America's Got Talent (season 7)
|America's Got Talent|
|Broadcast from||May 14, 2012 – September 13, 2012|
|Origin||New York, New York|
|◀ 2012 ►|
Season seven of America's Got Talent, a reality television series, premiered on May 14, 2012. Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel returned as judges. Judge Piers Morgan left the show after season six and was replaced by radio personality Howard Stern, as announced on his Sirius XM radio show on December 15, 2011. Because of Stern's commitments to his radio program, the live (post-Las Vegas) episodes moved from Los Angeles to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. The season ended on September 13, 2012, with Olate Dogs announced as the winners of the season.
Snapple is the official beverage sponsor of America's Got Talent. Its product was on the judges' table throughout the season. This was the final season with three judges as well as Osbourne as judge.
- 1 Preliminary auditions
- 2 Las Vegas Week
- 3 Quarterfinals
- 4 Semifinals
- 5 Finals
- 6 Round chart
- 7 Production
- 8 Ratings
- 9 Controversies
- 10 Contestants who appeared on other shows
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Live theater auditions took place in the following cities:
|Audition city||Audition date||Venue||Air date|
|Los Angeles, California||February 16–17, 2012||Orpheum Theatre||May 14, 2012|
|San Francisco, California||February 24–25, 2012||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium||
|St. Louis, Missouri||March 8–10, 2012||Fox Theatre||May 14, 2012 (part 1)
May 29, 2012 (part 2)
|Austin, Texas||March 17–18, 2012||Long Center for the Performing Arts||
June 5, 2012 (part 2)
|Tampa Bay||April 3–4, 2012||Mahaffey Theater||
June 12, 2012 (part 2)
|New York||April 11–12, 2012||Hammerstein Ballroom||
May 22, 2012 (part 2)
A final audition episode featuring acts from several cities aired on Monday, June 18. Auditions were also conducted online via YouTube. Finalists from the online auditions were to compete in front of a live audience during the season's live shows.
Las Vegas Week
The second round of competition, held in Las Vegas, aired from June 25–27, 2012, in a three-night special. The round was held at The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. 112 acts passed through from the audition rounds to Las Vegas Week, and competed for 48 slots in the live shows. Similarly to previous years, the judges divided the acts into two groups: the "Judges' Favorites" and "Standby Acts". In addition, six acts were either immediately eliminated, or sent directly to the next round of competition. The judges also had the option of eliminating an act immediately if they felt their performance in Las Vegas was well below par.
Before any rounds of competition began, the judges called six acts which were not listed as being "Judges' Favorites" or "Standby Acts". Three of these acts were immediately eliminated, and three acts were sent straight from Las Vegas Week to the live rounds without any further performance because of their superior auditions.
|Results of Immediate decision|
Group A: Judges' favorites
The judges' favorites were deemed more likely to succeed by the judges, performed on the first two days of competition, and were given the opportunity to take as many spots in the Top 48 as possible. Twenty-five of these acts advanced to the live shows.
|Results of Judges' Favorites|
Group B: Standby Acts
The Standby Acts were deemed less likely to advance by the judges, and performed later for the remaining spots not already taken by the Judges' Favorites. Twenty of these acts advanced to the live shows.
|Results of Standby Acts|
Several acts were unable to compete in Las Vegas Week for personal reasons, or were not seen during the airing of the episodes. These acts were therefore automatically assumed as eliminated from the competition.
|Acts eliminated at unknown stage|
The Quarterfinals began on Monday, July 2, 2012. This round includes the Top 48 acts which passed through Las Vegas Week, the acts that passed through the YouTube audition rounds, and a Wild Card show featuring previously eliminated quarterfinalists brought back by the judges.
