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The Wild Card is a concept that was introduced in Season 1 of America's Got Talent during the Semifinals. The judges can vote to send one of two acts, acts with the least amount of votes to be eligible for the next round, to the next round.

Seasons 1, 5, 6, and 7 devoted entire weeks to Wild Card acts. In Season 1, each act that came in 2nd place with the viewers during their Semifinals week was given a spot in the Wild Card week. Each judge selected two acts to join these four. In Seasons 5 through 7, each judge selected four acts to participate in the Wild Card week.

In Season 3, an act's withdrawal prompted the judges to select eight Wild Card acts as candidates to replace it; American viewers picked one of these acts to rejoin the competition. Subsequent seasons would bring back acts to replace acts who decided to withdraw.

In Season 4, the judges initially sent 40 acts to the Quarterfinals. When producer Simon Cowell expressed disappointment with the judges' decisions, he asked them to select 8 more acts as Wild Cards to join them.

In Season 8 and Season 9, each judge had one choice to send to the Semifinals.

From Season 11 onwards, the judges collectively select two Wild Card acts for the Quarterfinals and one for the Semifinals.

Season 1

Each act that came in 2nd place with the viewers during their Semifinals week was given a spot in the Wild Card week. Each judge selected two acts to join these four.

Act Elimination Round Return Round Return Criterion
Nathanburton
Nathan Burton
Magician
Semifinals Semifinals 2nd Place in America's Vote
(Episode 109)
Bobbybadfingers
Bobby Badfingers
Finger Snapper
Semifinals Semifinals Piers's Choice
Jessicasanchez
Jessica Sanchez
Singer
Semifinals
(without Performing)
Semifinals Brandy's Choice
Allthat1
All That
Clogging Group
Semifinals Semifinals 2nd Place in America's Vote
(Episode 105)
Corinabrouder
Corina Brouder
Singer/Harpist
Semifinals Semifinals David's Choice
David&dania-quickchange
David & Dania - Quick Change
Quick Change Act
Semifinals Semifinals 2nd Place in America's Vote
(Episode 111)
N'versity
N'Versity
Vocal Trio
Semifinals Semifinals Piers's Choice
Natashale
Natasha Le
Pianist
Semifinals Semifinals 2nd Place in America's Vote
(Episode 107)
Alexisjordan
Alexis Jordan
Singer
Semifinals Semifinals Brandy's Choice
Leonidthemagnificent1
Leonid the Magnificent
Novelty Act
Semifinals Semifinals David's Choice

Season 3

After a serious injury, Russian Bar Trio was forced to withdraw from the Quarterfinals. To fill the vacancy, the judges picked eight acts as Wild Card acts eligible for a single spot in the Quarterfinals. Voting was opened to America: Donald Braswell II would win the vote.

Act Elimination Round Return Round
Danmeyer
Dan Meyer
Sword Swallower
Vegas Round
(Top 60)
Quarterfinals
(without Performing)
Donaldbraswell
Donald Braswell II
Opera Singer
Vegas Round
(Top 60)
Quarterfinals
Juniorandemily3
Junior and Emily
Ballroom Dancers
Vegas Round
(Top 60)
Quarterfinals
(without Performing)
Kylerifkin
Kyle Rifkin
R&B Singer
Vegas Round
(Top 60)
Quarterfinals
(without Performing)
Lilcountrieandpage1ne
Lil Countrie and Page 1ne
Tumblers and Dancers
Vegas Round
(Top 60)
Quarterfinals
(without Performing)
Misspussykatt
Miss Pussykatt
Grinding Act
Vegas Round
(Top 60)
Quarterfinals
(without Performing)
Victoriajacoby
Victoria Jacoby
Contortionist
Vegas Round
(before Top 60)
Quarterfinals
(without Performing)
Xclusive
Xclusive
Robotic Mime Dancer
Vegas Round
(Top 60)
Quarterfinals
(without Performing)

Season 4

The judges initially sent 40 acts to the Quarterfinals, but when producer Simon Cowell expressed disappointment with the judges' decisions, he asked them to select 8 more acts as Wild Cards to join them.

