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America's Got Talent Season 5

SEASON 5 - 2010

For season five the network had considered moving the show to the fall, after rival series So You Think You Can Dance transferred from the summer to fall season in 2009. NBC ultimately decided to keep Talent a summer show, which was also the fate of rival Dance.

For the 2010 season, David Hasselhoff left to host a new television show and was replaced by comedian and TV host Howie Mandel. This made Piers Morgan the only original judge left in the show. The judging panel now consisted of two British judges and a Canadian one.

The show premiered Tuesday, June 1 at 8 pm ET. Afterward, Talent resumed the same time slot as the previous season.

The selection process appears to carry over that of the past two seasons, but the Las Vegas Round gave the performers a second chance to showcase their act. Instead of an audition consisting of performers who submitted their acts on MySpace, as has been done in previous seasons, the year contained a quarterfinal made up of twelve acts who submitted their auditions on YouTube (eleven selected by the judges and one selected by online voters). Because of the inclusion of an additional quarterfinal, only four acts were selected to move on each week, instead of five. Additionally, there was also a separate wild card show (the first since season 1), consisting of acts brought back by the judges to perform after being originally eliminated in either Las Vegas Week or previous quarterfinals. The semifinal consisted of 24 acts this year. Ten of the 24 passed through to the Top 10 round, from which six were eliminated, leaving four to compete in the finals.

Auditions

The fifth season of America's Got Talent, premiered on NBC on June 1, 2010. This season, auditions were held in six major U.S. cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Universal Orlando Resort, Portland, and Chicago. Host Nick Cannon and judges Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne returned to the show. Howie Mandel joined the show, taking the place of David Hasselhoff as the third judge. The auditions lasted for ten episodes and 89 acts advanced.

Las Vegas Week

From 70,000 nationwide auditions, the judges advanced the top 108 acts to Las Vegas to compete head to head for a spot in the Top 48. On their way to Las Vegas, the judges reviewed the audition tapes and divided the contestants into 3 groups. Not all groups that were shown to have passed the preliminary auditions were shown in the Las Vegas Week episodes.

The judges split all the acts into three groups:

- GROUP A - Judges' Favorites: The judges' favorites were deemed more likely to succeed by the judges and performed on Day 1 of Las Vegas Week (Episode 511). Twenty-six of these acts advanced to the live shows.

- GROUP B - Standby Acts: These acts were not seen as favorites and were declared "standby acts." These acts performed for 12 remaining spots after Group A (Episode 512).

- GROUP C: The auditions of the Group C acts were declared by the judges to be the best and these acts moved on to compete in the Top 48 directly without performing in Las Vegas. Ten acts were in this group and advanced to the live shows.

Quaterfinals

The quarterfinals began on July 13, 2010 and concluded on Wednesday, August 18 with the Wild Card episode results. Twelve acts performed each week. A two hour performance episode each Tuesday was followed by a one hour results show the following day, where four of the twelve acts from the previous night remained in the competition instead of five, due to the inclusion of one more quarterfinal consisting of acts who auditioned on YouTube.

Top 10

For the Top 10, there was no Judge's Choice. The Top 10 performance episode aired on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, for 2 hours and featured a performance from Enrique Iglesias. Prior to the episode, the contestants got to meet with and have a dinner and drinks with the judges, who offered advice to the contestants. The results show aired on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 and featured performances from Sarah McLachlan and the cast of American Idiot, determining who made the top four spots in the finals. Singing sensation Susan Boyle, who was a contestant on the third series of Got Talent's sister show Britain's Got Talent, was scheduled to perform at the results show but was not able to. The producers of the show had not been given the rights to the song from Lou Reed, and Boyle was pulled from the episode at the last minute. This was the season's only live show without any buzzes.

Finals

The Finals aired on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 1 hour. The season finale aired on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 2 hours and featured performances from Usher, the Goo Goo Dolls, the cast members of Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, and a surprise performance from T-Pain. Finalists performed with their favorite singers: Prince Poppycock sang a duet with Donna Summer, Michael Grimm with Jewel, Jackie Evancho with Sarah Brightman and Fighting Gravity performed with Lionel Richie joining in singing.

The show's two part finale, overall, averaged 15.3 million viewers. The performance show averaged 14.6 million viewers, and the season finale averaged 16.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched episode in the history of Talent to date.

Singer Michael Grimm was named the winner. He won a $1,000,000 prize and a chance to perform at the Caesars Palace Casino and Resort on the Las Vegas Strip, as well as headline the 25-city America's Got Talent Live Tour along with Jackie Evancho, Fighting Gravity, Prince Poppycock, and the other top ten finalists.

FINALISTS

WINNER

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