Kelly Clarkson, Derek Hough & More Set for AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Season Finale on NBC
Superstars Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain, Derek Hough, James Arthur, Kevin Nealon, Jeff Dunham and Season Two winner Terry Fator are set to perform on the live two-hour season finale of the most-watched season in the 12-year history of summer's #1 show, NBC's AMERICA'S GOT TALENT The finale will air Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.
On Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 8-10 p.m., the Top 10 finalists will perform for America's vote and the chance to win the $1 million grand prize, in addition to headlining the "America's Got Talent Live" stage show Nov. 3-4 at the PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The Top 10 finalists are singer Evie Clair, dance group Diavolo, singer Chase Goehring, singer Angelica Hale, singer Mandy Harvey, comedian PREACHER Lawson, dance group Light Balance, singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne, singer Kechi and animal act Sara and Hero.
In its 12thseason, "America's Got Talent" is delivering its most watched season ever, averaging 15.8 million viewers in "live plus seven day" averages from Nielsen Media Research for Tuesday and Wednesday originals, up +14% versus last summer. In adults 18-49, "Talent" is up year to year by +10% (3.4 vs. 3.1), making this its highest-rated season since 2013. For the full 2016-17 season, "Talent" is the #4 most-watched entertainment series on television, behind only "The Big Bang Theory," "NCIS" and "The Walking Dead."
The "Got Talent" format has had more than 900 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006. "Got Talent" is entered in the Guinness World Records as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history, with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, AFRICA and the Americas. "America's Got Talent" has aired in more than 190 markets worldwide. "Britain's Got Talent" is the U.K.'s highest-rated entertainment show of the century and in 2009 discovered global singing sensation Susan Boyle, who has sold 23 million records to date.
"America's Got Talent" was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by FremantleMedia NORTH AMERICA and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.
Tickets for "America's Got Talent Live" at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 3-4 will go on sale Friday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. PT. A special pre-sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT on Thursday, Sept. 21. Tickets can be purchased online at www.AGTvegas.com or by phone at (702) 777-2782 or (855) 234-7469.
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ABOUT KELLY CLARKSON
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson is set to make her debut with Atlantic Records with "Meaning of Life," which arrives on Oct. 27. "Meaning of Life" is the album Clarkson was destined to make with Atlantic, a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label's classic canon. For her eighth studio album - and follow-up to 2015's chart-topping "Piece By Piece" - Clarkson united a stellar team of top songwriters and producers to collaborate, among them past collaborators Jason Halbert, Jesse Shatkin and Grammy Award-winning Producer of the Year Greg Kurstin as well as first time collaborators Mick Schultz, The Monarch and Nick Ruth among others.
Clarkson will return to NBC next year in her new role as coach on season 14 of "The Voice."
Kelly Clarkson is among the most popular artists of this or any other era, with total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of "American Idol." Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This," followed and quickly went to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, ultimately ranking as the year's best-selling single in the U.S. "Thankful," Clarkson's 2003 debut album, made its debut atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200 on its way to 2x platinum certification from the RIAA.
"Breakaway" arrived in 2004 and truly affirmed Clarkson as a major pop force via such blockbuster singles as "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Since U Been Gone," the latter a chart-topping worldwide #1 smash as well as a 2x platinum certified Grammy Award winner for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The album remains Clarkson's most successful to date, currently certified 6x platinum by the RIAA for sales exceeding 6 million. "Breakaway" has been followed by a series of platinum- and gold- certified album releases, including 2007's platinum-certified "My December," 2009's "All I Ever Wanted," 2011's platinum certified and Grammy winning "Stronger," 2013's platinum-certified Christmas album "Wrapped in Red" and 2015's "Piece By Piece."
Clarkson is without DOUBT one of pop's top singles artists, with 17 single releases now boasting multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world, including such global favorites as "Miss Independent," "Because of You," "Mr. Know It All," "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," "Heartbeat Song," and "My Life Would Suck Without You," the last of which holds the Billboard "Hot 100" record for the biggest chart leap in a single week, from #97 all the way to #1.
