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Kenichi Ebina Wins Season 8 of ‘America’s Got Talent’ : September 19, 2013

The Gods of "America's Got Talent" have spoken again. This time they've chosen to honor dance performer Kenichi Ebina, who woke up this morning with $1 million in the bank, a Las V ...

The Olate Dogs Take ‘America’s Got Talent’ Crown, Osbourne Moves On : September 14, 2012

They talk about things going to the dogs, and this is particularly fitting if you’re talking about this year’s winning votes on “America’s Got Talent.” America voted t ...

‘America’s Got Talent’ Parks at Palazzo Theatre in Las Vegas for Residency : August 30, 2012

The winner of this year’s season of “America’s Got Talent” won’t be revealed until September 13, but fans who can’t get enough of this year’s talent won’t have to w ...

Howard Stern Unconventional Choice to Judge ‘America’s Got Talent’ : December 16, 2011

On Thursday, Howard Stern announced on his SiriusXM radio show that he would be replacing Piers Morgan as a judge on the upcoming seventh season of “America’s Got Talent.” Th ...

America's Got Talent Hits the Road : July 23, 2010

Move over American Idol, your NBC rival, “America’s Got Talent” will also be going on a tour that will span the entire country this fall. This will be the first time for the ...

americas got talent Biography

The American reality television show "America's Got Talent" airs on NBC and is part of Got Talent, a global British franchise. The talent show features performers such as singers, dancers, comedians and magicians of all ages. Participants compete for a one million dollar top prize. The show made its debut in June 2006. Starting with season three, the top prize has include one million dollars and a Las Vegas Strip headlining show.

One of the most important features of the show is that it provides opportunity and exposure for unknown performers and talented amateurs. The results of the contest are decided with audience vote. This format has proven to be very popular and has been adapted by many U.S. and U.K. television shows.

Simon Cowell created the current incarnation of the series. Originally it was scheduled to appear on British television in 2005 and named "Paul O'Grady's Got Talent." However it was postponed because O'Grady split with the television network ITV. The show later launched as "Britian's Got Talent." Cowell became a producer and judge of "The X Factor" version on Fox in 2011 after leaving "American Idol."

The selection process for performers starts with producers' auditions which take place in various U.S. cities. Performers who make it through the producers' auditions then move on to the judges' auditions, where they perform in front of an audience and three celebrity judges. Performers that receive two yes votes or more advance to Las Vegas Week. YouTube auditions were added in season five. The top performers move onto the final round, which are the live shows where they compete for judge and audience votes to win the top $1 million prize, Las Vegas Strip headliner show and a national tour.

The host of the first season in 2006 was Regis Philbin. Jerry Springer hosted the show during season 2 and 3. Nick Cannon has been the host since season 4. The original three celebrity judges were Brandy Norwood, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff. Sharon Osbourne replaced Norwood after the first season. Howie Mandel replaced David Hasselhoff in season 5 and Howard Stern replaced Piers Morgan in season 7.