America's Got Talent 7

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Season seven of America's Got Talent, a reality television series, premiered on May 14, 2012. Judge Piers Morgan left the show after season six and was replaced by radio personality Howard Stern, as announced on his Sirius XM radio show on December 15, 2011. Because of Stern's commitments to his radio program, the live (post-Las Vegas) episodes moved from Los Angeles to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. The show is broadcast in several timeslots throughout the season, initially showing on Mondays and Tuesdays, but later switching back to its original timeslot of Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The season ended on September 13, 2012, with Olate Dogs announced as the winners of the season. Olate Dogs are the show's first non-singing act to win the competition.

Snapple is the official beverage sponsor of America's Got Talent. Its product was on the judges' table throughout the season.

After much confusion and rumors, it has been officially announced that this is Sharon Osbourne's last season with the show.

Preliminary auditions

}} Producers' auditions were held in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Tampa Bay, Charlotte, Austin, St. Louis, and San Francisco.

Live theater auditions took place in the following cities:

Audition city Audition date Venue Air date
Los Angeles, California February 16"17, 2012 Orpheum Theatre May 14, 2012
San Francisco, California February 24"25, 2012 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
May 15, 2012
St. Louis, Missouri March 8"10, 2012 Fox Theatre May 14, 2012 (part 1)
May 29, 2012 (part 2)
Austin, Texas March 17"18, 2012 Long Center for the Performing Arts
June 4, 2012 (part 1)
June 5, 2012 (part 2)
Tampa Bay April 3"4, 2012 Mahaffey Theater
May 28, 2012 (part 1)
June 12, 2012 (part 2)
New York April 11"12, 2012 Hammerstein Ballroom
May 21, 2012 (part 1)
May 22, 2012 (part 2)
A final auditions episode featuring acts from several cities aired on Monday, June 18. Auditions were also conducted online via YouTube. Finalists from the online auditions will be selected to compete in front of a live audience during the season's live shows.

Las Vegas Week

The second round of competition, held in Las Vegas, aired from June 25"27, 2012, in a three-night special. The round was held at The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. 112 acts passed through from the audition rounds to Las Vegas Week, and competed for 48 slots in the live shows. Similarly to previous years, the judges divided the acts into two groups: the "Judges' Favorites" and "Standby Acts". In addition, six acts were either immediately eliminated, or sent directly to the next round of competition. The judges also had the option of eliminating an act immediately if they felt their performance in Las Vegas was well below par.

Immediate decision

Before any rounds of competition began, the judges called six acts which were not listed as being "Judges' Favorites" or "Standby Acts". Three of these acts were immediately eliminated, and three acts were sent straight from Las Vegas Week to the live rounds without any further performance because of their superior auditions.


  • Olate Dogs " Animal act
  • William Close " "Earth Harp" musician
  • David "The Bullet" Smith " Human cannonball/danger act


  • The Bandbaz Brothers " Acrobats
  • Charlie C " Singer
  • Ivy Rose " All-girl vocal band

Group A: Judges' favorites

The judges' favorites were deemed more likely to succeed by the judges, performed on the first two days of competition, and were given the opportunity to take as many spots in the Top 48 as possible. Twenty-five of these acts advanced to the live shows.


  • 787 Crew " Dance crew
  • All Beef Patty " Drag queen singer
  • All That! " Cloggers
  • All Wheel Sports " Stunt BMX team
  • American BMX Stunt Team - BMX stunt team
  • Aurora Light Painters " Light painting group
  • Ben Blaque " Crossbow performer
  • Cristin Sandu " Balancing performer
  • Edon " Singer/pianist
  • Eric & Olivia " Duet
  • Eric Dittelman " Mind-reader
  • Horse " Novelty performer
  • Jacob Williams " Comedian
  • Jake Wesley Rogers " Singer/guitarist
  • Joe Castillo " Sand artist
  • Light Wire Theater " Glow-light dance group
  • Nikki Jensen " Singer/guitarist
  • Sebastien "El Charro de Oro" " Mariachi singer and dancer
  • Shanice & Maurice Hayes " Father-daughter singing duo
  • Spencer Horsman " Escape artist
  • Tim Hockenberry " Singer/pianist
  • Todd Oliver & Irving " Ventriloquist act
  • Tom Cotter " Comedian
  • Ulysses " Singer
  • The Untouchables " Dance troupe