|Key||Buzzed||Judges' choice||Advanced to the semifinals||Finished in fourth or fifth place; won the judges' choice and advanced to the semifinals||Finished in fourth or fifth place; lost the judges' choice|
Top 48, week 1 (July 2–3)
|Act||Order||Performance description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|Distinguished Men of Brass||1||Marching band; performed Crazy in Love by Beyoncé & Jay-Z||Eliminated|
|Edon||2||Singer; sang "Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia.||Judges' Choice|
|Jarrett and Raja||3||Comedic illusionists; performed an illusion to "Singin' in the Rain" where seemingly empty towels came to life.||Eliminated|
|Lil' Starr||4||Tap dancer; danced to "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sorry for Party Rocking", both by LMFAO.||Eliminated|
|Todd Oliver||5||Ventriloquist/dog act; performed a comedic routine discussing the relationship between the two dogs, Irving and Lucy.||Lost Judges' Choice|
|American BMX Stunt Team||6||BMX stunt team; performed stunts with ramps and a bridge to the song "Bodyrock" by Moby.||Eliminated|
|Nikki Jensen||7||Singer/guitarist; sang "The Scientist" by Coldplay.||Eliminated|
|The Scott Brothers||8||Cartoon popper dancers; performed a routine where both brothers mimicked each other's movements, ending the performance by moving around their hats as if the hats were floating.||Advanced|
|Michael Nejad||9||Musician/instrument builder; performed "Moves like Jagger" by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera with homemade instruments such as a shovel, baseball bat and a vacuum cleaner.||Eliminated|
|787 Crew||10||Dance crew; performed a routine to Skrillex's remix of "Cinema" by Benny Benassi.||Eliminated|
|Shanice and Maurice Hayes||11||Father-daughter singing duo; sang "There You'll Be" by Faith Hill.||Advanced|
|David Garibaldi and His CMYK's||12||Performance painters; painted a portrait of Mick Jagger to the song "Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones.||Advanced|
Top 48, week 2 (July 10–11)
Guests: Gavin DeGraw, TRACES
|Act||Order||Performance description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|LionDanceMe||1||Lion dance act; performed a lion dance on raised poles to "Levels" by Avicii.||Eliminated|
|Turf||2||Contortionist/dancer; danced to "Imma Be" by The Black Eyed Peas.||Advanced|
|The All Ways||3||Rock band; performed "Telephone" by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.||Eliminated|
|Hawley Magic||4||Magic act; performed an illusion where an assistant was balanced in the air on a sword.||Eliminated|
|Lisa Clark Dancers||5||Dance troupe; performed a combination of contemporary, jazz, and tap dance.||Eliminated|
|Aurora Light Painters||6||Light painters; painted a scene where a frightened girl discovers monsters under a bed to "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra.||Eliminated|
|Danielle Stallings||7||Singer; sang "It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars.||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Donovan & Rebecca||8||Acrobats; performed aerial silks to "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol.||Judges' Choice|
|Big Barry||9||Singer; performed "Feeling Good" written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse while surrounded by models.||Eliminated|
|Tom Cotter||10||Comedian; performed a stand-up routine making fun of common clichés and phrases.||Advanced|
|Ben Blaque||11||Crossbow performer; performed a routine where he first shot arrows at his assistant while she held a rose in her mouth, then shot arrows at four balloons surrounding his assistant.||Eliminated|
|Tim Hockenberry||12||Singer; performed a piano arrangement of "Part of Me" by Katy Perry.||Advanced|
Top 48, week 3 (July 17–18)
|Act||Order||Performance description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|The Untouchables||1||Latin dance troupe; danced to a remix of "Magalenha" by Sérgio Mendes.||Advanced|
|Rock Star Juggler Mike Price||2||Juggler; juggled knives and fire torches on a unicycle to "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who. He then juggled four fire torches but dropped one. He later poured gasoline over an assistant and juggled glow-light juggling clubs, which were on fire.||Eliminated|
|Inspire the Fire||3||Show choir; danced and sang to "Firework" by Katy Perry.||Eliminated|
|Cristin Sandu||4||Balancing act; balanced himself using cylinders with a ring of fire surrounding him to "Lights" by Ellie Goulding. However, the performance was cut short when the cylinders fell off of the platform only a couple of seconds after he got on them. Sandu landed on his feet and did not receive any injury. Stern did buzz Sandu's act even though it was after the act finished.||Eliminated|
|Elusive||5||B-boy dancer; danced to "Super Bad" by James Brown.||Eliminated|
|Jake Wesley Rogers||6||Singer/pianist; performed "Toxic" by Britney Spears.||Eliminated|
|All Wheel Sports||7||BMX variety act; rode bicycles and skateboards, and did gymnastic routines to "Titanium" by David Guetta and Sia.||Judges' Choice|
|WordSpit The ILLest - band||8||Rock/rap/R&B band; performed an original song called "Lights, Cameras Flashin'".||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Jacob Williams||9||Comedian; performed a stand-up routine that played off his awkwardness while growing up.||Advanced|
|All Beef Patty||10||Singing drag queen; performed "Let's Hear It for the Boy" by Deniece Williams with a group of male dancers.||Eliminated|
