America’s Got Talent: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets
America’s Got Talent has built a fan base of unbelievable proportions, but how much do viewers miss because of the nature of the medium? In 2013, “Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America’s Got Talent” was published and revealed a lot of troubling facts about the beloved talent show. Here is a look at some of those lesser known facts about America’s Got Talent as we look behind the scenes!
10. Producers Induce Reaction
Back in season 2, runner up Cas Haley learned pretty quickly not to trust producers. He recalled, “We were all in the green room, waiting to go out and perform and there was this young girl from Hawaii who was with her mom. She went out and auditioned and while she was out there, a producer came back to the holding room and told us, ‘OK, she made it, let’s give her a big hand when she comes back in here.’ So, of course, we all cheered for her when she came through the door and she just burst into tears. It turns out she didn’t actually make it, they just told us that so we’d cheer and they’d get reaction out of her. That was the first time I realized I couldn’t trust these people. [The show is] not what people think. It’s all for ratings. That’s what they’re looking for.’”
9. They’ll Pull Last Minute Changes
According to contestants on the reality series, producers manipulate them into performances they’re uncomfortable with. Some singers claim they even had their songs switched at the last moment. “I know numerous friends on the show who would rehearse with full monitors — EQ’d perfectly — then when they do their live performance, the monitors would drop off so the performers can’t hear themselves and they sound off key,” Season 5 illusionist Murray Sawchuck said.