  • Amazing Elizabeth " Aerialist
  • Andrew De Leon " Opera singer
  • Brianna Price " Singer
  • Cecilia Detwiler " Singer
  • Daniel Park " Singer
  • Dave Burleigh " Impressionist
  • Frank Roche " Impressionist
  • Funk Beyond Control " Dance group
  • Isaac Brown " Singer/dancer
  • Jason Cordero " Pianist
  • Jorge & Alexa Narvaez " Singing duo
  • Justin Riviera " Magician
  • Kellen Erskine " Comedian
  • Loyalty Dance Crew " Dance crew
  • Luiz Meneghin " Opera singer
  • Luna " Singer
  • Mary Joyner " Singer
  • New Guard America " Drill team
  • Roxy Doll " Singer
  • Sammy Obeid " Comedian
  • Simply Sergio " Opera singer
  • Taylor Reed " Stage magician
  • Tim Poe " Singer/musician

Group B: Standby Acts

The Standby Acts were deemed less likely to advance by the judges, and performed later for the remaining spots not already taken by the Judges' Favorites. Twenty of these acts advanced to the live shows.


  • The All Ways " Rock band
  • Big Barry " Singer
  • Danielle Stallings " Singer
  • David Garibaldi and His CMYK's " Painting/dance group
  • The Distinguised Men of Brass " Marching band
  • Donovan and Rebecca " Acrobats
  • Elusive " Dancer
  • Hawley Magic " Magic act
  • Inspire the Fire " Singing/dancing group
  • Jarrett and Raja " Comedic illusionists
  • LCD - Lisa Clark Dancers " Dance troupe
  • Lindsey Norton " Dancer
  • Lil' Starr " Tap dancer
  • LionDanceMe " Lion dance team
  • Michael Nejad " Instrument builder/player
  • Rock Star Juggler Mike Price " Juggler
  • The Scott Brothers " Dancers
  • Turf " Dancer/contortionist
  • Unity in Motion " Dance troupe
  • Wordspit, the Illest! " Band


  • Battle Born " Dance troupe
  • Benn Mendoza's Midnight Circus " Acrobatics/dance group
  • Burton Crane " Rapper
  • Cliff's Demo Team " Martial artists
  • The Cos Fam " Dance trio
  • Dillon Havins and Friends " Band
  • The Emily Anne Band " Band
  • Giani " Mind-reader
  • Granny G " Rapper
  • The HillBenders " Bluegrass band
  • John Pizzi " Ventriloquist
  • Kota Sports " Stunt BMX team
  • Lil' Babywockee " Dancer
  • Old Shoes, New Shoes " Tap Dance Duo
  • The Rhymatist " Rapper
  • Rob Hayes " Rapper
  • Serengeti Steve " Reptile handler
  • Stepz " Dancer
  • Summer Lacy " Aerialist
  • Svet " Rapper/hip-hop violinist
  • The Two Bits " Dancers
  • The Williams Bruthuz " Dance duo
  • Tevin McGuire " Singer

Unknown decision

Several acts were unable to compete in Las Vegas Week for personal reasons, or were not seen during the airing of the episodes. These acts were therefore automatically assumed as eliminated from the competition.

  • Alesya Gulevich " Hula hoop artist
  • Boss " Dance crew
  • Cut Throat Freak Show & Eric Odditorium " Sideshow act
  • Clark Academy of Irish Dance " Irish dance crew
  • Elements Dance Cru " Dance crew
  • The Flyte Cru " Acrobatic basketball dunkers
  • Ganbaatar Contortion Sisters " Contortionist act
  • Max the Acrobat " Aerial performer
  • Micah Gregorio " Singer
  • Mir Money - Student
  • New York Irish Dance Company " Irish dance crew
  • Sharon Daniels and Randy Hanson " Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne impersonators
  • Street Beatz " Drummers
  • Stick and Move Dance Crew " Dance crew


The Quarterfinals began on Monday, July 2, 2012. This round includes the Top 48 acts which passed through Las Vegas Week, the acts that passed through the YouTube audition rounds, and a Wild Card show featuring previously eliminated quarterfinalists brought back by the judges.

