America's Got Talent (season 5)
Season Five of America's Got Talent, an American talent show competition, began broadcasting in the United States during 2010, from June 1 to September 15. Unlike previous seasons, online auditions switched from being made via MySpace, to being made via YouTube, and the quarter-finals including two additional rounds to cover the best auditions from these and those selected as Wildcards during the selection process following the main auditions. As David Hasselhoff had left the program following the conclusion of the fourth season, NBC replaced him in his role with Howie Mandel.
|America's Got Talent|
|Broadcast from||June 1 –|
September 15, 2010 
|Origin||Hancock County, Mississippi|
The fifth season was won by soul singer Michael Grimm, with classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho finishing in second, and performance group Fighting Gravity placing third. During its broadcast, the season averaged around 11.02 million viewers, with its season finale becoming the highest watched of any season in the program's history by attracting around 16.41 million viewers.
Auditions for the fifth season's competition took place across Winter - mid-Spring 2010, with production staff holding the main auditions that would be filmed within the cities of Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and Chicago, and at the Universal Orlando Resort. Prior to production starting, David Hasselhoff had decided to leave the program and focus on a new project, leaving NBC to locate a replacement for his role in the judging panel. A week after Hasselhoff announced his departure from America's Got Talent, the network unveiled his successor as Howie Mandel, who had recently finished his fourth season as host of the American edition of Deal or No Deal before its eight-year hiatus began that year.
For this season, the production staff decided to include two new rounds in the quarter-finals. The first was arranged for online auditions - up until the fifth season, most audition made online were made via MySpace, but for this season, production staff altered the rules by stating that all online auditions would now be made via YouTube, in which amongst those submitted the judges would select eleven to participate in the competition alongside one additional act voted for by online voters. Those selected would then partake in a special quarter-final round and compete for a place in the semi-finals. The second new round saw the return of a Wildcard round, first used in the first season, although the format differed - it featured a mixture of those acts who failed to move past the Vegas Verdicts stage but secured a place after being chosen by the judges as Wildcard acts, alongside those who lost their initial quarter-final but were selected by the judges to be given a second chance at advancing into the semi-finals. Because of the new rounds, the rules on how many moved on into the semi-finals was altered and focused on four acts in each advancing - the top three voted for by the public, while the fourth spot would be decided upon by the judges between the acts that had placed fourth and fifth in the public vote. Despite arranging a variety of guest performers for this season, production staff were forced to cancel the involvement of Susan Boyle during the results of the Top 10 final, due to a legal complication - Boyle had been planned to sing a song performed by Lou Reed, but producers had failed to receive the legal rights for it to be used by her, and had to pull her off the program at the last minute.
