America’s Got Talent 2022 Unveils a Top 55 and New Format

America's Got Talent 2022 Howie Mandel Heidi Klum Sofia Vergara Simon Cowell
Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofía Vergara, Simon Cowell — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

America’s Got Talent Season 17 Qualifiers returns to the Pasadena Civic Center for six weeks of live shows beginning Tuesday, Aug. 9 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. Results shows will air Wednesday nights (8-9 p.m. ET/PT).

55 acts will be divided into five qualifying rounds. Only two acts will advance each week

In a series first, there will be 55 acts, divided into five qualifying rounds, that will perform live for America’s Got Talent judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and host Terry Crews. Each week, only two acts of the 11 that perform will move directly into the finale, based solely on viewer votes.

Viewers will choose an 11th “Final Wildcard” to join the Top 10 in the finale

These top 10 finalists will be joined by an 11th act – a “Final Wildcard” – chosen by the viewers in an Instant Save on Wednesday, September 7th. This vote will consist of four eliminated Live Show acts, each selected by one of the judges.

The top 11 finalists will compete one last time for America’s vote and the chance to win a $1 million prize during the two-night finale on Sept. 13 & 14. The winner will also perform in “America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE” at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The 55th live show spot will be determined via viewer Vote

Four acts are in contention for the final spot in the live shows. Viewers can go to or the “AGT” app to rewatch the four performances and vote for their favorite contestants. Voting is open from Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. ET until Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 a.m. ET. The winning act will perform on the live show on Tuesday, Sept. 6 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

UPDATE 8/9: Congratulations to comedian Jordan Conley who won America’s vote and becomes the 55th contestant.

Throughout the live shows, viewers of America’s Got Talent can vote for their favorite act at and via the “AGT” App (available through Google Play and on the App Store).

The old format featured two rounds that determined the finale. Acts performed twice before the finale. Plus, viewers voted every results show for an act on the bubble to go through to the next round. There is less Instant voting this season–only two opportunities, to be exact.

The 54 Acts Advancing to the Live Shows

Acapop! – Kid acapella group

Kid acapella group was c0-founded by Pentatonix (Sing-Off winners) member, Scott Hoying. They signed a deal with Warner Records in 2019. In their audition, they performed an original song written by a former member who passed away. – Watch Audition


Aiko Tanaka – Comedian

The 42 year old Los Angeles comedian was born in Tokyo, is a seasoned performer. Her mom died of COVID during the pandemic. – Watch Audition


Amanda Mammana – Singer/Songwriter

America's Got Talent 2022 Audition Amanda Mammana

In her audition, the Connecticut native shared honestly about her speech impediment, and performed a highly personal original song, – Watch Audition


Amazing Veranica & Her Incredible Friends – Dog Act

The trainer is only 12 years old and from a Florida farm. In their audition, the dogs did a quick change, which had to be a first. – Watch Audition


Amoukanama – Acrobatics

Acrobatics from West Africa combine acrobatic tricks with African dance, using unusual props. – Watch Audition


Aubrey Burchell – Singer

America's Got Talent 2022 Audition Aubrey Burchell

Aubrey is a 21 year old pop/soul singer from Pittsburgh. She shared with the judges that she was recently diagnosed with level 1 autism. Her intense cover of The Weeknd’s “Call Out My Name” was a crowd pleaser. She made the Top 70 on American Idol season 16. – Watch Audition


Ava Swiss – Singer

America's Got Talent Audition Ava Swiss

Eighteen year old Ava, from the Detroit Area, recorded a version of “Rise Up” after performing it in the wake of a shooting at her high school in Oxford. She performed a moving version of Lauren Daigle’s “Remember” for her audition. – Watch Audition


Bayley Graham – Tap Dancer

Twenty-two year old tap dancer from New Zealand won TVNZ’s talent show 60 Seconds this year. His energetic routine won over the judges. – Watch Audition


Ben Lapidus – Comic Singer

In his audition, he annoyed Simon with a song about “Parmesan Cheese.” The audience was encouraged to boo Simon, and now here we are. – Watch Audition


Blade 2 Blade – Knife Throwing

Brothers Michael and Tyrone Laner were semifinalists on Britain’s Got Talent season 11 as Tyrone & Mina. They perform a dangerous knife throwing act. – Watch Audition


Celia Muñoz – Ventriloquist

Celia won Spain’s Got Talent with a unique Ventriloquist act that involves throwing a voice to objects, like a radio and telephone, instead of the usual puppets. – Watch Audition


Cline Twins – Hockey Tricks

16 year old twins from Canada perform tricks with hockey sticks and pucks. – Watch Audition


Don McMillan – Comedian

A former tech engineer, Don tells everyday jokes while using a powerpoint presentation. He was named #1 corporate comedian by CBS Business Network. – Watch Audition


Drake Milligan – Singer

Drake is the plantiest plant that ever planted. He’s signed with BBR Recordings, the label that houses Idol winners Chayce Beckham, Noah Thompson and alum Jimmie Allen. Drake brought his band, put on a professional performance, and compared AGT to the Ed Sullivan Show. Afterward, his label sent out a press release congratulating him. Wow. – Watch Audition


