Season 9 of America's Got Talent premiered on May 26, 2014. It concluded on September 17, 2014. The entire judging panel and host from Season 8 returned.

Snapple continued to be the official beverage sponsor of America's Got Talent and its products were featured on the show throughout the season, along with their cups on the judges' desk.

America's Got Talent again shot live shows from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Judging Panel

Howard Stern Heidi Klum Mel B Howie Mandel
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Host

Nick Cannon
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Episodes

Main article: Season 9 Episodes

Acts

Main article: Season 9 Acts

Auditions

Main article: Season 9 Auditions

Acts auditioned for the judges in New York and Los Angeles. There was a new Golden Buzzer aspect which allowed each judge the opportunity to send one act to the next round whatever the other judges voted.

Judgment Week

Main article: Season 9 Judgment Week

Quarterfinals

Main article: Season 9 Quarterfinals

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

Week 1

Name Act Howard Heidi Mel B Howie Result
1. Sean & Luke Tap Dancers Eliminated
2. Valo & Bobby Balancing Acrobats Eliminated
3. Julia Goodwin Singer Eliminated
4. Baila Conmigo Salsa Dance Group Check.png Check.png Ovation.png Check.png Moved On (JC)
5. David and Leeman Magicians Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
6. The Willis Clan Family Band Eliminated
7. Flight Crew Jump Rope Jump Rope Team Check.png Eliminated (JC/WC)
8. Jasmine Flowers Chinese Dance Group Eliminated
9. Emily West Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
10. JD Anderson Strongman Eliminated
11. Dan Naturman Stand-up Comedian Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
12. Miguel Dakota Singer/Guitarist Ovation.png Moved On

Week 2

Name Act Howard Heidi Mel B Howie Result
1. Hart Dance Team Dance Group Eliminated
2. Loop Rawlins Wild West Performer Eliminated
3. John & Andrew Salsa Dancers Eliminated
4. Livy, Matt & Sammy Band Eliminated
5. Andrey Moraru Hand Balancer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
6. Juan Carlos Rollerblade Dancer X.png Ovation.png Eliminated
7. Mara Justine Singer Check.png Check.png Check.png Moved On (JC)
8. Aerial Animation Aerialist Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
9. Jaycob Curlee Singer Moved On
10. Mat Franco Magician Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
11. Darik Santos Stand-up Comedian Eliminated
12. ACTE II Opera Duo Ovation.png Eliminated (JC)

Week 3

Name Act Howard Heidi Mel B Howie Result
1. Dragon House "The Agents" Dance Trio Eliminated
2. Anna Clendening Singer Eliminated
3. Cornell Bhangra Indian Folk Dance Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
4. Kieran & Finian Makepeace Rock Band Eliminated
5. Mike Super Mystifier Ovation.pngCheck.png Eliminated (JC/WC)
6. Adrian Romoff Pianist Ovation.png Eliminated
7. AcroArmy Acrobat Group Check.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Ovation.png Moved On (JC)
8. Wendy Liebman Stand-up Comedienne Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated (WC)
9. Sons of Serendip Band Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
10. Blue Journey Shadow Dance Duo Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
11. Christian Stoinev Hand Balancer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
12. Paul Ieti Singer Moved On

Week 4

Name Act Howard Heidi Mel B Howie Result
1. Bad Boys of Ballet Ballet Dance Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated (WC)
2. One Voice Children's Choir Choir Eliminated (JC)
3. Jonah Smith Singer and Band Moved On
4. Dom the Bom's Triple Threat Card Thrower Eliminated
5. Extreme Dance Group Eliminated
6. Emil and Dariel Cellists Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
7. Nina Burri Contortionist Eliminated
8. Quintavious Johnson Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
9. Mothmen Dance Acrobatic Dance Group Ovation.png Eliminated
10. Smoothini Close-Up Magician Moved On
11. Jonatan Riquelme Balancing Acrobat Eliminated
12. Kelli Glover Singer Check.png Check.png Check.png Moved On (JC)

Semifinals

Main article: Season 9 Semifinals

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

Week 1

Name Act Howard Heidi Mel B Howie Result
1. Flight Crew Jump Rope Jump Rope Team Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
2. Mara Justine Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On (SS)
3. Bad Boys of Ballet Ballet Dance Group Ovation.png Eliminated
4. Paul Ieti Singer Eliminated
5. Mike Super Mystifier Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
6. Andrey Moraru Hand Balancer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
7. Miguel Dakota Singer Moved On
8. Sons of Serendip Band Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
9. David and Leeman Magicians Check.png Check.png Check.png Moved On (JC)
10. Dan Naturman Stand-up Comedian Eliminated
11. Aerial Animation Aerialist Eliminated (JC)
12. Emily West Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On

Week 2

Name Act Howard Heidi Mel B Howie
1. Jonah Smith Singer and Band Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
2. Baila Conmigo Salsa Dance Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
3. Jaycob Curlee Singer and Guitarist Eliminated
4. Mat Franco Magician Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
5. AcroArmy Acrobatic Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
6. Kelli Glover Singer Eliminated
7. Wendy Liebman Stand-up Comedienne Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
8. Blue Journey Shadow Dance Duo Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On (SS)
9. Emil and Dariel Rock Cellists Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
10. Smoothini Close-Up Magician Eliminated (JC)
11. Christian Stoinev Hand Balancer Check.png Check.png Check.png Moved On (JC)
12. Quintavious Johnson Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On

Finals

Main article: Season 9 Finals

All 12 remaining acts performed for six spots in the Final 6. The six remaining acts then performed to win one million dollars and the headlining of a show on the Las Vegas strip.

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

Top 12

Name Act Howard Heidi Mel B Howie Result
1. Mara Justine Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
2. David and Leeman Magicians Eliminated
3. Sons of Serendip Band Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On (SS)
4. Christian Stoinev Hand Balancer Eliminated
5. Emil and Dariel Rock Cellists Check.png Ovation.png Ovation.pngCheck.png Eliminated (JC)
6. AcroArmy Acrobatic Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
7. Quintavious Johnson Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
8. Mike Super Mystifier Ovation.png Ovation.png Eliminated
9. Blue Journey Shadow Dance Duo Eliminated
10. Emily West Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Moved On
11. Mat Franco Magician Moved On
12. Miguel Dakota Singer Check.png Check.png Moved On (JC)

Final 6

Name Act Howard Heidi Mel B Howie Result
1. Quintavious Johnson Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png 5th Place
2. Mat Franco Magician Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Winner
3. Emily West Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png 2nd Place
4. Miguel Dakota Singer/Guitarist 6th Place
5. Sons of Serendip Band Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png 4th Place
6. AcroArmy Acrobatic Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png 3rd Place
7. Mat Franco Magician Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Top 6
8. Sons of Serendip Band Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Top 6
9. Quintavious Johnson Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Top 6
10. Miguel Dakota Singer/Guitarist Top 6
11. AcroArmy Acrobatic Group Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Top 6
12. Emily West Singer Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Ovation.png Top 6

Notable past contestants

  • Nick Fradiani, who auditioned with his band Beach Avenue, later tried out for season 14 of American Idol. He won the show on May 13, 2015, becoming the first person from the northeastern part of the country to win the series.

Trivia

  • Season 9 is only the third time auditions were not held in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Season 9 is the first season since Season 1 not to feature a Vegas Round
  • Season 9 introduced the Golden Buzzer. Each judge can hit it only once through the season, and it makes an act go through regardless of votes.
  • The Red Buzzers were almost never used during the live shows, with only one performance being buzzed (intentionally). This is tied for the least amount of buzzers ever in the lives with Season 15.


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