Top 10 Best America's Got Talent Seasons

Since its debut in 2006, America's Got Talent has become one of the most popular and beloved TV talent shows in the world. It has brought us unforgettable performances from talented individuals of all ages and backgrounds, ranging from singers and dancers to magicians and acrobats. But with so many seasons to choose from, which ones stand out from the rest? Which seasons truly captured the hearts of viewers and left us with memories that will last a lifetime?

Here, we present a list of the best America's Got Talent seasons, as voted by people just like you. From the early seasons that introduced us to some of the most iconic talents in the show's history, to the more recent seasons that have taken the competition to new heights, this list has it all.
The Top Ten
1 Season 5 America's Got Talent returned for its fifth season with judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel. Hosted by Nick Cannon, this season featured a wide array of talented acts, including singers, magicians, and acrobats. The winner of Season 5 was soulful singer Michael Grimm, who captivated audiences with his powerful performances.

Season 5 had a truly loaded field that may not be topped. Jackie Evancho, Fighting Gravity, Jeremy Vanschoonhoven, ArcAttack, Anna and Patrick, all standout acts. The dance acts this season were a step down, but in every other category they exceeded the other seasons by far.

Now age 16, Jackie has used her AGT experience as a springboard to a remarkable career. In six years, she has performed for royalty, released five albums (about to release two more), performed duets with some of the greatest singers, delivered over one hundred solo concerts, and recorded three PBS specials on DVD.

From her season 5 performances to her latest, "The Debut" Jackie Evancho is such an extraordinarily refined level of beauty. Jackie brought a tepid talent show the magic we all needed. We live in the era of Jackie Evancho. How awesome is that?

2 Season 11 In Season 11 of America's Got Talent, Simon Cowell joined the judges' panel alongside Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show continued to showcase unique and diverse acts from across the country. The season concluded with 12-year-old singing sensation Grace VanderWaal winning the million-dollar prize with her incredible voice and ukulele skills.

This season has the greatest variety and largest number of impressive contestants. Featuring thrilling acts including juggler Viktor Kee, couple duo Deadly Games, and teen gymnast Sophie Dossi and some of the best magic acts from Steven Brundage, Jon Dorenbos, and the Clairvoyants, this season keeps you one the edge of your seat. Also, it features hilarious comedian Tapeface and captivating dance group Malevo. Most importantly, it includes the performances of amazing musical artist including Sal Valentinetti, Edgar, Laura Bretan, Calysta Bevier, Brian Justin Crum, and the season's winner Grace VanderWaal.

The shear volume of talent. Groups who had won global awards (The Clairvoyants) and Got Talent in another country (Laura Breton). And yet in the end it was a 12 year old unknown who took the prize. Absolutely amazing.

3 Season 12 Tyra Banks took over as the host for Season 12 of America's Got Talent, while Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel continued as judges. The season was filled with jaw-dropping acts, emotional performances, and fierce competition. In the end, 12-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer took home the grand prize with her impressive skills and lovable puppet characters.
4 Season 8 America's Got Talent Season 8 saw a change in the judges' panel, with Mel B and Heidi Klum joining Howie Mandel and Howard Stern. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the season showcased a variety of extraordinary acts, from magicians to singers and dance groups. The winner of Season 8 was the innovative dance troupe, Kenichi Ebina, known for their mesmerizing performances that combined dance and multimedia elements.
5 Season 13 Season 13 of America's Got Talent, hosted by Tyra Banks, featured the return of judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel. With a mix of heartwarming stories and awe-inspiring performances, the season saw a wide range of talented contestants. In the end, close-up magician Shin Lim emerged victorious with his mind-blowing, sleight-of-hand magic acts.

Best season by far. Lots of new and different acts were seen. The finals were lit with a bunch of variety acts instead of mostly singers. Shin Lim had the best magic talent I've ever seen, so proud of him. Other great acts include Samuel J Comroe, Brian King Joseph, Michael Ketterer, Duo Transcend, and Zurcaroh.

Oh this again

6 Season 6 America's Got Talent's sixth season featured returning judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel, with Nick Cannon as host. The season showcased an array of talented acts, from singers and dancers to comedians and acrobats. The winner of Season 6 was jazz singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., who charmed viewers with his smooth voice and humble personality.
7 Season 10 In Season 10 of America's Got Talent, the judges' panel consisted of Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel, with Nick Cannon hosting. The season featured a variety of entertaining acts, including comedians, magicians, and acrobats. Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin claimed the million-dollar prize, impressing audiences with his comedic performances and puppetry skills.

