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America's Got Talent Season 9

SEASON 9 - 2014

Season nine of the reality competition series America's Got Talent premiered on May 27, 2014. Nick Cannon returned as host for his sixth season. Howie Mandel returned for his fifth season as a judge while Howard Stern returned for his third season. Mel B and Heidi Klum both returned to the judging panel for their second season. America's Got Talent shot their live shows from Radio City Music Hall in New York. The season ended on September 17, 2014, with Mat Franco announced as the winner of the season. Mat Franco is also the first magician to win on America's Got Talent, within 10 years of America's Got Talent history.

The Las Vegas rounds were eliminated. Instead, the "bootcamp" round of auditions was held in New York City in front of a live studio audience. Stern confirmed on his radio show that after three acts were taped during "Judgement Week", producers scrapped the live audience concept. Others asserted that the reason was due to the show having a hard time filling seats.This season also comes with the announcement of a "golden buzzer," which was also used on this year's Britain's Got Talent. Each judge was permitted to press the buzzer only once during the season to have an act go through to the next round, typically used when there is a tie. This is regardless of the other judges opinions. However, rather than sending acts straight through to the live shows as followed in Britain's Got Talent, an act on which the Golden Buzzer was used would only be given a free pass to the next round of the competition, Judgement Week.

Auditions

The producers' auditions began on October 26, 2013 in Miami. Other audition sites included Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City and Providence, Rhode Island. Contestants could also submit a video of their audition online. Auditions in front of the judges were held February 20–22 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, which hosted the live shows during season seven. Judges' auditions were held in New York City at Madison Square Garden from April 3 to April 6 and in Los Angeles at Dolby Theatre from April 21 to April 26

Judgment Week

Judgment Week, the second round of auditions, aired as a two night special from July 22–23, 2014, and featured all the acts who made it through the first round of auditions competing for the first 47 spots in the live shows. The 48th spot was later filled by the winner of Today's Got Talent. For the first time in the history of the show, this round of competition took place in New York City instead of Las Vegas. However, the format of this round remained the same.

Live Shows

48 acts were sent through to the live shows. The judges chose 47 of these acts, with the last contestant chosen by the general public. For the last slot, contestants uploaded their audition videos to the Today website, and the top 3 performed on Rockefeller Plaza. Viewers voted for their favorite act to be sent straight to the live shows.

Finals

The final competitive performances aired on September 16, with each of the final six competitors performing twice. On the finale on September 17, 2014, the $1 million winner was revealed along with performances by celebrity guests, more performances by the finalists, and finalist duets with a celebrity that will be determined by the producers.

FINALISTS

WINNER

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