Key Buzzed Judges' choice   Advanced to the semifinals   Finished in fourth or fifth place; won the judges' choice and advanced to the semifinals   Finished in fourth or fifth place; lost the judges' choice

Top 48, week 1 (July 2"3)

Guests: Cirque du Soleil: Zarkana,

Act Order Performance description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Mandel Osbourne Stern
The Distinguished Men of Brass 1 Marching band; marched to "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé. Eliminated
Edon 2 Singer/pianist; sang and played piano to "Titanium" by David Guetta and Sia. Judges' Choice
Jarrett and Raja 3 Comedic illusionists; performed an illusion to "Singin' in the Rain" where seemingly empty towels came to life. Eliminated
Lil' Starr 4 Tap dancer; danced to "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sorry for Party Rocking", both by LMFAO. Eliminated
Todd Oliver 5 Ventriloquist/dog act; performed a comedic routine discussing the relationship between the two dogs, Irving and Lucy. Lost Judges' Choice
American BMX Stunt Team 6 BMX stunt team; performed stunts with ramps and a bridge to the song "Bodyrock" by Moby. Eliminated
Nikki Jensen 7 Singer/guitarist; sang "The Scientist" by Coldplay. Eliminated
The Scott Brothers 8 Cartoon popper dancers; performed a routine where both brothers mimicked each other's movements, ending the performance by moving around their hats as if the hats were floating. Advanced
Michael Nejad 9 Musician/instrument builder; performed "Moves like Jagger" by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera with homemade instruments such as a shovel, baseball bat and a vacuum cleaner. Eliminated
787 Crew 10 Dance crew; performed a routine to Skrillex's remix of "Cinema" by Benny Benassi. Eliminated
Shanice and Maurice Hayes 11 Father-daughter singing duo; sang "There You'll Be" by Faith Hill. Advanced
David Garibaldi and His CMYK's 12 Performance painters; painted a portrait of Mick Jagger to the song "Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones. Advanced

Top 48, week 2 (July 10"11)

Guests: Gavin DeGraw, TRACES

Act Order Performance description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Mandel Osbourne Stern
LionDanceMe 1 Lion dance act; performed a lion dance on raised poles to "Levels" by Avicii. Eliminated
Turf 2 Contortionist/dancer; danced to "Imma Be" by The Black Eyed Peas. Advanced
The All Ways 3 Rock band; performed "Telephone" by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Eliminated
Hawley Magic 4 Magic act; performed an illusion where an assistant was balanced in the air on a sword. Eliminated
Lisa Clark Dancers 5 Dance troupe; performed a combination of contemporary, jazz, and tap dance. Eliminated
Aurora Light Painters 6 Light painters; painted a scene where a frightened girl discovers monsters under a bed to "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra. Eliminated
Danielle Stallings 7 Singer; sang "It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars. Lost Judges' Choice
Donovan & Rebecca 8 Acrobats; performed aerial silks to "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol. Judges' Choice
Big Barry 9 Singer; performed "Feeling Good" written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse while surrounded by models. Eliminated
Tom Cotter 10 Comedian; performed a stand-up routine making fun of common clichés and phrases. Advanced
Ben Blaque 11 Crossbow performer; performed a routine where he first shot arrows at his assistant while she held a rose in her mouth, then shot arrows at four balloons surrounding his assistant. Eliminated
Tim Hockenberry 12 Singer; performed a piano arrangement of "Part of Me" by Katy Perry. Advanced

Top 48, week 3 (July 17"18)

Guests: Ashleigh and Pudsey, Havana Brown

Act Order Performance description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Mandel Osbourne Stern
The Untouchables 1 Latin dance troupe; danced to a remix of "Magalenha" by Sérgio Mendes. Advanced
Rock Star Juggler Mike Price 2 Juggler; juggled knives and fire torches on a unicycle to "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who. He then juggled four fire torches but dropped one. He later poured gasoline over an assistant and juggled glow-light juggling clubs, which were on fire. Eliminated
Inspire the Fire 3 Show choir; sang and danced to "Firework" by Katy Perry. Eliminated
Cristin Sandu 4 Balancing act; balanced himself using cylinders with a ring of fire surrounding him to "Lights" by Ellie Goulding. However, the performance was cut short when the cylinders fell off of the platform only a couple of seconds after he got on them. Sandu landed on his feet and did not receive any injury. Stern did buzz Sandu's act even though it was after the act finished. Eliminated
Elusive 5 B-boy dancer; danced to "Super Bad" by James Brown. Eliminated
Jake Wesley Rogers 6 Singer/pianist; performed "Toxic" by Britney Spears. Eliminated
All Wheel Sports 7 BMX variety act; rode bicycles and skateboards, and did gymnastic routines to "Titanium" by David Guetta and Sia. Judges' Choice
Wordspit and the Illest! 8 Rock/rap/R&B band; performed an original song called "Lights, Cameras Flashin'". Lost Judges' Choice
Jacob Williams 9 Comedian; performed a stand-up routine that played off his awkwardness while growing up. Advanced
All Beef Patty 10 Singing drag queen; performed "Let's Hear It for the Boy" by Deniece Williams with a group of male dancers. Eliminated
Spencer Horsman 11 Escape illusionist; performed a 45-second escape-illusion where he freed himself from a steel straitjacket while trapped in a security bag. While escaping, Horsman was raised above a bed of spikes with a curtain covering him. Eliminated
Lightwire Theater 12 Glowlight dance group; performed a storyline featuring several dancing birds to "UK Current Funky House" by Justin Brett. Advanced

