NEW YORK – September 10, 2012 – After months of searching for America’s next superstar act, NBC’s top-rated show “America’s Got Talent” heads into its final week, with the final live contestant performance show on Wednesday, September 12 (9-10 p.m. ET.) and a two-hour star-studded finale featuring a dynamic lineup of guest performances on Thursday, September 13 (8-10 p.m. ET.) The final remaining six contestants selected from thousands of hopefuls will bring out all the stops one last time, as they compete in front of judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and host Nick Cannon for their final chance at the $1 million prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas.
After a season that has seen an unprecedented and diverse amount of talent — from waterskiing squirrels to stand-out surprises, including contortionist dancer Turf and opera singer Andrew de Leon — the final six acts that will compete on Wednesday, September 12 are: Sand story artist Joe Castillo from Lexington, KY, comedian Tom Cotter from New York, Earth Harp inventor William Close from Los Angeles, artist David Garibaldi and his CMYK’s from Sacramento, dancing group The Untouchables from Miami and traveling dog act, Olate Dogs.
An amazing lineup of appearances will also grace the “America’s Got Talent” stage during finale week on September 13, including a ground-breaking theatrical performance by Blue Man Group and musical performances by Justin Bieber, NE-YO and Green Day.
On the heels of his hit singles “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me” feat. Big Sean from his latest album BELIEVE, global superstar Justin Bieber makes his next stop on the America’s Got Talent stage for the show’s grand finale, airing September 13th. His latest studio effort BELIEVE is Justin’s fourth #1 album debut and the highest debut album of the year, with four hit singles on the chars prior to the album’s release with “Boyfriend,” “All Around the World” featuring Ludacris, “Die In Your Arms,” and second single “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean. BELIEVE debuted at #1 in 30 countries, including top markets the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil and more and is the highest Billboard soundscan debut of the year.
Multi-platinum, three-time Grammy Award-winning artist NE-YO joins the AGT stage to perform his hit single “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself),” from his upcoming album, R.E.D., arriving in-stores in November. R.E.D. is NE-YO’s first album for Motown after seven hugely ¬successful years and four RIAA gold and platinum albums as a core member of IDJ since 2005. In January 2012, NE-YO was also named Senior Vice President of A&R for Motown, working alongside Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown. NE-YO’s arrival at Motown in 2012 caps an incredible run at sister label Def Jam, where his first three studio albums all debuted at #1 Soundscan and were all certified RIAA platinum: In My Own Words (2006), Because Of You (Grammy Award®-winning Best Contemporary R&B Album for 2007), and Year Of The Gentleman (2008), which spun off a trio of RIAA platinum hits: “Closer” (#1 U.S. Dance, #1 UK), “Miss Independent” (#1 U.S. R&B, #1 UK R&B), and “Mad” (#5 U.S. R&B, #3 UK R&B). “Miss Independent” went on to win Grammy Awards® for Best R&B Song (song¬writers award) and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
Green Day joins the “AGT” stage to perform their new single, “Oh Love,” off the first of their trilogy of new albums – Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, and Green Day ¡Tré! After taking the music scene by storm in 1994 with the arrival of their album Dookie, Green Day has continued to top the charts with the subsequent studio albums Insomniac, Nimrod, and Warning, while entertaining millions of fans with their frenetic live shows. Their landmark 2004 album AmericanIdiot launched Green Day into the stratosphere, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard chart and leading to five hit singles, before earning seven Grammy® nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album). Their album 21st Century Breakdown won a 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Rock Album and spawned two hit singles: the gold “Know Your Enemy,” and the double-platinum “21 Guns,” which earned them three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Rock Video.
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Blue Man Group will unveil its newest production complete with electrifying music, sensational technology, a captivating nightly procession and its signature interactive, audience experiences at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The mega-enhanced show presents a thrilling, energy-infused combination of the signature pieces Blue Man Group is known for while introducing new playful personalities and dynamic new instruments. Founded by Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman,., Blue Man Group is now in its third smash decade and have transitioned from cult figures to international icons, recognized the world over as symbols of creativity, mischief, and bold, boundless theatricality. A multinational media and entertainment company, boasts theatrical and digital media operations across three continents, permanent live performance installations in six cities, an ongoing theatrical tour of the USA and Canada, as well as a highly acclaimed show on Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Epic.”
“America’s Got Talent” is the #1 summer series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and total viewers, marking the seventh straight year the show has ranked as the #1 summer series in total viewers. “Talent” has finished as the #1 non-sports primetime telecast on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox for each its last 12 weeks on the air (excludes weeks of Olympic preemptions). The Monday edition of “Talent” has averaged a 3.4 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.0 million viewers overall, the Tuesday telecast is earning a 3.3/10 in 18-49 and 11.6 million viewers and the Wednesday edition is delivering a 2.8/8 in 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers in “most current” season averages from Nielsen Media Research through September 2.
“America’s Got Talent” was created by Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television and is co-produced by Syco TV and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell and Georgie Hurford-Jones (“Britain’s Got Talent”) are executive producers for Syco TV and Cecile Frot-Coutaz (“American Idol”), Jason Raff, Ken Warwick (“American Idol”) for FremantleMedia North America.
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