'America's Got Talent' airs rerun of first round of auditions, disappointed fans say 'nobody asked for this'
'America's Got Talent' dropped a few hints regarding judge Heidi Klum's return following her short absence on account of being quarantined due to Covid-19 symptoms, but it turns out it was only a rerun of the premiere episode and fans are not happy.
The AGT social media accounts shared earlier this week that there will be no new auditions episode on July 7 and instead, a rerun of the first round of auditions featuring all four judges and host Terry Crews would air in its place. Fans of the show who excitedly tuned in expecting to see some fresh acts were left disappointed, and many took to sharing their feelings online. One fan stated, "BAD IDEA - why show a repeat?? When people want to see more NEW SHOWS!!!! Come on - wake up!!" while another said, "Its a rerun I hate it here," and one fan tweeted, "Why are you guys re-signing? It's on-demand. I honestly was expecting a new show."
The official Twitter account for 'America's Got Talent' shared earlier in the night, "You asked and we’re delivering. Re-watch the #AGT premiere in ONE HOUR!" and that didn't go down too well with fans either. Many called the choice "Disappointing." One fan said, "No one wants a repeat," another tweeted, "Why a rerun? Nobody asked for this," and one fan asked, "Name one person that asked for a rerun," to which another responded, "*crickets*."
Some fans suspected the show messed up behind-the-scenes and were covering up for it, tweeting, "You guys obviously f*cked something up," others stated it was a play for higher viewer counts, stating, "I think you're stretching for audience. This season is by far the worst season," while some simply said, "Corona!" For some fans, the rerun was their only viewing option: "I don't have anything else to watch at 8 tonight. So I will be watching #AGT." But even among those who rewatched the premiere, there were several who thought the acts that went through did not deserve the shot. "This is a repeat of Episode 1 and quite honestly do U really think this is worth $1M? It is time to start putting on acts that are decent and that are worthy of $1M and a show in LV. I am getting tired of this show which is not growing."
For some fans, the rerun was a welcome episode because they got to see Heidi again. "I love all 4 judges so much!" shared one fan, adding, "So glad Heidi's back. I missed her on the show." The fan continued, "I didn't like Gabrielle&Julienne as judges at all. They just weren't a good fit. So glad they are out. I love the new judge Sofia. I really hope it stays like this&all 4 of them will be back next year." But it appears fans are divided on this front, as another shared, "I like Sofia, but miss Gabrielle a lot! The show loses soul without her. Heidi had her run. Didn’t miss her at all." And for some fans, the judges weren't the issue, Terry was. "I love Sophia but I won’t watch it anymore, tks to Terry Crews," stated one fan, while others threatened to stop watching if Terry was no longer on the show.
Terry has found himself in hot water recently after he made a statement that appeared to align more with an 'All Lives Matter' stance during a time when the Black Lives Matter protests are continuing to pick up momentum worldwide. As a result, some fans suspect that the host might be replaced on the show, with some actively demanding his exit. NBC has not made any statements to confirm or deny this as of now, however, and since these episodes were filmed in advance Terry will continue to appear in them, at least till the live shows begin on August 11.
AGT Season 15 will return to its regular schedule next week with a new auditions episode airing on Tuesday, July 14, and Judge Cuts on July 21. Heidi is set to return to the show for the second episode of Judge Cuts which airs on July 28, following which the show will air a 15th anniversary special on August 4.