd, and the cast of Once

Quarter-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' votes Result (July 25)
Mandel Osbourne Stern
David "The Bullet" Smith 3 1 Human Cannonball Performer Eliminated
All That! 2 Clogging Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Lost Judges' Vote
Ulysses 3 Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Joe Castillo 4 Sand Artist Advanced
Sebastien "El Charro de Oro" 5 Mariachi Singer & Band Eliminated
Eric Dittelman 6 Mentalist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
William Close 7 Earth Harpist Advanced
Unity in Motion 8 Dancing Contortionist Group Eliminated
Eric & Olivia 9 Singer and Guitarist Duo Eliminated
Lindsey Norton 10 Dancer Eliminated
Horse 11 Groin attack Taker Eliminated
Olate Dogs 12 Dog Tricks Act Advanced
  • ^3 For health & safety reasons, David Smith had to perform outside the studio; the judges were required to view the performance in person, and used hand-carried signs in place of their buzzers.

Quarter-final 5 - YouTube Round (August 14)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Gabby Douglas, Karmin, The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger

Quarter-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' votes Result (August 15)
Mandel Osbourne Stern
Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots 1 Parrot Trainer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
Reverse Order 2 Rock Band Eliminated
Rudy Coby 3 Illusionist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
7 in Unison 4 Dance Troupe Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Drew Erwin 5 Musician Lost Judges' Vote
Melinda Hill 6 Stand-up Comedian Eliminated
Eric Buss 7 Novelty Act Entertainer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Romeo Dance Cheetah 8 Air Guitarist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
The Magic of Puck 9 Comic Illusionist Advanced
Bria Kelly 10 Country Singer Advanced
Cast in Bronze 4 11 Carillon Musician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Academy of Villains 12 Hip-hop Dance Troupe Advanced
  • ^4 Due to complications, Cast In Bronze had to perform outside the studio; the judges were required to be in person to view the performance, and used hand-carried signs in place of their buzzers.

Quarter-final 6 Wild Card Round (August 21)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen, and cast of Bring It On

Quarter-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' votes Result (August 22)
Mandel Osbourne Stern
Spencer Horsman 1 Escape Artist Eliminated
All That! 2 Clogging Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
Jarrett & Raja 3 Comic Illusionists Eliminated
Jake Wesley Rogers 4 Singer & Pianist Eliminated
Cristin Sandu 5 Balancing Performer Eliminated
Todd Oliver 6 Dog Ventriloquist Act Advanced
Bandbaz Brothers 7 Balancing Duo Eliminated
Sebastien "El Charro de Oro" 8 Mariachi Singer & Band Advanced
Horse 9 Groin attack Taker Eliminated
Lindsey Norton 10 Dancer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Lost Judges' Vote
Andrew De Leon 11 Opera Singer Advanced
Ben Blaque 12 Crossbow Performer Eliminated

Semifinal 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 (August 28)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Neon Trees, and Steve Harvey

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' votes Result (August 29)
Mandel Osbourne Stern
Andrew De Leon 1 Opera Singer Eliminated
Todd Oliver 2 Dog Ventriloquist Act Crystal Clear app clean.svg Lost Judges' Vote
Donovan & Rebecca 3 Acrobatic Aerialists Eliminated
Edon 4 Singer & Pianist Eliminated
The Scott Brothers 5 Pop Dance Duo Eliminated
Eric Dittelman 6 Mentalist Eliminated
Turf 7 Dancing Contortionist Eliminated
Bria Kelly 8 Country Singer Eliminated
Joe Castillo 9 Sand Artist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote
William Close 10 Earth Harpist Advanced
Tom Cotter 11 Stand-up Comedian Advanced
Academy of Villains 12 Hip-hop Dance Troupe Eliminated

Semi-final 2 (September 4)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Train, Nathan Burton, and Haunted by Heroes with Dee Snider

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' votes Result (September 6) 5
Mandel Osbourne Stern
All That! 1 Clogging Dance Troupe Eliminated
Sebastien "El Charro de Oro" 2 Mariachi Singer & Band Eliminated
The Magic of Puck 3 Comic Illusionist Eliminated
Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots 4 Parrot Trainer Eliminated
Jacob Williams 5 Stand-up Comedian Eliminated
Shanice and Maurice Hayes 6 Father & Daughter Duet Eliminated
All Wheel Sports 7 BMX Action Team Eliminated
Tim Hockenberry 8 Singer & Pianist Eliminated
The Untouchables 9 Latin Dance Troupe Advanced
Olate Dogs 10 Dog Tricks Act Advanced
Lightwire Theater 11 Glow-light Dance Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Lost Judges' Vote
David Garibaldi and His CMYK's 12 Art Performers Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Won Judges' Vote