Top 48, week 4 (July 24"25)

Guests: Cher Lloyd, Cast of the Tony Award-winning musical Once

Act Order Performance description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Mandel Osbourne Stern
David "The Bullet" Smith 1 Human cannonball act; shot himself out of a cannon from 40 yards through a field goal to "Let Me Entertain You" by Robbie Williams. Eliminated
All That! 2 Cloggers; danced to "Black Betty" by Ram Jam. Lost Judges' Choice
Ulysses 3 Singer; performed American Bandstands "Bandstand Boogie" with a group of dancers. Eliminated
Joe Castillo 4 Sand artist; drew animals from around the world in sand. Advanced
Sebastien "El Charro de Oro" 5 Singer and mariachi band; sang "Bésame Mucho" by Consuelo Velázquez. Eliminated
Eric Dittelman 6 Mind reader; performed a spoof of Deal or No Deal where he had Mandel pick one of sixteen cases, with Mandel choosing case eleven. He then had the other judges remove two rows of cases, and let Mandel trade his case for case four. The remaining cases were then revealed, and Dittelman correctly predicted that Mandel had chosen case four. Judges' Choice
William Close 7 "Earth harpist" and instrument builder; performed "Love, Reign o'er Me" by The Who with a collective ensemble that included a singer and spinning drums. Advanced
Unity in Motion 8 Dance group; danced to "Lux Aeterna" composed by Clint Mansell and by Kronos Quartet. Eliminated
Eric & Olivia 9 Guitarist and singer duo; performed a remix of "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz. Eliminated
Lindsey Norton 10 Dancer; performed a Cirque du Soleil-themed dance routine to "First Incantation" from Cirque's Zed. Eliminated
Horse 11 Groin attack taker; performed to a superhero theme where he tried to stop several bank robbers. The act finished with Horse defeating the "robbers" by hitting them in their groins. Eliminated
Olate Dogs 12 Dog trick act; performed a Broadway theme with the song "Played-A-Live" by Safri Duo, which included various dogs doing backflips, going down slides, spinning, and jumping over obstacles. Advanced

YouTube Snapple Special (August 14"15)

Guests: Gabby Douglas, Karmin, The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger

The YouTube Snapple Special aired on August 14, following a 3-week hiatus for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It allowed viewers the chance to vote for their favorite potential acts on the show's YouTube channel that they wished to see compete in the live shows. Twenty acts competed for twelve spots, with eleven contestants selected by the judges, and one other contestant (Drew Erwin) selected by the viewers.

Act Order Performance description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Mandel Osbourne Stern
Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots 1 Parrot stunt act; performed an act in which he directed a bird named Kitten from the top of a tower to inside the theater.
Judges' Choice
Reverse Order 2 Rock band; performed "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry. Eliminated
Rudy Coby 3 Magician/illusionist; performed a trick in which a puppet came to life and "beheaded" Rudy, however the puppet took off its costume and revealed itself as Rudy. He performed to "Puppet Boy" by Devo. Eliminated
7 in Unison 4 Dance troupe; danced to "Fever" by Peggy Lee. Eliminated
Drew Erwin 5 Singer/musician; performed "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia. Lost Judges' Choice
Melinda Hill 6 Stand-up comedian; performed a stand-up routine about her friends, her mom and current events in her life. Eliminated
Eric Buss 7 Entertainer/novelty act; performed an act which involved snake nut cans synchronized to The Blue Danube. Eliminated
Romeo Dance Cheetah 8 Air guitarist; performed to "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness. Eliminated
The Magic of Puck 9 Comedic magic act; performed a dancing handkerchief illusion to "Shake Senora" by Pitbull, T-Pain, and Sean Paul. Advanced
Bria Kelly 10 Singer; performed "Gunpowder & Lead" by Miranda Lambert. Advanced
Cast in Bronze 11 Carillon musician; performed "Carol of the Bells" by Mykola Leontovych. Eliminated
Academy of Villains 12 Dance troupe; danced to "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, mainly using arm motions to give visualizations of faces singing, and then "Whuteva" by Remy Ma in a hip-hop dance-style. Advanced

Wild Card Show (August 21"22)

Guests: Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen, Cast of Bring It On

For the wild card show, the judges each selected four eliminated acts and brought them back for a second chance to perform. Four of these acts advanced to semifinals. Osbourne announced after the show on July 25 that she would be bringing back All That! as one of her wild cards. The other eleven selections were announced on August 15th, during the YouTube Snapple round.

