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Are you ready for America's Got Talent to take over your summer?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jun 22nd 2009 2:27PM
America's Got Talent"The biggest talent search in the history," as former America's Got Talent host Jerry Springer used to say over and over again, is beginning its fourth season on Tuesday.

Judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan will return to give their two cents about the acts performed on stage in front of them. One cast change is the arrival of Nick Cannon as host. Let's hope that Nick won't read the teleprompter too much and will have better interactions with the contestants than Springer did.

Want to know more about this season's AGT? Details coming up!

From what I've gathered from previews and the show's official website, it looks like the format of the show, including the audition and elimination process, will be the same. Too bad, since the show would have benefited from having the acts, especially in the later rounds, perform by categories to ensure that a good variety of performers -- read here: less singers -- in the final episodes.

One thing is certain; we will be entertained. Based on the previews that have been airing on NBC for a few weeks now, it looks like we will once again have crazy, scary, and weird acts along with the touching stories and amazing performers who had a hard life before, such as last year's AGT winner Neal E. Boyd.

Also expect the return of past winners Neal E. Boyd and Terry Fator to perform in the later episodes and give tips and tricks to the finalists. However, don't pray too much for an appearance by season one winner Bianca Ryan, as she is not even mentioned on the "about" page of the show's website while the other two winners are... I don't understand why the show is not including her, especially since, according to her personnal website, she is doing well enough as a singer. Wouldn't they want to add her in the mix to show that their winners can have a career after AGT? Maybe Bianca doesn't want to appear? Who knows? In any case, it's unlikely we will see her this season.

However, as reported earlier this week on TVSquad, expect the AGT producers to do their best to have Susan Boyle appear on the show.

To help you plan your first weeks of summer, here is what the AGT audition schedule should be like thanks to The Futon Critic (note that I did not include the reruns and that every episode starts at 9 PM):

- Tuesday, June 23: Audition Show #1 (2 hours)
- Wednesday, June 24: Audition Show #2 (1 hour)
- Tuesday, June 30: Audition Show #3 (1 hour)
- Wednesday, July 1: Audition Show #4 (1 hour)
- Tuesday, July 7: Audition Show #5 (1 hour)
- Wednesday, July 8: Audition Show #6 (1 hour)

Stay tuned to TV Squad over the summer where I will once again bring you reviews for every episode and include polls so you can tell us who should go through.

What types of acts would you like to see this summer? Do you want a past contestant to return? Share your comments below.

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    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff.

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    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff.

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    AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff.

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Carol

I have never watched America's Got Talent, but was told of a friend of a friend who is competing, and watched a video where the group got 3 nods (The Texas Tenors from Houston). What happens now? Do they perform every week? Is there a semifinals or some other winnowing down that takes place before the finals in which I can see them again? I apologize for not knowing, but I'm new to this show, and would appreciate an answer. Thanks.

July 16 2009 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

They will have to perform one more time for the judges. The judges will then decide the Top 40. Then, the Top 40 will perform and America will vote for those they want to see move on to the Top 20, then Top 10, etc.

July 18 2009 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
geraldiene smith

Enterainment is good for the mind. Amercia got talent was very outstanding at the end but i guess it would me you save the best for last good going.

July 01 2009 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
geraldine smith

Thia,Megia and kevin skinner will be the next American got talent winner I turn back last night just too, her the teenager 14th year old girl sing what was the name of that song and who is the artist, what year did that so come out.

July 01 2009 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
geraldiene smith

on American got talent their was a young 14th year old girl sing one of the holidays song will you pleqase e-mail me the title she's got tale and betweenher and kevin skinner you got the next million dollar winner bet.

July 01 2009 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara Poole

I wish I could remember the Country Singers first name from Kentucky, I know his last name is Skinner. Was it Patrick? He sung the Garth Brooks song on Tuesday's June 30th show. What a voice. If a recording producer ever approaches him and he records. I'd love to hear more of his music.

July 01 2009 at 2:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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geraldiene smith

Hi His name was kevin man did he sing that song the audience was listening if sounds could have killed he got them last night last watch tonigh.

July 01 2009 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
howard goodman

I think the reason Bianca never gets mentioned on AGT is because she opted out of her contract with Simon Cowl , they were doing nothing for her and just put her on the back burner when her CD didn't sell millions of copies,now they are acting like she was never there,the only spot she ever got was season two she wished the two finalist good luck , there have been two different polls of who your favorite winner was and Bianca always wins by a landslide just as she won the show no one else had a chance Bianca won the popular vote by MILLIONS

June 24 2009 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

That would explain why she doesn't appear on the show anymore but I don't get why they don't at least mention her on the site.

June 24 2009 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
steveie

The new MC, Nick Cannon or something, is WAY over-exposed, detracts from the show, and is over his head.
Cut his time by 80%! Tired of seeing him "behind" the scenes during the acts.

June 23 2009 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Kosmicki

They spend way too much time on the auditions and then eliminate finalists left and right. I don't understand that. half the finalists are gone each week. That's simply too many.

What do I want? I want someone other than a damn singer to win. Terry Fator is a singer -- he won because of his ability to imitate other singers, not his ventriloquism. When a non-singing act wins this show, I'll begin to believe that it's truly a fair contest.

June 23 2009 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RobynM

I'd like three things -

1) Greater variety in later rounds - like you, I'd prefer fewer singers.

2) Better editing - More of the act, less judge/audience reactions.

3) A decent job from the new host - Nick Cannon's got pretty big shoes to fill, relating to the contestants-wise.

June 23 2009 at 5:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Big problem for me last year was too many audition shows and not enough time with the talent they found. It got to be damned annoying.

June 23 2009 at 5:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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