Duo Rings – Acrobats

Duo Rings America's Got Talent 2022 Audition

Flor Aracama & Nico Busso are a married couple from Buenos Aires. Their work on the rings is couched in a dramatic and romantic love story. – Watch Audition


Freckled Zelda – Singing Fairy

Freckled Zelda America's Got Talent 2022 Audition

She describes herself as the “music fairy,” and has 7 million followers on Tik Tok. She never steps out of character, and AGT is playing along with that. In her audition, she sang a decent rendition of “Colors of the Wind” while playing a flute-like instrument. – Watch Audition


Funkanometry – Dance Duo

The duo are a hip hop and popping duo from Vancouver, Canada. They appeared on World of Dance season 3 and made it through to Duets round. – Watch Audition


Fusion Japan – Dance Group

The boys and girls were separate groups, were rivals, and joined together to audition for AGT. Previously the girls competed on World of Dance. – Watch Audition


Harper – Kid heavy metal singer

In her audition, sweet as pie, Harper proceeded to take the stage and sing in a death metal style. Her proud pappa looked on from the side stage. – Watch Audition


Hayden Kristal – Comedian/Activist

Brooklyn based queer activist (prefers they/them/theirs pronouns) is deaf and a former zookeeper. Hayden is hard of hearing, born into a hearing family. – Watch Audition


Jack Williams – Ventriloquist

Jack Williams America's Got Talent 2022 Audition

Jack’s routine involves his buddy “Foster” the rabbit who threatens to steal Jack’s act. The ventriloquist wows the audience with his ability to switch back and forth between himself and the puppet, and throw is voice like a fading echo. – Watch Audition


Jannick Holste – Magic and Dance

America's Got Talent Audition: Yannick Holste

Jannick was a semifinalist on Das Supertalent 2021 (Germany’s Got Talent). An illusionist, he danced through his act to Heidi Klum’s new single.  As he danced around, performers appear out of seemingly nowhere. – Watch Audition


JoJo and Bri – Singers

Uncle and Niece went viral with a cover of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. Some of you may remember 8 year old Bri covering the Jackson 5 on her front porch. Joseph auditioned for AGT in 2020 with a group called Resound. – Watch Audition


Kristen Cruz – Singer

America's Got Talent 2022 Kristin Cruz

This 20 year old singer is known on Tik Tok for singing while making coffee drinks. Her Tik Tok has 2 million followers. She sings “I See Red” by Everybody Loves An Outlaw for her audition. – Watch Audition


Kristy Sellars – Pole dancer

Kristy won Australia’s Got Talent Season 9 in 2019. Her unique pole dancing act involves multimedia projection and storytelling. – Watch Audition


Lace Larrabee – Comedian

This Atlanta native told jokes about her parents, who had her at age 17. Howie especially loved her act. – Watch Audition


Lee Collinson – Singer

This British singer came to America for the first time to perform “Better Days” by Dermot Kennedy for his audition. He lost somebody to COVID-19 during the lockdown. – Watch Audition


MPLUSPLUS – Dance and light show

Tokyo-based dance crew incorporates lights and other technologies into dance routines. The crew dances while seemingly wielding ribbons of light. – Watch Audition


Max Ostler – Dancer

The 18 year old Australia native performed a lyrical/contemporary piece for his audition. Simon called Max “the Harry Styles of dance.” – Watch Audition


Merissa Beddows – Opera, singing impressions

Merissa, trained as an opera singer, performs spot-on vocal impressions of iconic pop singers like Ariana Grande, Stevie Nicks, and Celine Dion. – Watch Audition


Mervant Vera – Rapping magician

As he performs magic tricks (a card trick in his audition), he raps along, describing what he’s doing, shouting out to the judges. – Watch Audition


Metaphysic – Deepfake technology

Metaphysic develops Deepfake technology. In their act, former AGT singer Daniel Emmett sang to a camera that transformed Daniel’s face into Simon Cowell’s. It’s pretty creepy stuff. – Watch Audition

Mia Morris – One woman band

America's Got Talent 2022 Mia Morris

In her act, Mia performs an original song while “looping” in all the instruments. The Nashville native has been uploading videos since she was a tween. – Watch Audition


Mike E Winfield – Comedian

His comedy routine revolved around older moms and his teenaged “step man.” – Watch Audition


Mr. Pants – Comedian

America's Got Talent Mr. Pants

Mr. Pants wears a costume that’s a giant pair of pants with his head sticking out where his you-know-what would be. It’s a very silly act, that managed to charm the crowd. – Watch Audition


Nicolas RIBS – Magician

A native of France, Nicolas performs close-up magic using a light table. He turns images on the table, including playing cards, into 3 dimensional objects, seamlessly. – Watch Audition


Oleksandr Yenivatov – Contortionist

His wife, who played a nurse, brought Oleksandr back to life, by bending and twisting his body like Frankenstein’s monster. – Watch Audition


NFL Players Choir – Singing group

The choir features former NFL players. The group began on “Celebration of Gospel” a special that airs on Super Bowl Sunday, put together by Patti Labelle. – Watch Audition