This was the best season of them all! Nicknamed the "Season of the Magicians" because four of the finalists were magicians, this season had it all. It featured the best judging panel of Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Howard Stern. This was also Howard Stern's last season as a judge. It had Nick Cannon as its host. It was the only season to have seven audition episodes, including an Extreme Auditions show. It was the 10th anniversary of AGT. Dunkin' Donuts replaced Snapple as sponsor of the show after three seasons. This was the first season to have an all-male finale. Four guest judges were invited to judge during the judge's cuts; actor Neil Patrick Harris, singer Michael Bublé, actor Marlon Wayans and former judge Piers Morgan. The series returned to Radio City Music Hall in New York for the live shows, the best venue in the world. You have to watch this season!

8 Season 2 The second season of America's Got Talent brought back judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne, and Piers Morgan, with Jerry Springer as the new host. The season included a wide range of acts, from singers and dancers to variety performers. Singer and ventriloquist Terry Fator took home the grand prize, captivating viewers with his unique talent and humor.
9 Season 7 America's Got Talent Season 7 featured judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel, with Nick Cannon as host. The show continued to highlight diverse and talented acts from across the country, including singers, dancers, and acrobats. The winner of Season 7 was Olate Dogs, a high-energy dog act led by Richard and Nicholas Olate, who amazed viewers with their incredible tricks and agility.

This was my favorite season. Even though I missed Piers and LOVED Howard, he was so funny and I was so happy that AGT finally got an American judge. Many of the performances were so memorable too, like Andrew De Leon's, Joe Castillo's, Turf's, David Garibaldi's, Tom Cotter's, Olate Dogs', Tim Hockenberry's, etc. It was also the show's last year of the magical YouTube Act Round, Wild Card Round, and Sharon's year as a judge. (In my opinion the show got SO MUCH WORSE after she left to be honest, especially since Heidi Klum was one of her replacements.) Even though Jackie Evancho - who is probably my favorite contestant out of all from the show - was not in this season, this season was my favorite for so many reasons!

10 Season 14 Season 14 of America's Got Talent saw a major shake-up in the judges' panel, with Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough joining Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel. Terry Crews took over as host, adding his own flair to the show. The season featured a diverse range of acts, from singers and dancers to comedians and magicians. In the end, singer Kodi Lee, who is blind and autistic, won the hearts of viewers and the million-dollar prize with his inspiring performances.
The Contenders
11 Season 9 America's Got Talent returned for its ninth season with judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel, and Nick Cannon as host. The season showcased a variety of talented acts, including magicians, singers, and acrobats. Magician Mat Franco emerged as the winner, captivating audiences with his incredible illusions and charming personality.

Wonderful and varied final three. First time the show featured a magician as its winning act.

12 Season 1 The inaugural season of America's Got Talent featured judges David Hasselhoff, Brandy Norwood, and Piers Morgan, with Regis Philbin as host. The season introduced viewers to a wide array of acts, from singers and dancers to magicians and novelty acts. The first-ever winner of America's Got Talent was singer Bianca Ryan, who wowed audiences with her powerful voice and emotional performances.

The other seasons would be here if it wasn't for this one.

13 Season 3 Season 3 of America's Got Talent welcomed a new judge, Sharon Osbourne, who joined David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan on the panel. Jerry Springer hosted the show, which continued to feature an eclectic mix of talent, including singers, dancers, and comedians. Opera singer Neal E. Boyd took home the grand prize, touching viewers with his incredible voice and heartfelt story.
14 Season 15 In Season 15 of America's Got Talent, Sofia Vergara joined the judges' panel alongside Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel, with Terry Crews as host. The season showcased a wide range of acts, from singers and dancers to magicians and acrobats. The winner of Season 15 was spoken-word poet Brandon Leake, who captivated audiences with his powerful and moving performances.
15 Season 4 America's Got Talent returned for its fourth season with judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and a new addition, David Hasselhoff. Nick Cannon took over as host for the first time. The season featured a diverse array of talent, including singers, dancers, and variety acts. Country singer Kevin Skinner emerged as the winner, charming viewers with his authentic performances and humble demeanor.
16 Season 16 Season 16 of America's Got Talent featured judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Howie Mandel, with Terry Crews as host. The season continued to showcase a wide range of talented acts, from singers and dancers to comedians and magicians. The winner of Season 16 was magician Dustin Tavella, who won over audiences with his heartwarming magic acts and storytelling.
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