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America's Got Talent: Season finale

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Aug 21st 2007 10:22PM
America's Got Talent(S02E11) After a summer long of talent search, performances, and wondering why Boy Shakira and Kashif made it so far in the competition, we finally learned who was crowned the winner of the second season of America's Got Talent. Last week, the Top 4 performed after which America was asked to vote for the winner. The predictions I made last week and the results of our TV Squad poll are the same. Here is how we see tonight's standings to be:
  • 1st place: Terry Fator
  • 2nd place: Cas Haley
  • 3rd place: Butterscotch
  • 4th place: Julienne Irwin
This live 2-hour season finale episode featured guest stars Sean Kingston, Taylor Swift, The Muppets, and UB40, who performed with the Top 4. But that wasn't all, in order to fill the allotted time, AGT brought back the Top 10 contestants and we were treated with a performance from The Hoff.

If you don't want to be spoiled as to who won the grand prize, stay away from the rest of this post!

After the required quick recap focusing on the Top 4 and Jerry introducing the judges, the last four contestants made their way to the stage. Then, we were treated to yet another recap, this one featuring scenes from last week.

Top 10 performance: The Top 10 is brought back to the stage by having the singers amongst them sing "Celebration" and the others perform their craft. It was interesting to see them mesh together and the performance was not too bad even if too crowded (especially because of the AGT dancers!).

ButterscotchButterscotch: She performed with 17-year-old sensation Sean Kingston. Together they sang "Beautiful Girls," Kingston's #1 song. Did they use a track featuring some of the singing and the music on it? No matter the answer, I thought the performance was not real enough. Sadly, Butterscotch wasn't featured enough in the performance. We didn't hear as much of her beat boxing as I would like because the rest of the song was playing too loud. After chatting with both performers, Jerry warned Butterscotch that he had a surprise for her: her grand-mother taped a message to her wishing her luck. It was a touching moment and a nice way to wrap this up.

Terry FatorTerry Fator: He performed "You've Got a Friend" with Kermit, the frog. A very fitting choice since there are no ventriloquists renown enough to perform with Terry. I'm a bit biased since, as you know, I've been rooting for him since the start. So, as expected, I enjoyed this performance a lot and thought they did well at giving the two puppets and Terry enough screen time. It was hilarious when they added the chicken as back up singers. Having the judges replaced by some characters of The Muppets was very funny! (I wonder if they would have let Boy Shakira and Kashif go through.) Terry's special message was from Miss Piggy.

Julienne IrwinJulienne Irwin: She performed with country music artist Taylor Swift. I'm glad they paired her up with a country star because it is the type of music that best fits Julienne. Together they performed Swift's hit song "Teardrops on My Guitar." Their voices really mixed well together. This was a sweet performance from both performers. Julienne's special message was from Martina McBride wishing her luck and telling her she has a promising future.

Cas HaleyCas Haley: He performed "Red Red Wine" with United Kingdom's band UB40. Nice performance but I thought it missed some energy. The show seems to have problems with adjusting the microphones or something tonight because in this performance we mostly heard the keyboard and Cas' voice and less of the rest of the band. It was a very nice pairing again tonight. Cas received a special message from Lionel Ritchie telling him he got talent (I wonder if Lionel really watched the entire season as he claimed in his message).

Before announcing who finished in fourth place, Jerry introduced the Last Comic Standing host and invites people to watch the final episodes of this other NBC series. We are then treated with a performance from last year's contestants Quick Change.

Quick Change: Even though their act is pretty much always the same, I'm always amazed at how the woman changes her hair and dress so fast. Nice twist this time, the man changed his clothes too (maybe they did it last season... I didn't watch all episodes last year).

The required montage featuring the judges during goofy and ugly moments was next. Another way to stretch the show and make us wait longer.

The Top 4 is brought back on the stage and Jerry told them that someone's dreams would end here (I think not because all four probably got deals lined up already). Jerry announced who was safe: Terry Fator, Butterscotch, and Cas Haley. So finishing in fourth place is Julienne Irwin. We called it last week people. They aired a montage featuring Julienne and Jerry gave her flowers.

Stomp Out Loud: It's moving day for the Stomp Out Loud crew as they used boxes as their main instrument in their rhythmic performance. Being a musician myself (not professionally, mind you), I'm always impressed by these types of performances.

Before cutting down the Top 3 to 2, Jerry said hello to Boy Shakira and Kashif who are, as I'm sure most of you expected, in attendance. Jerry announced who moves on to the Top 2: Cas Haley and Terry Fator. This means that Butterscotch is finishing in third place. Again, we called it. Jerry introduced Butterscotch's highlights clip and then gave her flowers as he reminded her she has talent and should save the tape of this show.

Jerry introduced yet another montage (I know this is to be expected in a finale show, I guess I was just eager to know who won). This time it was about some of the worst performers who auditioned.

Audition all stars performance: I guess people wanted another 15 minutes of fame because some of them should have known better than to come back on the show and be ridiculed once again. Even though it was not pleasant to listen to (except for the sax player who deserved to go further than he did), the performance was fun to watch.

The Hoff: Did we really need a performance from The Hoff? I guess we did. I didn't expect much from him since I recalled some of his singing performances from years ago. His singing wasn't as bad as I expected it would be but it wasn't great. His performance was cheesy (his facial expressions and movements reminded me of soap opera acting). If he had been a contestant on the show, he would have never made it to the Top 4 with that performance. The song was fitting for the Top 2 as it is indeed their moment. The Hoff's performance was followed by a montage about the overall season.