Shu Takada – Yo yo artist

Shu, a Japanese native, performs yo-yo tricks. But he incorporates dance and gymnastic moves for an entertaining and energetic performance. – Watch Audition


Stefanny and Yeeremy – Salsa dancers

Yeeremy was a member of Reyes Del Swing from AGT 2018 while Stefanny Moreno competed in the World of Dance 2017 finals as a Swing Latino member. The dancing is fast and sexy. – Watch Audition


The Brown Brothers – Singing, impressions

Gabe and Nate are brothers and US Navy veterans. In their act, they performed impressions of cartoon characters singing popular songs. – Watch Audition


The Lazy Generation – Comic pranks

This UK group performs silly and dangerous stunts similar to the American series, Jacka**. Simon loved them. – Watch Audition


The Pack Drumline – Dancing, drumline

A funky drumline from Chicago, Illinois. The group started in 2014 as an at-risk afterschool program. The group incorporates hip hop moves and music into their drumming. – Watch Audition


Travis Japan – Boy band

The boy band dance and sing in colorful outfits. They are pretty cheesy. Simon seems to believe they could be “molded” into a successful act. – Watch Audition


urbancrew (Flyers of the South) – Dance group

This Filipino dance crew competed on Asia’s Got Talent season 2. The group is a typical acrobat/hip hop crew, but with a few unique moves. – Watch Audition


Wyn Starks – Singer

America's Got Talent 2022 Audition Wyn Starks

This pop soul singer who grew up in Minneapolis signed a deal with Curb records only 6 months after he relocated to Nashville. In his audition, Wyn performed an original song, “Who I Am,” that was a favorite of his brother, who recently passed away. – Watch Audition


XOMG POP! – Kid singing/dancing group

JoJo Siwa and her mother founded the group via the E! competition show, Siwas Dance Pop Revolution. The costumes are very very colorful, and the girls hyper-energetic. “We are excited to perform FOR YOU!” one says. – Watch Audition


Yu Hojin – Magician

Yu appeared on AGT as part of the popular Las Vegas Illusionist act that performed on a results show in 2016. As an AGT contestants, he performed an act that involved pulling feathers and objects out of midair. Simon said no after his audition. – Watch Audition


Golden Buzzers

Avery Dixon – Saxophonist – Terry Crews Buzzer

Young Avery moved Terry with his story about kids bullying him at school. He was born premature which affected his voice and the shape of his head. – Watch Audition


Chapel Hart – Country trio – Group Buzzer

Chapel Hart America's Got Talent 2022 Golden Buzzer

Chapel Hart has released two independent studio albums and five singles. For their audition, the country music trio sang an original song called “You Can Have Him Jolene” that Dolly Parton loved. Their infectious energy moved the group to give her a golden buzzer. – Watch Audition


Lily Meola – Singer-songwriter – Heidi Klum Buzzer

America's Got Talent 2022 Audition Lily Meola

Lily touched Heidi’s heart after singing an original song “Daydream” dedicated to her mom, who died after a bout with cancer. Lily lost a record deal in the meantime. – Watch Audition


Madison Taylor Baez (Maddie)  – Kid singer – Howie Mandel Buzzer

America's Got Talent 2022 Audition Madison Taylor Baez

Terry “planted” Maddie in the audience where the warm up act asked her to sing. The story goes that Simon had no idea she was actually a contestant. Sure Jan! Simon asked her up on stage to audition, and she sang “Amazing Grace” again. Moved, Howie hit his buzzer. – Watch Audition


Mayyas  – Dance group – Sofia Vergara buzzer

America's Got Talent 2022 Audition Mayyas

This Lebanese dance crew won Arab’s Got Talent in 2019. The group performs mesmerizing dance routines involving high synchronized arm movements. – Watch Audition


Sara James – Teen singer – Simon Cowell Buzzer

America's Got Talent 2022 Auditions Sara James

At only 13 years old, the Polish born singer is an impressively mature performer. Sara represented her country in Eurovision Junior. Additionally, she won The Voice Kids Poland. Simon hit his buzzer because of her “real star glow.” – Watch Audition


Acts in Contention for “America’s Wildcard”:

UPDATE 8/9: Congratulations to Comedian Jordan Conley who WON AMERICA’S VOTE

Jordan Conley – Comedian – WINNER!

Jordan’s AGT routine was about his dad wanting him to join the military. The original clip had gone viral. – Watch Audition


Auzzy Blood – Sword swallower

Auzzy performs dangerous stunts involving corkscrews, meat hooks, sword swallowing, and more. If you like that sort of thing…good for you. No way in heck he wins the wildcard. It will probably be either Ben or Debbii. – Watch Audition


Ben Waites – Singer

America's Got Talent 2022 Audition Ben Waites

Ben is a Southern gospel singer from Nashville who was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and bound to a wheelchair. – Watch Audition


Debbii Dawson – Singer-songwriter

Debbii performed an acoustic flip of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” for the judges. The running joke was that her parents from Minnesota didn’t come with her. Turned out, Debbii asked them to stay home. – Watch Audition


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