America's Got Talent 1

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The first season of America's Got Talent premiered on June 21, 2006 and concluded on August 17, 2006. The audition tour took place in April 2006, stopping at Los Angeles, California, New York City, New York, Chicago, Illinois, and Atlanta, Georgia. This season's winner was Bianca Ryan.


Los Angeles auditions

Aired June 21, 2006, 2 hours
Acts that advanced to the second round include:

  • Bobby Badfingers, a "professional finger snappist" from San Francisco, California. He danced to classic 1950s rock, as well.
  • Dave the Horn Guy, a man with a plethora of horns attached to his body. He moved different parts of his body to honk the horns, making humorous music.
  • At Last, a hip-hop a capella quartet.
  • Kenny Shelton, a juggler from Alpine, California, who was given three "X"'s for dropping his props, and pleaded for another chance. He survived the first round by successfully juggling three swords on top of a Rola Bola for one minute.
  • Bernie Barker, a 65-year-old male stripper from San Diego whose underwear was censored by the show with a black rectangle. Piers didn't like the act, but David and Brandy voted him through, with Brandy saying she could use him as a backup dancer for her next music video.
  • Alexis Jordan, a 14-year old R & B singer. All three critics agreed that she had a 'perfect voice'. She performed the song, "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston.
  • Kevin Johnson, a ventriloquist who threw his voice and the voices of his two puppets out of synchronization with lip movements, la the English-language dub of Godzilla.
  • Vladimir Malachikhin, a hand balancing acrobat.
  • Team AcroDunk, a group of acrobats from Houston, Texas, who shot basketballs while doing somersaults, backflips, and other tricks on a trampoline. Piers didn't feel they were right for the competition, though he did agree that they could be the next Harlem Globetrotters. Brandy and David gave their total praise for them though.
  • Ivan Pecel, a juggler. He did some standard juggling, which didn't impress David or Piers, though Brandy supported him. Piers reluctantly voted yes on the condition that Ivan step up his performance in the semi-finals.
  • Nathan Burton, a magician who performed the Bowl-A-Rama magic trick, making a bowling ball appear from a drawing in a large sketchpad. Then, he did a disappearing act involving the "Microwave of Death".
  • Vladik Miagkostoupov, a juggler. All three critics agreed that he was the only good juggler performing that day.
  • J.R. Johns and his Amazing Friends, a dog trainer who did some acrobatic and fast paced dog tricks.
  • Rappin' Granny, a 73-year-old rapping grandmother from Castaic, California.
  • Sydney "Syd the Kid" Park, a young stand-up comedian, and gospel singer Michael Speaks, also advanced to the second round from the L.A. auditions, but didn't compete in any of the semifinal episodes, for reasons not disclosed.
18 additional acts from Los Angeles that also made it to the second round were briefly shown at the end of the show, since there were too many performers to fit into a two hour episode. They include: Celtic Spring, Sugar n' Spice, Jessica Sanchez, N'Versity, Rabbi Baptiste, George Kelly, Andy Chitanga, Conrad Wright, Shawn Ryan, Sean and John, Natasha Le, Realis, Caitlyn Taylor Love, Marla and Michelle, Hell If I Know, Jesschelle, Trey Knight's Stilt World, Hoopalicious, and Desperation Squad.

Acts that were eliminated include:

  • Blue Velvet, a singing trio, was voted out as soon as they sang their name. They mentioned that they were missing out on their music.
  • Shadow Dancers, a troupe of performers who used costumed actors and a donkey to tell some sort of allegorical tale. Neither the judges nor the audience could understand it. The judges refused to vote; the audience was allowed to vote in their place.
  • Eddie Haskell, who played a saw as a musical instrument. He was voted off very quickly, and was visibly angry with the judges as a result.
  • Kathy Kavanaugh, a singing harpist. Morgan commented that he would like her to sing at his funeral, as the music was deep and touching, but said it was not the right kind of talent for the show.
  • Eric "Harry Carrey" Mol, who tried to impersonate the voices of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yoda and Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, but basically failed on all accounts.
  • Jay Myl, a man in a pirate costume playing "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" on a "nose flute". After being eliminated, he started insulting the judges.
  • Betty Victor, a 76-year-old woman singing "God Bless America".
  • The Boofant Sisters, a singing duo featuring a woman and a cross-dressing man in matching outfits, singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart".
  • Holy Cow, a man breakdancing in a cow suit that shot milk at the judges. Morgan said he would be popular with children, but not with adults.
  • Wildlife Wendy, a zookeeper with an African Grey Parrot named Wazoo, that was trained to make various sound effects. The judges weren't impressed, but Wendy shot back, emphasizing the hard work and amount of time it took to train the parrot
  • S. Frank Stringham, a performer who blew up balloons to make parts of a face, then put the parts on while singing Frank Sinatra's "All of Me". Despite not moving on, he presented Regis Philbin with a mini replica of him made out of balloons.

