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‘America’s Got Talent’ finale: From Kodi Lee to Ryan Niemiller, who could win it all?


Kodi Lee, a blind singer with autism, moved the judges to tears again on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” USA TODAY


After 16 weeks of exciting competition, “America’s Got Talent” is one night away from crowning its $1 million champion.

Which means it all comes down to this. The top 10 acts only have one more chance to blow America away in what Simon Cowell deemed the “best final we’ve ever had.”

And the competition is stiff. The finalists include six golden buzzer winners – singer Kodi Lee, violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, acrobatic dance group V. Unbeatable, opera singer Emanne Beasha,Detroit Youth Choir and light up dance group Light Balance Kids – along with Ndlovu Youth Choir, singer Benicio Bryant; Voices of Service quartet and comedian Ryan Niemiller.

“Every one of them, literally, tonight has the ability to win this show and it’s all going to come down to the next two hours live,” Cowell said at the start of Tuesday’s finale.

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V. Unbeatable

The acrobatic group kicked off the show with a jaw-dropping routine dedicated to Vikas Gupta, a team member who was tragically killed in a stunt gone wrong years ago. Their act featured flips, high-energy choreography and unforgettable stunts that received a rowdy standing ovation.

“This was the most exciting, the most dangerous, the most thrilling act in the history of ‘AGT,’ ” Howie Mandel exclaimed, while Cowell added: “If we had one, that would have been a golden buzzer performance… You are not a dance group, you are a movement – what I would call a game changer.”

Detroit Youth Choir

The youth choir kept the energy going with a bold rendition of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” that featured many solos, giving different students a chance to shine.

“Detroit vs. everybody,” Union yelled while fighting back tears. “Y’all represented for the culture.” Mandel praised the excellence and passion of the youth, adding, “I feel like I’m attending the Simon Cowell Daycare System.”

Emanne Beasha

The talented, young competitors continued with Beasha, the 10-year-old opera singing sensation who turns 11 Wednesday. “If I were to win that would be the best birthday present ever,” she said.

Her dream can certainly come true after her rendition of “La Mamma Morta.” “You have the most incredible voice. My God, do you deserve to be here tonight,” Cowell said, while Union added: “If an angel dropped down to Earth today, she would sound like you.”

Benicio Bryant

Beasha isn’t the only “AGT” birthday this week. Bryant just turned 15, and much like Beasha, wished to be crowned the winner for his birthday. He took the stage by himself, stripping away the bells and whistles to perform an original song with nothing but his guitar.

“You made a wish that you would win ‘AGT.’ It could just happen,” Hough said, while Cowell added that he “gave himself a real shot after that.” Mandel said that he took a “gamble” writing his own song, a comment Cowell objected to by hitting his red “X.”

Ryan Niemiller

Niemiller is the only comedian to make it to the finals. Onstage he joked about everything from being a “cripple threat” and life after fame to his disability. (He was born with a congenital birth defect in both arms.)

On Tuesday Cowell pleaded with movie producers to give Niemiller a shot because he’s “box office” ready. Cowell’s public appeal was answered seconds later by Union, who said, “I have a production company…I want you to be a star in one of my movies.”

Voices of Service

Before taking the stage, the Voices of Service quartet read touching letters from veterans who wrote to say how the group hasimpacted them while on ‘AGT.’ Their emotionally powerful performance of Leona Lewis’ “Footprints in the Sand” prompted tears from Hough and Union, who called them “instruments of healing.”

“You define the words sincerity, decency and talent,” Cowell said to the former service members. “I wouldn’t have said this three weeks ago, (but) you just given yourself a chance at winning this whole competition.”

Light Balance Kids

The Ukrainian group performed a quirky and goofy diner-themed routine to DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean” and didn’t disappoint. “When it mattered, which is tonight, you pulled out the best performance you have done,” Cowell said, after admitting he hasn’t always been a fan.

Mandel added: “It was a wonderful, delicious snack of talent.” Hough said the group “knocked it out of the park.”

Tyler Butler-Figueroa

The violinist, who beat cancer after being diagnosed with leukemia at age four, performed an emotional performance of Destiny Child’s “Survivor.” Before taking the stage, a video played with fellow young cancer survivors telling Butler-Figueroa how much of an inspiration he is and encouraging him to keep fighting.

