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Season twelve of the reality competition series America's Got Talent was ordered on August 2, 2016 and premiered on NBC on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.[1] Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell returned as judges for their respective eighth, fifth, fifth and second seasons.[2] Supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks replaced Nick Cannon, who hosted for eight seasons, making her the first female host of the show.[3] The live shows returned to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles beginning August 15, 2017.

America's Got Talent
Season 12
Broadcast fromMay 30 (2017-05-30) –
September 20, 2017 (2017-09-20)
Host(s)Tyra Banks
No. of episodes24
Darci Lynne
OriginOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Angelica Hale

The format of the show was the same as in season eleven, and Dunkin Donuts sponsors the show for a third consecutive season.[4] A guest judge joined the panel for each episode of the Judge Cuts round: Chris Hardwick, DJ Khaled, Laverne Cox and Seal.[5][6][7]

Darci Lynne was named the winner on the season finale, September 20, 2017. She was the third ventriloquist, third child and third female to win a season of America's Got Talent. 10-year-old singer Angelica Hale placed second, and glow light dance troupe Light Balance came in third.[8] Lynne won the show's prize of $1 million and a headlining performance in Las Vegas.[9]

Season changesEdit

On October 4, 2016, Simon Cowell signed a contract to remain as a judge through 2019.[10]

Long-time host Nick Cannon announced, on February 13, 2017, that he would not return as host for season 12, soon after he made disparaging remarks about NBC in his 2017 Showtime comedy special, Stand Up, Don't Shoot.[11] Cannon was still under contract to host, and NBC executives did not initially accept his resignation, but they ultimately searched for a new host.[12]

On March 12, 2017, NBC announced supermodel Tyra Banks as the host for this season.[3]

Preliminary auditionsEdit

The season had preliminary open call auditions in Chicago, Austin, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, San Diego, New York City, Charleston, Memphis, and Los Angeles.[13] As in years past, prospective contestants could also submit online auditions.

Judges' auditions were taped in March at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles. The premiere aired May 30, 2017.[citation needed]

Golden BuzzerEdit

The Golden Buzzer returned for its fourth consecutive season. Any act that received a golden buzzer during the preliminary auditions was sent directly to the live shows and did not compete in the Judge Cuts round. In the first episode of preliminary auditions, Mel B pressed the golden buzzer for 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne. In subsequent episodes, Simon Cowell pressed it for 29-year-old deaf singer-songwriter and ukeleleist, Mandy Harvey, Howie Mandel chose 16-year-old singer Christian Guardino, Tyra Banks pressed it for Light Balance dance crew, and Heidi Klum chose 13-year-old singer Angelina Green.[14]

Death of Brandon RogersEdit

On June 11, 2017, contestant Brandon Rogers died in an automobile accident. Rogers was an American physician who specialized in family medicine. Earlier in 2017, after seeing YouTube videos of Rogers singing, Boyz II Men invited him to sing with them as a guest in three of their Las Vegas shows. His successful AGT audition aired on July 11, 2017, in his memory.[15] He competed in the Judge Cuts round, but his performance in that round was not televised.[16]

Judge CutsEdit

The Judge Cuts round began on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Like the previous season, one guest judge joined the judges' panel each show and was given one golden buzzer opportunity to send an act straight to the live shows. Twenty acts were shown each week and seven advanced, including the guest judge's golden buzzer choice. Guest judges were not given a red buzzer to use. Any act that received all four red buzzers was immediately eliminated from the competition. The four guest judges were Chris Hardwick, DJ Khaled, Laverne Cox, and Seal.

After the Judge Cuts, three wildcards were chosen from eliminated acts to perform in the live shows: Final Draft, Bello Nock and Oskar and Gaspar (who did not perform in the Judge Cuts round). All three of these acts were eliminated in the Quarterfinals.

Golden BuzzerEdit

Each Judge Cuts act that received a golden buzzer advanced to the live shows without any voting by the judges. During the Judge Cuts round, guest judges Chris Hardwick pressed his golden buzzer for 9-year old singer Angelica Hale, DJ Khaled pressed it for 21-year old singer-songwriter and guitarist Chase Goehring, Laverne Cox pressed it for 9-year old singer Celine Tam, and Seal pressed it for soul singer Johnny Manuel.[14]

Key   Buzzed   Golden buzzer
  Quarterfinal Wildcard
  Eliminated Immediately
  Advanced Immediately

Week 1Edit

Guest judge: Chris Hardwick

No acts got four red buzzers this week. Eric Jennifer was buzzed by Cowell and Klum. Dancing Pumpkin Man was buzzed by Klum. Canion Shijirbat was buzzed by Cowell and Klum. Maw Kitty was buzzed by Mel B and Mandel.

