America’s Got Talent

America’s Got Talent

Jun. 21, 2006
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Ken Warwick


Nick Cannon, Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Melanie Brown, Heidi Klum,

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America’s Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of one million dollars. The show debuted in June 2006 for the summer television season. From season three onwards, the prize includes the one million dollars, payable in a financial annuity over 40 years, and a show as the headliner on the Las Vegas Strip.

Among its significant features were that it gave an opportunity to talented amateurs or unknown performers, with the results decided by an audience vote. The format is a popular one and has often been reworked for television in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The current incarnation was created by Simon Cowell, and was originally due to be a 2005 British series called Paul O’Grady’s Got Talent but was postponed due to O’Grady’s acrimonious split with broadcaster ITV. As such, the American version became the first full series of the franchise. Despite Cowell’s involvement in the show’s production, his contract with Fox for his involvement with American Idol prevented him from being involved in the show as a judge. After leaving Idol Cowell began to produce and judge a version of The X Factor for Fox in 2011.

Original title America's Got Talent
Firt air date Jun. 21, 2006
Last air date Sep. 14, 2016
Seasons 11
Episodes 286
Status Returning Series

Seasons and episodes

1 Season 1 Jun. 21, 2006
2 Season 2 Jun. 05, 2007
3 Season 3 Jun. 17, 2008
4 Season 4 Jun. 23, 2009
5 Season 5 Jun. 01, 2010
6 Season 6 May. 31, 2011
7 Season 7 May. 14, 2012
8 Season 8 Jun. 04, 2013
9 Season 9 May. 27, 2014
10 Season 10 May. 26, 2015
11 Season 11 May. 31, 2016
12 Season 12 May. 30, 2017

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