|Spencer Horsman||11||Escape illusionist; performed a 45-second escape-illusion where he freed himself from a steel straitjacket while trapped in a security bag. While escaping, Horsman was raised above a bed of spikes with a curtain covering him.||Eliminated|
|Lightwire Theater||12||Glowlight dance group; performed a storyline featuring several dancing birds to "UK Current Funky House" by Justin Brett.||Advanced|
Top 48, week 4 (July 24–25)
|Act||Order||Performance description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|David "The Bullet" Smith[note 1]||1||Human cannonball act; shot himself out of a cannon from 40 yards through a field goal to "Let Me Entertain You" by Robbie Williams.||Eliminated|
|All That!||2||Cloggers; danced to "Black Betty" by Ram Jam.||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Ulysses||3||Singer; performed American Bandstand 's "Bandstand Boogie" with a group of dancers.||Eliminated|
|Joe Castillo||4||Sand artist; drew animals from around the world in sand.||Advanced|
|Sebastien "El Charro de Oro"||5||Singer and mariachi band; sang "Bésame Mucho" by Consuelo Velázquez.||Eliminated|
|Eric Dittelman||6||Mind reader; performed a spoof of Deal or No Deal where he had Mandel pick one of sixteen cases, with Mandel choosing case eleven. He then had the other judges remove two rows of cases, and let Mandel trade his case for case four. The remaining cases were then revealed, and Dittelman correctly predicted that Mandel had chosen case four.||Judges' Choice|
|William Close||7||"Earth harpist" and instrument builder; performed "Love, Reign o'er Me" by The Who with a collective ensemble that included a singer and spinning drums.||Advanced|
|Unity in Motion||8||Dance group; danced to "Lux Aeterna" composed by Clint Mansell and by Kronos Quartet.||Eliminated|
|Eric & Olivia||9||Guitarist and singer duo; performed a remix of "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz.||Eliminated|
|Lindsey Norton||10||Dancer; performed a Cirque du Soleil-themed dance routine to "First Incantation" from Cirque's Zed.||Eliminated|
|Horse||11||Groin attack taker; performed to a superhero theme where he tried to stop several bank robbers. The act finished with Horse defeating the "robbers" by hitting them in their groins.||Eliminated|
|Olate Dogs||12||Dog trick act; performed a Broadway theme with the song "Played-A-Live" by Safri Duo, which included various dogs doing backflips, going down slides, spinning, and jumping over obstacles.||Advanced|
- David "The Bullet" Smith performed outside due to safety concerns. The judges did not have buzzers in the outdoor studio, instead having red "X" signs, but the judges did not use them.
YouTube Snapple Special (August 14–15)
The YouTube Snapple Special aired on August 14, following a 3-week hiatus for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It allowed viewers the chance to vote for their favorite potential acts on the show's YouTube channel that they wished to see compete in the live shows. Twenty acts competed for twelve spots, with eleven contestants selected by the judges, and one other contestant (Drew Erwin) selected by the viewers. YouTube Contestants, dance crew Academy Of Villains competed with another crew for a Twitter vote, and will perform on stage on So You Think You Can Dance 
|Act||Order||Performance description||Buzzes and judges' choices||Result|
|Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots||1||Parrot stunt act; performed an act in which he directed a bird named Kitten from the top of a tower to inside the theater.||Judges' Choice|
|Reverse Order||2||Rock band; performed "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry.||Eliminated|
|Rudy Coby||3||Magician/illusionist; performed a trick in which a puppet came to life and "beheaded" Rudy, however the puppet took off its costume and was revealed to be Rudy. He performed to "Puppet Boy" by Devo.||Eliminated|
|7 in Unison||4||Dance troupe; danced to "Fever" by Peggy Lee.||Eliminated|
|Drew Erwin||5||Singer/musician; performed "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia.||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Melinda Hill||6||Stand-up comedian; performed a stand-up routine about her friends, her mom and current events in her life.||Eliminated|
|Eric Buss||7||Entertainer/novelty act; performed an act which involved snake nut cans synchronized to The Blue Danube.||Eliminated|
|Romeo Dance Cheetah||8||Air guitarist; performed to "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness.||Eliminated|
|The Magic of Puck||9||Comedic magic act; performed a dancing handkerchief illusion to "Shake Senora" by Pitbull, T-Pain, and Sean Paul.||Advanced|
|Bria Kelly||10||Singer; performed "Gunpowder & Lead" by Miranda Lambert.||Advanced|
|Cast in Bronze[note 1]||11||Carillon musician; performed "Carol of the Bells" by Mykola Leontovych.||Eliminated|
|Academy of Villains||12||Dance troupe; danced to "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, mainly using arm motions to give visualizations of faces singing, and then "Whuteva" by Remy Ma in a hip-hop dance-style.||Advanced|
- Cast In Bronze performed outside due to the crew being unable to carry his instrument inside. The judges did not have buzzers in the outdoor studio, instead having red "X" signs, with all three judges using them. Despite receiving three X's, Cast In Bronze was allowed to finish performing.
