Season three premiered on June 17, A televised MySpace audition also took place. Season three differed from the previous two in many ways. Auditions were held in well-known theaters across the nation, and a new title card was introduced, featuring the American flag as background. The X's matched the ones on Britain's Got Talent as did the judges' table.
Like the previous season, the Las Vegas callbacks continued, but there were forty acts selected to compete in the live rounds, instead of twenty. This season also contained several results episodes, but not on a regular basis. The show took a hiatus for two-and-a-half weeks for the Summer Olympics , but returned with the live rounds on August Boyd , an opera singer, was named the winner on October 1. Eli Mattson , a singer and pianist, was runner-up.
Season 4 [ edit ] Kevin Skinner , season four winner Season four premiered on Tuesday, June 23, It was the first to be broadcast in high definition. New York and Miami auditions were held during March. Tacoma auditions were held April 25 and In addition to live auditions and the ability to send in a home audition tape, season four offered the opportunity for acts to upload their video direct to NBC.
This year's host was Nick Cannon. Jerry Springer said that he could not return as host due to other commitments. This was the first season since season one where results episodes lasted one hour on a regular basis. The title card this year featured bands of the American flag and stars waving around the America's Got Talent logo.
On September 16, country music singer Kevin Skinner was named the season's winner. Non-televised producers' auditions were also held in Atlanta and Philadelphia. For the first time, online auditions were also held via YouTube. David Hasselhoff left to host a new television show  and was replaced by comedian and game show host Howie Mandel.
This made Piers Morgan the only original judge left in the show. Afterward, Talent resumed the same time slot as the previous season. Non-televised producers' auditions were also held in Denver and Chicago. Online auditions via YouTube were also held for the second time in the show's run, beginning on May 4. Finalists for this audition circuit competed live on August 9.
Dance group Silhouettes was runner-up. Season 7 [ edit ] Olate Dogs , season seven winners Season seven premiered on May 14, The first round of auditions, which are judged by producers, were held in New York , Washington, D.
Louis , and San Francisco from October to February A new set was also unveiled with a revised judges' desk and a refreshed design of the "X". On August 6, Sharon Osbourne announced that she would leave America's Got Talent after the current season, in response to allegations that her son Jack Osbourne was discriminated against by the producers of the upcoming NBC program Stars Earn Stripes.
Comedian Tom Cotter finished as the runner-up. Season 8 [ edit ] Main article: Sharon Osbourne initially stated that she would not return for the season,  but later said that she was staying with the show "for now.
Entertainment Weekly also reported at the same time that NBC was looking at a possible fourth judge to be added. This season, the auditions traveled to more cities than ever before. Stand-up comedian Taylor Williamson was the runner-up. Contestants could also submit a video of their audition online. Judgment Week was originally intended to be held in front of a live studio audience, but after three acts performed, the producers scrapped the live audience concept.
Each judge can press the buzzer only once each season that can save an act, typically used when there is a tie. The performer with the most votes, Cornell Bhangra, filled the 48th spot in the quarterfinals. On September 17, magician Mat Franco was announced the winner of the season, the first magic act to win the competition. Singer Emily West was the runner-up.
Season 10 [ edit ] Season ten premiered on May 26, Producer auditions began on November 2, , in Tampa. Online submissions were also accepted. Nick Cannon returned for his seventh season as host. A special "extreme" audition session was held outside at the Fairplex in Pomona, California , where danger acts performed outside for the judges, who were seated at an outdoor stage. During NBC's summer press tour, it was announced that America's Got Talent would be making their "Golden Buzzer" more like Britain's Got Talent where the contestant that gets the buzzer will be sent directly to the live shows.
Dunkin replaced Snapple , which sponsored the show since season seven. Not I think, this is my last season". Season 11 [ edit ] America's Got Talent was renewed for an eleventh season on September 1, Magician mentalists The Clairvoyants were runners-up, and magician Jon Dorenbos placed third.
Season 12 [ edit ] Main article: America's Got Talent season 12 On August 2, , it was announced that host Nick Cannon and all four judges would be returning for season