This was the season's first live show without any buzzes, and none of the other live shows after this round had any act buzzed.

Act Chosen by Order Performance description Result
Spencer Horsman Stern 1 Escape illusionist; undid eight padlocks in order to get himself out of a glass cage that was slowly filled with wet cement. Performed to "The Seamstress" by Danny Elfman and Deburah Lurie. Eliminated
All That! Osbourne 2 Cloggers; performed to "Thunder" by Nuttin' but Stringz that incorporated a virtual version of themselves on a screen behind them. Judges' Choice (2-1, Mandel dissented)
Jarrett & Raja Mandel 3 Comedic illusionists; performed an illusion in which Jarrett raises a box with Raja playing a piano in it into the air, where it explodes. Raja then reappears in the audience, still playing piano. Eliminated
Jake Wesley Rogers Osbourne 4 Singer/pianist; performed "The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga. Eliminated
Cristin Sandu Mandel 5 Balancing act; reattempted his previous performance where he balanced on a stack of cylinders around a ring of fire, done to "We're All No One" by NERVO. He was able to stay on his tower for a longer period of time and the fire that was supposed to go off went off. However, the cylinders once again slipped off of the platform during an attempted 360° rotation, causing him to fall onto the stage. The fire was shut off instantly after he fell. Sandu did not receive any major injury and recovered quickly. However, he kicked one of his cylinders in frustration. Eliminated
Todd Oliver Stern 6 Ventriloquist/dog act; performed a routine where his dog Irving runs for president. Advanced
The Bandbaz Brothers Osbourne 7 Acrobatics; connected a balancing apparatus held in each other's mouths in mid-air so the younger Bandbaz could balance upside down while held up by the older Bandbaz. Eliminated
Sebastien "El Charro de Oro" Mandel 8 Singer and mariachi band; performed a mariachi version of "Theme from New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra. Advanced
Horse Stern 9 Groin attack taker; performed in his underwear, using riskier set-ups while his cohorts got in on the act of hurting themselves. Eliminated
Lindsey Norton Osbourne 10 Dancer; performed to a fast-paced, fire-inspired theme. Lost Judges' Choice
Andrew De Leon Mandel 11 Gothic opera singer; sang "Regresa a mí" by Il Divo (Spanish version of "Un-Break My Heart" originally by Toni Braxton). Advanced
Ben Blaque Stern 12 Crossbow performer; shot a picture of an apple from a distance which went up in flame, revealing a card that said "Wildcard", in reference to the round. He then did a blindfolded, chain reaction crossbow version of the William Tell trick of shooting an apple over his own head. Eliminated


The semifinals began on August 28. 24 acts who advanced from the quarterfinals will be split into two groups, and perform in two consecutive weeks. Three acts advance each week to the finals.

Key   Advanced to the finals.   Finished in third or fourth place; won the judges' choice and advanced to the finals.   Finished in third or fourth place; lost the judges' choice.

Round 1 (August 28"29)