New York auditions

Aired June 28, 2006, 1 hour
Acts that advanced to the second round include:

  • All That, a clog dancing group; the five men from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (who had auditioned in New York) danced with incredible rhythm and had the audience on their feet in no time. Brandy described the men as worthy of their title and David thought they were "up front", but Piers didn't like their ripped-jeans-and-t-shirts look.
  • Leonid the Magnificent from Russia; a tall, flamboyant Adonis with angel's wings, who balanced a sword tip to tip on a sword held in his mouth. He was noticeably nervous, dropped the sword during his first try, and was rejected. Later in the show, Brandy asked him to be brought back. Leonid cried and said he was on the show to make his dream come true.
  • Elliot Zimet, a magician that made doves and a parrot appear in a more exciting and cool fashion.
  • Corina Brouder, a young Irish woman who played a harp while singing; the judges said that she and her voice were beautiful, and agreed to put her through.
  • Dave Smith, a contortionist and musician who sang and played the song "Bend Me, Shape Me" on his guitar while his legs were wrapped behind his head. He amused Piers and he wanted to see what other crazy stuff Dave could do.
  • PBM, A rock band from Detroit, came on stage with hopes of dazzling the judges and the audience. Their music was a combination of rock and reggae, also known as ska or ska-punk. Piers liked the band's energy but wasn't a big fan of the lead singer. David and Brandy wanted the band to come back. Brandy challenged PBM to prove Piers wrong next time they hit the stage.
  • Michelle L'amour, dressed as Snow White, performed a burlesque striptease for the judges. This infuriated Brandy who vigourously pushed David and Morgan's strike buttons. The two judges (except Brandy) enthusiastically gave her approvals to go on to the next round.
  • Bianca Ryan, an 11-year old from Philadelphia, belted out the Jennifer Holliday song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going". Brandy gave Bianca a standing ovation and called her "my favorite contestant in this competition." Morgan told Ryan to change her hair, dress and shoes, "and you will win this tournament. ... You came on this stage, and you blew us away!" Hasselhoff called her "a star" and called for the audience to "get on your feet for this girl!"
  • Sideswipe, a karate team who performed karate moves to music, also advanced to the second round from the New York auditions, but didn't competed in any of the semifinal episodes. Members of Sideswipe have been seen competing on the MTV2 reality show Final Fu, so their absence may be due to contractual obligations with MTV2's parent company, Viacom.
7 additional acts from Los Angeles that also made it to the second round were briefly shown at the end of the show, since there were too many performers to fit into a one hour episode. They include: The Hemphill Kids, Clarence Donaldson, Ten13 Concept, Billy Januario, The King Charles Unicycle Troupe, Aaron Burr, and Daniel Colin.

Acts that were eliminated include:

  • William J. McGowan, an opera singer that sang "Cara Mia". Piers called him the worst singer he'd ever heard.
  • Frank Simon, a man who balanced a motorbike and then a stove on his lower jaw. Though extremely popular with the crowd, the judges felt that wasn't a level of talent.
  • Matthew Fuhrman, a soldier who attempted to beatbox. Though taking off his shirt won him some female audience support, the judges didn't like his audition.
  • Marlon Reynolds, a man that sang "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", did not get a chance to sing the chorus. Piers said he should have left his voice in San Francisco.

Chicago auditions

Aired July 5, 2006, 1 hour
Acts that advanced to the second round include:

  • The Passing Zone, two comedians/jugglers who juggled lit torches while on the 'Rola Bola of Death' as they make one-liners. David didn't like them, as with most of the other jugglers on the show, but Brandy and Piers both said yes.
  • The Millers, Cole on guitar and vocals, and L.D. on harmonica and backing vocals. They played Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama". Piers said that L.D. was a terrible singer, but in contrast, was the best harmonica player he had ever seen. The judges all said yes.
  • Lilia Stepanova, a contortionist who shot a bow and arrow with her feet.
  • Mark Faje (aka Mark "The Knife"), the "world's most dangerous comic", kicked a burning bowling ball with two steak knives protruding from it to the side of his head after placing a live scorpion in his pants. The judges all voted yes (though Piers thought he was "completely barking mad").
  • Taylor Ware, a singer and yodeler who learned all her yodeling from a tape and instruction booklet. The judges were blown away by her performance ("You learned that from a tape," asked Hasselhoff, "and an instruction booklet?! You are a good student!") and all three voted yes.
  • The Players Club, a group of people who were "Step dancers", which involves using only your body as musical instruments. Piers didn't see that they had an audience for their talent, while David and Brandy liked the act, though Brandy wanted them to be tighter.
  • Quick Change Artists, a magic duo who rapidly changed outfits, with no visible way of determining how they did it.
3 additional acts from Chicago that also made it to the second round were briefly shown at the end of the show, since there were too many performers to fit into a one hour episode. They include: K Turbo, Sonia Lee, and Chadwick.

Acts that were eliminated include:

  • The Chicago Matadors, a group of overweight Chicago Bulls fans who danced to music.
  • Shawn Crump, a singer who had only been singing for nine months. When asked by Brandy how good he was, he said he was awesome. Soon after starting "Suspicious Minds", he was quickly voted off.
  • Sharon Kissane, a bird caller. She called birds that weren't there and made bird noises. Brandy wondered where the birds were that she was calling, David said she should be on medication, and Piers said that she got off the wrong bus and came to the studio by mistake. He also said that he thought of the cuckoo when she was performing.
  • Buster Balloon, a man who put himself inside a giant balloon. The balloon popped the first time, so he got another and did his act again. The judges were not very impressed, though.
  • Flippy the Magnificent, a man wearing only a loincloth who imitated a hand-to-hand balancing act with an inflatable doll that looked like himself. When asked what was the "magnificent" part of the act, Flippy said that the judges did not give him a chance to bring out the magnificent part. Piers said it was a ridiculous act and it was a waste of time.
  • The Laughing Yogi (Yogi Ramesh), a man who did yoga that tried to make people laugh.


At this point, 58 of the 61 acts (29 with televised auditions and 29 without) that made it to the semifinals were divided into four groups. The 14/15 acts in each group have to perform a second audition in front of only the judges. Brandy, Hasselhoff, and Morgan then pick ten of these performers to continue onto the telecast. The contestants chosen to perform on stage are announced one at a time. Those acts that are not chosen do not find out until the last act is called, ending their chances to move on to the semifinals, unless a judge selects a non-performer for the Wild Card show.

Three semifinalists: Sydney Park, Sideswipe, and Michael Speaks (all of which had televised auditions), didn't perform in the semifinals at all. Members of Sideswipe have been seen as competitors on the MTV2 program Final Fu, so their absence may be related to contractual obligations with Viacom and MTV2. However, no reason for Park and Speaks' absence has been given.

All semifinal programs are two hours long. The results shows, airing the next day, are one hour long, except for the first results show which was 30 minutes long.

1. order of appearance in the episode
italicized contestant received three checks from the judges
bold contestant moved on to the final round
Audition city
contestant's audition was televised
contestant's audition was not televised
Judges elim not chosen to perform; eliminated from competition
Judges choice judges' favorite act; automatically moves on to the finals
Viewers elim did not get the most votes from viewers; eliminated from competition
Viewers 2nd runner up for the most votes from viewers; selected to perform in Wild Card episode
Viewers choice received the most votes from viewers; moves on to the finals

Part 1

Semifinals - Part 1, July 12, 2006
(audition accreditation)
(July 13, 2006)
1. Taylor Ware Chicago Viewers choice
2. All That New York Viewers 2nd
3. Kevin Johnson Los Angeles Viewers elim
4. Alexis Jordan Los Angeles Viewers elim Chosen by Brandy to perform in Wild Card episode
5. Vladik
(Vladik Miagkostoupov)
Los Angeles Viewers elim
6. Shawn Ryan Los Angeles Viewers elim Cabaret singer
7. JR Johns and His Friends Los Angeles Viewers elim
8. Hoopalicious Los Angeles Viewers elim Hula hoop dancer
9. Corina Brouder New York Viewers elim Chosen by David Hasselhoff to perform in Wild Card episode
10. The Millers Chicago Judges choice
Bernie Barker Los Angeles Judges elim
The Players' Club Chicago Judges elim
Hell If I Know Los Angeles Judges elim
Andy Chitanga Los Angeles Judges elim
Jessica Sanchez Los Angeles Judges elim Singer; chosen by Brandy to perform in Wild Card episode

