5 Things We Know About ‘AGT: The Champions’ So Far

Julia Delbel
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America’s Got Talent was the number one show on American television once again this summer, and now the franchise is looking to win the winter ratings with its upcoming spin-off AGT: The Champions.

Details on the spin-off have been pretty minimal so far (I found it odd they didn’t even mention it once during the Season 13 finale) but over the past week in particular some new information has come to light that could hint at how the show’s format might work.

Here are five things we know about AGT: The Champions so far…and what clues these facts might give us about the show.


1. The Show Will Premiere in January 2019

Most of the other major TV talent competitions aren’t set to start their first 2019 seasons until around March, so The Champions should make for a nice viewing choice for those looking to get their fix. The show’s seven episodes will air on NBC in January and February, after the holiday season has wrapped up and before Season 16 of The Voice begins.

2. It Will Feature Previous AGT Contestants…


NBC has promised plenty of past AGT fan favorites will be returning for The Champions. No one has been confirmed as of yet, but of course there are plenty of rumors floating around and names being thrown out there as potential contestants. One such suspicion that seems like it could hold some weight is the participation of Season 1 winner Bianca Ryan. In the two most recent posts on her Instagram page, the singer mentioned heading to LA this week. While the city is a known hub for the entertainment industry, the timing of her travel there is certainly…noteworthy. We’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on what she gets up to over the next few weeks.

3. …And Also Some Favorites From Other Got Talent Programs Around The World

Again, no specific names have been confirmed yet, but NBC has confirmed The Champions will not be limited to alumni from the American program. There have been about 60 incarnations of Got Talent in countries all around the world, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing representatives from a good chunk of them.

4. Simon Cowell Will Be One Of The Judges

There’s been a bit of confusion as to who exactly will be judging the show, with Mel B‘s rehab announcement last month and Howie Mandel‘s Deal or No Deal revival commitments, but at least we know who one of the panelists will be. In an interview on Talent Recap’s YouTube channel after last week’s AGT finale, Simon Cowell confirmed his involvement in the spin-off. It’ll be interesting to see if he reverts back to his tough-as-nails demeanor for the series set to feature the best of the best, or stick with the more relaxed approach he tends to take on regular AGT and Britain’s Got Talent.

5. All Of The Episodes Will Be Pre-Recorded

The information about the show revealed by On Camera Audiences suggests its format will be a departure from the AGT we’re used to in more ways than one. Obviously, we’ve never had an all-stars season before, so that will naturally be a different ball-game, but the notes on the site about a semi-final and finale show both taping in October may confirm another big change: It looks like the entire season is being taped in advance.

This, of course, will most likely eliminate any voting from at-home viewers. It’s not yet clear as to how results will be determined, but I’m betting on a live studio audience vote in each episode, similar to what The Four does with their format. I’m sure many TV-only viewers will be disappointed they won’t have a say in the outcome, but seeing as these are all going to be acts that have already proven to be a hit in America (or another country with a Got Talent program) I’m sure the show will still get a decent amount of fans tuning in every week.

And who knows? Maybe only the performance aspect of the finale is taking place in advance, and they’ll end up letting the home audience vote to determine the final results. Either way, this is shaping up to be an exciting show, and one that’ll hopefully get us through those long winter nights and tide us over until America’s Got Talent Season 14 begins next summer!

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