Date: July 18, 2017

Act Order Performance Type Buzzes Result
Cowell Klum Chris Hardwick Mel B Mandel
Sara and Hero 1 Dog Act Advanced
The Baker Family 2 Bluegrass Band Eliminated
Mariachi Nuevo Santander 3 Mariachi Group Eliminated
The Masqueraders 4 Vocal Group Advanced
Eric Jennifer 5 Comedian     Eliminated
Harrison Greenbaum 6 Comedian Eliminated
Dancing Pumpkin Man 7 Dancer   Eliminated
Tom London 8 Technology Magician Eliminated
Eric Jones 9 Close-Up Magician Advanced
Angelica Hale 10 Singer   Advanced Immediately
Danylo and Oskar 11 Acrobat Duo Eliminated
Lera and Nika Tomanova 12 Aerial Duo Eliminated
Yoselin Chi 13 Hand Balancer Eliminated
Darcy Callus 14 Singer And Keyboardist Eliminated
Carlos De Antonis 15 Opera Singer Eliminated
Canion Shijirbat 16 Multimedia Dancer     Eliminated
Just Jerk 17 Hip-Hop Dance Group Advanced
Maw Kitty 18 Singer     Eliminated
The Singing Trump 19 Singing Trump Impersonator Advanced
Demian Aditya 20 Escape Artist Advanced

Week 2Edit

Guest judge: DJ Khaled

Date: July 25, 2017

This is the first Judge Cuts episode in the show's history in which an act with at least one "X" buzzer was nevertheless promoted to the live shows. This was also the only Judge Cuts episode of the season in which an act received 4 red buzzers. Jokgu and Aichan received buzzers by Cowell, Klum, Mel B, and Mandel. Mirror Image received a buzzer from Cowell

Act Order Performance Type Buzzes Result
Cowell Klum DJ Khaled Mel B Mandel
Sammulous 1 Singer Eliminated
Steven Scott 2 Comedian Eliminated
The Quiddlers 3 Puppeteer Group Eliminated
Str8jacket 4 Dance Group Eliminated
Solto & T Dot 5 Dance Duo Eliminated
Junior and Emily 6 Salsa Dance Duo Advanced
Jokgu and Aichan 7 Piano-Playing Chickens         Eliminated Immediately
Dakota Striplin 8 Singer and Guitarist Eliminated
Chase Goehring 9 Singer and Guitarist   Advanced Immediately
Azeri Brothers 10 Danger Duo Eliminated
The Godfathers 11 Acrobat Group Eliminated
Tulga 12 Strongman Eliminated
Mirror Image 13 Vocal/Dance Duo   Advanced
Evie Clair 14 Singer Advanced
Kyle Eschen 15 Magician Eliminated
Xavier Mortimer 16 Magician Eliminated
Colin Cloud 17 Mentalist Advanced
Pelican212 18 Family Band Eliminated
Puddles Pity Party 19 Singing Clown Advanced
Yoli Mayor 20 Singer Advanced

Week 3Edit

Guest judge: Laverne Cox

Date: August 1, 2017

This was the first Judge Cuts episode in America's Got Talent history which no acts received a red buzzer from any of the judges.

Act Order Performance Type Buzzes Result
Cowell Klum Laverne Cox Mel B Mandel
Oscar Hernandez 1 Dancer Advanced
Tony and Jordan 2 Digital Magicians Eliminated
The Naked Magicians 3 Magicians Eliminated
Jeki Yoo 4 Magician Eliminated
Herbie Russ 5 Singer And Saxophonist Eliminated
Mike Yung 6 Singer Advanced
5 Alive 7 Boy Band Eliminated
Final Draft 8 R&B Vocal Group Quarterfinal Wild Card
Brobots & Mandroidz 9 Hip-Hop Dance Group Advanced
Marisa McKaye 10 Singer Eliminated
Celine Tam 11 Singer   Advanced Immediately
Aileen George 12 Pole Dancer Eliminated
Shemika Charles 13 Limbo Dancer Eliminated
Jay Jay Phillips 14 Keyboardist Eliminated
Diavolo 15 Acrobatic Dance Group Advanced
Jonathan Rinny 16 Balancing Acrobat Eliminated
Bello Nock 17 Daredevil Quarterfinal Wild Card
Daniel Ferguson 18 Singing Impressionist Eliminated
Preacher Lawson 19 Comedian Advanced
Billy & Emily England 20 Extreme Rollerskating Duo Advanced

Week 4Edit

Guest judge: Seal

Date: August 8, 2017 Lost Legends, Nick Uhas, Veronica Gonzalez, and Maria Popazov all received buzzers from Cowell.

