America's Got Talent: The Champions

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America's Got Talent:
The Champions
AGT The Champions titlecard.jpg
GenreReality
Talent show
Created bySimon Cowell
Presented byTerry Crews
JudgesSimon Cowell
Heidi Klum
Mel B
Howie Mandel
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes2 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Simon Cowell
  • Sam Donnelly
  • Jason Raff
  • Trish Kinane
  • Richard Wallace
Producer(s)
DistributorFremantle
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJanuary 7, 2019 (2019-01-07) – present (present)
Chronology
Related showsAmerica's Got Talent
External links
Website

America's Got Talent: The Champions is a reality television series spin-off of America's Got Talent that airs on NBC. The series premiered on January 7, 2019.[1] Described as "The Olympics of Talent,"[2] it features winners, finalists and other successful contestants from previous seasons of America's Got Talent alongside acts from other Got Talent franchises worldwide, competing for spots in a championship final.[3][4] The series is expected to contain seven episodes.[5]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [5]Original air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"The Champions One"January 7, 2019 (2019-01-07)1019.97[6]
In their performance order, the ten contestants competing were Bianca Ryan, The Clairvoyants, Sara & Hero, Uzeyer Novruzov, Vicki Barbolak, Alex Magala, Justice Crew, Susan Boyle, Sofie Dossi, and Preacher Lawson. Susan Boyle received Mel B's golden buzzer directly after her performance and Preacher Lawson received the most votes by the end of the show, resulting in them both advancing to the finale. Bianca Ryan and Sofie Dossi received the second-highest and third-highest number votes by the end of the show, respectively.
2"The Champions Two"January 14, 2019 (2019-01-14)1029.98[7]
In their performance order, the ten acts competing were Darci Lynne Farmer, Ashleigh and Sully, Light Balance, Taylor Williamson, Cristina Ramos, DDF Crew, Viktor Kee, Courtney Hadwin, Deadly Games, and Piff the Magic Dragon. Deadly Games received Heidi's golden buzzer directly after their performance and Cristina received the most votes by the end of the show, resulting in them both advancing to the finale. Darci Lynne and Courtney Hadwin received the second-highest and third-highest number votes by the end of the show, respectively.
3"The Champions Three"January 21, 2019 (2019-01-21)103TBD
4"The Champions Four"January 28, 2019 (2019-01-28)104TBD
5TBAFebruary 4, 2019 (2019-02-04)105TBD
6TBAFebruary 11, 2019 (2019-02-11)106TBD
7TBAFebruary 18, 2019 (2019-02-18)107TBD

Production[edit]

Simon Cowell has been confirmed as a judge. On July 27, 2018, it was confirmed that Mel B would be a judge on the spin-off show.[8][9] On September 27, 2018, it was announced that Terry Crews would host the show and that Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel would be joining as judges, bringing all four current judges from the main series.[10]

Contestant overview[edit]

Note: All contestants below have previously competed in America's Got Talent unless otherwise noted.