Act Elimination Round Return Round
Thedivaleague
The Diva League
Dance Group
Vegas Round Quarterfinals
Lakehoustondance
Lake Houston Performing Arts Center
Dance Team
Vegas Round Quarterfinals
Sqentertainment
SQ Entertainment
Dance Group
Vegas Round Quarterfinals
Bealestreetflippers
Beale Street Flippers
Acrobat Group
Vegas Round Quarterfinals
Jaymattioli
Jay Mattioli
Magician
Vegas Round Quarterfinals
U4riadancecrew
U4RIA Dance Crew
Dance Crew
Vegas Round Quarterfinals
Thelollipopgirls
The Lollipop Girls
Burlesque Dance Group
Vegas Round Quarterfinals
Drewstevyns
Drew Stevyns
Singer/Guitarist
Vegas Round Quarterfinals

Season 5

Each judge selected four acts to participate in the Wild Card week.

Act Elimination Round Return Round Return Criterion
Krutidanceacademy
Kruti Dance Academy
Indian Dance Group
Vegas Round Quarterfinals Piers's Choice
Rudimacaggi
Rudi Macaggi
Acrobat
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Cjdippa
CJ Dippa
Rapper/Dancer
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Rng
RNG
Dance Group
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Harmonicapierre
Harmonica Pierre
Harmonica Player
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Piers's Choice
Michaelgrasso
Michael Grasso
Magician
Vegas Round Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Thehotshottapdancers
The Hot Shot Tap Dancers
Tap Dance Group
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Doogiehorner
Doogie Horner
Stand-up Comedian
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Piers's Choice
Connordoran
Connor Doran
Indoor Kite Flyer
Vegas Round Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Annaandpatryk
Anna and Patryk
Ballroom Dancers
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Piers's Choice
Michaellipari&ashleighdejon
Michael Lipari & Ashleigh Dejon
Aerialists
Vegas Round Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Swingshiftsideshow
Swing Shift Side Show
Sideshow Performers
Withdrew
(before Vegas Round)
Quarterfinals Howie's Choice

Season 6

Each judge selected four acts to participate in the Wild Card week.

Act Elimination Round Return Round Return Criterion
Thekineticking
The Kinetic King
Chain Reaction Gadget Builder
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Piers's Choice
Thosefunnylittlepeople
Those Funny Little People
Puppet Dance Group
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Averyandthecalicohearts
Avery and the Calico Hearts
Vocal Trio
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Sethgrabel
Seth Grabel
Acrobatic Magician
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Shevonne
Shevonne
Singer/Guitarist
Vegas Round Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Westspringfielddanceteam
West Springfield Dance Team
Dance Group
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
J.chrisnewberg
J. Chris Newberg
Stand-up Comedian
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Yellowdesignsstuntteam
Yellow Designs Stunt Team
Stunt Bike Group
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Charlespeachock
Charles Peachock
Juggler
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Piers's Choice
Thefiddleheads
The Fiddleheads
Bluegrass Band
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Summerwindskippers
Summerwind Skippers
Jump Rope Team
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Piers's Choice
Landonswank
Landon Swank
Magician
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Piers's Choice

Season 7

Each judge selected four acts to participate in the Wild Card week.

Act Elimination Round Return Round Return Criterion
Spencerhorsman
Spencer Horsman
Escape Artist
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howard's Choice
Allthat!
All That!
Clogging Group
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Jarrett&raja
Jarrett & Raja
Magician and Pianist
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Jakewesleyrogers
Jake Wesley Rogers
Singer
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Cristinsandu
Cristin Sandu
Acrobat
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Toddoliver
Todd Oliver
Ventriloquist
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howard's Choice
Bandbazbrothers
Bandbaz Brothers
Acrobats
Vegas Round Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Sebastienelcharrodeoro
Sebastien "El Charro de Oro"
Mariachi Singer
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Horse
Horse
Nutshot Taker
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howard's Choice
Lindseynorton
Lindsey Norton
Acrobatic Dancer
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Sharon's Choice
Andrewdeleon
Andrew De Leon
Opera Singer
Vegas Round Quarterfinals Howie's Choice
Benblaque
Ben Blaque
Crossbow Shooter
Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Howard's Choice