Act Order Performance Type Buzzes Result
Cowell Klum Seal Mel B Mandel
Artyon & Paige 1 Dance Duo Advanced
Britt Saasen 2 Singer Eliminated
In The Stairwell 3 A Capella Group Advanced
Will Tsai 4 Magician Eliminated
Henry Richardson 5 Magician Eliminated
Elena and Sasha 6 Acrobatic Duo Eliminated
Lost Legends 7 Dance Group   Eliminated
Nick Uhas 8 Scientist   Eliminated
Veronica Gonzalez 9 Foot Puppeteer   Eliminated
Sirqus Alfon 10 Digital Comedy Trio Eliminated
DaNell Daymon & Greater Works 11 Gospel Choir Advanced
Pompeyo Family Dogs 12 Dog Act Advanced
Johnny Manuel 13 Singer   Advanced Immediately
Maria Popazov 14 Hand Balancer / Contortionist   Eliminated
Maxim Popazov 15 Hand Balancer Eliminated
German Cornejo Dance Company 16 Dance Group Eliminated
The Honeybee-z Plus 17 Dance Group Eliminated
Merrick Hanna 18 Dancer Advanced
Kechi Okwuchi 19 Singer Advanced
Brandon Rogers N/A Singer Did not advance


The quarterfinals were broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles starting on August 15, 2017. They featured the nine golden buzzer acts, the 24 other acts promoted during the Judge Cuts round, and three wildcard acts chosen by the producers and judges. Twelve acts performed each week, with results announced the on following nights; each week seven acts were sent through to the semifinals.[17] Puddles Pity Party and Mirror Image received an "X" from Cowell in the Quarterfinals. Demian Aditya received "X's" by Mel B and Cowell in the second Quarterfinals. However, no acts were buzzed on the third week of the quarterfinals.

Key   Buzzed
  Advanced (Won Public Vote)
  Judges' Choice
  Won Judges' Choice
  Lost Judges' Choice
  Dunkin' Save
  Judges' Wildcard

Week 1 (August 15–16)Edit

Guests: Grace VanderWaal, August 16[18]

Act Order Performance Description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Cowell Klum Mel B Mandel
Christian Guardino 1 Singer; sang "Make it Rain" by Ed Sheeran. Dunkin' Save
Artyon & Paige 2 Dancing Duo; Danced to "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins. Eliminated
In The Stairwell 3 A Cappella Group; Sang "Some Nights" by Fun. Advanced
The Singing Trump 4 Singing Donald Trump Impersonator; danced and sang "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk The Moon and "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer, with background dancers dressed as Trump's guards. Eliminated
Angelica Hale 5 Singer; sang "Clarity" by Zedd. Advanced
Bello Nock 6 Danger Act/Daredevil; performed the "Wheel of Death", an act where he ran both inside and on top of a huge wheel in the apparatus, including a back-flip. Eliminated
Just Jerk1 7 Hip-Hop Dance Group; Danced to "Turn Up The Music" by Chris Brown.     Lost Judges' Choice
Puddles Pity Party 8 Singing Clown; sang "Royals" by Lorde.   Eliminated
Preacher Lawson 9 Comedian; joked about things he saw on the streets. Advanced
Yoli Mayor1 10 Singer; sang "Human" by Rag'n'Bone Man.     Won Judges' Choice
Billy & Emily England 11 Extreme Rollerskating Duo; Did their original skating routine, but spinning on a small, rising flat surface. Advanced
Darci Lynne 12 Singing Ventriloquist; Serenaded Mel B with her shy, stuttering Motown mouse puppet, Oscar, performing Smokey Robinson's "Who's Lovin' You". Advanced

^1 After the judges split evenly in the Judges' Choice, Yoli Mayor was announced to have received more of America's votes than Just Jerk, and she advanced to the semi-finals.

