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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Wins!

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 15th 2011 7:00AM
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.Cliché as it sounds, there were only winners on last night's 'America's Got Talent' Season 6 finale.

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., as judge Howie Mandel accurately predicted on Tuesday's performance show, won the competition and the show's $1 million prize. "I am the great predictor," Mandel quips.

Dance group Silhouettes came in second. Dance group Team iLuminate was third. Rock band POPLYFE came in fourth, but you'd never know it by the jubilation they were feeling after the show. The band members were still ecstatic over getting to perform with the legendary Stevie Wonder, an experience they'll take with them forever.

"I'll take it with me as well," Wonder told AOL TV on the post show press line. "They are a group that is committed to staying together and not letting anyone break them apart. I feel that's how we should be as a nation. I'm excited that they allowed me to be a part of their group."

The members of POPLYFE weren't the only ones excited to meet Wonder. "To me, he's the greatest artist alive," host Nick Cannon says. "The genius that he is and the music he's given us. He's Stevie!"

"We planned this out on Tuesday," Kehlani of POPLYFE says of the group's fate. "We knew then that we were going to get fourth place, but Stevie Wonder picked us up so much. We played with Stevie Wonder. Nothing will ever top that."

"He's our idol," says POPLYFE's Dylan.

Judge Sharon Osbourne says America got it right by crowning Murphy the winner. "It was the right ending, so happy. Did you see the little girls from Silhouettes say, 'We love you Landau'? They were genuinely happy for him."

"The best and most charismatic performer won," concurs judge Piers Morgan. "Landau's an amazing guy. He really deserved it."

"When POPLYFE got eliminated I felt sad because I thought they'd be up there with me and then Team iLuminate was next," says Murphy. "Then it was like, 'Wow.' I thought I was going to win. It happened just like Howie said. It's amazing."

Murphy knows the real challenges are just beginning. "I've go a whole lot of tremendous hard work ahead of me," he says.

"We have no regrets," says Team iLuminate's Miral. "We had a talk as a team, win or lose we know we did everything we could. It's been an amazing ride and we're blessed to have gotten this opportunity."

"This isn't about winning or losing," says Silhouettes choreographer Lynne Waggoner-Patton. "When you're exposed to this kind of opportunity and these doors being opened there are no losers. There is nothing that can go wrong."

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