Key
  Winner
  Runner-up
  Third place
  Top 5
  Finalist
Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Golden buzzer
  Advanced Immediately
  Advanced (won Superfan vote)
  Eliminated (vote 2nd place)
  Eliminated (vote 3rd place)
  Eliminated
Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed
Name of act[11] Act Got Talent history Preliminary Week[12] Results
Original season Original result Preliminaries Finals
Susan Boyle Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Singer BGT: 3 Runner-up 1 Advanced Immediately TBA
Deadly Games Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Extreme Knife Throwers 11 Semi-finalists 2 Advanced Immediately TBA
FIT: 12
Preacher Lawson Comedian 12 Finalist 1 Advanced TBA
Cristina Ramos Opera/Rock Singer GTE: 1 Winner 2 Advanced TBA
Angelica Hale Singer 12 Runner-up 3
Billy & Emily England Extreme Rollerskating Duo BGT: 9 Semi-finalists 3
12
Darcy Oake Illusionist BGT: 8 Fifth place 3
DJ Arch Jnr DJ SAGT: 6 Winner 3
Jon Dorenbos Magician 11 Third place 3
Paul Potts Opera Singer BGT: 1 Winner 3
Prince Poppycock Opera Singer 5 Fourth place 3
Ryan Stock & AmberLynn Sideshow Duo 11 Quarter-finalists 3
Samuel J. Comroe Comedian 13 Fourth place 3
Tom Cotter Comedian 7 Runner-up 3
Brian Justin Crum Singer 11 Fourth place 4
Drew Lynch Comedian 10 Runner-up 4
Issy Simpson Magician BGT: 11 Runner-up 4
Kechi Okwuchi Singer 12 Finalist 4
Kenichi Ebina Dancer 8 Winner 4
Moonlight Brothers Dance Duo DHT: 4 Winners 4
Paul Zerdin Ventriloquist 10 Winner 4
The Professional Regurgitator Regurgitator BGT: 4 Semi-finalist 4
DS: 4 Finalist
ČSMT: 2
DS: 5 Semi-finalist
IGT: 4
FIT: 9 Fourth place
10
DS: 12 Winner
Tape Face Mime 11 Finalist 4
The Texas Tenors Country/Classical Vocal Group 4 Fourth place 4
Attraction Shadow Theatre Group DS: 6 Semi-finalists 5
BGT: 7 Winners
Colin Cloud Mentalist BGT: 6 Auditionee 5
12 Semi-finalist
Cosentino Escape Artist and Illusionist AuGT: 5 Runner-up 5
Jackie Evancho Singer 5 Runner-up 5
Kseniya Simonova Sand Artist UMT: 1 Winner 5
Lost Voice Guy Comedian BGT: 12 Winner 5
Sal Valentinetti Singer 11 Fifth place 5
Shin Lim Magician 13 Winner 5
Sons of Serendip Band 9 Fourth place 5
Tokio Myers Pianist/Drummer/Remixer BGT: 11 Winner 5
Darci Lynne Farmer Singing Ventriloquist 12 Winner 2 Eliminated (vote 2nd Place) N/A
Courtney Hadwin Singer 13 Finalist 2 Eliminated (vote 3rd Place) N/A
Ashleigh and Sully Dancing Dog Act BGT: 6 Winners (as Ashleigh and Pudsey) 2 Eliminated N/A
DDF Crew Jump Roping Dance Crew HGT: 5 Winners 2 Eliminated N/A
BeGT: 4 Semi-finalists
Light Balance Electronic Dance Troupe BGT: 8 Semi-finalists 2 Eliminated N/A
12 Third place
Piff the Magic Dragon Comedic Magician 10 Finalist 2 Eliminated N/A
Taylor Williamson Comedian 8 Runner-up 2 Eliminated N/A
Viktor Kee Juggler 11 Finalist 2 Eliminated N/A
Bianca Ryan Singer 1 Winner 1 Eliminated (vote 2nd place) N/A
Sofie Dossi Contortionist/Aerialist 11 Finalist 1 Eliminated (vote 3rd place) N/A
Alex Magala Sword Swallower 8 Quarter-finalist 1 Eliminated N/A
IGT: 5 Finalist
MS: 8 Winner
UMT: 6 Semi-finalist
FIT: 9 Auditionee
BGT: 10 Finalist
ČSMT: 6 Semi-finalist
The Clairvoyants Mentalist Duo 11 Runners-up 1 Eliminated N/A
Justice Crew Dance Troupe AuGT: 4 Winners 1 Eliminated N/A
Sara and Hero Dog Act 12 Fifth place 1 Eliminated N/A
Uzeyer Novruzov Ladder Acrobat 10 Finalist 1 Eliminated N/A
FIT: 11 Semi-finalist (as Freeladderman)
Vicki Barbolak Comedian 13 Finalist 1 Eliminated N/A

Preliminaries[edit]

Each of the five preliminary rounds consists of 10 acts competing for a place in the tournament's final round. The winner of each round, determined by a panel of 50 "superfans" representing the 50 U.S. states, advances to the final round. In addition, each of the four judges and the host may also use the golden buzzer to advance an act immediately to the finals.[13]

Key Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Golden buzzer
  Advanced Immediately
  Advanced (Won Superfan Vote)
  Eliminated (2nd)
  Eliminated (3rd)
  Eliminated (4th to 9th)

Note: Flag opposite to each contestant represents the Got Talent franchise of a country the contestant is highest-ranked in.