Wild Card Show (August 21–22)
For the wild card show, the judges each selected four eliminated acts and brought them back for a second chance to perform. Four of these acts advanced to semifinals. Osbourne announced after the show on July 25 that she would be bringing back All That! as one of her wild cards. The other eleven selections were announced on August 15, during the YouTube Snapple round.
This was the season's first live show without any buzzes, and none of the other live shows after this round had any act buzzed.
|Act||Brought back by||Order||Performance description||Result|
|Spencer Horsman||Howard||1||Escape illusionist; undid eight padlocks in order to get himself out of a glass cage that was slowly filled with wet cement. Performed to "The Seamstress" by Danny Elfman and Deburah Lurie.||Eliminated|
|All That!||Sharon||2||Cloggers; performed to "Thunder" by Nuttin' but Stringz that incorporated a virtual version of themselves on a screen behind them.||Judges' Choice (2-1, Mandel dissented)|
|Jarrett & Raja||Howie||3||Comedic illusionists; performed an illusion in which Jarrett raises a box with Raja playing a piano in it into the air, where it explodes. Raja then reappears in the audience, still playing piano.||Eliminated|
|Jake Wesley Rogers||Sharon||4||Singer/pianist; performed "The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga.||Eliminated|
|Cristin Sandu||Howie||5||Balancing act; reattempted his previous performance where he balanced on a stack of cylinders around a ring of fire, done to "We're All No One" by NERVO. He was able to stay on his tower for a longer period of time and the fire that was supposed to go off went off. However, the cylinders once again slipped off of the platform during an attempted 360° rotation, causing him to fall onto the stage. The fire was shut off instantly after he fell. Sandu did not receive any major injury and recovered quickly. However, he kicked one of his cylinders in frustration.||Eliminated|
|Todd Oliver||Howard||6||Ventriloquist/dog act; performed a routine where his dog Irving runs for president.||Advanced|
|Bandbaz Brothers||Sharon||7||Acrobatics; connected a balancing apparatus held in each other's mouths in mid-air so the younger Bandbaz could balance upside down while held up by the older Bandbaz.||Eliminated|
|Sebastien "El Charro de Oro"||Howie||8||Singer and mariachi band; performed a mariachi version of "Theme from New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra.||Advanced|
|Horse||Howard||9||Groin attack taker; performed in his underwear, using riskier set-ups while his cohorts got in on the act of hurting themselves.||Eliminated|
|Lindsey Norton||Sharon||10||Dancer; performed to a fast-paced, fire-inspired theme.||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Andrew De Leon||Howie||11||Gothic opera singer; sang "Regresa a mí" by Il Divo (Spanish version of "Un-Break My Heart" originally by Toni Braxton).||Advanced|
|Ben Blaque||Howard||12||Crossbow performer; shot a picture of an apple from a distance which went up in flame, revealing a card that said "Wildcard", in reference to the round. He then did a blindfolded, chain reaction crossbow version of the William Tell trick of shooting an apple over his own head.||Eliminated|
The semifinals began on August 28. 24 acts who advanced from the quarterfinals will be split into two groups, and perform in two consecutive weeks. Three acts advance each week to the finals.
|Key||Advanced to the finals.||Finished in third or fourth place; won the judges' choice and advanced to the finals.||Finished in third or fourth place; lost the judges' choice.|
Round 1 (August 28–29)
|Andrew De Leon||1||Gothic opera singer; performed part of Schubert's aria "Ave Maria".||Eliminated|
|Todd Oliver||2||Ventriloquist/dog act; performed a routine that emulated late night talk shows, with his dog Irving as his "guest".||Lost Judges' Choice|
|Donovan & Rebecca||3||Acrobatic performers; performed feats of strength and aerial acrobatics to a remixed version of "Big Jet Plane" by Angus & Julia Stone.||Eliminated|
|Edon||4||Singer/pianist; performed "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction.||Eliminated|
|The Scott Brothers||5||Cartoon popping dancers; performed a dance routine that involved mannequins breaking free from a display window.||Eliminated|
|Eric Dittelman||6||Mentalist; performed a routine that involved Stern and his self-portrait sketch from Dittelman's audition. He had Stern color in different parts of a replica of his sketch using highlighters. Before revealing his prediction of how Stern would color the sketch, he had the audience think of a shape other than a square, then revealed that he predicted that they would choose a triangle within a circle. Dittelman then revealed his prediction for the sketch would match what Stern had drawn.||Eliminated|
|Turf||7||Dancer/contortionist; performed a routine to "Yeah 3x" by Chris Brown.||Eliminated|
|Bria Kelly||8||Country singer; performed a country version of "Perfect" by P!nk.||Eliminated|
|Joe Castillo||9||Sand artist; to the music of "Get Together" by The Youngbloods, sculpted images of a bird, two interclasped hands, and Jesus embracing a child.||Judges' Choice (2-1, Stern dissented)|
|William Close||10||"Earth harpist" and instrument builder; in addition to his earth harp, used new instruments including a three-necked guitar, two spherical drum sets and a body suit embossed with strings worn by his wife that he played with two bows, to perform "Starlight" by Muse.||Advanced|
|Tom Cotter||11||Comedian; presented the judges with a list of subjects, from which Mandel picked "College". He then gave a short set on the subject.||Advanced|
|Academy of Villains||12||Dance troupe; performed a hip-hop routine to Skrillex's remix of "Cinema" by Benny Benassi and "Secrets" by OneRepublic.||Eliminated|
Round 2 (September 4, 6)
The following acts performed on September 4, 2012.