Week 2 (August 22–23)Edit

Guests: Circus 1903 [19]

Act Order Performance Description Buzzes and judges' choices Result
Cowell Klum Mel B Mandel
Brobots & Mandroidz 1 Hip-Hop Dance Group; danced as a group to an electric mix of hip-hop songs "Boneless", "Get Busy", and"Jump". Eliminated
Celine Tam 2 Singer; sang "When You Believe" by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Advanced
Mirror Image 3 Vocal Dance Duo; Sang "Somebody to Love" by Queen and while dancing.   Eliminated
Johnny Manuel 4 Singer; sang "And I'm Telling You" by Dream Girls. Advanced
Merrick Hanna 5 Dancer; Danced out a story based on a cover of "Lost Boy". Advanced
Eric Jones1 6 Close-up Magician; Had Mandel sign a random playing card, then had Mel and Heidi hold a piece of glass, and pressed a poker chip against the glass using his left hand, until it went through the glass on his right hand. Next, Howie pushed a set of cards, with the signed card included, onto a much larger piece of glass. Eric pulled the signed card from Howie's cards through the glass. Finally, Eric's entire body passed through the glass behind cloth.     Won Judges' Choice
The Masqueraders1 7 Vocal Group; sang their original song, "I'm Just an Average Guy".     Lost Judges' Choice
Light Balance2 8 Light-Up Dance Group; urban dance with chromatic lights. The dance encircles a theme wherein a person wearing a VR headset experiences the thrill of wearing one. Said person transforms into a werewolf, who then plays the DJ while other dancers performed. The routine ends when the person is suddenly swallowed up by someone dressed as a bat. Advanced
Evie Clair 9 Singer; sang "Wings" by Birdy. Dunkin' Save
Demian Aditya3 10 Escape Artist; Demian climbed into a wooden box, handcuffed, and the lid of the box was nailed completely shut. The only support keeping the box in the air was a rope. The rope was looped through pulleys and secured directly above a blowtorch. Demian attempted to escape before the rope burned through and the locks came crashing down onto three solid steel spikes lit on fire. Unfortunately, technical issues arose during the performance: the box failed to fall into the spikes when the rope was burnt through. Nevertheless, Demian appeared behind the judges with a fire extinguisher in hand.     Eliminated
Pompeyo Family Dogs 11 Dog Act; Had a safari themed act; had dogs performing tricks such as hopping over obstacles, biting those obstacles and moving them, jump roping with two ropes, and leaping through a hoop held up by one of the trainers. Judges' Wild Card
Mandy Harvey 12 Singer-Songwriter/Ukulelist; sang an original song called "Mara's Song". Advanced

^1 After the judges split evenly in the Judges' Choice, Eric Jones was announced to have received more of America's votes than The Masqueraders, and he advanced to the semi-finals.

^2 Due to a technical issue, Light Balance's performance was based on their dress rehearsal.[20]

^3 Another technical issue occurred when the sealed box Aditya was in didn't fall as planned. [21]

Week 3 (August 29–30)Edit

Guests: Mat Franco, Piff the Magic Dragon, and Jon Dorenbos, August 30[22][23]

Act Order Performance Description Judges' Choices Result
Cowell Klum Mel B Mandel
DaNell Daymon & Greater Works 1 Gospel Choir; sang "You're The One That I Want" from the musical Grease.       Won Judges' Choice
Junior and Emily Alabi 2 Salsa Dance Duo; danced together to "Eclipse" by Hardwell. Eliminated
Final Draft 3 Vocal Group; sang a rendition of "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran. Eliminated
Oscar Hernandez 4 Dancer; Danced to "M.I.L.F. $" by Fergie. Eliminated
Angelina Green 5 Singer; sang "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles.   Lost Judges' Choice
Colin Cloud 6 Mentalist; Colin first invited Simon to sit on a bench on the stage. Next, Colin had Mel B point a random audience member to come up on stage and write a reason to kill Simon on a piece of paper. Colin asked the audience to think of naughty memories in detail. Colin identified one such member and correctly guessed that member's memory. Colin then asked the stage audience member to pick a knife from five. He then told Mel to plunge the knife into Simon's chest; the knife turned out to be rubber. Finally he revealed a plaque on the bench already had the reason for murder engraved on the bench. It was revealed that the other four knives were real. Dunkin' Save
Mike Yung 7 Singer; sang "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran. Advanced
Oskar and Gaspar 8 Videomapping Act; Video and visual effects were being mapped onto the bodies of two models as they moved to diamonds. Eliminated
Sara and Hero1 9 Dog Act Advanced
Chase Goehring 10 Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist; Performed an original song called "Illusion" while playing guitar. Advanced
Diavolo 11 Acrobatic Dance Group Advanced
Kechi Okwuchi 12 Singer; performed "By the Grace of God" by Katy Perry. Advanced

^1 Sara added another dog named Loki in her act. Loki performed throughout the rest of the competition.


