America’s Got Talent 2021 LIVE – Simon Cowell returns for season 16 following back injury during the pandemic

AFTER a difficult season dealing with injuries and the pandemic, America's Got Talent is back.

This season will welcome back last seasons judges and a live audience.

Season 16 will begin airing auditions for America's Got Talent starting Tuesday, June 1 on NBC with episodes airing weekly at 8 pm EST.

The show will air auditions throughout July, with live shows beginning in August.

A winner will be named in September 2021.

America's Got Talent airs on NBC and streams on Peacock. The show will also stream on Hulu.

The 2021 season will welcome back Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Howie Mandel.

Terry Crews will also be back as host to lead us through this season.

Cowell took a mid-season hiatus last August due to an electric bike accident that broke his back. 

He was immediately taken into a five-hour surgery which led to a long and difficult recovery.

The show welcomed him back to his seat on the panel in March after several weeks of recovery.

Read our America’s Got Talent live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

  • Katie Balevic

    10-YEAR-OLD PETERSTUNNED JUDGES WITH A CELINE DION SONG

    Ten-year-old Peter stunned the judges with a rendition of Celine Dion's "All By Myself."

    The performance left all four judges smiling and on their feet applauding.

    "You're amazing," Howie said. "I predict you're going to go far in this competition."

    Peter said he would buy a Nintendo switch and a laptop for school with the $1million prize money.

    "There were parts during that audition that literally gave me goosebumps," Simon said. "Everyone is going to fall in love with you after this competition."

    Peter got a "yes" from all four judges.

  • Katie Balevic

    DOG SKIT KICKS OFF NEW SEASON

    The season kicked off with a dog skit that had the judges laughing.

    The Canine Stars group said they travel the country to promote dog adoption.

    All four judges gave the act a resounding "yes."

  • Katie Balevic

    SEASON 16 KICKS OFF

    Season 16 of America's Got Talent is airing live on NBC.

    Judge Simon showed off his casual attire of shorts and a sweater.

    "It's not casual Friday," he joked. "It's sensible Sunday."

  • Katie Balevic

    WHO ARE SEASON 16'S JUDGES?

    Howie Mandel is a Canadian comedian and TV personality.

    Heidi Klum is a German-American model, host, producer, and businesswoman.

    Sofia Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, most known for playing Gloria in the hit sitcom, Modern Family.

    Simon Cowell is known across countries for his ruthless, yet often endearing judging style on various competition shows.

    The current host of America's Got Talent is actor Terry Crews.

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  • Katie Balevic

    HEIDI KLUM STUNS IN FLARED BLACK TROUSERS

    Heidi Klum arrives to film America’s Got Talent in LA — and shows she’s ready to hit the flarewaves.

    The supermodel, 47, teamed her wide-bottomed black slacks with a white crop top saying: “Always Be Kind.”

    The talent competition judge teamed her look with black flared trousers pair, sunglasses, and white pointed heels – which boosted her 5ft9 inches of height.

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    SIMON APPEARS SLIM AFTER BIKE ACCIDENT

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  • Katie Balevic

    HOW WAS SIMON INJURED?

    The show's new season 16 trailer showed Simon back on the show for the first time since breaking his back in a bike accident.

    Simon had been on a long road to recovery ever since he was nearly left paralyzed.

    The X Factor judge fell off of his electric bike back in August.

    Simon needed about six hours of surgery because his spine had been shattered in three places.

    The Sun revealed Simon's condition had gotten so bad that he was forced to pull out of filming for Britain’s Got Talent last year.

  • Katie Balevic

    JUDGE SIMON COWELL GETS A PIE TO THE FACE

    After all the insults thrown at rejects over the years, Britain’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell has finally got what some might say he deserves – a big pie to the face.

    In the trailer for the new series of America’s Got Talent, which starts on June 1, we see fellow judge Howie Mandel plant the whipping cream delicacy square in the music mogul’s boat race.

     

  • Katie Balevic

    HOW CAN YOU WATCH THE PREMIERE OF AMERICA'S GOT TALENT?

    Season 16 will begin airing auditions for America's Got Talent starting Tuesday, June 1 on NBC with episodes airing weekly at 8 pm EST.

    America's Got Talent airs on NBC and streams on Peacock and Hulu.

  • Katie Balevic

    WHAT WAS LEAKE'S PRIZE FOR WINNING THE SHOW LAST YEAR?

    The 27-year-old walked away with the $1 million prize, a brand new Kia Stinger, and the chance to headline a show for AGT in Las Vegas.

    Reflecting on his win, Brandon Leake said, "This is a huge win for the spoken-word community. For an art form that has not been on the main stream ever to have a chance to win 'America's Got Talent' is bigger than anything."

    "I am going to show the world what a spoken-word poet can do."

  • Katie Balevic

    WHO WON LAST YEAR'S SEASON OF AMERICA'S GOT TALENT?

    Brandon Leake was the first spoken-word poet on the talent competition and went on to become the first spoken-word poet to win the show.

    The Stockton, California native proved he was a top contender from the beginning when he earned a Golden Buzzer during his audition from Howie Mandel.

    Leake continued to wow the judges getting especially kind remarks from Mandel.

    After his quarterfinals performance Mandel commented, "I've never been more moved in my life on this show by any other act. We need you on this show. We need in this world… You matter."

  • Katie Balevic

    WHICH HOSTS HAVE COME AND GONE ON THE SHOW?

    Simon Cowell is the show's creator and has hosted for the last five seasons.

    Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel have hosted several seasons on and off while Sofia Vergara is returning for the show for her second season.

    Nick Cannon left America's Got Talent early in 2017 after a much-publicized fallout with NBC.

    Cannon served as the host of NBC's America's Got Talent from 2009 to 2016 but did not return for 2017.

  • Katie Balevic

    WHO IS HOSTING AMERICA'S GOT TALENT?

    Terry Crews will return to season 16 as the host of America's Got Talent.

    Crews is an actor, comedian, artist, TV host, bodybuilder, and former professional football player.

    Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Simon Cowell will return as the hosts of the latest season of AGT.

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