America's Got Talent Season 8

SEASON 8 - 2013

On September 18, 2013, martial arts dancer/mime, Kenichi Ebina was announced the winner of Season 8, with stand-up comedian, Taylor Williamson, the runner-up. This marks the first time a dance act has won the competition in the series.


An audition cities poll for Season 8 was announced on July 11, 2012. The cities where auditions in front of the producers were held in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland (Oregon), New Orleans, Birmingham, Memphis, Nashville, Savannah, Raleigh, Norfolk, San Antonio, New York, Columbus, and Chicago. This season, the auditions traveled to more cities than ever before. Live theater auditions were held throughout March, April, and May in New Orleans, San Antonio, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Howie Mandel was absent for personal reasons on the first day of Los Angeles auditions. According to TV Guide, AGT would be following the format of Britain's Got Talent, where multiple cities would be shown in each episode.

Las Vegas Week

The second round of competition, held in Las Vegas, aired from July 16–17, 2013, in a two-night special. The round was held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Eighty-six (televised) acts passed through from the audition rounds to Las Vegas Week and competed for 60 slots in the live shows. The judges split the acts into three groups. The first group of 29 acts were sent through to the live show without performing. A second group of acts were sent home without a second chance. The final group, called Standby Acts, performed for the remaining spots.

Live Shows

The Quarterfinals began on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. This round included the Top 60 acts that had passed through Las Vegas Week. These shows were aired live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. There was no YouTube special this season, with a fifth group of 12 regular quarterfinalists in its place instead. During the fifth quarterfinal week, Brown and Klum each chose one act as a wild card to go straight to the semifinals. Mandel and Stern each chose one act during the first semifinal week. This replaced the wild card round. This season had fewer buzzes than any other season of America's Got Talent.


Guests: Dierks Bentley, James Lipton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Luke Bryan, Josh Groban, Icona Pop, Kathie Lee Gifford,Hoda Kotb, The Rockettes, and Il Divo with Heather Headley. Each act performed twice; their first performance was an update of a performance from earlier in the competition, and their second performance was new.



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