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Season 11 of America's Got Talent premiered on May 31, 2016. The entire judging panel and host from Season 10 returned except for Howard Stern, who decided to leave the judging panel. He was replaced by Simon Cowell.

Dunkin' Donuts continued to be the official beverage sponsor of this season, having its products shown throughout the show and their cups on the judges' desks.

Although it was not intended at the time, this season was the final season for host Nick Cannon, who announced that he was not coming back for Season 12 on February 16, 2017.

Judging Panel

Howie MandelMel BHeidi KlumSimon Cowell
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Episodes

Main article: Season 11 Episodes

Acts

Main article: Season 11 Acts

Auditions

Main article: Season 11 Auditions

Each act that performed in front of the judges was given 90 seconds to demonstrate their talents for the four judges. If an act received at least three "Yes" votes from the judges, they were accepted to the next round. Otherwise, they were eliminated from the competition. Should one of the judges hit the Golden Buzzer for one of the acts, that act will be sent straight to the Quarterfinals.

Judge Cuts

Main article: Season 11 Judge Cuts

80 acts were pulled from the 100+ acts that were accepted by the judges in the Auditions. The Judge Cuts took place over four days; every day, 20 acts performed with only 7 moving on to the Quarterfinals.

Joining the main judging panel were four guest judges While each regular judge was given a normal buzzer, each guest had only a Golden Buzzer he or she could press to send an act to the live shows without further deliberation as one of the 7 acts.

Symbol Meaning
Ovation Standing Ovation
X Buzzer
GoldButton Golden Buzzer

Week 1

Guest Judge: Ne-Yo

Name Act Howie Mel B Ne-Yo Heidi Simon Results
1. Hara Magician Moved On
2. Philippe and Marie-Lee Acrobatic Dance Duo Eliminated
3. Edgar Family Band Moved On
4. Miniotics Dance Crew Eliminated
5. Jumpers in Command Jump Rope Group Eliminated
6. Christopher Novelty Dancer Eliminated
7. Brennley Brown Singer Eliminated
8. Lori Mae Hernandez Stand-up Comedienne Moved On
9. John Ferraro Danger Act X X Eliminated
10. Jon Call Anabolic Acrobat Eliminated
11. Duo Guerrero Highwire Duo Eliminated
12. Jon Dorenbos Magician Ovation GoldButton Moved On (GB)
13. The Passing Zone Comedy Juggler Duo Moved On
14. Julian Davis and The Hayburners Bluegrass Band Eliminated
15. Raii and Whitney Smith Vocal Duo Eliminated
16. Ronee Martin Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
17. Cory Kahaney Stand-up Comedienne Eliminated
18. Axel Perez Balancing Acrobat Eliminated
19. Rory Freeman Dancer Eliminated
20. Linkin' Bridge Vocal Group Moved On

Week 2

Guest Judge: Reba McEntire

Name Act Howie Mel B Reba Heidi Simon Result
1. Kadie Lynn Roberson Singer/Guitarist Moved On
2. Vello Vaher Acrobat/Contortionist Moved On
3. House of Lewis Hip-Hop Group Eliminated
4. Zach Sherwin Comedian/Rapper X Eliminated
5. Skylar Katz Rapper Eliminated
6. Erik Cavanaugh Ballet Dancer Eliminated
7. Sofie Dossi Contortionist/Aerialist Ovation Ovation GoldButton Ovation Moved On (GB)
8. Moya Angela Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
9. Parker Garrison Contemporary Dancer Ovation Eliminated
10. Youngster Hip-Hop Dance Crew Eliminated
11. Cody Carter Baton Twirler Ovation Ovation Eliminated
12. Kadan Bart Rockett Magician Moved On
13. Adam Grabowski Stand-up Comedian X Eliminated
14. Julia Scotti Stand-up Comdienne Moved On
15. OneVoice A Cappella Group Eliminated
16. RL Bell Jazz Singer Eliminated
17. Cecile & Mighty Magician Duo X Eliminated
18. Steven Brundage Magician Ovation Eliminated (WC)
19. Gary Sladek Trampolinist X X Eliminated
20. Deadly Games Knife Thrower Duo Ovation Moved On