“I am bursting with pride for you. That film just says way more than I could ever say on the impact that you’ve had,” Cowell said. “Beyoncé personally cleared that song for you to sing… Tyler, you got a shot here.”

Kodi Lee

Lee’s pre-taped package was something special. The soulful singer, who is blind and has autism, said “the show is meant for me.” Although he said he gets frustrated trying to communicate, he explained that “music makes me feel better. I tell people I love them through my songs.”

He performed a breathtaking rendition of Freya Ridings’ “Lost Without You.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, and the crowd chanted Lee’s name as he jumped for joy. Union said “the whole world would be lost if we didn’t have Kodi Lee.”

“Two words come to mind: ‘Heck yeah,'” Mandel said, referencing Lee’s signature line. “I think Season 14 is the season of Kodi Lee and if I had to predict…you are going to walk away with a $1 million.”

A speechless Cowell said it was “one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard.” It’s safe to say Lee has been the front runner of the competition and Tuesday night he solidified his place at the top once again.

Ndlovu Youth Choir

Last but not least was Ndlovu Youth Choir, which had Hough and Union dancing out of their seats the entire performance.

“I pray that this show can change people’s lives, and I think that performance just may have done it,” Cowell said, adding that this was “the best final I have ever sat in on my life.” Union added, “You are the pride of Africa, the pride of America.”

The power to decide who wins is now entirely up to fans around the world. The winner of “America’s Got Talent” will be revealed during a live season finale results show on Wednesday night(NBC, 8 EST/PST).

“America’s Got Talent” judges Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell (from left) had a tough time narrowing down their choices this season. See who still has a chance to win it all and who got cut. Trae Patton, NBC Musician Kodi Lee, Season 14 winner Trae Patton/NBC Detroit Youth Choir, second runner-up Trae Patton, NBC Comedian Ryan Niemiller, third runner-up Trae Patton/NBC Dance troupe V. Unbeatable, fourth runner-up Trae Patton, NBC Singing group Voices of Service, fifth runner-up Trae Patton, NBC Opera singer Emanne Beasha, finalist Justin Lubin, NBC Singer Benicio Bryant, finalist Trae Patton/NBC Violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, finalist Trae Patton, NBC Dance group Light Balance Kids, finalist Trae Patton/NBC Ndlovu Youth Choir, finalist Justin Lubin, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Magician Dom Chambers Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Black-light artist Alex Dowis Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Singer Luke Islam Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Musician Chris Klafford Justin Lubin, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Guitarist Marcin Patrzalek Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 11: Dog act Lukas & Falco Justin Lubin, NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Singer Ansley Burns Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Magician Eric Chien Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Comedian Jackie Fabulous Justin Lubin, NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Singer Robert Finley Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Acrobats The Messoudi Brothers Trae Patton/NBC Eliminated Sept. 4: Comic Greg Morton Trae Patton/NBC Eliminated Aug. 14: Martial artists Bir Khalsa Trae Patton/NBC Eliminated Aug. 14: Singer Carmen Carter Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 14: Dance team Emerald Belles Trae Patton/NBC Eliminated Aug. 14: Singers GFORCE Trae Patton/NBC Eliminated Aug. 14: Musician Sophie Pecora Justin Lubin, NBC Eliminated Aug. 21: Singer Joseph Allen Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 21: Contortionist Marina Mazepa Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 21: Variety act Nick & Lindsay Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 21: Mental act The Sentimentalists Justin Lubin/NBC Eliminated Aug. 21: Singer Charlotte Summers Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 28: Aerialist Matthew Richardson Justin Lubin/NBC Eliminated Aug. 28: Musician Gonzo Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 28: Singer MacKenzie Trae Patton, NBC Eliminated Aug. 28: Beatbox group Berywam Justin Lubin/NBC

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Who Do You Think Will Win Season 14 of America’s Got Talent?

There’s only one round of performances left before America’s Got Talent crowns its Season 14 winner, and the competition is pretty fierce. Ten acts remain as singers, dance troupes, and even a gifted violinist vie for the coveted titled and hefty million-dollar cash prize. The winner will be announced during the live finale on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 8/7c on NBC.

