It’s official: “America’s Got Talent” has crowned a winner.
After all 11 headlining acts took the stage the night before, Wednesday’s two-hour live finale was packed with filler, plus an ungodly amount of commercial breaks, as viewers waited patiently for host Terry Crews to announce the numbers. results.
As usual, judges Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel watched but had no say in the results, which depended on the US vote.
In the run-up to the results, teenage singer Sara James, who scored Cowell’s golden buzzer, played with the Black Eyed Peas; the country trio Chapel Hart, a Golden Buzzer special group, received a holographic message from country star Tanya Tucker; and pole dancer Kristy Sellars joined forces with Vergara’s Golden Buzzer the Mayyas, a women’s dance group from Lebanon, for a short, sweet dance routine.
Here’s what happened, including who won.
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Although many performers took to the stage over the course of the episode, none seemed to tickle Cowell more than comedian Mike E. Winfield, a top 11 contestant, who invited the season’s eliminated monologues to roast the notoriously difficult judge. please. .
These comedians were Don McMillan, Mr. Pants and Lace Larrabee.
Even Metaphysic, another top 11 act, joined in on the fun, employing its profound Cowell fake-out to crack jokes on a big screen.
Cowell, always a good sportsman, laughed from the judge’s table, occasionally burying his head in his hands in embarrassment.
Chapel Hart beats Golden Buzzers Sara James, Avery Dixon for a spot in the Top 5
The atmosphere went from celebration to tension as Crews finally dimmed the lights and got to the results.
First, Crews announced which of the remaining 11 acts made the top five, calling each in pairs.
Country music singer Drake Milligan beat out comedian Winfield, and Metaphysic edged out French magician Nicolas Ribs. Ventriloquist Celia Muñoz, who was eliminated and then voted into the final as a wild card, was dropped in favor of Australian pole dancer Sellars.
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The Mayyas edged out magician Yu Hojin for a spot in the top five, leaving James, Chapel Hart and saxophonist Avery Dixon, who scored Crews’ Golden Buzzer, vying for last place.
Although the crowd chanted “Sara,” the venue went to Chapel Hart.
“I don’t think anyone could have outdone everyone last night,” Cowell said of the results. “Respect and congratulations to everyone who is now in the top five.”
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The teams then tallied up the top five to arrive at the winner.
Chapel Hart placed fifth. “I really think you wrote a hit song last night,” Cowell told the appreciative trio. “Clock.”
Metaphysics came in fourth place. “You guys were amazing, but this competition this season was really tough,” Vergara said.
In third place was Drake Milligan, who the judges predicted would be one of the acts most likely to win. “You’re a fighter,” Cowell told the country singer. “You have great talent. This is just the beginning for you.”
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The last remaining acts were the Mayyas and Sellars.
The Mayyas ended up winning.
After Crews announced the results, Vergara ran onto the stage to give her Golden Buzzer a big hug as gold confetti rained down. Crews tried to ask Sellars what “AGT” means to her, but the pole dancer couldn’t hear the question to thunderous applause from the audience.
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