Crooner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. stole America’s heart, or at least got its votes, bringing an end to season six of America’s Got Talent. Close to 14 million viewers tuned in to watch the last night of the America’s Got Talent competition Tuesday night, making the reality contest the most watched show of the night. After 100,000 auditions, 32 episodes and countless spats between judges Piers Morgan, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne, America’s Got Talent closes shop for the year. America weighed in, choosing Murphy as their favorite act.
Murphy wins the million-dollar prize and headlines several nights at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, beginning October 28th. The three remaining top-four acts, including teen pop band Poplyfe and dance troupes Team iLuminate and Silhouettes will join Murphy in the Vegas show, hosted by Jerry Springer. Then, the top ten America’s Got Talent acts go on a 25-city national tour.
This year, dubbed “Year of the Dance” by judge Mandel, brought two innovative dance groups to the America’s Got Talent finale stage. All season, both groups blended innovative choreography, technology, light, story-telling and creative artistry into their acts, accumulating plenty of fans in the process.
And, at least until Tuesday’s final-four competition, the teen pop group Poplyfe has consistently delivered energetic, well-balanced covers of a wide range of pop tunes to the America’s Got Talent audience, including songs by The Beatles, Adele and Cee Lo Green.
But, unlike prior years, this year it seemed that non-singing acts had a realistic shot at the big enchilada. Still, none of these acts could beat the odds. America’s Got Talent voters have chosen singers as the grand prize winner every year, unless you want to include season two’s comic ventriloquist Terry Fator. Of course, Terry Fator is a talented singer, who generously mixes impressions of famous singers, along with his own deft vocals, into his ventriloquism act.
Dance enthusiasts, or those who are simply tired of singing acts, don’t need to be disappointed, though. Four of the top ten acts that will be hitting the 25-city America’s Got Talent tour include four dance acts, illusionist Landon Swank and the motor-cycle stunt act Smage Bros. Riding Shows. Eleven-year-old singing prodigy Anna Gracemen and gorgeous opera singer Lyse Agnes will also join the America’s Got Talent touring show.
Highlights of the finale included a chilling performance by last season’s runner up, Jackie Evancho, a moving duet performance by Lee Ann Rhymes and dance team Silhouettes, and an opening duet by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr and Patty Labelle that brought the house down.
Lowlights included a painful performance by the so-called Audition All Stars, a rag-tag team composed mostly of non-talented, self-deluded hopefuls that were brought back for an encore performance because the judges and producers couldn’t humiliate them enough during their first auditions.
A few uncomfortable moments aside, this year’s America’s Got Talent brought it home with a slew of acts that suggest that, indeed, America’s Got Talent.
- Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Wins ‘America’s Got Talent’ (foxnews.com)
- Silhouettes runners-up on ‘America’s Got Talent’ (thegazette.com)