During the current season of America’s Got Talent: All-Stars, 60 of the NBC franchise’s most popular contestants, including winners and finalists from international versions of the show, are battling it out. However, they won’t be competing for viewers’ votes.
Instead, the spin-off’s three celebrity judges — Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Heidi Klum — and 50 "superfans" get to decide the winner. So, what’s the deal with this seemingly random group of voters? Here’s what we know about the relatively new system.
Who are the 'AGT: All-Stars' superfans?
According to Gold Derby, NBC revealed that a “research team sourced delegates from all 50 states who have been longtime and dedicated viewers of AGT" to serve as superfans.
Additionally, NBC revealed that "they compiled a group of superfans for each show taping that is reflective and as diverse as their nationwide viewing audience."
Interestingly, before the premiere of America's Got Talent: The Champions, 50 superfans were selected through an application process on the AGT website, and each one represents a different U.S. state. But, to have submitted a form, superfans were required to live in or around Los Angeles (where the show is filmed).
So it sounds like most of these participants weren't even from the state they’re repping.
How do the 'AGT: All-Stars' superfans vote?
According to Gold Derby, superfans will be able to cast their votes using "electronic keypads" after watching all of the performances. Although the final decision comes down to the superfans, the judges will provide feedback.
NBC's Insider blog shares that each week consists of one act out of 10 advancing to the next week — thanks to the superfans' votes — in hopes of competing in the finals.
Additionally, a total of 10 new acts will perform for the judges every week. On the two-hour finale, superfans will then vote for a final time out of the 11 remaining acts to crown the winner of AGT: All-Stars.
How does the golden buzzer work on 'AGT: All-Stars?'
Similar to AGT: The Champions, five golden buzzers will be up for grabs. However, since AGT: All-Stars only has three judges instead of four, things look slightly different.
NBC's Insider blog shares that each judge, including host, Terry Crews, will each have the opportunity to give an act a golden buzzer, which automatically gives them a shot in the finals. Plus, there will be a group golden buzzer up for grabs.
'AGT: All-Stars' viewers will enjoy the return of acts ranging from comedians to singers.
Consider AGT: All-Stars the superbowl of America's Got Talent!
NBC's Insider blog shares that the monumental season will feature aeralists, comedians, dancers, magicians, singers, and more all hoping to snag the title. Plus, past winners and standout performers including Avery Dixon and Dustin Tavella will dazzle viewers.
Aside from the coveted title, Gold Derby shares that $25,000 will be awarded to the winning act.
"It was terrific and it was really fascinating to see people who've competed on the American show and done really well, competing with people who won the show in other countries," judge Simon Cowell told People. "The dynamic was fascinating ... and what really was great and cool about the show was that so many people decided to come back and compete."
Simon continued, "We were reunited with so many great people, and then met so many great people, and there were a lot of surprises on the show as well. I really, really enjoyed it."
Judging by the first episode of AGT: All-Stars, it appears that the world is also enjoying the show as well.
Competition is very stiff on AGT: All-Stars. With so many intriguing and fascinating performers all competing for their shot at the title, it's simply anyone's competition.
Catch new episodes of America's Got Talent: All-Stars Mondays at 8p.m. EST on NBC. You can also stream episodes next-day on Peacock.