|All That!||1||Cloggers; performed a dance which had involved solos, dancing with their shoes on fire, and dancing on trays of water to "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida.||Eliminated|
|Sebastien "El Charro de Oro"||2||Mariachi singer and band; performed "Granada" written by Agustín Lara with a backing orchestra and flamenco dancers.||Eliminated|
|The Magic of Puck||3||Illusionist; performed an illusion in which he had Stern autograph his handkerchief from his previous performance and had the handkerchief fly back to his hand. He then tied the handkerchief on the wrist of his assistant and did another illusion in which after covering her up with a curtain, seemed to levitate her into the air, make her "disappear", and then made her "reappear" from a box. He performed this act to "Levels" by Avicii.||Eliminated|
|Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots||4||Parrot stunt act; performed a routine in which he had his parrot Kitten dance, deliver mail to a mailbox, fly through hoops, and retrieve a can of 7 Up from Osbourne, all to "Let's Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas.||Eliminated|
|Jacob Williams||5||Comedian; as with his previous performances, performed a comedic routine that played off his awkwardness.||Eliminated|
|Shanice and Maurice Hayes||6||Father/daughter singing duo; sang "Anytime You Need a Friend" by Mariah Carey.||Eliminated|
|All Wheel Sports||7||Extreme sport variety act; performed a variety of tricks involving walking and falling off vertical walls while harnessed, BMX bikes, scooters, and trampolines, some of which had flashing multicolored glowlights to "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull. During the performance, one of the bikers crash-landed, but recovered without ending their performance prematurely.||Eliminated|
|Tim Hockenberry||8||Singer/pianist; performed "Imagine" by John Lennon with a keyboard and an accompanying cellist.||Eliminated|
|The Untouchables||9||Dance troupe; performed a tango to "Tango Apache" by In-Grid with a quick-change illusion.||Advanced|
|Olate Dogs||10||Dog trick act; performed a series of tricks that included jumping over flags, walking on their hind legs, riding a scooter, forming a small Congo line, and doing backflips. The last trick involved newcomer dog Bella quickly jumping over and tumbling under the trainers.||Advanced|
|Lightwire Theater||11||Glowlight dance group; performed an act in which an anthropomorphic saber-toothed cat fights two dinosaurs with lightsaber-like weapons and Matrix-style effects.||Lost Judges' Choice|
|David Garibaldi and His CMYK's||12||Performance painters; painted a portrait of the Statue of Liberty with Lenny Kravitz's face on multiple panes to "Joker & the Thief" by Wolfmother.||Judges' Choice (2-1, Osbourne dissented)|
|Key||Winner of Season 7||Runner-up of Season 7||3rd Place of Season 7||4th Place of Season 7||5th Place of Season 7||6th Place of Season 7|
The two-night final aired on September 12–13, 2012, with six acts competing for the $1 million grand prize.
The following acts performed on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.