Jerry introduced the Top 2 and let them know that last year's winner, Bianca Ryan, taped a message for them. The recaps of both performances aired before the winner was crowned. And the winner of America's Got Talent is... Terry Fator! YES!!!! We predicted the entire Top 4 in the order they finished! Our crystal balls were working really well. Congrats to Cas Haley, who finished 2nd. He did really well throughout the summer and he'll surely get a record deal pretty soon.

Terry Fator not only won a million but will play at a theater in Las Vegas. Congratulations to Fator who truly entertained us all summer and showed us how a terrific entertainer he is.

If you want to audition for Season 3 of America's Got Talent, check out the show's casting page.

Looking back at the entire season, how would you rate this summer's America's Got Talent?
It rocked! Better than last season.416 (56.2%)
It was good.205 (27.7%)
It was okay but last season was better.52 (7.0%)
It was really bad.67 (9.1%)

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Zoe Stoffel

Oh, this year was great. although i did want Julienne Irwin to win. oh well : )

September 16 2007 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashley

I still think Cas should have won. He has the most amazingly clear, captivating and raw vocals. I LOVE HIM!

Out of ALL the talent shows I religiously have watched over the past few years...he's the ONLY one I want a whole CD of...so hurry up Cas...you have fans waiting!

September 15 2007 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashley

I was so happy to see Terry win. I didn't think anyone was more deserving. He has a mind blowing talent I've never seen before.

August 25 2007 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bill

when you think about it terry had 3 talents,he was a great vantriligist,a good impersonater,and also a good singer,triple threat wins.but don"t take nothing from cas he was great and his own unique style.

August 23 2007 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
katy

I agree that the Hoff was horrible singing...ouch made my ears hurt & I was embarassed for him. He definitely can't sing. Piers is a snob & pompous ass with his head up his butt as is his "mirror" Simon on American Idol (& even Hoff is at times)...The way they insult people is so rude ... and hurtful...you can let someone down without being so mean... and they get a "kick" out of how they treat others that is sick. I guess they never heard of "treat others as you wish to be treated" or the Golden Rule..."Do unto others as you would have them do onto you"... Neither of them deserve to have any success or joy or money or recognition in their life...they need to wake up & smell the roses. Sharon on the other hand has class and knows how to give negative feedback in a positive way...without making the people feel like real loosers...except she is a bit of a sucker for some real loosers like boy shakira & the pakistani weirdo...

Terry was good & talanted...he's had 20 years practice...if he isn't headlining at Las Vegas I'm sure he will...but ventroloquism??? didn't that go out in the 60's or before? This show really cheated some of the people especially Cass...

August 23 2007 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toddith

Congrats Terry!~ You deserve it!!~~

August 22 2007 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ken

Everyone is being far, far, FAR too kind to "The Hoff" on his incredibly awful singing last night. Never in the history of network TV has a "star" been so unintentionally terrible. I have a tape of his Broadway performance in Jekyll & Hyde, so I knew not to expect much at all from him, but this performance was way beyond "rusty." It made the speakers on my TV melt from the killer radiation. How could anyone not hear how flat, how shaky, how pitch-poor that performance was?!

August 22 2007 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ann

I'm a boomer who really enjoyed all the talent. My son and I could watch it w/o having to change the channel. The energy was great. I'm glad Fator won, because I can't buy an album. But Butterscotch and Cas... I can't wait to buy your album. Butterscotch grew on me, and once she gave up the army fatigues, WOW! and the piano performance. And what poise and grace! Cas, don't worry. You're going to take care of your son. You're on your way.... and you sounded a lot better than ub40. all the energy - the St. Kitts' guys, the sideswipers, those kids from Ithaca, the Glamazons... just a lot of fun. Thank you! Sharon your elegance and spunk was so refreshing, and Piers when you compliment it's like the heavens open up and blessings pour out. Hof - is a California guy and is just a great energy for the show. Thank you Simon. Thank you.

August 22 2007 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ann

I'm a boomer who really enjoyed all the talent. My son and I could watch it w/o having to change the channel. The energy was great. I'm glad Fator won, because I can't buy an album. But Butterscotch and Cas... I can't wait to buy your album. Butterscotch grew on me, and once she gave up the army fatigues, WOW! and the piano performance. And what poise and grace! Cas, don't worry. You're going to take care of your son. You're on your way.... and you sounded a lot better than ub40. all the energy - the St. Kitts' guys, the sideswipers, those kids from Ithaca, the Glamazons... just a lot of fun. Thank you! Sharon your elegance and spunk was so refreshing, and Piers when you compliment it's like the heavens open up and blessings pour out. Hof - is a California guy and is just a great energy for the show. Thank you Simon. Thank you.

August 22 2007 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MK

Are you kidding me, chucklehead? Both Cas and Julienne are so mediocre and amateurish at best. Neither of them would make the finals of American Idol. In fact they would be eaten alive by Simon. The judges on this show lack any qualification and are amateurs themselves. Maybe this is the reason for the dismal quality of finalists, except Terry Fator who is a real professional and does his act brilliantly. Good luck with your act in Vegas, Terry, and congrats to you!

August 22 2007 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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