Week 3

Guest Judge: George Lopez

Name Act Howie Mel B George Heidi Simon Result
1. José and Carrie Dancing Dog Duo Eliminated
2. Daniel Joyner Singer Moved On
3. Ilan & Josh Beatboxer Duo Eliminated
4. The Finest Family DJ/Breakdance Crew Eliminated
5. Blake Vogt Magician Ovation Ovation Moved On
6. Alla and Daniel Novikov Ballroom Dancer Duo Moved On
7. Charles & Rose Singer and Dancer Ovation X Ovation Eliminated
8. Mason Bumba Martial Artist Eliminated
9. Tape Face Mime Moved On
10. Good Girl R&B Vocal Group Eliminated
11. Dominique Dy Singer/Pianist Eliminated
12. Madison Watkins Singer Ovation Ovation Eliminated
13. Charlie Plaçais Aerialist Eliminated
14. Malevo Malambo Group Ovation Ovation GoldButton Ovation Moved On (GB)
15. Ian Stewart Crossbow Sharpshooter X Eliminated
16. Ryan Stock & AmberLynn Sideshow Duo Moved On
17. Al Ducharme Stand-up Comedian Eliminated
18. Ryan Beard Comedic Singer/Pianist X Eliminated
19. Sam Morril Stand-Up Comedian Eliminated
20. Brian Justin Crum Pop Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On

Week 4

Guest Judge: Louis Tomlinson

Name Act Howie Mel B Louis Heidi Simon Result
1. ThroWings Acrobat Duo Ovation Ovation Moved On
2. Campbell Walker Fields Singer/Pianist Ovation Eliminated
3. FLIP Dance Group Eliminated (WC)
4. Shane and Shannon Jensen Ballroom Dancer Duo Eliminated
5. Outlawz Hip-Hop Dance Crew Ovation Moved On
6. Ary Hill Singer/Guitarist Eliminated
7. Avonlea Martin Singer/Pianist Eliminated
8. Jayna Brown Singer Ovation Ovation GoldButton Ovation Ovation Moved On (GB)
9. John Hetlinger Singer X Ovation Eliminated
10. Nathan Bockstahler Stand-up Comedian Eliminated
11. Viktor Kee Juggler Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
12. Sos and Victoria Petrosyan Quick Change Duo Moved On
13. Jon Bernhardt Thereminist X X X X Eliminated
14. Jonathan Nosan Contortionist X Eliminated
15. The Amazing Armando Magician X X X X Eliminated
16. Musicality Vocal Group Moved On
17. Oksana Grishina Contemporary Dancer Eliminated
18. The Baron of the Universe Sideshow Preformer X Eliminated
19. D.J. Demers Stand-up Comedian Eliminated
20. The Clairvoyants Mentalist Duo Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On

Quarterfinals

Main article: Season 11 Quarterfinals

From the 36 Quarterfinalists, 12 acts performed each week over three weeks. Each week, 7 acts moved onto the Semifinals. 1 Wild Card act would later join them.

The contestants that came in sixth, seventh, and eighth place in America's Vote fought for votes online in the Dunkin' Save. The act who received the most votes earned a spot in the Semifinals. The judges voted between the two remaining acts the last spot of the week in the Semifinals.

Symbol Meaning
Ovation Standing Ovation
X Buzzer
Check Judges' Choice Vote

Week 1

Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Jayna Brown Singer Ovation Ovation Moved On
2. Hara Magician OvationCheck Check Eliminated (JC)
3. Outlawz Hip-Hop Dance Crew X Eliminated
4. Musicality Vocal Group Moved On
5. Lori Mae Hernandez Stand-up Comedienne Moved On (DS)
6. Deadly Games Knife Thrower Duo OvationCheck Check Moved On (JC)
7. Jon Dorenbos Magician Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
8. Daniel Joyner Singer Eliminated
9. Tape Face Mime Moved On
10. Dorothy Williams Burlesque Dancer Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated
11. Sila Sveta Videomapping Dance Duo Eliminated
12. Laura Bretan Opera Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On