Guests: Neon Trees, Steve Harvey

Act Order Performance description Result
Andrew De Leon 1 Gothic opera singer; performed part of Schubert's aria "Ave Maria". Eliminated
Todd Oliver 2 Ventriloquist/dog act; performed a routine that emulated late night talk shows, with his dog Irving as his "guest". Lost Judges' Choice
Donovan & Rebecca 3 Acrobatic performers; performed feats of strength and aerial acrobatics to a remixed version of "Big Jet Plane" by Angus & Julia Stone. Eliminated
Edon 4 Singer/pianist; performed "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction. Eliminated
The Scott Brothers 5 Cartoon popping dancers; performed a dance routine that involved mannequins breaking free from a display window. Eliminated
Eric Dittelman 6 Mentalist; performed a routine that involved Stern and his self-portrait sketch from Dittelman's audition. He had Stern color in different parts of a replica of his sketch using highlighters. Before revealing his prediction of how Stern would color the sketch, he had the audience think of a shape other than a square, then revealed that he predicted that they would choose a triangle within a circle. Dittelman then revealed his prediction for the sketch would match what Stern had drawn. Eliminated
Turf 7 Dancer/contortionist; performed a routine to "Yeah 3x" by Chris Brown. Eliminated
Bria Kelly 8 Country singer; performed a country version of "Perfect" by P!nk. Eliminated
Joe Castillo 9 Sand artist; to the music of "Get Together" by The Youngbloods, sculpted images of a bird, two interclasped hands, and Jesus embracing a child. Judges' Choice (2-1, Stern dissented)
William Close 10 "Earth harpist" and instrument builder; in addition to his earth harp, used new instruments including a three-necked guitar, two spherical drum sets and a body suit embossed with strings worn by his wife that he played with two bows, to perform "Starlight" by Muse. Advanced
Tom Cotter 11 Comedian; presented the judges with a list of subjects, from which Mandel picked "College". He then gave a short set on the subject. Advanced
Academy of Villains 12 Dance troupe; performed a hip-hop routine to Skrillex's remix of "Cinema" by Benny Benassi and "Secrets" by OneRepublic. Eliminated

Round 2 (September 4, 6)

Guests: Train, Nathan Burton, Haunted by Heroes with Dee Snider

The results show for the second round of the semifinals was postponed until Thursday, September 6th due to the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants football game broadcasting live on Wednesday.

The following acts performed on September 4, 2012.

Act Order Performance description Result
All That! 1 Cloggers; performed a dance which had involved solos, dancing with their shoes on fire, and dancing on trays of water to "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida. Eliminated
Sebastien "El Charro de Oro" 2 Mariachi singer and band; performed "Granada" written by Agustín Lara with a backing orchestra and flamenco dancers. Eliminated
The Magic of Puck 3 Illusionist; performed an illusion in which he had Stern autograph his handkerchief from his previous performance and had the handkerchief fly back to his hand. He then tied the handkerchief on the wrist of his assistant and did another illusion in which after covering her up with a curtain, seemed to levitate her into the air, make her "disappear", and then made her "reappear" from a box. He performed this act to "Levels" by Avicii. Eliminated
Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots 4 Parrot stunt act; performed a routine in which he had his parrot Kitten dance, deliver mail to a mailbox, fly through hoops, and retrieve a can of 7 Up from Osbourne, all to "Let's Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas. Eliminated
Jacob Williams 5 Comedian; as with his previous performances, performed a comedic routine that played off his awkwardness. Eliminated
Shanice and Maurice Hayes 6 Father/daughter singing duo; sang "Anytime You Need a Friend" by Mariah Carey. Eliminated
All Wheel Sports 7 Extreme sport variety act; performed a variety of tricks involving walking and falling off vertical walls while harnessed, BMX bikes, scooters, and trampolines, some of which had flashing multicolored glowlights to "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull. During the performance, one of the bikers crash-landed, but recovered without ending their performance prematurely. Eliminated
Tim Hockenberry 8 Singer/pianist; performed "Imagine" by John Lennon with a keyboard and an accompanying cellist. Eliminated
The Untouchables 9 Dance troupe; performed a tango to "Tango Apache" by José María Vitier with a quick-change illusion. Advanced
Olate Dogs 10 Dog trick act; performed a series of tricks that included jumping over flags, walking on their hind legs, riding a scooter, forming a small congo line, and doing backflips. The last trick involved newcomer dog Bella quickly jumping over and tumbling under the trainers. Advanced
Lightwire Theater 11 Glowlight dance group; performed an act in which an anthropomorphic saber-toothed cat fights two dinosaurs with lightsaber-like weapons and Matrix-style effects. Lost Judges' Choice
David Garibaldi and His CMYK's 12 Performance painters; painted a portrait of the Statue of Liberty with Lenny Kravitz's face on multiple panes to "Joker & the Thief" by Wolfmother. Judges' Choice (2-1, Osbourne dissented)


The two-night final aired on September 12-13, 2012, with six acts competing for the $1 million grand prize.

The following acts performed on September 13, 2012.