Of the participants who auditioned for this season, 65 secured a place in the live quarter-finals with twelve in each one - seven of these acts would later be given a second chance in the Wildcard quarter-final, after losing their initial quarter-final. Around 24 quarter-finalists advanced to and were split between the two semi-finals, with 10 of these securing a place in the finals, and 4 becoming grand-finalists. The following below lists the results of each participant's overall performance in this season:
- | Winner | Runner-up Third place
- | Finalist | Semi-finalist (eliminated) Quarter-finalist (eliminated)
|Airpocalypse||22-40||Music||Air Band||Seattle, Washington||1||Eliminated|
|Alice Tan Ridley||57||Singing||Singer||New York, New York||2||Semi-finalist (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Anna and Patryk||12||Dance||Ballroom Dancers||New Hyde Park & Maspeth, New York||4 2||Finalist|
|Antonio Restivo||39||Danger||Fire Artist||Las Vegas, Nevada||2||Semi-finalist|
|ArcAttack||25-37||Music / Variety||Electric Light Show Band||Austin, Texas||4||Semi-finalist|
|AscenDance||29||Acrobatics / Dance / Variety||Rock Climbing Acrobats & Dancers||Berkeley, California||2||Semi-finalist|
|Austin Anderson||31||Comedy||Stand-Up Comedian||Omaha, Nebraska||5||Eliminated|
|Booker Forte||21||Dancing||Hip-Hop Dancer||Richmond, Virginia||5||Eliminated|
|Cam Hodges||22||Singing||Singer||Seattle, Washington||5||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Cheer SF||19-52||Dancing / Variety||Cheerleaders||San Francisco, California||2||Eliminated|
|Chipps Cooney||61||Comedy / Magic||Comic Magician||Edgewater, New Jersey||3||Eliminated|
|Christina & Ali||13 & 20||Singing||Singing Sisters||Idaho Falls, Idaho||1||Finalist|
|CJ Dippa||12||Singing||Rapper||Denton, Texas||3 2||Eliminated|
|Connor Doran||17||Performing||Indoor Kite Flyer||Bend, Oregon||6||Semi-finalist (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Da Maniacs||25-56||Dance||Overweighted Dance Troupe||Dallas, Texas||4||Eliminated|
|Dan Sperry||25||Magic||Illusionist/Magician||Las Vegas, Nevada||5||Semi-finalist|
|Debra Romer||21||Singing / Music||Singer & Musician||Kalamazoo, Michigan||3||Semi-finalist|
|Eric "Doogie" Horner||30||Comedy||Stand-Up Comedian||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||4 2||Eliminated|
|Dylan Plummer||12||Variety||Jump Rope Artist||Cincinnati, Ohio||5||Eliminated|
|Fighting Gravity||19-22||Variety||Blacklight Performers||Blacksburg, Virginia||1||Third Place|
|Future Funk||5-10||Dance||Hip-Hop Dance Duo||Las Vegas, Nevada||1||Semi-finalist|
|Hannibal Means||59||Singing||Opera Singer||Vienna, Austria||2||Eliminated|
|Harmonica Pierre||74||Musical||Harmonica Musician||Tucson, Arizona||3 2||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Haspop||32||Dance||Popping Dancer||Los Angeles, CA (originally Lyon, France)||3||Semi-finalist|
|Iron Horse||22-27||Music||Rockabilly Band||Crete, Illinois||2||Eliminated|
|Jackie Evancho||10||Singing||Classical Crossover Singer||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||5||Runner-Up|
|Jeremy VanSchoonhoven||27||Danger||Extreme Cyclist||Talent, Oregon||3||Finalist|
|Kaya & Sadie||32-36||Dance / Variety||Bellydancing Duo||Denver, Colorado||3||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
|Kristina Young||22||Singing||Singer||Little Rock, Arkansas||5||Semi-finalist|
|Kruti Dance Academy||15-33||Dancing||Indian Classical Dancers||Atlanta, Georgia||6||Eliminated|
|Kung Fu Heroes||23-31||Danger / Variety||Martial Arts Group||Costa Mesa, California||1||Eliminated|