One of the most honored artists in music history, Clarkson has received a truly stunning array of awards and nominations, among them three Grammys, including two for Best Pop Vocal Album - the first artist to ever twice win that award. In addition, Clarkson has won 12 Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and one Country Music Association Award. The first artist to top each of Billboard's pop, adult contemporary, country, and dance charts, Clarkson has made countless TV appearances, including performances during the 14thseason of "American Idol" - the first ever week of competition dedicated to a previous winner's discography.
ABOUT SHANIA TWAIN
Shania Twain is a five-time Grammy Award winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Twain remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Her albums include the platinum-selling 1993 debut, "Shania Twain"; the Grammy-winning, double diamond-selling 1995 release, "The Woman in Me"; "Come on Over," the bestselling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and "Up!," Twain's third consecutive diamond-selling album release.
Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Twain is the first and only female artist to receive CMT's Artist of a Lifetime Award and the Country Music Hall of Fame recently opened the "Shania Twain: Rock This Country" exhibit. Twain was also honored with the Icon Award at BILLBOARD'S WOMEN IN MUSIC ceremony. Her hits include "Any Man of Mine," "That Don't IMPRESS ME Much," "You're Still the One," and "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!"
ABOUT DEREK HOUGH
Derek Hough serves as a judge on NBC's hit dance competition series "World of Dance," alongside judges Jennifer Lopez, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum.
An Emmy Award winner and New York Times bestselling author, as well as the only six-time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show "Dancing with the Stars," Hough started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City at age 11. Just one year later he moved to London to live and train with the top dance coaches in the world and attend the prestigious Italia Conti performing arts school where he studied theater, music and dance.
A multi-talented entertainer, two-time Emmy Award winner and nine-time nominee for Best Choreography, Hough has also appeared in film, television and stage projects as an actor. He made his feature-film debut for director Duane Adler and producer Robert Cort in "Make Your Move" and has a recurring role on the ABC series "Nashville." His stage performances include Radio City Music Hall's "Spring Spectacular," co-starring Tony Award-winning Laura Benanti, and the critically acclaimed production of "Footloose," which he starred on London's West End. Last December Hough starred with Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short and Harvey Fierstein in NBC's "Hairspray Live!"
Hough can also add author to his growing list of credits. His memoir, "Taking the Lead: Lessons From a Life in Motion," hit stands in 2014 and rapidly was named to the prestigious New York Times bestseller list during two non-consecutive time periods. That same year Hough and his sister Julianne teamed for a live stage dance concert "MOVE Live on Tour," performing in 50 cities around the country. In 2015 they toured again and sold out many venues on their 47-city outing.
With celebrity partners on "Dancing with the Stars" that have included Brooke Burke, Jennie Garth, Ricki Lake, Maria Menounos Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley, Amy Purdy and Bindi Irwin, Hough is best known for his innovation and daring choreography on the show. Hough is the winningest professional dancer with six Mirror Ball trophies.
ABOUT JAMES ARTHUR
Coming off his two-year break from the spotlight, 2012 "X Factor" winner James Arthur made a triumphant return in 2016 with the release of his incredible album, "Back From the Edge." The disc features the global hit single "Say You Won't Let Go," which has sold more than 2 million downloads plus 1.3 billion streams and helped launch the young artist to the #1 spot around the world.
"Say You Won't Let Go," which has received more than 600 million streams on Spotify, has helped pave the way for Arthur's return to music. Arthur was twice nominated at the prestigious BRIT AWARDS and went on to sell out multiple tours worldwide. The album gives his fans a look at some of the issues he was forced to face during his short time off, but also demonstrates an experimental side of the artist, drawing from rock and soul influences.
ABOUT KEVIN NEALON
Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," and has received critical acclaim for his role as Doug Wilson in the Showtime series "Weeds." Nealon is currently starring alongside Matt LeBlanc on the CBS comedy series "Man With a Plan."
On the big screen, Nealon starred alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in "Just Go with It," a film about a man who enlists the help of his receptionist and her kids to land the woman of his dreams. The film grossed more than $30 million in its opening weekend and over $214 million worldwide
Nealon has found great comedic success in his extensive film career. In "Anger Management," he played opposite Jack Nicholson and Sandler. He and Sandler also teamed up in "Blended," "Eight Crazy Nights," "The Wedding Singer," "Happy Gilmore" and "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," the latter of which grossed over $200 million worldwide. In "Joe Dirt," Nealon joined another "Saturday Night Live" alumnus David Spade.