The live semifinals started on September 5, 2017. They featured the 21 acts voted to the semifinals, plus the judges' semifinal wildcard pick. Each week, eleven acts performed; five went through to the finals, and six were eliminated. No acts were buzzed.

  Advanced (Won Public Vote)
  Judges' Choice
  Won Judges' Choice
  Lost Judges' Choice
  Dunkin' Save

Week 1 (September 5–6)Edit

Guests: The Clairvoyants[24]

Act Order Performance Description Judges' choices Result
Cowell Klum Mel B Mandel
Yoli Mayor 1 Singer; performed "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur Eliminated
Eric Jones 2 Close-up magician: The judges are seated on the stage. A $2 bill in Eric's hand turns into 4 coins. Simon hands him a signed hundred-dollar bill in exchange for the 4 coins. He shakes the coins together between his palms, and one of the coins disappears. Eric gives Heidi the three coins, asks her to focus on one of them, and makes that coin disappear. Howie holds the two coins between his thumb and middle finger, and when he drops them, only one coin remains. Eric then places it onto Mel B's hand, teleports it to her shoulder, and that coin disappears as well. All four coins are found under Simon's 100-dollar bill, and Eric changes them into the $2 bill.   Lost Judges' Choice
DaNell Daymon & Greater Works1 3 Gospel choir; performed "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith Eliminated
Preacher Lawson 4 Comedian; laments being single, explains why he broke up with his ex-girlfriend, Tyra, and worries about passing his big lips on to his future offspring. He ends with a joke about his reaction to his 4-year-old cousin calling him ugly. Advanced
Johnny Manuel 5 Singer; performed an original song called "Blind Faith" Eliminated
Billy and Emily England 6 Extreme rollerblading duo: rollerblades on a high platform in which Emily hangs on to Billy in several positions while they spin around. Billy then flings Emily off the edge of the platform into the jaws of animated dragons. Eliminated
Evie Clair 7 Singer; performed "Yours" by Ella Henderson Dunkin' Save
Sara & Hero 8 Dog act: Hero pretended to perform CPR on Sara before she "revives" and they play volleyball together. Guest performer Loki, Sara's younger dog, circles backwards around a standing Hero, who then gets on a skateboard and catches frisbees. Sara and Loki get on a surfboard, and then Hero jumps through a hoop before Sara jumps through the hoop with Hero. The act ends with Loki in Sara's arms. Advanced
Chase Goehring1 9 Singer-songwriter/Guitarist; performed an original song called "What Is Love".       Won Judges' Choice
Darci Lynne 10 Singing ventriloquist's puppet, Edna Doorknocker, complains about being stuck in the elevator with The Singing Trump, while gushing about Simon. She then sings "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin to him, eventually cuddling a blushing Simon. Advanced
Mike Yung1 11 Singer; performed "Don't Give Up on Me" by Solomon Burke Eliminated

^1 Chase Goehring, DaNell Daymon & Greater Works, and Mike Yung were not initially announced as performing on week one of semifinals.

