--'America's Got Talent' has returned for its 12th season on NBC.
--Live shows will return on August 15. Current programs are recorded auditions.
--Episode 5 will air Tuesday, June 27 at 8 PM Eastern Daylight Time.
The SPORTS BETTING EXPERTS coverage of'America's Got Talent' will return at full power in mid-August if the dwell episodes start. Current programs are taped audition footage that will narrow the contestant field down to a reasonable number before the start of live broadcasts in the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
Like most reality TV shows the rules, judging criteria and structure are completely malleable. There is no set amount of contestants which are going to be left at the start of live broadcasts. In the past 11 seasons that this has ranged from a low of 20 in Season Two to as many as 60. The'Closing 36' is a frequent line of demarcation for the achievement of an act and that is also an extremely probable number that will stay on August 15.
Broadly speaking,'America's Got Talent' uses the familiar reality show format that blends the consequence of the judges' evaluations with an audience answer element. There are a Couple of spins, however, that have become a recurring feature of this series but also could be changed at any given time:
--The X: As you've probably surmised, the'X' is awful news for contestants. The X is emblematic of a judge's intense disapproval of a functionality. It functions in much the same manner as the'gong' on'The Gong Show'. Only 1 judge's'gong' could finish an action's performance on'The Gong Show' but on'America's Got Talent' it takes an'X' from every judge. Typically, it follows that the action gets'the hook' and can be eliminated from further competition but there are a number of exceptions.
--The Golden Buzzer: The'Golden Buzzer' was released in Season two and conveys god-like forces of salvation on the judges. Each judge may use one'Golden Buzzer' per time but when they do here's what happens--the act in question cannot be eliminated whatever the amount of'X' and more significantly they progress right to the live show. It must be said that the host of the series enjoys this wonderful responsibility together with the four judges.
--Audience Reaction: The viewing audience does not have any god-like forces of salvation such as conveyed by the'Golden Buzzer' but they do have the capability to influence a judge's vote with their reaction to a performance. In actuality, because reality shows have no problem making up or modifying the rules as they go together a strong'pop' from the audience can save yourself a job from elimination.
The host for Season Twelve is former supermodel Tyra Banks. This is her first time as sponsor replacement Nick Cannon who had held the position for the past eight seasons. Initially, it had been declared that Cannon will be returning for Season Twelve but a nasty show biz spat between himself, NBC and the show's producers left him on the workouts. Here is the storyline--Cannon declared in mid-February that he would be resigning as sponsor mentioning the old standby'creative differences'. Some media wags indicated that it had been a'you can't fire me because I quit' situation. Cannon had allegedly made disparaging comments about NBC in his Showtime standup special. NBC refused to take Cannon's resignation and there was a speculation that he would be sued for breach of contract. Finally, cooler heads prevailed and the network settled on Banks.
The four candidates are familiar faces on the fact show circuit and return for the next season for a group. They're Mel B (aka the artist formerly known as'Scary Spice' from the Spice Girls), Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell. Klum is the only judge that hasn't'shot her wad' on the'Golden Buzzer' this year. Mel B pressed it for 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer at the season premiere. In the second episode, Simon Cowell resisted the'Golden Buzzer' for deaf singer Mandy Harvey. In the third episode, Howie Mandel annointed 16-year-old previously blind singer Christian Guardino. Last week, Tyra Banks thus issued forth the awesome power of the'Golden Buzzer' for a dance crew called Light Balance. As stipulated by the rules, the aforementioned quartet of all contestants are ensured a spot in the last 36 (or some other amount remains at the beginning of live programming). They are the only contestants which have thus far advanced from the audition stage.
'America's Got Talent' has been a huge ratings winner for NBC in Season 12. The show is in reality the highest rated non-sports program of the month and much more impressively appears to be keeping it's viewers from 1 week to another. There's a good likelihood that the show will obtain another ratings bulge once live broadcasts start on August 15.
SPORTS BETTING EXPERTS will have a full card of'America's Got Talent' chances when the live programs start and the contestant area is finalized. Meanwhile, here's a selection of betting odds in progress of Episode 5:

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