As one of the longest running cast members on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (1986-1995), Nealon created some of the show's most memorable characters, including Subliminal Man and Hans and Franz. Nealon's recurring role as an anchor on "Weekend Update" helped make the sketch a show staple. In 1988 he earned an Emmy Award nomination as part of the "SNL" writing team.
In 2009, Nealon's first one hour stand up special, "Kevin Nealon: Now Hear Me Out!" aired on Showtime to rave reviews. Nealon's second standup special for Showtime. "Whelmed... But Not Overly," debuted in 2012.
As well as being a regular on THE TALK show circuit, Nealon tours the country performing stand-up at theaters, clubs and casinos. He is currently working on his third, yet to be titled, stand-up special.
ABOUT JEFF DUNHAM
Jeff Dunham, a Guinness World Record holder for Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour, has built an entertainment EMPIRE over years of non-stop touring and innovation. With more than a million Youtube subscribers amassing over a billion views, he has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world leading to record-breaking viewership with his comedy specials on Comedy Central, NBC and his latest, "Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster," which recently premiered on Netflix. His 2015 standup special, "Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood," debuted on NBC in the fall and ranked as the time period's top non-sports program on the Big 4 in every key measure.
After taping his latest Netflix special, "Relative Disaster," in Dublin, Ireland, Dunham returned to the U.S. and has continued selling out arenas across the country. Dunham is bringing his cast of characters on the road this fall through spring 2018, as America's favorite ventriloquist tours NORTH AMERICA on his 60-city "Passively Aggressive" tour.
Finally, adding to an amazing list of recent accomplishments, Dunham's contribution to the world of show business and comedy will be recognized on Thursday, Sept. 21, when he receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, commemorating over two decades of superstardom.
ABOUT TERRY FATOR
Terry Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of "America's Got Talent" with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions. After 25 years of honing his skills at county fairs and venues across the country, the Dallas-bred entertainer's big "AGT" win at age 42 catapulted him into the upper echelon of entertainers and led to a multi-million dollar deal with The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where his award-winning show, "Terry Fator: THE VOICE of Entertainment," has been running since 2009. With a cast of characters that include Winston, the Impersonating Turtle; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Maynard Thompkins, the Elvis Impersonator; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor, The Donald, Elton, Fernando V. Francisco and many others, Fator has been raking in awards, accolades and industry admiration ever since. In 2014, Fator released a DVD "Terry Fator: Live in Concert," a country music CD "It Starts Tonight," as well as a series of children's books including "Lamu, The Christmas Kitten."
ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA
FremantleMedia NORTH AMERICA (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia. A powerhouse in scripted and non-scripted content, FremantleMedia also comprises a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division, and a kids & family entertainment business. As one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia's comprehensive global network has operations in 31 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. For more information follow us @FMNATV and visit our Facebook page.
ABOUT SYCO ENTERTAINMENT
Syco Entertainment, a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music, is one of the world's leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the most successful global TV and music franchises and is the world's most successful producer of international talent. In 2017, Syco Music was named Music Week's Record Label of the Year and is home to internationally successful artists who have sold more than 380 million records to date. Syco is the record label home to Labrinth, James Arthur, Fifth Harmony, Little Mix, Camila Cabello, Louis Tomlinson, CNCO and Grace VanderWaal, amongst others. Syco's television assets include the global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent. Around the world, The X Factor airs in 168 countries and is watched by more than a half billion people. Artists discovered by the format have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 200 number ones and 380 top 10 records. The Got Talent format officially holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for highest number of adaptations, making it the "World's Most Successful Reality TV Format," having been commissioned in an impressive 68 territories worldwide. America's Got Talent airs in 186 countries around the globe and has been the #1 US summer reality series for the past decade. Syco Film produced the 2013 #1 global box office hit " One Direction: This Is Us," a 3D concert movie with Sony Pictures and have recently partnered with Animal Logic (The Lego Movie, Happy Feet) to produce a number of music-based live action-hybrid animated movies.