|Lil Chris||12||Singing||Singer||Sarasota, Florida||2||Eliminated|
|Lindsey Stirling||23||Music||Hip-Hop Violinist||Provo, Utah||4||Eliminated|
|Maestro Alexander Bui||16||Music||Pianist||Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey||5||Semi-finalist|
|Maricar||38||Variety||Burlesque Painter||Los Angeles, California||1||Eliminated|
|Mary Ellen||74||Singing||Singing Yodeller||Manheim, Pennsylvania||4||Eliminated|
|Michael Grasso||36||Magic||Magician & Illusionist||Cape May, New Jersey||6||Finalist|
|Michael Grimm||30||Singing / Music||Singer & Musician||Hancock County, Mississippi||2||Winner|
|Michael Lipari and Ashleigh Dejon||29-30||Variety / Danger||Aerialists||Los Angeles, California||6||Semi-finalist|
|Mona Sampath Dance Company||9-31||Dance||Bollywood Dance Troupe||Sunnyvale, California||2||Eliminated|
|MURRAY||30||Magic||Magician||Las Vegas, Nevada||4||Semi-finalist|
|Nathaniel Kenyon||19||Singing||Singer||Baxley, Georgia||1||Semi-finalist|
|Nick Pike 3||30||Danger||Daredevil||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||1||Eliminated|
|NU Covenant||21-27||Singing||Gospel Group||Cleveland, Ohio||4||Eliminated|
|Paul Safy Jr.||26||Singing||Singer||New York, New York||1||Eliminated|
|Pizza Patt||27||Variety||Pizza Dough Juggler||Columbus, Ohio||5||Eliminated|
|PLUtonic||19-28||Singing||A Capella Group||Tacoma, Washington||5||Eliminated|
|Polina Volchek||24||Acobatics||Gymnast||Las Vegas, Nevada (originally Moscow, Russia)||3||Eliminated|
|Prince Poppycock||32||Singing||Opera Singer||Los Angeles, California||4||Grand-finalist|
|Pup||58 4||Music / Variety||Accordion-Playing Dog||Redwood City, California||5||Eliminated|
|RNG||11-13||Dance||Dance Troupe||Seattle, Washington||1 2||Eliminated|
|Rudi Macaggi||43||Acrobatics||Balancing Acrobat||Las Vegas, Nevada||4 2||Eliminated|
|Studio One Young Beast Society||10-21||Dance||Dance Troupe||Orlando, Florida||3||Finalist|
|Ryan Rodriguez||29||Dance||Dancer||Santa Cruz, California||5||Eliminated|
|Sally Cohn||75||Music / Variety||Hand Whistler||Portland Oregon||1||Eliminated|
|Strikers All Stars||22-26||Dance||Dance Crew||Hollywood, California||4||Eliminated|
|Swing Swift Slide Show 5||30-31||Variety||Sideshow Performers||Las Vegas, Nevada||6||Eliminated|
|Taylor Mathews||18||Singing / Music||Singer & Musician||Alexandria, Louisiana||4||Finalist|
|The Hot Shot Tap Dancers||19-25||Dance||Tap Dancing Troupe||Portland, Oregon||1 2||Eliminated|
|The South Philly Vikings||16-56||Dance||Dance Troupe||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||3||Eliminated|
|The Strange Familiar||27||Music||Band||Woodland Hills, California||3||Eliminated|
|The Strong Man||43||Variety||Strongman||Pesotum, Illinois||2||Eliminated|
|Wreckless||17-26||Dance||Dance Crew||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida||2||Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)|
- ^1 Ages denoted in this column pertain to a participant(s) age in their final performance for this season.
- ^2 These participants were entered into the Wildcard quarter-final after losing their initial quarter-final.
- ^3 This participant was originally eliminated during the Vegas Verdicts, but was brought back after another act that had passed that stage was forced to drop out for unknown reasons.
- ^4 The age of the dog in this act was not disclosed on the program.
- ^5 This participant initially dropped out for personal reasons, despite securing a place in the live rounds, but agreed to return as a quarter-finalist in the Wildcard round.
