‘AGT’ Vs. ‘AGT: Champions’ — How Does Voting Differ?

Jill O'Rourke
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A second season of AGT: The Champions is on its way, and you might be wondering how the voting method differs from the regular AGT format. Champions actually has an entirely different system for choosing a winner.

Because Champions is pre-taped, viewers at home don’t have the same input that they do during a typical season. However, that doesn’t mean it’s all up to the judges. Read on to find out more about each voting method.

The winner of “AGT” Season 14 is announced.

How Regular ‘AGT’ Voting Works

In the first two rounds of a typical AGT season (auditions and Judge Cuts), only the judges have a say in who moves forward. These rounds are pre-recorded. If an act receives the Golden Buzzer (from a judge, host, or guest judge), they move straight to the live shows.

Once the quarterfinals start, the show airs live, and America gets to choose who moves on. Viewers can vote during the show and overnight on the AGT website or by using the AGT app. The acts with the most votes automatically move forward.

During the quarterfinals and semifinals, the show also utilizes the Dunkin’ Save. Three acts who ranked in the middle of the pack from the overnight votes are put up for a live vote. Viewers at home choose who they want to move forward. From the remaining two acts, the judges save one, and the other goes home.

During the finals, there is no Dunkin’ Save or Judges’ Choice. The winner is chosen solely by whoever received the most votes from viewers.

Terry Crews explains how to become a superfan for “AGT: The Champions.”

How Does ‘AGT: The Champions’ Voting Work?

Because all of AGT: The Champions is pre-recorded, viewers at home don’t get to vote for their favorite acts. Instead, it’s up to the judges and a panel of “superfans” who watch the show as it’s filmed.

During each episode of the preliminary round, one act receives the Golden Buzzer from one of the judges or the host. This act is automatically sent to the finals. Another act is then chosen by the superfans, a group of unidentified fans who apparently represent all 50 states.

In the first season of Champions earlier this year, the judges also chose two wildcard acts to return for the finals. Jon Dorenbos and Darci Lynne Farmer, who had been eliminated in the preliminaries, had a chance to return. We’re not sure yet if the new season will feature wildcards, so we’ll have to wait and see.

The winner of Champions is decided by the superfans. If you’re interested in signing up to be on the panel, you can find out more here.

The winner of “AGT: The Champions” is announced.

When Does ‘AGT: The Champions’ Start?

The new season of AGT: The Champions is set to begin airing in January 2020. Although the acts haven’t been announced yet, we do know that Terry Crews will return as host.

The judges for the new season will be Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and BGT judge Alesha Dixon. We can’t wait to watch!

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