NBC’s Top-rated Summer Series “America’s Got Talent” Returns with Simon Cowell Joining the Judges

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25 May 2016
America’s Got Talent
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“America’s Got Talent”
Season 11 Premiere Tuesday, May 31 at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC
          The summer's hottest reality competition show, "America's Got Talent," returns with creator and executive producer Simon Cowell joining the judges table alongside Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and host, Nick Cannon. In the season premiere, variety acts of all types and contestants of all ages audition for the chance to win the $1 million prize. The Golden Buzzer is back and allows four lucky acts the chance to go directly to the live performance rounds at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to compete for America's vote.

          With the search open to acts of all ages and talents, “America’s Got Talent” has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing unique performers from across the country. The series is a true celebration of creativity and talent, featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and hopeful stars, all vying to win America’s hearts and the $1 million prize.


          Last summer, “America’s Got Talent” concluded with a star-studded performance at Radio City Music Hall with contestant Paul Zerdin taking home the grand prize by winning over viewers with his inventive and unique take on ventriloquism, using comedic characters and personalities to outshine thousands of acts.

          In 2014, for the first time, America chose a magician as their winner with Rhode Island native Mat Franco, who went on to headline the “America’s Got Talent Live” stage show, as well as the “Magic Reinvented Nightly” stage show — both held in Las Vegas. Franco also starred in the “Mat Franco’s Got Magic” special that aired on NBC and featured appearances by Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Mraz, Penn & Teller and others. 

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