‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ AKA AGTC is the all-star spin-off of ‘America’s Got Talent‘. This talent show competition is created by Simon Cowell and is produced by Fremantle USA and Syco Entertainment. It airs on NBC and features the top-performing participants from previous seasons of AGT. The contestants can be winners, finalists, live-round participants, and entrants who managed to leave a mark with their performance.
After airing for one season, AGTC was renewed for a second installment in May 2019. Here’s everything we know about AGT Champions season 2.
America’s Got Talent: Champions Season 2 Release Date: When does it premiere?
‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ season 1 premiered on January 7, 2019, on NBC. It aired for seven episodes and wrapped up on February 18, 2019.
The first five weeks showcased the first five preliminary rounds, after which the last two weeks concluded with the finals and finals: results. It was a huge hit with massive viewership numbers. However, fans were a bit skeptical if AGTC would be renewed for another season since it was branded as “the Olympics of talent”. It featured a shorlisted crew of the 50 best acts from Got Talent franchise, which happens to be a once-in-a-blue-moon event.
However, putting an end to all doubts, NBC announced on May 11, 2019, that AGTC has been renewed for a second season. The network has also announced a release date. ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ season 2 will premiere on January 6, 2020, at 8/7c. It will consist of seven episodes and will wrap up with the finale on February 17, 2020.
Who Are the Judges on AGT Champions? Who is the Host?
AGTC is hosted by former NFL champion, Terry Crews. He is an actor, comedian, activist, and artist, best known for starring in ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ and hosting the American counterpart of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’. He has also appeared in the reality tv show, ‘The Family Crews’ and movies like ‘Friday After Next’, ‘White Chicks’, ‘Idiocracy’, ‘Blended’, and ‘Expendables’. He is the current host of ‘America’s Got Talent’.
Seated on the judges’ panel are Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel. Cowell, who has been a part of the judging team in multiple music and talent shows, is also a tv producer. He has featured in ‘Pop Idol’, ‘The X Factor’, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, ‘American Idol’, and ‘America’s Got Talent’. Emmy Award winner, Klum, has been previously credited as the host and a judge for ‘Germany’s Next Topmodel’ and ‘Project Runway‘. Her acting credits include performances in ‘The Devil Wears Prada‘, ‘Sex and the City‘, ‘How I Met Your Mother’, ‘Desperate Housewives’, and ‘Parks and Recreation’.
Season 1 also had Mel B as one of the judges. But in September 2019, NBC revealed that singer Alesha Dixon will replace ex-judge Mel B. For those who don’t know, Dixon has previously served as one of the judges on Britain Got Talent. Terry Crews will return to host season 2 as well.
Season 2 will feature 40 participants from across the Got Talent franchise, who will range from winners to live round participants, quarter-finalists, semi-finalists, and notable acts. For a complete list of champions for the second season, you can check out NBC’s champions reveal clip below:
What is America’s Got Talent: The Champions About?
‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ brings in prominent performers from the previously broadcasted seasons of ‘America’s Got Talent’. The contestants are pitted against one another through multiple rounds of preliminaries so that they can climb up the ranks to participate in the grand finale. The winner wins a cash prize and receives the coveted title of America’s chosen “World Champion” within Got Talent. A twist in the format as compared to the parent show is that here, the contest is not telecast live on tv. Instead, the episodes are filmed and then pre-recorded clips are aired on television.
Season 1 of AGTC featured approximately 50 participants from former installments of the Got Talent franchise. The participating contestants ranged from winners to quarter-finalists and semi-finalists as well as performers who managed to leave a mark with their remarkable showmanship. There was a series of five preliminary rounds, held in batches of 10. Only one winner was decided per round — chosen by a panel of 50 “superfans” representing the 50 American states. Judges could use the golden buzzer if they wanted to push anyone directly to the finals.
After the preliminaries, 12 finalists made it to the grand finale. Five were selected via the judges’ golden buzzers, five through audience votes, and two from wildcard entries. After the finals, close-up magician Shin Lim was declared as the winner of The Champions season 1.
‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’, after its release, garnered an average rating of 2.2 among adults in the 18-49 demography. It opened to 12.4 million viewers, pushing it up to become the season’s “#1 most-watched alternative series and the most-watched new alternative series on any broadcast network since the debut of Little Big Shots.
Season 2 will also follow a similar format with no option for live audience voting. Each of the contest’s preliminaries will comprise of eight participants and 10 will make it to the finals — five from Golden Buzzers and five from public votes. Among the finalists, the one who makes it to be the top will be crowned as the winner for the second season.
America’s Got Talent: Champions Trailer:
NBC has not released the official trailer for season 2 yet. While we wait for one, you can check out the judges reveal clip below:
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