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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.

Americas Got Talent Contestant Jimmie Herrod singing onstage

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. 

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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 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. Accompanying each Live Show is a Results episode in which America's vote determines the top Acts of the week. Then, out of the bottom three, fans vote online for a single Act to earn the AGT Save. The remaining two Acts' fates are left up to the Judges' Choice, as they vote for one performer to save and qualify to continue in the competition.

During the Finale, the remaining top Acts 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?

As with previous seasons, fan voting will be available on both NBC.com and the The AGT Official App. More details on voting windows will be available once the season airs and voting episodes begin.

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