Week 2

Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. FLIP Dance Group Ovation Eliminated
2. Moya Angela Singer Eliminated
3. Viktor Kee Juggler Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
4. Kadie Lynn Singer/Guitarist Check Check Moved On (JC)
5. Ryan Stock and AmberLynn Sideshow Duo Eliminated
6. Calysta Bevier Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
7. Sofie Dossi Contortionist/Aerialist Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
8. The Clairvoyants Mentalist Duo Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
9. Sal Valentinetti Jazz Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On (DS)
10. ThroWings Acrobat Duo Check Check Ovation X Eliminated (JC)
11. Steven Brundage Magician Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
12. Sos and Victoria Quick Change Duo Eliminated


Week 3

Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Vello Vaher Acrobat/Contortionist X Eliminated
2. Ronee Singer Ovation Ovation OvationCheck Eliminated (JC)
3. Kadan Bart Rockett Magician Ovation Moved On
4. Linkin' Bridge Vocal Group OvationCheck Check Check Moved On (JC)
5. Alla and Daniel Ballroom Dancer Duo X Eliminated
6. Blake Vogt Magician Moved On
7. Edgar Family Band Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
8. Julia Scotti Stand-up Comedienne Eliminated
9. Brian Justin Crum Pop Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
10. Malevo Malambo Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On (DS)
11. The Passing Zone Comedy Juggler Duo Eliminated (WC)
12. Grace VanderWaal Singer/Ukulelist Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On

Semifinals

Main article: Season 11 Semifinals

From the 22 Semifinalists, 11 acts performed each week over two weeks. Each week, 5 acts moved onto the Finals.

The contestants that came in fourth, fifth, and sixth place in America's Vote fought for votes online in the Dunkin' Save. The act who received the most votes earned a spot in the Finals. The judges voted between the two remaining acts the last spot of the week in the Finals.

Symbol Meaning
Ovation Standing Ovation
Check Judges' Choice Vote

Week 1

Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Sal Valentinetti Jazz Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
2. Blake Vogt Magician Eliminated
3. Edgar Family Band OvationCheck Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (JC)
4. Lori Mae Hernandez Stand-up Comedienne Eliminated
5. Musicality Vocal Group Eliminated
6. Deadly Games Knife Thrower Duo Ovation Ovation Eliminated
7. Tape Face Mime Moved On (DS)
8. Jon Dorenbos Magician Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
9. Grace VanderWaal Singer/Ukulelist Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
10. Malevo Malambo Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated
11. Laura Bretan Opera Singer Ovation OvationCheck OvationCheck OvationCheck Moved On (JC)


Week 2

Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Jayna Brown Singer Ovation Eliminated
2. Kadan Bart Rockett Magician Eliminated
3. Kadie Lynn Singer/Guitarist Eliminated
4. Viktor Kee Juggler OvationCheck Ovation OvationCheck Ovation Moved On (JC)
5. Linkin' Bridge Vocal Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
6. The Passing Zone Comedy Juggler Duo Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated
7. Calysta Bevier Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated
8. Steven Brundage Magician Check Check Eliminated (JC)
9. Sofie Dossi Contortionist/Aerialist Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On (DS)
10. The Clairvoyants Mentalist Duo Moved On
11. Brian Justin Crum Pop Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On

Finals

Main article: Season 11 Finals

All 10 remaining acts performed to win one million dollars and the headlining of a show on the Las Vegas strip.

Symbol Meaning
Ovation Standing Ovation
Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Sal Valentinetti Jazz Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 5th Place
2. Sofie Dossi Contortionist/Aerialist Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Top 10
3. Linkin' Bridge Vocal Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Top 10
4. Laura Bretan Opera Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Top 10
5. The Clairvoyants Mentalist Duo Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 2nd Place
6. Brian Justin Crum Pop Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 4th Place
7. Tape Face Mime Ovation Ovation Ovation Top 10
8. Viktor Kee Juggler Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Top 10
9. Jon Dorenbos Magician Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 3rd Place
10. Grace VanderWaal Singer/Ukulelist Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Winner

Contestants Who Appeared on Other Competitions

  • Brennley Brown, who made it to the Judges Cuts round, later competed on Season 12 of The Voice. She started out as a part of Blake Shelton's team, but was stolen onto Gwen Stefani's team in the Battle Rounds. She finished in the Top 6.
  • FLIP, who made it to the Quarterfinals round, later competed on World of Dance.


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