Finalists include V.Unbeatable, the death-defying dance group from Mumbai whose daredevil acrobatics and energetic moves earned the fan vote straight to the finals. They were soon joined by the Detroit Youth Choir, whose emotional rendition of “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco in the semifinals garnered a standing ovation from all four judges. Voices of Service, a quartet made up of active duty service members and army veterans, also advanced to the finals after a powerful performance of OneRepublic’s “Choke.”

Others hoping to take it all home include the Ndlovu Youth Choir from South Africa, whose powerhouse vocals, bright costumes, lively choreography, and hopeful message easily made them a favorite among the judges. Meanwhile, the Light Balance Kids kept our heads spinning with elaborate choreography that includes the stellar use of LED lights, Tyler Butler-Figueroa’s impressive violin skills kept audiences wanting more, and comedian Ryan Niemiller’s self-deprecating humor earned the judges’ high regard. There’s also golden-voiced soloists Kodi Lee, Emanne Beasha and Benicio Bryant, who each prove power isn’t always in numbers.

Singers have traditionally fared well in the overall competition, with a good percentage advancing to the final rounds. However, AGT champions have ranged from comedians like Season 2 winner Terry Fator to magicians like Shin Lim, who secured back-t0-back wins for Season 13 and America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

So, who do you think will win? Vote now in our poll below!

America’s Got Talent will crown its Season 14 winner Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 8/7c on NBC.

  • NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions aired a new episode on Monday for its 2020 season.
  • Singer-songwriter Michael Grimm returned to the stage after winning AGT in 2010, but he didn’t advance to the semifinals.
  • Four more acts made it to the next round — V. Unbeatable, Duo Destiny, Tyler Butler-Figueroa, and Alexa Lauenburger.

As America’s Got Talent: The Champions season 2 continues to bring together the best of the best, fans appear to be losing faith in the judges after one particularly upsetting elimination.

The third week of auditions was dominated by winners from around the world, like Germany’s Alexa Lauenburger and Italy’s Moses Concas. But when America’s Michael Grimm stepped on the stage, viewers were especially hit with a dose of nostalgia.

Nearly a decade after being crowned the season 5 winner of America’s Got Talent, the Mississippi-raised singer-songwriter returned to the competition show to perform an acoustic version of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James.

Judges Howie Mandel and Alesha Dixon praised Michael’s “lovely voice,” calling him “a champion,” while Simon Cowell hoped he would make it to the semifinals. Despite this, the artist wasn’t saved by the superfans or by the judges when it came time to vote. In the end, the judges unanimously picked Alexa over the singer, which made fans watching at home quite upset.

“I’m done with AGT first they make the huge mistake of not putting Jack Vidgen through now Michael Grimm? Nobody left worth watching,” one person wrote. “@AGT we demand a recount! @michael_grimm should be in the semifinals. Sincerely, the real super fans,” another added.

@AGT we demand a recount! @michael_grimm should be in the semifinals. Sincerely, the real super fans #AGTChampions

— InfamousToney (@InfamousToney) January 21, 2020

“@Michael_grimm should have advanced to the Semifinals. He won @AGT for a reason and is one of the best singers to come out of that show!” a fan tweeted. “Can’t believe Michael Grimm did not go through. No more AGT for Me! So disappointing!!” another wrote.

While fans continue to cope with the elimination, one person suggested supporting Michael by buying his music instead. Since 2010, he’s released a handful of albums and toured the country with musical icons, like Stevie Nicks and Heart.

Regardless though, we’re certain this isn’t the last time we’ll be hearing Michael perform … so let’s try not to get too upset.

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Who Will Win America’s Got Talent: The Champions?

America’s Got Talent: The Champions will soon crown its first-ever world champion.

The 12 remaining acts will take the stage one last time before a winner is announced during the finale, set to air Monday, Feb. 18 at 8/7c on NBC. The two-hour event will feature special appearances by the cast of Mystère by Cirque du Soleil and Season 13 semi-finalists Voices of Hope Children’s Choir. Plus, magician Shin Lim will perform alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Melissa Fumero, and Darci Lynne will take the stage with her puppet Edna Doorknocker and Muppet Rowlf the Dog.

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With past winners and finalists all vying for the same prize, the competition is the strongest it’s ever been. Among those hoping to win is the 11-year-old kid-wonder Angelica Hale who stood out from the beginning with her deceptively powerful voice. Her golden voice earned her two Golden Buzzers, putting her squarely among the top picks to win it all.

