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A Breakdown of How America's Got Talent Works

We detail the America's Got Talent format and how you can vote.

Jimmie Herrod Stuns the Judges with "Pure Imagination" - America's Got Talent 2021

After 17 seasons, the minds behind America's Got Talent have gotten the show's process down to a science. But in case anyone out there needs a refresher, we've broken down exactly what to expect from the show, below. 

Have your Golden Buzzers ready; it's AGT 2022 time!

How does America's Got Talent work?

The show is broken up into different rounds across 16 weeks: Auditions and Live Shows that all lead up to the FinaleDuring the pre-taped Audition episodes, Acts must earn at least three "Yes" votes from the Judges in order to move forward and avoid elimination. At any point during Auditions, the Judges (and Host Terry Crews) have one chance each to use their Golden Buzzer, which automatically advances an Act to the Live Shows. The group Golden Buzzer will also return this year, meaning six Acts will automatically move on. 

Left to Right: Terry Crews, Sofia Vergara, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel

Select Acts then go on to compete in the Live Shows. Beginning Tuesday, August 9 at 8/7c, we'll see a total of 55 different performances across five weeks (11 Acts will perform each week). This also includes America's Wildcard vote, which will be revealed on August 9. During Wednesday night's Live Results Shows, we'll see two Acts advance to the finale each week based on fan votes. The rest of the Acts will be eliminated from the competition.

During the Finale, the remaining top Acts will each perform once again. The next night during the Finale Results, America's vote determines who wins the $1 million grand prize and a show in Las Vegas.

What is the AGT Season 17 schedule?

This season's rounds will take place across 16 weeks. AGT will air every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. Beginning August 10, AGT will also air every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. The full schedule is below:

  • Auditions: May 31 - August 2
  • Live Shows Begin: August 9
  • Finale: September 13
  • Finale Results: September 14

How do I vote during the Season 17 AGT Live Shows (which start August 9)?

Along with the Live Shows, AGT voting opens every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET (beginning August 9) and closes on Wednesdays at 7 a.m. ET. You're limited to 10 votes per method of voting.  Now, how you vote is pretty simple. All you have to do is head to the AGT app or go to NBC.com/AGTVote.

Watch AGT on NBC Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8/7c and next day on Peacock.

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