'America's Got Talent' Season 15: Why are new performances not airing? Here's what to expect from Judge Cuts
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show was forced to halt filming and move into an unprecedented audition-from-home format last week
Season 15 of 'America's Got Talent' is currently underway on the NBC network, but if you've tuned in to catch more new performances, you'll have to wait another week, as it turns out this is just a compilation episode. The premier talent show is currently airing a best of auditions special, featuring the best performers and talents to appear on the show thus far, including some incredible golden buzzer-winning acts. So it's a great way to get reacquainted with some of the best dancers, singers, poets, stand-up comics, magicians and more variety acts who have appeared on Season 15 thus far and get viewers prepped to see the elimination rounds which will be airing on NBC starting from next week. Makes sure you tune in for those judge cuts next Tuesday, July 28.
For the first time in 'America's Got Talent' history, the coronavirus pandemic threw a spanner into the works of the show's non-stop production schedule. Heidi Klum was one of the judges who had to miss auditions since she was feeling under the weather for a few weeks, although she later tested negative for Covid-19. But due to social distancing protocols, the AGT set became an empty ghost town, devoid of the large audience. The remaining judges could feel the lack of energy and chorus of cheers behind them, as auditions continued with just Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara present, as Klum's seat was taken by stand-in judge Eric Stonestreet of 'Modern Family' fame.
The show continued to make the best of a worse situation, eventually deciding to go the 'American Idol' route and host a stay-at-home edition of the show, which TV viewers were treated to last week. For the first time in AGT history, we got to see the judges reviewing acts via satellite links from their home, and it came with a few surprises. It was a lot more intimate in nature, with the contestants practically feeling like they were on a Skype or Zoom call with the judges and we also got to see the judges goofing off a lot more since they were letting their hair down a bit more.
Next week will be the judges' elimination round, so make sure you tune in to see which contestants will be progressing to the next rounds and who will be getting cut. It's bound to make for some dramatic moments. 'America's Got Talent' will air next Tuesday at 8 pm on the NBC network.