Season 11 of America’s Got Talent came to a not-so-surprising conclusion last night when 12 year-old Grace-the next Taylor Swift-VanderWaal came away the big winner, scoring a headlining spot in Las Vegas and $1 million.
The tiny singer with the big voice continually wowed judges and fans throughout the season, performing original songs “Clay,” “I Don’t Know My Name,” “Beautiful Thing” and “Light The Sky.” Armed with her ukulele, candy bracelets, and a smile almost big enough to distract us from host Nick Cannon’s questionable headwear, Grace was overcome with emotion during last night’s finale, while judge Howie Mandel was overcome with running to the stage before Simon Cowell, likely hoping to beat Cowell to the punch and sign Grace as his own artist.
While the tiny pre-teen was pegged as a frontrunner from the start, this season showed no shortage of…talent. That must be how they got the name.
Coming in at second place were The Clairvoyants, a duo who can predict power ball numbers, but haven’t made themselves millionaires yet. So yeah, maybe they’re not *that* good.
Finalist Sal Valentinetti brought Broadway to AGT, performing The Four Season’s “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” with the cast of Jersey Boys. If the musical is looking for another member, this seems like a pretty impressive audition tape.
Also making the top five was singer Brian Justin Crum, whose chill-inducing performance of Radiohead’s “Creep” was reminiscent of Adam Lambert’s 2009 performance of “Mad World” on Season 8 of American Idol. As a reminder to Crum, Lambert didn’t win his reality competition either and is still enjoying an amazing career.
According to NBC, last night’s finale earned the most votes from the audience in the history of the show. Looks like Simon’s scowl isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.