Quarter-final 1 (July 13)Edit
|Quarter-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and Judges' votes||Result (July 14)|
|Kung Fu Heroes||1||Martial Arts Group||Eliminated|
|Christina & Ali||2||Singing Sisters||Advanced|
|The Hot Shot Tap Dancers||4||Tapping Dancing Troupe||Eliminated|
|Paul Safy Jr.||5||Singer||Eliminated|
|Future Funk||6||Hip-Hop Dance Duo||Won Judges' Vote|
|Sally Cohn||7||Hand Whistler||Eliminated|
|RNG||9||Dance Troupe||Lost Judges' Vote|
|Fighting Gravity||11||Blacklight Performers||Advanced|
Quarter-final 2 (July 20)Edit
|Quarter-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and Judges' votes||Result (July 21)|
|Alice Tan Ridley||2||Singer||Advanced|
|Mona Sampath Dance Company||3||Bollywood Dance Troupe||Eliminated|
|Iron Horse||4||Rockabilly Band||Eliminated|
|The Strong Man||5||Strongman||Eliminated|
|Hannibal Means||7||Opera Singer||Eliminated|
|Wreckless||8||Dance Crew||Lost Judges' Vote|
|AscenDance||10||Rock Climbing Acrobats & Dancers||Advanced|
|Antonio Restivo||11||Fire Artist||Won Judges' Vote|
|Michael Grimm||12||Singer & Musician||Advanced|
Quarter-final 3 (July 27)Edit
|Quarter-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and Judges' votes||Result (July 28)|
|The South Philly Vikings||1||Dance Troupe||Eliminated|
|Harmonica Pierre||3||Harmonica Musician||Eliminated|
|The Strange Familiar||5||Band||Eliminated|
|Luigi||7||Singer & Musician||Eliminated|
|Chipps Cooney||8||Comic Magician||Eliminated|
|Kaya and Sadie||9||Belly Dancing Duo||Lost Judges' Vote|
|Jeremy VanSchoonhoven||10||Extreme Cyclist||6||Won Judges' Vote|
|Debra Romer||11||Singer & Musician||Advanced|
|Studio One Young Beast Society||12||Dance Troupe||Advanced|
- ^6 Mandel's voting intention was not revealed due to the majority vote for this participant.
Quarter-final 4 (August 3)Edit
|Quarter-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and Judges' votes||Result (August 4)|
|Da Maniacs||1||Dance Troupe||Eliminated|
|NU Covenant||2||Gospel Group||Eliminated|
|Anna and Patryk||3||Ballroom Dancers||Lost Judges' Vote|
|Lindsey Stirling||4||Hip-Hop Violinist||Eliminated|
|Doogie Horner||5||Standup Comedian||Eliminated|
|Rudi Macaggi||6||Balancing Acrobat||Eliminated|
|Taylor Mathews||7||Singer & Musician||Advanced|
|Mary Ellen||Singing Yodeller||Eliminated|
|ArcAttack 7||9||Electric Light Show Band||Won Judges' Vote|
|Prince Poppycock||10||Opera Singer||Advanced|
|MURRAY||11||Magician & Illusionist||Advanced|
|Strikers All Stars||12||Dance Crew||Eliminated|
- ^7 For safety reasons, ArcAttack had to perform outside the studio. The judges were required to be in person for this performance, but had to use hand-carried signs with red Xs on in place of their buzzers.
Quarter-final 5 - YouTube Round (August 10)Edit
|Quarter-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and Judges' votes||Result (August 11)|
|PLUtonic||1||A Capella Group||Eliminated|
|Dylan Plummer||2||Extreme Jump Roper||Eliminated|
|Cam Hodges||4||Singer & Musician||Lost Judges' Vote|
|Austin Anderson||6||Standup Comedian||Eliminated|
|Booker Forté||7||Hip-Hop Dancer||Eliminated|
|Pizza Patt||8||Pizza Dough Juggler||Eliminated|
|Kristina Young||9||Singer||Won Judges' Vote|
|Maestro Alexander Bui||10||Pianist||Advanced|
|Dan Sperry||11||Magician & Illusionist||8||Advanced|
|Jackie Evancho||12||Classical Crossover Singer||Advanced|
- ^8 Osbourne accidentally hit her buzzer for this participant due to laughing at Mandel's reaction to the performance. It was not counted.
Quarter-final 6 - Wildcard Round (August 17)Edit
|Quarter-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and Judges' votes||Result (August 18)|
|Kruti Dance Academy||1||Indian Classical Dancers||Eliminated|
|Rudi Macaggi||2||Balancing Acrobat||Eliminated|
|Harmonica Pierre||5||Harmonica Musician||9||Lost Judges' Vote|
|Michael Grasso||6||Magician & Illusionist||Advanced|
|The Hot Shot Tap Dancers||7||Tap Dancing Group||Eliminated|
|Doogie Horner||8||Standup Comedian||Eliminated|
|Connor Doran||9||Indoor Kite Flyer||Advanced|
|Anna and Patryk||10||Ballroom Dancers||Advanced|
|Michael Lipari & Ashleigh Dejon||11||Aerialists||Won Judges' Vote|
|Swing Shift Side Show||12||Sideshow Performers||Eliminated|
- ^9 Mandel purposely buzzed this participant before they began, in response to Morgan's use of the buzzer for his and Osbourne's Wildcard picks. It was removed afterwards.