Guests: Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Green Day, Joan Rivers, OneRepublic, Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, Frankie J, Blue Man Group, Burton Crane

Act Order Performance description Result
David Garibaldi and His CMYK's 1 Performance painters; painted a portrait of Albert Einstein on a rotating canvas to "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who. Additionally, the CMYK's painted the first letters of the colors they represent (cyan, magenta, yellow, and key black) on their own separate respective colored canvases. 4th place
Tom Cotter 2 Comedian; had host Nick Cannon roll a large plush die with various subjects on each side. Landing on "Poor Examples", he then performed a rapid-fire comedic routine about poor examples for children in classic children's literature. Runner-up
The Untouchables 3 Dance troupe; performed a Jive routine to "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner. 6th place
Joe Castillo 4 Sand artist; drew host Cannon and judges Mandel, Osbourne, and Stern in the sand as a tribute to the show, with a live band performing the music. 5th place
William Close 5 Earth harpist and instrument builder; performed two reorchestrated versions of "Pachelbel's Canon" and "America the Beautiful" with his Earth Harp Collective. 3rd place
Olate Dogs 6 Dog trick act; performed to "Hey Pachuco" by Royal Crown Revue, with a series of tricks including riding in a toy SUV, walking and jumping over hurdles on their hind legs, tumbling, walking on a wheel that was being pushed by another dog, backflips, and finally, two dogs walking wheelbarrow-style over the judges' table. Winner

Round chart

The following is the list of the 48 quarter-finalists who passed through Las Vegas Week, plus the 12 contestants that were picked from the separate YouTube auditions, and two Wild Card Acts that were eliminated in Las Vegas but invited to the quarterfinals in week six by the judges. There were 24 semifinalists.

Italics indicate that the act was selected in week five from the YouTube auditions and did not compete in the preliminary auditions or Las Vegas Week; therefore, the quarter-finals were their debut on the show.

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Name of act Age(s) Genre Act Hometown Qtr. final (week) Semifinal (week)
Olate Dogs 19, 55 Animal Dog trick act New York, New York 4 2
Tom Cotter 48 Comedy Stand-up comedian Stony Point, New York 2 1
William Close 42 Music Earth harpist Los Angeles, California 4 1
David Garibaldi and His CMYK's 26"30 Performance Art performers Sacramento, California 1 2
Joe Castillo 64 Performance Sand artist Lexington, Kentucky 4 1
The Untouchables 8"13 Dance Dance troupe Miami, Florida 3 2
Academy of Villains Dance Hip-hop dance troupe San Francisco, California 5 1
All That! 23"36 Dance Clogging dance troupe Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 4, 6 2
All Wheel Sports 18"35 Extreme BMX action team Los Angeles, California 3 2
Andrew De Leon 19 Music Opera singer Kyle, Texas 6 1
Bria Kelly 16 Music Singer Virginia Beach, Virginia 5 1
Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots 52 Animal Parrot trainer Las Vegas, Nevada 5 2
Donovan & Rebecca</ref>}} 44, 36 Acrobatics Acrobats/aerialists Stony Brook, New York 2 1
Edon 14 Music Singer Chicago, Illinois 1 1
Eric Dittelman 26 Magic Mind reader Boston, Massachusetts 4 1
Jacob Williams 23 Comedy Stand-up comedian Chicago, Illinois 3 2
Lightwire Theater 25"43 Technology/dance Glow-light dance group New Orleans, Louisiana 3 2
The Magic of Puck 46 Magic Magician Roosevelt, New York 5 2
The Scott Brothers 47, 48 Dance Cartoon-pop dance duo Las Vegas, Nevada 1 1
Sebastien "El Charro de Oro" 10"30 Music Mariachi singer and band San Antonio, Texas 4, 6 2
Shanice & Maurice Hayes 18, 62 Music Singing duo Kansas City, Missouri 1 2
Tim Hockenberry 50 Music Singer/pianist San Francisco, California 2 2
Todd Oliver 53 Comedy Ventriloquist Branson, Missouri 1, 6 1
Turf 21 Dance Contortionist/dancer San Francisco, California 2 1
Bandbaz Brothers 34, 59 Acrobatics Balancing duo Las Vegas, Nevada 6
Ben Blaque 33 Extreme Crossbow performer Branson, Missouri 2, 6
Cristin Sandu 18 Extreme Balancing performer Las Vegas, Nevada 3, 6
Horse 25 Novelty Groin attack taker Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 4, 6
Jake Wesley Rogers 15 Music Singer Ozark, Missouri 3, 6
Jarrett & Raja 39, 32 Magic/music Comedic illusionists Las Vegas, Nevada 1, 6
Lindsey Norton 17 Dance Dancer Tampa, Florida 4, 6
Spencer Horsman 26 Magic Escape artist Baltimore, Maryland 3, 6
7 in Unison 14"15 Dance Dance troupe Yorba Linda, California 5
787 Crew 19"31 Dance Dance crew San Juan, Puerto Rico 1
All Beef Patty 38 Music Drag queen Brooklyn, New York 3
All Ways, The 19"22 Music Rock band New York, New York 2
American BMX Stunt Team 20"44 Extreme BMX stunt riders Durham, North Carolina 1
Aurora Light Painters 38"46 Performance Light-painting troupe San Francisco, California 2
Big Barry 7 Music Singer Fort Lauderdale, Florida 2
Cast in Bronze 61 Music Carillon performer St. Peters, Pennsylvania 5
Danielle Stallings 14 Music Singer Richmond, Virginia 2
David "The Bullet" Smith 34 Extreme Human cannonball performer Englewood, Florida 4
Distinguished Men of Brass 24"60 Music Marching band Tampa, Florida 1
Drew Erwin 16 Music Singer Arlington, Tennessee 5
Elusive 21 Dance B-boy dancer Austin, Texas 3
Eric and Olivia 20 Music Singing/music duo Austin, Texas 4
Eric Buss 37 Performance Novelty act Tucson, Arizona 5
Hawley Magic 30 Magic Magicians/illusionists Shelby, North Carolina 2
Inspire the Fire 13"29 Music/Dance Singing/dance troupe Charlotte, North Carolina 3
Lil' Starr 6 Dance Tap dancer Chino, California 1
LionDanceMe 14"35 Performance Lion dance danger act San Francisco, California 2
Lisa Clark Dancers 14"18 Dance Dance troupe Suisun City, California 2
Melinda Hill 39 Comedy Stand-up comedian Los Angeles, California 5
Michael Nejad 55 Music Household music performer San Jose, California 1
Nikki Jensen 25 Music Singer Sydney, Australia 1
Reverse Order Music Rock band Hackettstown, New Jersey 5
Rock Star Juggler Mike Price 33 Performance Juggler Las Vegas, Nevada 3
Romeo Dance Cheetah 30 Performance Air guitarist Chicago, Illinois 5
Rudy Coby 48 Magic Illusionist Los Angeles, California 5
Ulysses 49 Music Singer Statesville, North Carolina 4
Unity in Motion 11"16 Dance Dancers/contortionists Cape May, New Jersey 4
Wordspit and the Illest! 20"27 Music Hip-hop/rock band New York, New York 3