Season 8

After Red Panda withdrew from the Quarterfinals, Melody Caballero was brought back to replace her. Each judge also selected an eliminated act to return for the Semifinals; coincidentally, Red Panda was one of these four acts.

Act Elimination Round Return Round Return Criterion
Melodycaballero
Melody Caballero
Acrobatic Contortionist
Judgment Week Quarterfinals Replacement
(for Red Panda)
Tonethechiefrocca
Tone the Chiefrocca
Rapper
Quarterfinals Semifinals Mel B's Choice
Redpanda
Red Panda
Acrobat
Withdrew
(before Quarterfinals)
Semifinals Howie's Choice
Duoresonance
Duo Resonance
Balancing Acrobats
Quarterfinals Semifinals Heidi's Choice
Illusionistleonetienneandromylow
Illusionist Leon Etienne and Romy Low
Magicians
Quarterfinals Semifinals Howard's Choice

Season 9

Act Elimination Round Return Round Return Criterion
Flightcrewjumprope
Flight Crew Jump Rope
Jump Rope Team
Quarterfinals Semifinals Heidi's Choice
Badboysofballet
Bad Boys of Ballet
Ballet Dance Group
Quarterfinals Semifinals Mel B's Choice
Mikesuper
Mike Super
Mystifier
Quarterfinals Semifinals Howie's Choice
Wendyliebman
Wendy Liebman
Stand-up Comedienne
Quarterfinals Semifinals Howard's Choice

Season 10

After Duo Volta and Silvia Silvia withdrew from the Quarterfinals, Alondra Santos and DADitude! were brought back to replace them. The judges also chose one act to return for the Semifinals.

Act Elimination Round Return Round
Alondrasantos
Alondra Santos
Mariachi Singer
Judge Cuts Quarterfinals
Daditude!
DADitude!
Dance Group
Judge Cuts Quarterfinals
Metalmulishafitzarmy
Metal Mulisha Fitz Army
Motocross Team
Quarterfinals Semifinals

Season 11

The judges chose two acts to return for the Quarterfinals and one act to return for the Semifinals.

Act Elimination Round Return Round
Flip
FLIP
Dance Group
Judge Cuts Quarterfinals
Stevenbrundage
Steven Brundage
Magician
Judge Cuts Quarterfinals
Thepassingzone
The Passing Zone
Comedy Juggler Duo
Quarterfinals Semifinals

Season 12

The judges chose two acts to return for the Quarterfinals and one act to return for the Semifinals.

Act Elimination Round Return Round
Bellonock
Bello Nock
Comic Daredevil
Judge Cuts Quarterfinals
Finaldraft
Final Draft
R&B Vocal Group
Judge Cuts Quarterfinals
Thepompeyofamily
The Pompeyo Family
Dog Act
Quarterfinals Semifinals

Season 13

The judges chose two acts to return for the Quarterfinals and one act to return for the Semifinals.

Act Elimination Round Return Round
Humanfountains
Human Fountains
Novelty Act
Judge Cuts Quarterfinals
Danielemmet
Daniel Emmet
Opera Singer
Judge Cuts Quarterfinals
Frontpictures
Front Pictures
Multimedia Performance Act
Quarterfinals Semifinals


The Champions

For The Champions, the judges brought back two acts that were eliminated in the Preliminaries to participate in the Finals.  Both finished in the Top 3 of their respective shows.

Act Elimination Round Return Round
Darcilynnetc
Darci Lynne
Singing Ventriloquist
Preliminary Finals
Jondorenbostc
Jon Dorenbos
Magician
Preliminary Finals

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