America’s Got Talent 2021 live updates

AMERICA'S Got Talent is back again tonight for the second episode of Season 16.

The show made its triumphant return on June 1, after a difficult season last year dealing with injuries and the Covid pandemic.

New shows will be airing every Tuesday at 8 pm ET.

The show will air auditions throughout July, with live shows beginning in August. A winner will be named in September 2021.

America's Got Talent airs on NBC and streams on Peacock. The show will also stream on Hulu.

Read our America’s Got Talent live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

  • Katie Balevic

    'LARGER THAN LIFE' BOY BAND FALLS FLAT

    "I always wanted to be in a boy band," one of them said.

    Simon rolled his eyes before hitting his buzzer once the band started to sing off key.

    "Was that serious?" Simon asked after they were finished. "I would just stop right now… It's hard enough when you're good. When you're terrible…I would just give it up."

    Heidi and Howie also hit their buzzers. They got no's from the judges.

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    UNICYCLISTS GET ALL YES VOTES FROM THE JUDGES

    The group UniCircle Flow surprised the judges with a dance routine on unicycles.

    "Does this scare you, Simon, when you see people on bikes?" Howie joked before the group performed.

    "This is one of the most unique, amazing acts we've seen on America's Got Talent over the years," Simon said.

    "Perfection," Sofia added.

  • Katie Balevic

    DANCERS WOW THE JUDGES

    "I think this act was sensational, absolutely sensational," Simon said.

    The troupe got four yes's from the judges.

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    WHICH HOSTS HAVE COME AND GONE ON THE SHOW?

    Simon Cowell is the show's creator and has hosted for the last five seasons.

    Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel have hosted several seasons on and off while Sofia Vergara is returning for the show for her second season.

    Nick Cannon left America's Got Talent early in 2017 after a much-publicized fallout with NBC.

    Cannon served as the host of NBC's America's Got Talent from 2009 to 2016 but did not return for 2017.

  • Katie Balevic

    HOW CAN YOU WATCH AMERICA'S GOT TALENT?

    America's Got Talent airs on NBC and streams on Peacock and Hulu.

    Season 16 premiered on Tuesday, June 1 with episodes airing weekly at 8 pm EST.

  • Katie Balevic

    WHO WON AMERICA'S GOT TALENT LAST YEAR?

    Brandon Leake was the first spoken-word poet in the talent competition and went on to become the first spoken-word poet to win the show.

    The Stockton, California, native, proved he was a top contender from the beginning when he earned a Golden Buzzer during his audition from Howie Mandel.

    After his quarterfinals performance, Howie commented, "I've never been more moved in my life on this show by any other act. We need you on this show. We need in this world… You matter."

    The 27-year-old walked away with the $1 million prize, a brand new Kia Stinger, and the chance to headline a show for AGT in Las Vegas.

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    WHO IS HOSTING THIS SEASON OF AMERICA'S GOT TALENT?

    Terry Crews will return to season 16 as the host of America's Got Talent.

    Terry Crews is an actor, comedian, artist, TV host, bodybuilder, and former professional football player.

    Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell will return as the hosts of the latest season of AGT.

  • Katie Balevic

    FANS CRITIQUE WHO HOWIE GAVE HIS GOLDEN BUZZER TO

    America's Got Talent fans slammed Howie Mandel for using his one Golden Buzzer on a choir group due to a “sob story” not their “singing ability.”

    On last week's season premiere of the NBC competition, viewers were shocked the 65-year-old comedian advanced The Northwell Health Nurse Choir over other acts. 

    As the group came out in scrubs, they discussed their difficult year working through “a really dark, trying time” the pandemic. 

    The choir then sang a stunning rendition of a medley that included Lean on Me and Ben E. King's classic Stand by Me.

    One person said: “Nurses in general are incredible and the Northwell choir is talented but they got their golden buzzer more for the story than their skills (as is the case w most golden buzzer acts).”

    “America's got sob stories,” a second quipped on Twitter. 

  • Katie Balevic

    HOWIE AND SIMON MATCH WITH CASUAL SHORTS

    Hosts Howie and Simon charmed the audience with matching shorts
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    GOT SHORTS? SIMON RETURNS TO AGT CLAD IN CASUAL SHORTS

    America's Got Talent fans rejoiced as judge Simon Cowell made his comeback to the show after his bike crash.

    The 61-year-old's return shocked the fellow judges as he returned in casual shorts attire.

    During Tuesday's episode of AGT, host Terry Crews introduced the judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara to the viewers.

    He added: “And now, I am proud to announce the triumphant return of THE Simon Cowell.” 

    Sofia 48, and Heidi, 48, were visibly shocked by Simon's outfit, which included a pair of casual knee-length shorts.

    Later in the episode, Howie even got up on stage with Simon as the judges matched in white shorts.

  • Katie Balevic

    SIMON COWELL'S TRIUMPHANT RETURN

    Simon Cowell returned to filming America's Got Talent this season.

    The star broke his back in 2020 and faced a long recovery.

    Simon, 61, told Terri Seymour about the electric bike accident at his Malibu home last year.

    He said: “It could have been a lot worse. When I saw the X-ray, I really nearly could have smashed my spine to pieces, so I literally wouldn’t have been able to walk.

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