America's Got Talent: And the winner is... (season finale)
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 17th 2009 1:00AM
(S04E26) This is it, people. The time has come to name the winner of America's Got Talent, the world's biggest talent search. The two-hour (!) final results bash included performances from Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle, The X Factor's Leona Lewis, Thelma Houston, Cirque du Soleil, Rascal Flatts, and Shakira. Sadly, none of the previous AGT winners performed.
Based on the TV Squad poll I've included in my review of the Top 10 performance show, 35.1% of the voters, including myself, said Barbara Padilla would win. Kevin Skinner received 22.2% of your votes, while Recycled Percussion placed third in our poll with 19.4%. The other contestants all got under 7% of your votes. (Note that these results were accurate at the beginning of the results show.)
Did the TV Squad poll results match reality? Official results coming up!
If you haven't watched the finale yet and do not want to be spoiled as to who won the competition, it's time to click elsewhere now!
I won't comment on the guest stars' performances since they -- and many recaps -- were only used as fillers and to make the show last a too-long two hours. Instead, I'll just give you the gist of what happened with the contestants and the results as they happened throughout the show. Here we go!
At the beginning of the show, Piers says he has no idea who will win since everyone has a good chance. Sharon doesn't want to predict who'll win, and instead says that it's bittersweet since the show is ending and that her dress is killing her. The Hoff says a few Hoff-isms. Once again, the judges are not able to, well, judge. I get why they don't want to say who they think should win since they don't want to hurt anyone, but how about a Top 3 or something?
The Top 10 acts perform "Don't Leave Me This Way" together. The intro with Barbara and the Texas Tenors is really great and in tune. Grandma Lee seriously introduces Thelma Houston who takes part of the rest of the performance. Kevin, Drew and Lawrence do fairly well when each sings in duo with Thelma. There is a good integration of the Fab 5 and Recycled Percussion as a sort of percussions solo. Hairo joins last to dance with the guest singer and the other Top 10 contestants.
Nick claims that this was the best season of the show as he introduces a recap segment. Best season so far?!? Has he watched the previous seasons? Following the recap of "Simply the Worst," some of the most memorable bad performers come on the stage to perform do their thing on "Ain't No Stopping Us Now." The act ends with Piers, in a tux, and Grandma Lee, in a wedding dress, appearing in a magic box. So here we come full circle with Grandma Lee's jokes about making out with Piers, getting pregnant, and now getting married.
Finally, after close to an hour of filler performances and recaps, it's time to cut the Top 10 in half. Acts are brought forward two at a time: one going home, one in the Top 5.
- Hairo Torres and Barbara Padilla: Unsurprisingly, Barbara is in the Top 5.
- Lawrence Beamen and The Voices of Glory: The Voices of Glory move on. The two boys need to thank their sisters for this one.
- The Texas Tenors and Fab 5: I had my fingers crossed for the Fab 5 but deep down I knew the Tenors would be moving on.
- Kevin Skinner and Drew Stevyns: Even if I never really liked Kevin's singing, he offered the best entertainment and story between the two. Kevin is part of the Top 5.
- Recycled Percussion and Grandma Lee: The crowd mostly screams "Grandma Lee" but it's Recycled Percussion that gets the final spot in the Top 5.
The Top 5 is composed of four singing acts and one variety act, making AGT look like a version of American Idol. At least, none of the singing acts could have auditioned on Idol. My money still is on Barbara with Recycled Percussion as a second choice and Kevin Skinner as third.
The Top 5 becomes the Top 2:
- Fifth place: The Voices of Glory
- Fourth place: The Texas Tenors
- Third place: Recycled Percussion
- Top 2: Kevin Skinner and Barbara Padilla
Good job TV Squad readers, as in our "Who will win" poll, you picked fifth, fourth and third places accurately, and you gave Kevin and Barbara the most votes.
And the winner is...
- Second place: Barbara Padilla
- First place: Kevin Skinner
Looks like TV Squad readers and myself couldn't predict the winner. Kevin had a huge fan base right from the start and it looks like they pulled together to make him win. As The Hoff says over and over again, Kevin is what this show is all about: an ordinary man with talent. Kevin is not the best singer out there but his underdog status mixed with an unusual job helped make him one of the front runners. I'm sure that with some singing lessons and good song choices, he will be able to sell a good number of albums.
Are you happy that Kevin won? What did you think of the season as a whole? Best one? Worst one? Share your opinions in comment below.
On a side note, I'm preparing an "open letter to the producers" post to comment about the season's good and bad moves, as well as what I would like to see happen next season. Feel free to comment on the subject below and your comment may end up in my post (with credit of course)!