Part 2

Semifinals - Part 2, July 19, 2006
(audition accreditation)
(July 20, 2006)
1. Dave the Horn Guy Los Angeles Viewers elim
2. Realis Los Angeles Judges choice Acrobatic dancing duo; chosen July 20
3. At Last Los Angeles Viewers choice
4. Natasha Le Los Angeles Viewers 2nd Pianist
5. Vladimir
(Vladimir Malachkin)
Los Angeles Viewers elim
6. Bobby Badfingers Los Angeles Viewers elim Chosen by Piers Morgan to perform in Wild Card episode
7. Sugar n' Spice Los Angeles Viewers elim Pop music family group
8. N'Versity Los Angeles Viewers elim A cappella singing group; chosen by Piers Morgan to perform in Wild Card episode
9. Mark The Knife
(Mark "The Knife" Faje)
Chicago Viewers elim
10. Leonid the Magnificent New York Viewers elim Chosen by David Hasselhoff to perform in Wild Card episode
PBM New York Judges elim
Rabbi Baptiste Los Angeles Judges elim
The Hemphill Kids New York Judges elim
K Turbo Chicago Judges elim
Clarence Donaldson New York Judges elim
The judges could not agree on a winner by the end of the show, which upset Regis Philbin and many of the audience members. Although Brandy revealed that she and Hasselhoff agreed on a choice, Morgan said he refused to add a third singing act to the two that had already made it to the finals, stating "this is not American Idol" and he "wanted a more diverse group of acts for the final". This likely means that At Last were Brandy and David's pick, as the other singing acts that night got an X on Brandy's part.

Part 3

Semifinals - Part 3, July 26, 2006
(audition accreditation)
(July 27, 2006)
1. Team Acrodunk Los Angeles Viewers elim
2. Caitlyn Taylor Love Los Angeles Viewers elim Singer
3. Sonia Lee Chicago Viewers elim Electric violinist
4. Elliot Zimet New York Viewers elim
5. Ten13 Concept New York Viewers elim Punk band
6. Rappin' Granny Los Angeles Judges choice
7. Nathan Burton Los Angeles Viewers 2nd
8. Bianca Ryan New York Viewers choice
9. Kenny Shelton Los Angeles Viewers elim
10. Trey Knight's Stilt World Los Angeles Viewers elim Stilt performers
Billy Januario New York Judges elim
Marla & Michelle Los Angeles Judges elim
Jesschelle Los Angeles Judges elim
Chadwick Chicago Judges elim

Part 4

Semifinals - Part 4, August 2, 2006
(audition accreditation)
(August 2, 2006)
1. Jon & Owen - The Passing Zone Chicago Judges choice
2. Celtic Spring Los Angeles Viewers choice Irish fiddle/dance act
3. Sean and John Los Angeles Viewers elim Tap dancers
4. Lilia Stepanova Chicago Viewers elim
5. Dave Smith One Man Sideshow New York Viewers elim;
bot 3
6. David & Dania - Quick Change
Chicago Viewers 2nd
7. George Kelly Los Angeles Viewers elim Singer
8. Michelle L'amour New York Viewers elim
9. King Charles Unicycle Troupe New York Viewers elim;
bot 3
Unicyclists/stunt basketball performers
10. Desperation Squad Los Angeles Viewers elim;
bot 3
Punk rock band
Ivan Pecel Los Angeles Judges elim
Aaron Burr New York Judges elim
Daniel Colin New York Judges elim
Conrad Wright Los Angeles Judges elim

Wild Card

During the July 27 episode, judge Piers Morgan revealed that there would be a wild card show in two weeks (airing August 9). The four acts that had the most votes from viewers but did not make it to the finals will get a second chance in the wildcard show. Each judge will then choose two acts to get another chance, for a total of ten acts for the wildcard show. The show will then function like the rest of the semi-finals programs, with the judges choosing an act and the television audience voting one through.

On August 3, host Regis Philbin announced that this episode would air at 9:30 p.m. to accommodate the season finale of Last Comic Standing, and would be 1.5 hours long, instead of the normal 2 hour length. The results show the next day was at its normal length of one hour.