|David Garibaldi and His CMYK's||1||Performance painters; painted a portrait of Albert Einstein on a rotating canvas to "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who. Additionally, the CMYK's painted the first letters of the colors they represent (cyan, magenta, yellow, and key black) on their own separate respective colored canvases.||4th place|
|Tom Cotter||2||Comedian; had host Nick Cannon roll a large plush die with various subjects on each side. Landing on "Poor Examples", he then performed a rapid-fire comedic routine about poor examples for children in classic children's literature.||Runner-up|
|The Untouchables||3||Dance troupe; performed a Jive routine to "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner.||6th place|
|Joe Castillo||4||Sand artist; drew host Cannon and judges Mandel, Osbourne, and Stern in the sand as a tribute to the show, with a live band performing the music.||5th place|
|William Close||5||Earth harpist and instrument builder; performed two reorchestrated versions of "Pachelbel's Canon" and "America the Beautiful" with his Earth Harp Collective.||3rd place|
|Olate Dogs||6||Dog trick act; performed to "Hey Pachuco" by Royal Crown Revue, with a series of tricks including riding in a toy SUV, walking and jumping over hurdles on their hind legs, tumbling, walking on a wheel that was being pushed by another dog, backflips, and finally, two dogs walking wheelbarrow-style over the judges' table.||Winner|
The following is the list of the 48 quarter-finalists who passed through Las Vegas Week, plus the 12 contestants that were picked from the separate YouTube auditions, and two Wild Card Acts that were eliminated in Las Vegas but invited to the quarterfinals in week six by the judges. There were 24 semifinalists.
Italics indicate that the act was selected in week five from the YouTube auditions and did not compete in the preliminary auditions or Las Vegas Week; therefore, the quarter-finals were their debut on the show.
|Name of act||Age(s)||Genre||Act||Hometown||Qtr. final (week)||Semifinal (week)|
|Olate Dogs||19, 55||Animal||Dog trick act||New York, New York||4||2|
|Tom Cotter||48||Comedy||Stand-up comedian||Stony Point, New York||2||1|
|William Close||42||Music||Earth harpist||Los Angeles, California||4||1|
|David Garibaldi and His CMYK's||26–30||Performance||Art performers||Sacramento, California||1||2|
|Joe Castillo||64||Performance||Sand artist||Lexington, Kentucky||4||1|
|The Untouchables[note 1]||8–13||Dance||Dance troupe||Miami, Florida||3||2|
|Academy of Villains||Dance||Hip-hop dance troupe||San Francisco, California||5||1|
|All That![note 2]||23–36||Dance||Clogging dance troupe||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||4, 6||2|
|All Wheel Sports||18–35||Extreme||BMX action team||Los Angeles, California||3||2|
|Andrew De Leon[note 3]||19||Music||Opera singer||Kyle, Texas||6||1|
|Bria Kelly||16||Music||Singer||Virginia Beach, Virginia||5||1|
|Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots||52||Animal||Parrot trainer||Las Vegas, Nevada||5||2|
|Donovan & Rebecca[note 4]||44, 36||Acrobatics||Acrobats/aerialists||Stony Brook, New York||2||1|
|26||Magic||Mind reader||Boston, Massachusetts||4||1|
|Jacob Williams||23||Comedy||Stand-up comedian||Chicago, Illinois||3||2|
|Lightwire Theater||25–43||Technology/dance||Glow-light dance group||New Orleans, Louisiana||3||2|
|The Magic of Puck||46||Magic||Magician||Roosevelt, New York||5||2|
|The Scott Brothers[note 6]||47, 48||Dance||Cartoon-pop dance duo||Las Vegas, Nevada||1||1|
|Sebastien "El Charro de Oro"||10–30||Music||Mariachi singer and band||San Antonio, Texas||4, 6||2|
|Shanice & Maurice Hayes||18, 62||Music||Singing duo||Kansas City, Missouri||1||2|
|Tim Hockenberry||50||Music||Singer/pianist||San Francisco, California||2||2|
|Todd Oliver||53||Comedy||Ventriloquist||Branson, Missouri||1, 6||1|
|Turf||21||Dance||Contortionist/dancer||San Francisco, California||2||1|
|Bandbaz Brothers[note 3]||34, 59||Acrobatics||Balancing duo||Las Vegas, Nevada||6||N/A|
|Ben Blaque||33||Extreme||Crossbow performer||Branson, Missouri||2, 6||N/A|
|Cristin Sandu||18||Extreme||Balancing performer||Las Vegas, Nevada||3, 6||N/A|
|Horse||25||Novelty||Groin attack taker||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania||4, 6||N/A|
|Jake Wesley Rogers||15||Music||Singer||Ozark, Missouri||3, 6||N/A|
|Jarrett & Raja||39, 32||Magic/music||Comedic illusionists||Las Vegas, Nevada||1, 6||N/A|
|Lindsey Norton||17||Dance||Dancer||Tampa, Florida||4, 6||N/A|
|Spencer Horsman||26||Magic||Escape artist||Baltimore, Maryland||3, 6||N/A|
|7 in Unison||14–15||Dance||Dance troupe||Yorba Linda, California||5||N/A|
|787 Crew||19–31||Dance||Dance crew||San Juan, Puerto Rico||1||N/A|
