Season 12 of America's Got Talent premiered on May 30, 2017. The entire judging panel from Season 11 returned.

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.

On February 16, 2017, Nick Cannon announced that he left the show. Tyra Banks took his place, becoming the show's first female host.

Judging Panel

Howie Mandel Mel B Heidi Klum Simon Cowell
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Guest Judges

Chris Hardwick DJ Khaled Laverne Cox Seal
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Host

Tyra Banks
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Episodes

Main article: Season 12 Episodes

Acts

Main article: Season 12 Acts

Auditions

Main article: Season 12 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.

Judge Cuts

Main article: Season 12 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 which he or she could press to send an act to the live shows without further deliberation as one of the 7 acts.

Two acts were eliminated in the Judge Cuts but later brought back to the competition in the Quarterfinals.

Symbol Meaning
Ovation.png Standing Ovation
X.png Buzzer
GoldButton.png Golden Buzzer

Week 1

Name Act Howie Mel B Chris Heidi Simon Result
1. Sara and Hero Dog Act Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
2. The Baker Family Bluegrass Band Eliminated
3. Mariachi Nuevo Santander Mariachi Group Eliminated
4. The Masqueraders Soul Trio Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
5. Eric Jennifer Stand-up Comedian X.png X.png Eliminated
6. Harrison Greenbaum Stand-up Comedian Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
7. Dancing Pumpkin Man Dancer Ovation.png X.png Eliminated
8. Tom London Magician Ovation.png Eliminated
9. Eric Jones Magician Moved On
10. Angelica Hale Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png GoldButton.png Ovation.png Moved On (GB)
11. Danylo and Oskar Acrobat Duo Eliminated
12. Lera and Nika Tomanova Aerialist Duo Eliminated
13. Yosein Chi Hand Balancer Eliminated
14. Darcy Callus Singer/Keyboardist Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
15. Carlos De Antonis Opera Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
16. Canion Shijirbat Multimedia Dancer X.png X.png Eliminated
17. Just Jerk Hip-Hop Dance Crew Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
18. Maw Kitty Singer X.png X.png Eliminated
19. The Singing Trump Donald Trump Impersonator Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
20. Demian Aditya Illusionist Moved On

Week 2

Name Act Howie Mel B DJ Khaled Heidi Simon Result
1. Sammulous Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
2. Steven Scott Stand-up Comedian Eliminated
3. The Quiddlers Puppeteer Group Eliminated
4. Str8jacket Dance Group Eliminated
5. Solto & T Dot Breakdance Duo Eliminated
6. Junior and Emily Salsa Dancer Duo Moved On
7. Jokgu and Aichan Piano Playing Chicken Duo X.png X.png X.png X.png Eliminated
8. Dakota Striplin Singer/Guitarist Eliminated
9. Chase Goehring Singer/Guitarist Ovation.png Ovation.png GoldButton.png Moved On (GB)
10. Azeri Brothers Danger Duo Eliminated
11. The Godfathers Acrobat Group Eliminated
12. Tulga Strongman Eliminated
13. Mirror Image Vocal/Dance Duo Ovation.png X.png Moved On
14. Evie Clair Singer Moved On
15. Kyle Eschen Magician Eliminated
16. Xavier Mortimer Magician Eliminated
17. Colin Cloud Mentalist Ovation.png Moved On
18. Pelican212 Family Band Eliminated
19. Puddles Pity Party Singing Clown Ovation.png Moved On
20. Yoli Mayor Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On

Week 3

Name Act Howie Mel B Laverne Heidi Simon Result
1. Oscar Hernandez Dancer Ovation.png Moved On
2. Tony and Jordan Digital Magician Duo Ovation.png Eliminated
3. The Naked Magicians Magician Duo Eliminated
4. Jeki Yoo Magician Eliminated
5. Herbie Russ Singer/Saxophonist Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
6. Mike Yung Singer Ovation.png Moved On
7. 5 Alive Boy Band Eliminated
8. Final Draft R&B Vocal Group Eliminated (WC)
9. Brobots & Mandroidz Hip-Hop Dance Crew Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
10. Marisa McKaye Singer/Guitarist Eliminated
11. Celine Tam Singer GoldButton.png Moved On (GB)
12. Aileen George Pole Dancer Eliminated
13. Shemika Charles Limbo Dancer Eliminated
14. Jay Jay Phillips Keyboardist Eliminated
15. Diavolo Acrobatic Dance Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
16. Jonathan Rinny Balancing Acrobat Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
17. Bello Nock Comic Daredevil Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated (WC)
18. Daniel Ferguson Singing Impressionist Ovation.png Eliminated
19. Preacher Lawson Stand-up Comedian Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
20. Billy & Emily England Extreme Rollerblade Duo Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On

Week 4

Name Act Howie Mel B Seal Heidi Simon Result
1. Artyon & Paige Dance Duo Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
2. Britt Saasen Singer Eliminated
3. In The Stairwell A Capella Group Ovation.png Moved On
4. Will Tsai Magician Eliminated
5. Henry Richardson Magician Eliminated
6. Elena and Sasha Acrobat Duo Ovation.png Eliminated
7. Lost Legends Dance Group X.png Eliminated
8. Nick Uhas Scientist X.png Eliminated
9. Veronica Gonzalez Foot Puppeteer X.png Eliminated
10. Sirqus Alfon Digital Comedy Trio Ovation.png Eliminated
11. DaNell Daymon & Greater Works Gospel Choir Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
12. Pompeyo Family Dogs Dog Act Moved On
13. Johnny Manuel Singer Ovation.png GoldButton.png Ovation.png Moved On (GB)
14. Maria Popazova Aerialist Ovation.png X.png Eliminated
15. Maxim Popazov Hand Balancer Eliminated
16. German Cornejo Dance Company Dance Group Eliminated
17. The Honeybee-z Plus Dance Group Eliminated
18. Merrick Hanna Dancer Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
19. Kechi Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On

Quarterfinals

Main article: Season 12 Quarterfinals

From the 36 Quarterfinalists, 12 acts performed each week over three weeks. Each week, 7 acts moved onto the Semifinals

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.