Wild Card, August 9, 2006
Contestant Chosen by Result
(August 10, 2006)
1. Nathan Burton Viewers (Semi-finals part 3) Viewers 2nd; elim A magician
2. Bobby Badfingers Piers Morgan Viewers elim; bot 3 A professional "Snappist"
3. Jessica Sanchez Brandy Viewers elim Wasn't picked to perform in semifinals
4. All That Viewers (Semi-finals part 1) Judges choice Clogging Group
5. Corina Brouder David Hasselhoff Viewers elim; bot 3 Singing Harpist
6. David & Dania - Quick Change Viewers (Semi-finals part 4) Viewers choice Quick Change Artists
7. N'Versity Piers Morgan Viewers elim; bot 3 Singing Group
8. Natasha Le Viewers (Semi-finals part 2) Viewers elim 8 Year-Old Pianist
9. Alexis Jordan Brandy Viewers elim Teen Singer
10. Leonid the Magnificent David Hasselhoff Viewers elim Random Acts


In the final round, the judges were still allowed to judge, but only the audience can decide the winners. In addition, each finalist had a celebrity coach to guide them.

Italics indicate that the act received three checks from the judges.

Finals, August 16, 2006
Contestant Chosen by Celebrity coach Result
(August 17, 2006)
1. At Last Viewers (Semi-finals part 2) Chaka Khan Bottom 5
2. David & Dania - Quick Change Viewers (Wild Card) Steve Valentine Bottom 5
3. Rappin' Granny Judges (Semi-finals part 3) Master P Bottom 5
4. Bianca Ryan Viewers (Semi-finals part 3) Yolanda Adams Winner
5. All That Judges (Wild Card) Dave Scott (R&B choreographer) Top 3 (runner-up)
6. Taylor Ware Viewers (Semi-finals part 1) Tom McBryde (country music arranger) Top 5
7. Jon & Owen - The Passing Zone Judges (Semi-finals part 4) Penn & Teller Bottom 5
8. Celtic Spring Viewers (Semi-finals part 4) Tara Barry (Riverdance lead dancer) Top 5
9. Realis Judges (Semi-finals part 2) Gene Lubas (Cirque du Soleil choreographer) Bottom 5
10. The Millers Judges (Semi-finals part 1) John Popper Top 3 (runner-up)
The winner of the one-million-dollar grand prize was 11-year-old singer Bianca Ryan. The ten finalists were first split into two groups. Group A consisted of Realis, At Last, Rappin' Granny, The Passing Zone and Quick Change. Out of the ten finalists, they received the lowest number of votes. The five finalists that received the most votes were The Millers, Taylor Ware, Bianca Ryan, Celtic Spring and All That. Regis asked All That and The Millers to step forward, and announced that they did not win the grand prize but were both runners-up, and were ranked in either 2nd or 3rd place. These acts each won a 2007 Dodge Caliber RT. The remaining three were Taylor Ware, Bianca Ryan and Celtic Spring. Regis announced that Bianca won the grand prize. Taylor Ware and Celtic Spring were ranked in either 4th or 5th place and did not receive any consolation prizes.

Crazy Caliber Talent

  1. Rudi Macaggi, Mike Lloyd, Kelvin Gordon, James Thompson Winner:Rudi Macaggi
  2. The Douglas Lee, Nicolas Abramowitz, Larry Clark, Gery Deer and Scout, Camille Trout Winner:The Douglas Lee
  3. Duane Flatmo, Mayling Garcia, Bandaloni, Zach Freeman, Arthur the One Man Band Winner:Duane Flatmo
  4. Skylar Aud, Sammi Pryor, Alexis and Alysha, The Great Stamen Show Winner:The Great Stamen Show
  5. Dave Nakfoor, The Rubberband Kid, Jim McDonald, Nikolo Ashford, Sizzle Twins Winner:Dave Nakfoor
On the Finals Results Show (August 17), acrobat Rudi Macaggi won the Weird and Wacky Talent Finale (aka Crazy Caliber Talent) when the 5 finalists competed for a 2007 Dodge Caliber RT. He tap danced and dribbled a basketball while in a handstand, and did a standing backflip and caught a trapeze with his feet. The other finalists were Duane Flatmo (who played the guitar with an egg beater and a weed whacker), The Great Stamen Show (who played music by tapping his teeth), The Douglas Lee (who played water-filled drinking glasses), and Dave Nakfoor (who caught hard boiled eggs in his mouth).

Performers on results shows

  • July 13 - Teddy Geiger
  • July 20 - Jurassic 5
  • July 27 - Cirque du Soleil
  • August 3 - Tom Green
  • August 10 - Penn & Teller
  • August 17 - Aly & AJ, Blue Man Group

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