Simon Cowell, the show's executive producer, also announced on The New York Post in December 2011 that the show will be receiving a "top-to-bottom makeover", confirming that there will be new graphics, lighting, theme music, show intro and a larger live audience. Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel returned as judges, in addition to Nick Cannon who returned as host. Promotional videos began airing during the Super Bowl, promoting Howard Stern as a new judge.

On December 19, 2011, executive producer Simon Cowell revealed plans to add a fourth, younger, female judge to the panel. He stated in an interview that he thought that four-person panels "leave less room for error". However, on January 9, 2012, Stern announced on his radio show that there would not be an additional judge, and no fourth judge was added.

NBC released several promotional videos on April 13, 2012, with shots of the current season, displaying changes in the show's set.

Additional changes in the live show set were unveiled in the live show on July 2, 2012. The new set for the live show shares similarities with Britain's Got Talent, in addition to a brand new judges' table with a revised design of the "X".


Tim Poe

There was a controversy surrounding Sgt. Tim Poe's audition on an episode of Talent that aired on June 4, in which Poe had an audible stutter, and claimed that he had gotten the vocal impediment from an injury sustained after being hit by a grenade while serving as part of the Minnesota National Guard's forces in the War in Afghanistan. Investigations by the Associated Press found the claim to be false, and the Minnesota National Guard confirmed that Poe had never been injured in Afghanistan. However, Poe did produce military documentation stating that "injury and disease occurred as a result of a hand grenade exploding to the right side of his head," but both the US Army and Minnesota National Guard were unable to verify these claims.

Poe sang the song "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks, and won praise from all three judges. There were questions as to whether Poe would have to be disqualified from advancing to further rounds, but it was revealed during Las Vegas Week that Poe had not been advanced to the live shows. Howard Stern has called the lie "wrong on so many levels". On November 15th, 2012, he responded to these accusations on an episode of Dr. Phil

Sharon Osbourne's departure

On July 24, 2012, Sharon Osbourne announced via Twitter that she would not be returning to America's Got Talent in season eight. The next day, however, Osbourne announced that she was unsure of whether she would return for another season.

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