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A brief history of America’s Got Talent

This week, America’s Got Talent concludes its 10th season. AGT is the reigning summer ratings champion, routinely crushing all else, reality TV and otherwise.

It endures despite more than 100 percent turnover in its judges and hosts during its lifespan, never mind a string of not-so-impressive winners.

Below is a brief history of the NBC reality competition and its highlights.

the concept, 2005

  • September: A pilot for what will become Britain’s Got Talent is filmed with both American Idol judge Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan as judges. However, presenter Paul O’Grady’s dispute with ITV leaves the show unaired. The British version ultimately won’t debut until 2007.

season one, 2006

season two, 2007

season three, 2008

season four, 2009

season five, 2010

season six, 2011

season seven, 2012

season eight, 2013

season nine, 2014

season ten, 2015

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