Week 2 (September 12–13)Edit

Guests: Absinthe

Act Order Performance Description Judges' choices Result
Cowell Klum Mel B Mandel
Celine Tam 1 Singer; performed "How Far I'll Go" from Moana. Eliminated
Colin Cloud 2 Mentalist; printed thousands of tweets collected from the public, each listing a random celebrity, city and object, on cards (each containing a couple dozen of the tweets) distributed to the live audience members. Judges collected some of the cards from the audience at random. Mel B selected one card from these, and Heidi chose one tweet on the card at random, which contained a unique list: Ellen, Rome, cheese. Cloud demonstrated with prerecorded video snippets of himself and the judges that he had correctly predicted the list. A picture on stage, when flipped upside down, gave the same list in reverse order. 2 Lost Judges' Choice
Christian Guardino 3 Singer; performed "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye. Eliminated
In the Stairwell 4 A Cappella Group; performed "Castle on the Hill" by Ed Sheeran Eliminated
Merrick Hanna1 5 Dancer; performed robot-themed urban dance routine that involved some flying. Eliminated
Mandy Harvey1 6 Singer; performed an original song, "Release Me", while translating the song into American Sign Language. Advanced
Pompeyo Family Dogs 7 Dog Act; dogs of varying sizes, dressed as Arctic/Antarctic animals such as a polar bear and penguins, performed agility and acrobatic tricks including walking and handstanding on two legs, sometimes in size order, leaping through hoops and over humans, jumping rope with a human and climbing a ladder. Eliminated
Diavolo 8 Acrobatic Dance Group; dancers rose into the air hanging artfully, or climbing on, and leaping from, various moving, transforming apparatuses, with a post-apocalyptic or futuristic theme.   2     Won Judges' Choice
Kechi Okwuchi 9 Singer; performed "Don't Worry About Me" by Frances. Dunkin' Save
Light Balance 10 Light-Up Dance Group; urban dance employing darkness and chromatic lights on set and costumes with a video game effect. Advanced
Angelica Hale 11 Singer; performed "Without You" by David Guetta Advanced

^1 Merrick Hanna and Mandy Harvey were switched to perform on Week 2 although they were on the Week 1 promo.

^2 Klum's voting intention was not revealed.


The final performances took place on September 19, followed by the final results show on September 20, 2017. No acts were buzzed.

The season finale took place on September 20, 2017. During the finale results, the top 5 acts were revealed first; then they were eliminated in reverse ranking from fifth place to third place. Darci Lynne was announced the winner at the end of the finale. She won the million-dollar prize and was set to headline at the PH Showroom at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2017.

  Advanced to the Top 5
  Top 10
Act Order Performance Description Result
Angelica Hale 1 Singer; performed "Symphony" by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson. Advanced
Chase Goehring 2 Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist; performed an original song called "Mirror". Top 10
Sara and Hero 3 Dog Act; Hero freed Sara from a glass cube by pressing a button. Hero danced around Sara's legs before Loki ran out and performed alongside Hero. Hero balanced on Sara's feet and put his front legs in the air. Loki jumped over obstacles and ran through a tube, then Loki jumped rope, with Sara and Hero holding the ends. Hero jumped on his hind legs with Sara, then Sara made hoops with her hands for Loki to jump through. The act ended with Hero running up a ramp and jumping high through the air over a ball pit to grab a dangling bone. Advanced
Diavolo 4 Acrobatic Group; Two acrobats danced around a door before opening it up to reveal acrobats dancing, jumping and sliding on ramps. They then transferred to a large rocking apparatus, climbing on and leaping off of it, and catching each other, with themes of fire and thunder in the background. Top 10
Evie Clair 5 Singer; performed "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. Top 10
Preacher Lawson 6 Stand-Up Comedian; recalled an interaction on the street with a mostly naked man who proclaimed "Black Power" despite being white. He said the man asked to borrow $75, and noted that the man would definitely use it for drugs. He then performed an energetic physical bit, imitating the man by shaking and repeating the same phrase over and over. He ended by making a meta observation that while some audience members die laughing from this joke, others say, "How long is he gonna do this for?" Top 10
Kechi Okwuchi 7 Singer; performed "Conqueror" by Estelle. Top 10
Darci Lynne 8 Singing Ventriloquist; puppets Oscar and Petunia bickered over who should sing for the Finals. The two puppets then told Darci to keep her mouth closed while they both performed a version of "With a Little Help from My Friends" by The Beatles. Advanced
Mandy Harvey 9 Singer-Songwriter/Ukeleleist; performed an original song called "This Time". Advanced
Light Balance 10 Light-Up Dance Group; urban dance with chromatic lights. At the beginning, echoing the group's past performances, a dancer in a top hat sat on a chair (Preliminary auditions), followed by a werewolf (Quarterfinals) that seemingly tore one of the android dancers in half, although its top and bottom halves soon rejoined, and ended with a person resembling a video game character (Semifinals). Advanced


Guest performers in the finale included Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain, James Arthur, Derek Hough and Terry Fator.[8] Other celebrity appearances included Marlee Matlin[25] and Jeff Dunham.[26]

The following chart describes the acts, appearances and segments presented during the finale.