Semi-final 1 (August 24)Edit
|Semi-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and Judges' votes||Result (July 14)|
|Anna & Patryk||1||Ballroom Dancers||Advanced|
|Christina & Ali||2||Singing Sisters||Won Judges' Vote|
|Antonio Restivo||3||Fire Artist||Eliminated|
|Future Funk||4||Hip-Hop Dance Duo||Eliminated|
|Taylor Mathews||5||Singer & Musician||Advanced|
|Connor Doran||6||Indoor Kite Flyer||Lost Judges' Vote|
|Dan Sperry||7||Magician & Illusionist||Eliminated|
|ArcAttack 10||9||Technological Performance Group||Eliminated|
|Michael Grimm||10||Singer & Musician||Advanced|
|AscenDance||11||Rock Climbing Acrobats & Dancers||Eliminated|
|Prince Poppycock||12||Opera Singer||Advanced|
- ^10 For safety reasons, ArcAttack had to perform outside the studio. The judges were required to be in person for this performance, but had to use hand-carried signs with red Xs on in place of their buzzers.
Semi-final 2 (August 31)Edit
|Semi-Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes and Judges' votes||Result (September 1)|
|Alice Tan Ridley||1||Singer||11||Lost Judges' Vote|
|Maestro Alexander Bui||3||Pianist||Eliminated|
|Michael Lipari & Ashleigh Dejon||4||Aerialists||Eliminated|
|Michael Grasso||5||Magician & Illusionist||Advanced|
|Studio One Young Beast Society||7||Dance Troupe||11||Won Judges' Vote|
|Jeremy VanSchoonhoven||8||Extreme Cyclist||Advanced|
|MURRAY||10||Magician & Illusionist||Eliminated|
|Jackie Evancho||11||Classical Crossover Singer||Advanced|
|Fighting Gravity||12||Blacklight Performers||Advanced|
- ^11 Mandel's voting intention was not revealed due to the majority vote for this participant.
- | Winner (Top 4 Final Only) | Runner-up (Top 4 Final Only) 3rd place (Top 4 Final Only)
- | Advanced (Top 10 Finals only) Eliminated
Top 10 Final (September 7)Edit
|Top 10 Finalist||Order||Act||Buzzes||Result (September 8)|
|Studio One Young Beast Society||1||Dance Troupe||Eliminated|
|Christina and Ali||2||Singing Sisters||Eliminated|
|Jeremy VanSchoonhoven||3||Extreme Cyclist||Eliminated|
|Taylor Mathews||4||Singer & Musician||Eliminated|
|Anna & Patryk||5||Ballroom Dancers||Eliminated|
|Fighting Gravity||6||Blacklight Performers||Advanced|
|Michael Grasso||8||Magician & Illusionist||Eliminated|
|Prince Poppycock||9||Opera Singer||Advanced|
|Jackie Evancho||10||Classical Crossover Singer||Advanced|
Top 4 Final (September 14)Edit
|Grand-finalist||Order||Act||Performed with||Result (September 15)|
|Prince Poppycock||1||Opera Singer||Donna Summer||4th|
|Michael Grimm||2||Singer & Musician||Jewel||1st|
|Jackie Evancho||3||Classical Crossover Singer||Sarah Brightman ||2nd|
|Fighting Gravity||4||Blacklight Performers||Lionel Richie||3rd|