One act was eliminated in the Quarterfinals but later brought back to the competition in the Semifinals.

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

Week 1

Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Christian Guardino Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On (DS)
2. Artyon & Paige Dance Duo Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
3. In The Stairwell A Capella Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
4. The Singing Trump Donald Trump Impersonator Eliminated
5. Angelica Hale Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
6. Bello Nock Comic Daredevil Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
7. Just Jerk Hip-Hop Dance Crew Ovation.pngCheck.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Eliminated (JC)
8. Puddles Pity Party Singing Clown X.png Eliminated
9. Preacher Lawson Stand-up Comedian Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
10. Yoli Mayor Singer Ovation.pngCheck.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Moved On (JC)
11. Billy & Emily England Extreme Rollerblade Duo Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
12. Darci Lynne Singing Ventriloquist Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On


Week 2

Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Brobots & Mandroidz Hip-Hop Dance Crew Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
2. Celine Tam Singer Ovation.png Moved On
3. Mirror Image Vocal/Dance Duo Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png X.png Eliminated
4. Johnny Manuel Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
5. Merrick Hanna Dancer Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
6. Eric Jones Magician Check.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Ovation.png Moved On (JC)
7. The Masqueraders Soul Trio Ovation.pngCheck.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Eliminated (JC)
8. Light Balance Light-Up Dance Crew Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
9. Evie Clair Singer/Pianist Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On (DS)
10. Demian Aditya Illusionist X.png X.png Eliminated
11. The Pompeyo Family Dog Act Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated (WC)
12. Mandy Harvey Singer/Ukulelist Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On


Week 3

Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. DaNell Daymon & Greater Works Gospel Choir Ovation.pngCheck.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Ovation.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Moved On (JC)
2. Junior & Emily Alabi Salsa Dancer Duo Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
3. Final Draft R&B Vocal Group Ovation.png Eliminated
4. Oscar Hernandez Dancer Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
5. Angelina Green Singer Ovation.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Eliminated (JC)
6. Colin Cloud Mentalist Moved On (DS)
7. Mike Yung Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
8. Oskar and Gaspar Videomapping Act Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
9. Sara and Hero Dog Act Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
10. Chase Goehring Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
11. Diavolo Acrobatic Dance Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
12. Kechi Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On

Semifinals

Main article: Season 12 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.png Standing Ovation
Check.png Judges' Choice Vote

Week 1

Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Yoli Mayor Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
2. Eric Jones Magician Check.png Eliminated (JC)
3. DaNell Daymon & Greater Works Gospel Choir Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
4. Preacher Lawson Stand-up Comedian Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
5. Johnny Manuel Singer Eliminated
6. Billy & Emily England Extreme Rollerblade Duo Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
7. Evie Clair Singer/Pianist Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On (DS)
8. Sara and Hero Dog Act Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
9. Chase Goehring Singer/Guitarist Check.png Check.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Moved On (JC)
10. Darci Lynne Singing Ventriloquist Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
11. Mike Yung Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated


Week 2

Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Celine Tam Singer Ovation.png Eliminated
2. Colin Cloud Mentalist Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated (JC)
3. Christian Guardino Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
4. In The Stairwell A Capella Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
5. Merrick Hanna Dancer Ovation.png Eliminated
6. Mandy Harvey Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
7. The Pompeyo Family Dog Act Ovation.png Eliminated
8. Diavolo Acrobatic Dance Group Ovation.pngCheck.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Ovation.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Moved On (JC)
9. Kechi Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On (DS)
10. Light Balance Light-Up Dance Crew Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
11. Angelica Hale Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On

Finals

Main article: Season 12 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.png Standing Ovation
Name Act Howie Mel B Heidi Simon Result
1. Angelica Hale Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png 2nd Place
2. Chase Goehring Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Top 10
3. Sara and Hero Dog Act Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png 5th Place
4. Diavolo Acrobatic Dance Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Top 10
5. Evie Clair Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Top 10
6. Preacher Lawson Stand-up Comedian Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Top 10
7. Kechi Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Top 10
8. Darci Lynne Singing Ventriloquist Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Winner
9. Mandy Harvey Singer/Ukulelist Ovation.png Ovation.png 4th Place
10. Light Balance Light-Up Dance Crew Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png 3rd Place

Notable past contestants

  • Johnny Manuel, who made it all the way to the Semifinals, was chosen to be part of the 5-member group Equinox that represented Bulgaria at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal with the song "Bones". The group finished in 14th place in the grand final.  Manuel later participated in series 9 of The Voice of Australia, where he placed in the top 4.  He is currently competing on the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars.

Trivia

  • Brandon Leake auditioned for this season, but his performance was untelevised and he was rejected by the judges.  He later auditioned for Season 15, getting the Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel and went on to win the competition.


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