Act(s) Performance Description
Angelica Hale & Kechi Okwuchi Singers; Guest performer Kelly Clarkson sang, with the two contestants, a trio of her song "Stronger".
Chase Goehring Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist; Guest performer James Arthur sang a duet with Goehring of his song "Say You Won't Let Go".
Sara and Hero Dog Act; Instead of performing an act, Sara worked to train the Judges' dogs to perform several tricks.
Diavolo Dance/Acrobat Crew; performed in a space-like setting with asteroids crashing into each other in the background and the dancers jumping off of a moon-like structure.
Evie Clair Singer; Guest performer James Arthur performed a duet with Clair of her song "Okay Day".
Preacher Lawson Comedian; Clips were shown of Lawson performing at the Laugh Factory with Judge Howie Mandel and Kevin Nealon.
Darci Lynne Singing Ventriloquist; Guest performer Terry Fator, with his turtle puppet, Winston, joked around with Lynne and her bunny, Petunia. The two puppets then performed the comic song "Anything You Can Do".
Mandy Harvey Singer-Songwriter/Ukeleleist; Guest performer Shania Twain sang a duet with Harvey of Twain's song "You're Still The One".
Light Balance Light-Up Dance Group; Guest performer Derek Hough led the group in a dance routine similar to the group's preliminary auditions routine.
  1st place (Winner)
  2nd place (Runner-up)
  3rd place
  4th place
  5th place
Act Result
Darci Lynne Winner
Angelica Hale Runner-Up
Light Balance 3rd place
Mandy Harvey 4th place
Sara and Hero 5th place

Top 36 actsEdit

  Winner |   Runner-up |   Third place
  Finalist |   Semi-finalist (eliminated) |   Quarter-finalist (eliminated)
  Wildcard (Semi-finals)
  Wildcard (Quarter-finals)
  Golden Buzzer (Auditions)
  Golden Buzzer (Judge Cuts)
Participant Age(s) 1 Genre Act From Quarter-Final Result
Angelica Hale   9 Singing Singer Atlanta, Georgia 1 Runner-up
Angelina Green   13 Singing Singer Miami, Florida 3 Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)
Artyon & Paige 9 & 8 Dance Dancing Duo Murrieta, California 1 Eliminated
Bello Nock   47 Danger Comic Daredevil Sarasota, Florida 1 Eliminated
Billy & Emily England 30, 27 Danger Extreme Rollerblade Duo Las Vegas, Nevada 1 Semi-finalist
Brobots & Mandroidz 16-24 Dance Hip-Hop Dance Crew Torrance, California 2 Eliminated
Celine Tam   9 Singing Singer Hong Kong 2 Semi-finalist
Chase Goehring   21 Singing / Music Singer & Guitarist Nolensville, Tennessee 3 Finalist (Won Judges' Vote)
Christian Guardino   16 Singing Singer Patchogue, New York 1 Semi-finalist
Colin Cloud 30 Magic Mentalist Edinburgh, Scotland 3 Semi-finalist (Lost Judges' Vote)
DaNell Daymon & Greater Works 24-59 Singing Gospel Choir Various 3 Semi-finalist
Darci Lynne   12 Comedy & Singing Singing Ventriloquist Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1 Winner
Demian Aditya 36 Magic Escape Artist Jakarta, Indonesia 2 Eliminated
Diavolo 21-39 Acrobatics Acrobatic Dance Group Los Angeles, California 3 Finalist (Won Judges' Vote)
Eric Jones 36 Magic Close-up Magician Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2 Semi-finalist (Lost Judges' Vote)
Evie Clair 13 Singing / Music Singer & Pianist Florence, Arizona 2 Finalist (Won Dunkin' Save)
Final Draft   22-26 Singing Vocal Group Atlanta, Georgia 3 Eliminated
In The Stairwell 18-22 Singing A Cappella Group Colorado Springs, Colorado 1 Semi-finalist
Johnny Manuel   32 Singing Singer Flint, Michigan 2 Semi-finalist
Junior and Emily Alabi 31 & 27 Dance Salsa Dance Duo Los Angeles, California 3 Eliminated
Just Jerk 18-27 Dance Hip-Hop Dance Group Seoul, South Korea 1 Eliminated (Lost Judge's Vote)
Kechi Okwuchi 27 Singing Singer Houston, Texas 3 Finalist (Won Dunkin' Save)
Light Balance   22-36 Dance Light-Up Dance Group Dnipro, Ukraine 2 Third Place
Mandy Harvey   29 Singing / Music Singer & Ukulelist St. Cloud, Florida 2 Finalist (Won Public Vote)
Merrick Hanna 12 Dance Dancer Encinitas, California 2 Semi-finalist
Mike Yung 56 Singing Singer New York, New York 3 Semi-finalist
Mirror Image 16 Singing & Dance Vocal/Dance Duo Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2 Eliminated
Oscar Hernandez 34 Dance Dancer Orange County, California 3 Eliminated
Oskar and Gaspar   Unknown Variety Videomapping Act Lisbon, Portugal 3 Eliminated
Pompeyo Family Dogs   7-35 Animal Dog Act Sarasota, Florida 2 Semi-finalist
Preacher Lawson 25 Comedy Stand-up Comedian Memphis, Tennessee 1 Finalist (Won Public Vote)
Puddles Pity Party 52 Singing Singing Clown Atlanta, Georgia 1 Eliminated
Sara and Hero 22 & 5 Animals Dog Tricks Act North Bay, Ontario, Canada 3 Finalist (Won Public Vote)
The Masqueraders 72-74 Singing Soul Trio Nashville, Tennessee 2 Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)
The Singing Trump 56 Comedy & Singing Donald Trump Impersonator Palm Springs, California[27] 1 Eliminated
Yoli Mayor 21 Singing Singer Miami, Florida 1 Semi-finalist


