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Why Simon Cowell Thinks America’s Got Talent’s New Live Episode Format Makes Things ‘More Exciting’

He might not like songs about cheese but Simon Cowell does dig AGTs live format.

The seventeenth season of Americas Got Talent has brought about a lot of changes. First off a full audience is once again present to watch the live shows as compared to the virtual audience that was utilized due to COVID 19 restrictions that started up back in Season 15. The latest change up for the NBC series involves the new live episode format which according to AGT judge Simon Cowell makes things “more exciting for viewers.

In previous seasons of Americas Got Talent the live shows started up during the quarter final and semi final rounds. This season marked the major change to those norms as the 55 acts have been split up into five qualifying rounds with only two from each weeks eleven act set moving directly into the finale one as chosen by the viewers overnight vote and the other chosen by the judges from the acts that placed second third and fourth. Iconic AGT judge Simon Cowell explained to People what he has looking forward to with the new formatting and why its working for him so far.

We had a ton of great people this year. So trying to get that number down to 36 would’ve been really difficult. In some ways we have made it easier by putting more people through. In other ways we have made it harder because only two people per night are going to go through to the final. But I think thats more exciting.For the next batch of Tuesdays the Americas Got Talent will return to the Pasadena Civic Center for six weeks of live shows and the British judge can not wait. He continued sharing his thoughts on the changes and revealed he was not exactly feeling super pumped about how things went last season.


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