Season twelve of the reality competition series America’s Got Talent was ordered on August 2, 2016 and premiered on NBC on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell returned as judges for their respective eighth, fifth, fifth and second seasons. Supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks replaced Nick Cannon, who hosted the show for eight seasons, making her the first female host of the show. The live shows returned to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles beginning August 15, 2017.
The format of the show was the same as in season eleven, and Dunkin Donuts sponsors the show for a third consecutive season. A guest judge joined the panel for each episode of the Judge Cuts round: Chris Hardwick, DJ Khaled, Laverne Cox and Seal.
Darci Lynne Farmer was named the winner on the season finale, September 20, 2017. She was the third ventriloquist, third child and third female to win a season of America’s Got Talent. 10-year-old singer Angelica Hale placed second, and glow light dance troupe Light Balance came in third. Farmer won the show’s prize of $1 million and a headlining performance in Las Vegas.
About – 2017 America’s Got Talent (season 12)
Broadcast from: May 30 – September 20, 2017
Judges: Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell
Host(s): Tyra Banks
Winner: Darci Lynne Farmer
Runner-up: Angelica Hale
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