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America's Got Talent Season 7

SEASON 7 - 2012

Season seven of America's Got Talent, a reality television series, premiered on May 14, 2012. Judge Piers Morgan left the show after season six and was replaced by radio personality Howard Stern, as announced on his Sirius XM radio show on December 15, 2011. Because of Stern's commitments to his radio program, the live (post-Las Vegas) episodes moved from Los Angeles to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. The show is broadcast in several timeslots throughout the season, initially showing on Mondays and Tuesdays, but later switching back to its original timeslot of Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The season ended on September 13, 2012, with Olate Dogs announced as the winners of the season. Olate Dogs are the show's first non-singing act to win the competition. Snapple is the official beverage sponsor of America's Got Talent. Its product was on the judges' table throughout the season.

Auditions

The first round of auditions, which are judged by producers, were held in New York, Washington, D.C., Tampa, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, Austin, Texas, Anaheim, California, St. Louis, Missouri, and San Francisco, California from October 2011 to February 2012.

A final audition episode featuring acts from several cities aired on Monday, June 18. Auditions were also conducted online via YouTube. Finalists from the online auditions were to compete in front of a live audience during the season's live shows.

Las Vegas Week

The second round of competition, held in Las Vegas, aired from June 25–27, 2012, in a three-night special. The round was held at The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. 112 acts passed through from the audition rounds to Las Vegas Week, and competed for 48 slots in the live shows. Similarly to previous years, the judges divided the acts into two groups:

- GROUP A - Judges' Favorites: The judges' favorites were deemed more likely to succeed by the judges, performed on the first two days of competition, and were given the opportunity to take as many spots in the Top 48 as possible. Twenty-five of these acts advanced to the live shows.

- GROUP B - Standby Acts: The Standby Acts were deemed less likely to advance by the judges, and performed later for the remaining spots not already taken by the Judges' Favorites. Twenty of these acts advanced to the live shows.

- IMMEDIATE DECISION:The judges called six acts which were not listed as being "Judges' Favorites" or "Standby Acts". Three of these acts were immediately eliminated, and three acts were sent straight from Las Vegas Week to the live rounds without any further performance because of their superior auditions.

Quaterfinals

The Quarterfinals began on Monday, July 2, 2012. This round includes the Top 48 acts which passed through Las Vegas Week, the acts that passed through the YouTube audition rounds, and a Wild Card show featuring previously eliminated quarterfinalists brought back by the judges.

Live Shows

The show began its live theater performances in Newark, New Jersey's NJPAC on February 27.

Piers Morgan did not return as a judge for season seven, due to his work hosting CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, and he was replaced by Howard Stern. Since Stern hosts his SiriusXM radio show in New York City, the live rounds of the show were moved to nearby Newark, New Jersey. In December 2011 Simon Cowell, the show's executive producer, announced that the show would be receiving a "top-to-bottom makeover", confirming that there would be new graphics, lighting, theme music, show intro, logo, and a larger live audience at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

On July 2, 2012, at the first live performance show of the season, their new location and stage were unveiled in a special two-and-a-half-hour live special. A new set was also unveiled with a revised judges' desk, and a refreshed design of the "X".

Finals

The two-night final aired on September 12-13, 2012, with six acts competing for the $1 million grand prize. On September 13, 2012, Olate Dogs were announced the winners of the season that night, the show's first completely non-singing act to win the competition. Subsequently, Tom Cotter finished as the runner-up, and is thus the show's highest-finishing stand-up comedian.

FINALISTS

WINNER

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org