America’s Got Talent 2018: Everything you need to know

America’s Got Talent is due to return for its 13th season in just a few weeks.  

Based on this first look at the upcoming season, it’s going to be a good one. The clip, released on Monday, imagines judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Howie Mandel, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum in a horror movie scenario.

Stranded in a remote cabin in the woods in the middle of a thunder storm, the Americas Got Talent judges stumbled upon a typewriter printing, ‘All play and no judging makes Simon a dull boy’ on a seemingly endless supply of white paper, making reference to The Shining. 

A spooky trailer for the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent has been released ahead of the May 29, 2018 premiere date

Then they’re confronted by Leatherface, who’s juggling chainsaws. 

‘I’m back,’ the villain says, removing his mask to reveal that it’s Simon.

The clip doesn’t provide any real clues as to what to expect from season 13 of America’s Got Talent, but we’ve got some idea. Here’s what you need to know before the premiere in May.    

America’s Got Talent Season 13 trailer 

The America’s Got Talent trailer was released on Monday. It’s been viewed more than 40,000 times since then.

America’s Got Talent Season 13 spoilers

Little is known about what’s to come in season 13 of America’s Got Talent. We do, however, know that Simon Cowell and Tyra Banks will be using their golden buzzers in the upcoming season. 

Simon, 58, revealed in an interview with Hollywood Life that he used his on the very first day of auditions. He was confident in his choice, telling the publication his pick was ‘an extraordinary guy’. The problem, though, is that a co-judge may have chosen better.

‘I think the best one though is Tyra’s. I won’t tell you much about it but they flew in 6,000 miles,’ he revealed. 

‘It is one of the most extraordinary things I have ever seen. Extraordinary. I mean amazing.’ 

What does a golden buzzer mean on America’s Got Talent?

The golden buzzer was introduced to America’s Got Talent in season nine. Each judge has one opportunity to use theirs.

It was first added as a means to break a tie, but after season 10 was upgraded to a way to send an act directly to the live shows.

America’s Got Talent judges

Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B are the judges on America’s Got Talent. Tyra Banks has been brought on as the show’s host, replacing Nick Cannon. 

Why was Nick Cannon fired from America’s Got Talent?

Nick Cannon was not fired from America’s Got Talent. He left the show amid threats from NBC executives about a line in his Showtime stand-up special, titled Stand Up, Don’t Shoot. 

In a statement Nick, 37, released on Facebook he explained: ‘It was brought to my attention by my “team” that NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand.

‘In my defense, I would ask how so? Or is this just another way to silence and control an outspoken voice who often battles the establishment.’

He continued: ‘I have loved hosting AMERICAS GOT TALENT for the last 8 seasons.

‘Watching talented, brave, and courageous Americans accomplish their dreams in front of millions has been nothing but a joy, and everyone has been a pleasure to work with but my soul won’t allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices.’   

When is the America’s Got Talent 2018 premiere?

America’s Got Talent is due to premiere season 13 on May 29, 2018 at 8pm ET. The premiere will be two hours long.

Who won America’s Got Talent 2017?

Darcie Lynne Farmer won America’s Got Talent in 2017. The 12-year-old took home a prize of $1 million (£735,405) and her own show in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

In second and third place were 10-year-old singer Angelica Hale and the dance group Light Balance.