U.S. Nielsen ratingsEdit

Show Episode title First air date Timeslot (EDT) Rating
1 Auditions Week 1 May 30, 2017 Tuesday
8:00 p.m.
2.7 11 12.32[28] 1 3[29]
2 Auditions Week 2 June 6, 2017 2.7 11 12.53[30] 3[31]
3 Auditions Week 3 June 13, 2017 2.6 11 12.70[32] 2[33]
4 Auditions Week 4 June 20, 2017 2.6 11 12.74[34] 1[35]
5 Auditions Week 5 June 27, 2017 2.5 10 12.36[36] 1[37]
6 Auditions Week 6 July 11, 2017 2.5 10 12.59[38] 1[39]
7 Judge Cuts 1 July 18, 2017 2.5 11 12.57[40] 1[41]
8 Judge Cuts 2 July 25, 2017 2.6 11 13.08[42] 1[43]
9 Judge Cuts 3 August 1, 2017 2.8 12 13.33[44] 1[45]
10 Judge Cuts 4 August 8, 2017 2.7 11 13.32[46] 1[47]
11 Quarterfinals, Week 1 (Performances) August 15, 2017 2.8 11 13.44[48] 1[49]
12 Quarterfinals, Week 1 (Results) August 16, 2017 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.1 9 10.89[50] 2[49]
13 Quarterfinals, Week 2 (Performances) August 22, 2017 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 2.6 10 12.76[51] 1[52]
14 Quarterfinals, Week 2 (Results) August 23, 2017 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.0 9 10.84[53] 2[52]
15 Quarterfinals, Week 3 (Performances) August 29, 2017 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 2.6 11 13.13[54] 2[55]
16 Quarterfinals, Week 3 (Results) August 30, 2017 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 1.9 8 11.07[56] 3[55]
17 Semifinals, Week 1 (Performances) September 5, 2017 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 2.6 10 13.29[57] 3[58]
18 Semifinals, Week 1 (Results) September 6, 2017 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.1 8 11.99[59] 6[58]
19 Semifinals, Week 2 (Performances) September 12, 2017 Tuesday 9:00 p.m. 2.3 9 11.57[60] 3[61]
20 Semifinals, Week 2 (Results) September 13, 2017 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.1 8 11.59[62] 2[61]
21 The Finals September 19, 2017 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 3.0 12 14.70[63] 4[64]
22 Season Finale September 20, 2017 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 3.0 11 15.64[65] 2[64]


Show Episode title First air date Timeslot (EDT) Rating
S1 Best of Season 12 Auditions July 13, 2017 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 1.3 6 7.10[66] 2 10[39]
S2 Road to Finals[67] August 9, 2017 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 1.3 6 7.01[68] 2 8[47]

Contestants who appeared on other seasons or competition showsEdit


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External linksEdit

Preceded by
Season 11 (2016)
America's Got Talent
Season 12 (2017)
Succeeded by
Season 13 (2018)