However, she faces a fierce battle from British darling Susan Boyle, who turned it out last Monday with a chilling reprisal of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Yep, it’s the same song that made her a household name during her stint on Britain’s Got Talent. But it’s impossible to ignore magician Lim, whose mind-blowing tricks have left audiences captivated; mesmerizing sand artist Kseniya Simonova, who creates stunning visuals out of a basic element; or the ever amazing Kechi, whose remarkable voice also earned her a Golden Buzzer.

So, who do you think will win? Vote now in our poll below!

America’s Got Talent: The Champions crowns a winner Monday, Feb. 18 at 8/7c on NBC.

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The “America’s Got Talent” winner will be revealed on Wednesday’s live results show. According to our exclusive survey of “AGT” viewers, two singers — Emanne Beasha and Kodi Lee — are locked in a tight race to win season 14. But watch out for the acrobatic tumblers V. Unbeatable who dazzled on Tuesday’s performances final.

These three acts competed on separate episodes of the three quarterfinals. They numbered among the 21 acts sent through to the semi-finals. Kodi then shone on the first semifinal and was among the five acts that night to make it to the final. Likewise, Emanne and V. Unbeatable were among the five standouts on the second semifinal.

As of this writing, Kodi is in the lead with a whopping 33% of the total vote. Emanne is at 19% while V. Unbeatable has 18%. None the other seven finalists has double digit support in our survey. Teen singer Benicio Bryant and the Ndlovu Youth Choir are at 8% while the Voices of Service quartet is at 4%. Each of the other four acts — violinist Tyler Butler Figueroa, Detroit Youth Choir, dance troupe Light Balance Kids and stand-up Ryan Niemiller — is at 2% or less.

Read our recap of the performances of all 10 finalists and then cast your vote in our poll for the act that you think has the best chance to be crowned season 14 “AGT” champ on Wednesday (Sept. 18). And be sure to sound off in our comments section at the bottom of this post, especially if your “America’s Got Talent” winner prediction is for someone other than these three.

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Kenichi Ebina may have just won “AGT’s” grand prize, but he’s checking with his wife first on what to do with the prize money!Today

America has voted!

Dancer Kenichi Ebina, who has wowed the nation on “America’s Got Talent” with his self-taught moves that meld dance, illusion, special effects and mime, became the season eight winner Wednesday night after beating out five other talented finalists.

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“Oh my gosh! I don’t know what I can (say), but it’s amazing! … Crazy!” he cried when host Nick Cannon declared him to be the winner of the show’s $1 million prize and a headline show in Las Vegas. As for what he’s going to do with the cash, he joked to WNBC in New York that he’d have to ask his wife first.

It was a victory that the shock jock had foreseen. An hour before the live finale aired, he had called in to the “AGT All Access” show on SiriusXM to share his predictions. Of Ebina, he said, “I think that Kenichi fit the bill when it came to coming up with great material, and for a dancer, that is so hard. … This guy is so unique and different, I don’t know how he wouldn’t win.”

The family man stole the show in part one of the finale Tuesday night, offering an updated version of his earlier robotic performance that included jaw-dropping contortions and illusions.

Comedian Taylor Williamson finished in second place, and accepted his defeat with a joke. “I’m No. 2! That’s kind of a disgusting number,” he cracked.

In third place was U.S. Marine Corps vet and country crooner Jimmy Rose, who learned how to play guitar while deployed in Iraq. Rounding out the rest of the top six were tenor trio Forte, 17-year-old magician Collins Key and singer Cami Bradley.

During the finale, Key brought TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on stage to help him with his performance. He had Gifford sign a sealed manila envelope, then sit on it for the rest of the act. With Kotb, he produced her book “Hoda,” had her randomly pick a page, wrote its first word — “sucking” — across it, and gave the book to her to hold. He then took out several $1 bills and had Gifford read the serial number of a random bill. For the final bit, he “visualized” tearing out the aforementioned page in Kotb’s book, turning the page over, writing the bill’s serial number on it, and inserting said page into the envelope Gifford was sitting upon. The envelope was then opened, and viola! The page with the word “sucking” had magically disappeared from the book Kotb was holding and was now inside the envelope.