The following ratings are based upon those published by Nielsen Media Research after this season's broadcast:
|1||"Los Angeles Auditions"||June 1, 2010||7.4||13||3.6/11||12.35||#1||#1||#4|
|2||"Dallas Auditions"||June 2, 2010||6.1||10||2.9/9||10.35||#1||#1||#9|
|3||"New York City Auditions"||June 8, 2010||7.4||12||3.7/10||13.09||#2||#2||#4|
|4||"New York Auditions (Part 2)"||June 15, 2010||6.2||10||3.0/8||10.55||#2||#2||#4|
|5||"Orlando Auditions"||June 16, 2010||6.7||11||3.1/9||11.65||#1||#1||#3|
|"Orlando Auditions (Part 2)"
|June 22, 2010||6.8||12||3.4/10||11.65||#1||#1||#2|
|8||"Portland Auditions (Part 2)"||June 23, 2010||7.2||12||3.5/10||12.37||#1||#1||#1|
|9||"Chicago Auditions"||June 29, 2010||6.0||10||2.9/9||10.23||#1||#1||#2|
|10||"Final Auditions"||June 30, 2010||7.5||13||3.5/11||12.94||#1||#1||#1|
|11||"Vegas Week (Part 1)"||July 6, 2010||7.0||12||3.4/10||11.82||#1||#1||#2|
|12||"Vegas Week (Part 2)"||July 7, 2010||6.7||12||3.4/10||11.95||#1||#1||#1|
|13||"Quarterfinals, Group 1"||July 13, 2010||6.8||11||3.3/10||11.63||#1||#2||#2|
|14||"Quarterfinals, Group 1 Results"||July 14, 2010||6.5||11||3.0/10||11.17||#1||#2||#3|
|15||"Quarterfinals, Group 2"||July 20, 2010||6.2||11||3.0/9||10.48||#1||#1||#1|
|16||"Quarterfinals, Group 2 Results"||July 21, 2010||5.9||10||2.6/8||10.02||#1||#1||#3|
|17||"Quarterfinals, Group 3"||July 27, 2010||5.6||10||2.6/8||9.69||#1||#1||#1|
|18||"Quarterfinals, Group 3 Results"||July 28, 2010||5.7||10||2.6/8||9.76||#1||#1||#2|
|19||"Quarterfinals, Group 4"||August 3, 2010||6.0||10||2.9/8||10.37||#1||#1||#4|
|20||"Quarterfinals, Group 4 Results"||August 4, 2010||5.9||10||2.8/8||10.06||#1||#1||#5|
|21||"Quarterfinals, Group 5: YouTube"||August 10, 2010||6.2||11||2.9/9||10.48||#1||#1||#2|
|22||"Quarterfinals, Group 5: YouTube, Results"||August 11, 2010||6.2||11||2.8/8||10.67||#1||#1||#1|
|23||"Quarterfinals, Group 6: Wild Card"||August 17, 2010||6.1||10||2.9/8||10.19||#1||#1||#3|
|24||"Quarterfinals, Group 6: Wild Card, Results"||August 18, 2010||6.0||10||2.6/8||10.30||#1||#1||#2|
|25||"Semifinals, Group 1"||August 24, 2010||6.5||11||3.1/9||10.80||#1||#1||#2|
|26||"Semifinals, Group 1 Results"||August 25, 2010||6.1||10||2.7/8||10.52||#1||#1||#3|
|27||"Semifinals, Group 2"||August 31, 2010||6.7||11||3.0/9||11.50||#1||#1||#1|
|28||"Semifinals, Group 2 Results"||September 1, 2010||6.2||10||2.5/8||10.47||#1||#1||#2|
|29||"Top Ten, Performances"||September 7, 2010||7.3||12||3.3/9||12.35||#1||#1||#8|
|30||"Top Ten, Results"||September 8, 2010||7.3||12||2.8/8||12.14||#1||#1||#9|
|31||"Finals, Performances"||September 14, 2010||8.7||14||3.9/11||14.60||#1||#1||#4|
|32||"Finale"||September 15, 2010||9.5||16||3.9/11||16.41||#1||#1||#3|
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