Week 1 (January 7)[edit]

Act Order Performance description Buzzes Result
Mandel Brown Klum Cowell
United States Bianca Ryan 1 Singer; Sang "Say Something" by a Great Big World Eliminated (2nd in Superfan Vote)
United States The Clairvoyants 2 Mentalist duo; First requested Cowell, Heidi and Mandel to select a place, candle and a item that they would be going to or will be taking to a date respectively. They then identified each place/item selected by each judge starting from Heidi's camp fire candle, Simon's place of Shanghai, China and Howie's selection, 'pants'. The act ended with a video showing the clairvoyants predicting what each judge would choose prior to the competition. Eliminated
United States Sara and Hero 3 Dog act; Performed a variety of dog tricks in a 'bank robbery' theme. The act ended with Hero hiding inside a suitcase to hide from the 'police'. Eliminated
United States Uzeyer Novruzov 4 Ladder acrobat; Performed acrobatics and balancing routines using a smaller ladder initially and ended up balancing himself on a longer ladder, which was a re-attempt of a act which he performed in the past series. Eliminated
United States Vicki Barbolak 5 Comedian; Performed a comedy routine related to "Trailer Nasty". She initially talked about her trailer nasty theme and later on commented how skinny rich people rescued dogs and how it is obviously rescued due to its hideous look. She later adds on saying how she tried to adopt a celebtrity dog and how it is expensive to take care of these dogs. Eliminated
Russia Alex Magala 6 Sword Swallower; First swallowed a sword and requested Simon to pull it out. He then performed acrobatics whilst swallowing a sword. Ended the routine by dropping from a height, again while swallowing a sword, facing himself towards the ground. Eliminated
Australia Justice Crew 7 Dance troupe; Sang a original song called 'Boom-Boom' while performing a hip-hop dance routine. Eliminated
United Kingdom Susan Boyle 8 Singer; Sang "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Advanced Immediately
United States Sofie Dossi 9 Contortionist/Aerialist; Performed a routine initially to Que Sera and then did a aerial performance hanging herself from the air ending the routine by spinning herself as a fidget spinner. Eliminated (3rd in Superfan Vote)
United States Preacher Lawson 10 Comedian; Performed a comedy routine. Advanced (Won Superfan Vote)


Week 2 (January 14)[edit]

Act Order Performance description Buzzes Result
Mandel Brown Klum Cowell
United States Darci Lynne Farmer 1 Singing Ventriloquist; Sang "Nutbush City Limits" and "Proud Mary" with her puppet Oscar. Eliminated (2nd in Superfan Vote)
United Kingdom Ashleigh and Sully 2 Dancing Dog Act; Performed various dog tricks at the beginning including walking with hind legs. Sully and Ashleigh then 'competed' against each other in a 'wresting' theme. The act ended with Sully forcing Ashleigh on the ground and eventually winning the match. Eliminated
United States Light Balance 3 Electronic Dance Troupe; Performed a rock musical band themed hip-hop dance routine to "I Was Made for Lovin' You" by Kiss, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by the Backstreet Boys and "Runaway (U & I)" by Galantis. Eliminated
United States Taylor Williamson 4 Comedian; Initially showed a picture of him 'half-naked' with Heidi Klum and tells that one should never give up on his/her dreams. Later adds on how he makes more money doing comedy than most celebrities. Chats about how immigrants take up jobs in the country including the judging panel of America's Got Talent. Ended the comedy routine thanking all for laughing at him. Eliminated
Spain Cristina Ramos 5 Opera/Rock Singer; Sang an opera and a rock edition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. Advanced (Won Superfan Vote)
Netherlands DDF Crew 6 Jump Roping Dance Crew; Performed a dance routine while jump roping to "Pump It" by The Black Eyed Peas. Eliminated
United States Viktor Kee 7 Juggler; Performed a routine syncing it with a projection on the screen. Eliminated
United States Courtney Hadwin 8 Singer; Performed an original song called "Pretty Little Thing". Eliminated (3rd in Superfan Vote)
United States Deadly Games 9 Extreme Knife Throwers; Performed a knife-throwing routine set in a technology lab. It included Alfredo throwing knives at Anna while in a rotating frame and shattering a martini glass as well as aiming at a target with a crossbow while taking a video of himself with Klum's cell phone. Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Advanced Immediately
United States Piff the Magic Dragon 10 Comedic Magician; Performed a routine where he appeared to make his dog Mr. Piffles eat Klum's ring, only for it to appear inside an egg. Eliminated

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Episode Title First air date Timeslot (ET) Rating
(18–49)
Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Nightly
Rank
Weekly
Rank
1 The Champions One January 7, 2019 Monday 8:00  p.m. 1.8 7 9.97[6] 1 7[14]
2 The Champions Two January 14, 2019 1.7 7 9.98[7] 1 TBA
3 The Champions Three January 21, 2019 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
4 The Champions Four January 28, 2019 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

References[edit]

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