“Are you kidding me?!?!” a very surprised Kotb declared.

Not at all. But as much as the young man amazed the TODAY personalities, he won’t be the one to appear on the show Thursday. Champ Ebina will be visiting NBC’s morning program.

Season 8 of America’s Got Talent premiered on June 4, 2013. It concluded on September 18, 2013. After six seasons on the show, Sharon Osbourne has left the show with Mel B replacing her. This was also the first season of the series where there are four judges on the panel, as Heidi Klum was the new fourth judge.

Snapple continues to be the official beverage sponsor of America’s Got Talent and its products will be featured on the show throughout the season, along with their cups on the judges’ desk.

America’s Got Talent shot live shows from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, after moving from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Season 7.

Judging Panel

Howard Stern Heidi Klum Mel B Howie Mandel


Main article: Season 8 Episodes


Main article: Season 8 Acts


Main article: Season 8 Auditions

The following cities hosted auditions for Season 8. The dates of the auditions are also shown.

Vegas Round

Main article: Season 8 Vegas Round


Main article: Season 8 Quarterfinals

The Season 8 Quarterfinals consisted of 60 acts split into 5 weeks of 12 acts competing, with 4 moving on from each week.


Main article: Season 8 Semifinals

The Season 8 Semifinals consisted of the 20 acts that moved on from the Quarterfinals, plus 4 Wild Card acts, chosen by each of the judges, that were previously eliminated, split into two weeks, with twelve acts performing and six moving on each week.


Main article: Season 8 Finals

The Season 8 Finals consists of, first, the twelve acts that moved on from the Semifinals competing in one week for 6 spots, and then, in the finals, the six acts compete for the million dollars and possible headlining show in Las Vegas.

Notable past contestants

  • Olivia Rox, who was eliminated in the Vegas Round, later tried out for the final season of American Idol. Her audition aired on January 7, 2016. She finished in the top 10.

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  • The season 14 America’s Got Talent finale will take place on September 17 and 18 on NBC.
  • AGT viewers think 2019 finalist Kodi Lee will be declared this year’s winner next Wednesday night.
  • Kodi, who is blind and has autism, won Gabrielle Union’s golden buzzer in the first episode of season 14 this past May.

The America’s Got Talent season 14 finale is still a week away, and already AGT fans are theorizing about this year’s winner.

So far, we know that Kodi Lee, Benicio Bryant, Tyler Butler-Figueroa, Light Balance Kids, and Ndlovu Youth Choir will have a shot at the title on September 18. And on Wednesday night, we’ll find out which five of the 11 remaining semifinalists will join them in next week’s grand finale.

According to some AGT fans though, the next round of performances doesn’t really matter — they believe Kodi Lee, who was Gabrielle Union’s golden buzzer pick, already has the competition in the bag.

“Kodi Lee is your winner, everyone else is shooting for 2nd place,” a fan confidently tweeted. “There’s your 2019 #AGT winner right here; Kodi Lee proves once again that no matter what you can still reach your dream,” one fan wrote after Kodi’s quarterfinals performance. “They might as well declare #kodi the winner of #AGT,” another said last month.

Kodi, who is blind and has autism, first wowed the AGT audience way back in May with his first audition. For it, the 22-year-old vocalist chose Leon Russell’s “A Song for You,” where he nailed every single note and made both his mom, Tina Lee, and judge Julianne Hough tear up.

“I heard you, and I felt you, and that was beautiful,” Julianne told Kodi.

After receiving the golden buzzer, Kodi brought down the house again in the quarterfinals when he took on Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Simon revealed that Paul had given Kodi special permission to perform the iconic 1970 classic after seeing his initial audition. In the semifinals, Kodi’s powerful rendition of Calum Scott’s “You Are the Reason” resulted in him securing a spot in next week’s season 14 finale.

Even though many fans are convinced that Kodi will be declared this year’s winner, he’ll face some tough competition from the other nine finalists. But no matter what happens, Tina previously told that Kodi will never stop following his dreams and will continue to perform for the world, as much as he can.

“Kodi has been preparing for this day all his life. He works so hard every day on getting better and constantly improving,” Tina said following his audition in May. “As long as Kodi is playing music, recording music, and performing live, he is in his happy place.”

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