|All Beef Patty||38||Music||Drag queen||Brooklyn, New York||3||N/A|
|All Ways, The||19–22||Music||Rock band||New York, New York||2||N/A|
|American BMX Stunt Team||20–44||Extreme||BMX stunt riders||Durham, North Carolina||1||N/A|
|Aurora Light Painters||38–46||Performance||Light-painting troupe||San Francisco, California||2||N/A|
|Big Barry||70||Music||Singer||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||2||N/A|
|Cast in Bronze||61||Music||Carillon performer||St. Peters, Pennsylvania||5||N/A|
|Danielle Stallings||14||Music||Singer||Richmond, Virginia||2||N/A|
|David "The Bullet" Smith||34||Extreme||Human cannonball performer||Englewood, Florida||4||N/A|
|Distinguished Men of Brass||24–60||Music||Marching band||Tampa, Florida||1||N/A|
|Drew Erwin||16||Music||Singer||Arlington, Tennessee||5||N/A|
|Elusive||21||Dance||B-boy dancer||Austin, Texas||3||N/A|
|Eric and Olivia||20||Music||Singing/music duo||Austin, Texas||4||N/A|
|Eric Buss||37||Performance||Novelty act||Tucson, Arizona||5||N/A|
|Hawley Magic||30||Magic||Magicians/illusionists||Shelby, North Carolina||2||N/A|
|Inspire the Fire||13–29||Music/Dance||Singing/dance troupe||Charlotte, North Carolina||3||N/A|
|Lil' Starr||6||Dance||Tap dancer||Chino, California||1||N/A|
|LionDanceMe||14–35||Performance||Lion dance danger act||San Francisco, California||2||N/A|
|Lisa Clark Dancers||14–18||Dance||Dance troupe||Suisun City, California||2||N/A|
|Melinda Hill||39||Comedy||Stand-up comedian||Los Angeles, California||5||N/A|
|Michael Nejad||55||Music||Household music performer||San Jose, California||1||N/A|
|Nikki Jensen||25||Music||Singer||Sydney, Australia||1||N/A|
|Reverse Order||Music||Rock band||Hackettstown, New Jersey||5||N/A|
|Rock Star Juggler Mike Price||33||Performance||Juggler||Las Vegas, Nevada||3||N/A|
|Romeo Dance Cheetah||30||Performance||Air guitarist||Chicago, Illinois||5||N/A|
|Rudy Coby||48||Magic||Illusionist||Los Angeles, California||5||N/A|
|Ulysses||49||Music||Singer||Statesville, North Carolina||4||N/A|
|Unity in Motion||11–16||Dance||Dancers/contortionists||Cape May, New Jersey||4||N/A|
|Wordspit and the Illest!||20–27||Music||Hip-hop/rock band||New York, New York||3||N/A|
- The Untouchables include the children of two members from the Miami All Stars, a Top Ten finalist in season six.
- All That! also competed in season one, where they placed runner-up along with The Millers.
- The contestants were selected for the Wild Card episode, but were originally eliminated in Las Vegas Week.
- Donovan and Rebecca also competed in Britain's Got Talent with the name Crazeehorse, finishing in the semifinals. They also appeared on France's Incroyable Talent.
- In his accompanying montage for his Semifinal performance, Dittelman mentioned that people have been constantly calling him by just his last name, so he was going with it. As a visual gag, an AGT X was placed over his first name within said montage.
- The Scott Brothers also competed in season 4, finishing in Vegas Week.
Simon Cowell, the show's executive producer, also announced in The New York Post in December 2011 that the show will be receiving a "top-to-bottom makeover", confirming that there will be new graphics, lighting, theme music, show intro and a larger live audience. Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel returned as judges, in addition to Nick Cannon who was back as host. Promotional videos began airing during the Super Bowl, promoting Howard Stern as a new judge.
On December 19, 2011, Cowell revealed plans to add a fourth, younger, female judge to the panel. He stated in an interview that he thought that four-person panels "leave less room for error". However, on January 9, 2012, Stern announced on his radio show that there would not be an additional judge, and no fourth judge was added.
NBC released several promotional videos on April 13, 2012, with shots of the current season, displaying changes in the show's set.
Additional changes in the live show set were unveiled in the live show on July 2, 2012. The new set for the live show shares similarities with Britain's Got Talent, in addition to a brand new judges' table with a revised design of the "X".
The season premiere averaged 10.48 million viewers, with a 3.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. Although the AGT premiere achieved lower ratings than the previous season's opener, it faced regular season competition from popular CBS comedies How I Met Your Mother (3.7 rating), and Two and a Half Men (3.9 rating) as well as ABC's Dancing with the Stars (2.6 rating). This contrasts with the previous season, where Talent premiered with no competition from regular season shows. Critics disputed how Howard Stern's presence on the show affected ratings.