Finals (September 12)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Green Day, Joan Rivers, OneRepublic, Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, Frankie J, Blue Man Group, and Burton Crane

  Winner |   Runner-up |   3rd place
Finalist Order Act Result (September 13)
David Garibaldi and His CMYK's 1 Art Performers 4th
Tom Cotter 2 Stand-up Comedian 2nd
The Untouchables 3 Latin Dance Troupe 6th
Joe Castillo 4 Sand Artist 5th
William Close 5 Earth Harpist 3rd
Olate Dogs 6 Dog Tricks Act 1st

Ratings[edit]

The following ratings are based upon those published by Nielsen Media Research after this season's broadcast:

Show Episode First air date Rating
(18–49)
Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Timeslot
rank
Nightly
rank
Weekly
rank
1 Los Angeles and St. Louis Auditions May 14, 2012 3.7 10 10.48 [11] 1 2 16
2 San Francisco Auditions May 15, 2012 3.4 10 10.58 [12] 2 2 15
3 New York Auditions (Part 1) May 21, 2012 3.2 9 9.66 [13] 1 1 6
4 New York Auditions (Part 2) May 22, 2012 3.3 9 9.44 [14] 1 2 7
5 Tampa Bay Auditions (Part 1) May 28, 2012 2.8 8 9.96 [15] 1 1 3
6 St. Louis Auditions (Part 2) May 29, 2012 3.7 10 11.51 [16] 1 1 1
7 Austin Auditions (Part 1) June 4, 2012 3.3 10 12.22 [17] 1 1 2
8 Austin Auditions (Part 2) June 5, 2012 3.5 11 12.55 [18] 1 1 1
9 Tampa Bay Auditions (Part 2) June 12, 2012 3.0 8 11.18 [19] 2 2 4
10 Final Auditions June 18, 2012 2.9 9 11.43 [20] 1 1 3
11 Las Vegas Week (Part 1) June 25, 2012 3.0 8 10.45 [21] 1 1 3
12 Las Vegas Week (Part 2) June 26, 2012 3.2 9 11.67 [22] 1 1 1
13 Las Vegas Week (Part 3) June 27, 2012 2.8 9 10.66 [23] 1 1 2
14 Top 48, Week 1 (performances) July 2, 2012 2.9 8 10.19 [24] 1 1 1
15 Top 48, Week 1 (results) July 3, 2012 2.3 8 9.32 [25] 1 1 2
16 Top 48, Week 2 (performances) July 10, 2012 2.8 9 10.69 [26] 2 2 2
17 Top 48, Week 2 (results) July 11, 2012 2.0 6 8.08 [27] 1 1 6
18 Top 48, Week 3 (performances) July 17, 2012 2.6 8 10.17 [28] 1 1 1
19 Top 48, Week 3 (results) July 18, 2012 2.0 6 7.61 [29] 1 1 5
20 Top 48, Week 4 (performances) July 24, 2012 2.7 8 10.43 [30] 1 1 4
21 Top 48, Week 4 (results) July 25, 2012 2.2 6 8.76 [31] 1 1 5
22 YouTube Snapple Special August 14, 2012 2.8 8 9.97 [32] 1 1 2
23 YouTube Snapple Special (results) August 15, 2012 2.3 6 8.48 [33] 1 1 5
24 Wild Card August 21, 2012 2.5 8 9.90 [34] 1 1 1
25 Wild Card (results) August 22, 2012 2.3 7 8.60 [35] 1 1 2
26 Semifinals, Round 1 (performances) August 28, 2012 2.5 7 9.89 [36] 1 1 1
27 Semifinals, Round 1 (results) August 29, 2012 2.2 6 8.34 [37] 1 1 3
28 Semifinals, Round 2 (performances) September 4, 2012 2.4 7 8.93 [38] 1 1 8
29 Semifinals, Round 2 (results) September 6, 2012 1.9 6 7.87 [39] 1 1 10
30 Finals (performances) September 12, 2012 2.9 8 11.05 [40] 1 1 12
31 Finale September 13, 2012 2.4 7 10.59 [41] 1 1 19

Controversies[edit]

False Military Claim

During auditions made for the seventh season, the involvement of a Minnesota National Guard sergeant Tim Poe caused controversy due to a claim that was later discredited by his superiors and a media investigation. Poe, who was attempting to audition for a place in the contest, made a claim that an audible stutter he had was the resultment of an injury sustained while serving with the country's forces in the War in Afghanistan, producing documentation afterwards that backed his claim. However, both the Associated Press and Minnesota National Guard refuted his evidence, citing that his documentation was not verifiable and that he therefore did not receive his condition as a result of being injured in Afghanistan.[42] Although Poe advanced no further, production staff would have had to face the question of disqualifying him from advancing into later stages for submitting a lie that had been broadcast on national television.[43][44]

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