U.S. Nielsen ratings
|Show||Episode||First air date||Rating
|1||Los Angeles and St. Louis Auditions||May 14, 2012||3.7||10||10.48||1||2||16|
|2||San Francisco Auditions||May 15, 2012||3.4||10||10.58||2||2||15|
|3||New York Auditions (Part 1)||May 21, 2012||3.2||9||9.66||1||1||6|
|4||New York Auditions (Part 2)||May 22, 2012||3.3||9||9.44||1||2||7|
|5||Tampa Bay Auditions (Part 1)||May 28, 2012||2.8||8||9.96||1||1||3|
|6||St. Louis Auditions (Part 2)||May 29, 2012||3.7||10||11.51||1||1||1|
|7||Austin Auditions (Part 1)||June 4, 2012||3.3||10||12.22||1||1||2|
|8||Austin Auditions (Part 2)||June 5, 2012||3.5||11||12.55||1||1||1|
|9||Tampa Bay Auditions (Part 2)||June 12, 2012||3.0||8||11.18||2||2||4|
|10||Final Auditions||June 18, 2012||2.9||9||11.43||1||1||3|
|11||Las Vegas Week (Part 1)||June 25, 2012||3.0||8||10.45||1||1||3|
|12||Las Vegas Week (Part 2)||June 26, 2012||3.2||9||11.67||1||1||1|
|13||Las Vegas Week (Part 3)||June 27, 2012||2.8||9||10.66||1||1||2|
|14||Top 48, Week 1 (performances)||July 2, 2012||2.9||8||10.19||1||1||1|
|15||Top 48, Week 1 (results)||July 3, 2012||2.3||8||9.32||1||1||2|
|16||Top 48, Week 2 (performances)||July 10, 2012||2.8||9||10.69||2||2||2|
|17||Top 48, Week 2 (results)||July 11, 2012||2.0||6||8.08||1||1||6|
|18||Top 48, Week 3 (performances)||July 17, 2012||2.6||8||10.17||1||1||1|
|19||Top 48, Week 3 (results)||July 18, 2012||2.0||6||7.61||1||1||5|
|20||Top 48, Week 4 (performances)||July 24, 2012||2.7||8||10.43||1||1||4|
|21||Top 48, Week 4 (results)||July 25, 2012||2.2||6||8.76||1||1||5|
|22||YouTube Snapple Special||August 14, 2012||2.8||8||9.97||1||1||2|
|23||YouTube Snapple Special (results)||August 15, 2012||2.3||6||8.48||1||1||5|
|24||Wild Card||August 21, 2012||2.5||8||9.90||1||1||1|
|25||Wild Card (results)||August 22, 2012||2.3||7||8.60||1||1||2|
|26||Semifinals, Round 1 (performances)||August 28, 2012||2.5||7||9.89||1||1||1|
|27||Semifinals, Round 1 (results)||August 29, 2012||2.2||6||8.34||1||1||3|
|28||Semifinals, Round 2 (performances)||September 4, 2012||2.4||7||8.93||1||1||8|
|29||Semifinals, Round 2 (results)||September 6, 2012||1.9||6||7.87||1||1||10|
|30||Finals (performances)||September 12, 2012||2.9||8||11.05||1||1||12|
|31||Finale||September 13, 2012||2.4||7||10.59||1||1||19|
There was a controversy surrounding Sgt. Tim Poe's audition on an episode of Talent that aired on June 4, in which Poe had an audible stutter, and claimed that he had gotten the vocal impediment from an injury sustained after being hit by a grenade while serving as part of the Minnesota National Guard's forces in the War in Afghanistan. Investigations by the Associated Press found the claim to be false, and the Minnesota National Guard confirmed that Poe had never been injured in Afghanistan. Poe did produce military documentation stating that "injury and disease occurred as a result of a hand grenade exploding to the right side of his head," but both the US Army and Minnesota National Guard were unable to verify these claims.
Poe sang the song "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks, and won praise from all three judges. There were questions as to whether Poe would have to be disqualified from advancing to further rounds, but it was revealed during Las Vegas Week that Poe had not been advanced to the live shows. Howard Stern has called the lie "wrong on so many levels". On November 15, 2012, he responded to these accusations on an episode of Dr. Phil.
Sharon Osbourne's departure
On July 24, 2012, Sharon Osbourne announced via Twitter that she would not be returning to the show for another season. The next day, however, Osbourne announced that she was unsure of whether she would return. On August 6, it was confirmed that Osbourne was leaving the show at the end of season seven because of a feud with NBC.
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