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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Stevie Nicks Feared Piers Morgan Would 'X' Her

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 28th 2011 7:00AM
Stevie NicksIt's not just the amateur and semi-pro acts that appear on 'America's Got Talent' that fear they'll receive a dreaded, ear-piercing strike from trigger-happy judge Piers Morgan.

Musical guest Stevie Nicks confided to AOL TV that she, too, thought Morgan might give her a red X when she was performing on last night's results show.

Nicks was there to promote her upcoming tour (last year's 'AGT' winner Michael Grimm will open for her) and she sang two songs including one from her latest album 'In Your Dreams.'

Morgan not only didn't not buzz Nicks, he even gave her a standing ovation.

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Fighting Gravity (Black)Lights Up the 'AGT' Stage, Plus Results (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 28th 2011 2:18AM
Fighting Gravity, 'America's Got Talent'They may not have their names in lights in Las Vegas yet, but Fighting Gravity returned to the 'America's Got Talent' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC) to remind us why their act was so mesmerizing. They finished third in Season 5, and proved they've still got tricks up their sleeves.

Each time we see Fighting Gravity on 'America's Got Talent,' we try to imagine what they would come up with a full production team and a bigger budget. The possibilities are just endless.

In the spirit of past 'AGT' greats, Stevie Nicks announced that last season's winner, Michael Grimm, is set to open for her on tour. She then did what Stevie Nicks does, and brought the house down with two separate performances. In all the fun, it was easy to forget that eight acts were up for elimination.

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TVR Awards -- Shockingly Good Talent That Didn't Win Reality Talent Shows (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 4th 2011 8:00AM


Despite their massive and persistent popularity, many TV-watchers still dismiss reality talent shows as boring, formulaic and silly. But it's impossible to deny that the likes of 'American Idol,' 'So You Think You Can Dance,' and 'The Sing-Off' exposed us to an incredible array of unique (and at times bizarre) talent in 2010. Many of our favorite reality talent show contestants this year weren't the ones who ended up winning; it was often the zaniest, most original acts that left the biggest impressions. We've narrowed our favorite runner-ups and also-rans down to the five most memorable. Which one of these almost-winners impressed you the most?

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'America's Got Talent' Season 5 Finale Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 16th 2010 1:15AM
America's Got Talent['America's Got Talent' - 'Season Finale']

"Tonight, one act's life will change forever." - Nick


After about three months of competition, it's now time to crown the winner of Season 5 of 'America's Got Talent.' Prior to Nick announcing the results, our latest TV Squad poll placed Jackie Evancho as winner with close to 20 percent more votes than Prince Poppycock, who took second place. Fighting Gravity was in third while Michael Grimm placed fourth.

Did the TV Squad voters get it right? Let's get on with the happenings of this way too-long, two-hour finale.

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'America's Got Talent' Winner Is Crowned

by Kelly Woo, posted Sep 15th 2010 11:57PM
Michael Grimm, America's Got Talent winnerThe 'America's Got Talent' winner for season 5 was named Wednesday night, after a summer filled with magicians, aerialists, dance troupes and opera singers. So who won 'America's Got Talent'?

In a shocking finale outcome, singer Michael Grimm triumphed over early favorite, 10-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho, to win the $1 million prize and a Las Vegas show.

"Is this really happening?" asked the 30-year-old singer in disbelief, then screamed, "Yes!"

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'America's Got Talent': Former Contestants Return For One Last Performance (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 15th 2010 5:20AM
'America's Got Talent': Former Contestants Return For One Last PerformanceWe're down to the Top Four on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC). On Wednesday's finale, this season's winner will be crowned. Tonight, the last four players got one more chance to show their stuff in front of the judges. But during this main event, some of the hottest variety performers of the season also got to dance, play music, spin through the air and display a little magic.

Can you identify all of the former contestants who reappeared on the show tonight? Or did you only have eyes for the finalists?

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'America's Got Talent' Season 5, Episode 31 Recap (Video)

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 15th 2010 1:15AM
America's Got Talent['America's Got Talent' - 'Top 4 Performance Show']

"People please vote." - Howie


Howie almost sounded like a broken record when he said over and over again that it was important that America voted after the live show. And he's right. Every vote counts and, based on the few polls we've done here at TV Squad, it would take only a handful of votes to sway the win from one act to another!

The Top 4 acts had one last chance to impress America. Did they? Most did but one act got Xed! Yes, an X in the finals!!! The answer as to who got Xed and how the others performed is coming up!

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On the Scene: 'America's Got Talent' Final 4 Chosen

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 9th 2010 10:40AM
America's Got TalentDespite dark horses stepping up their games, there weren't any real surprises when the 'America's Got Talent' final 4 were revealed to be Prince Poppycock, Michael Grimm, Jackie Evancho and Fighting Gravity.

"The four that made it into the finals have kind of been the favorites the entire time," noted host Nick Cannon. "It's tough because of the great performances we had [in the Top 10.] But America chose the ones it felt like it always wanted to choose."

Is Cannon ever even tempted to read a name other than the one written on the card?

"No. I just hope I don't say the wrong name," Cannon laughed. "It's live TV so I have to focus on exactly what those cards say."

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'America's Got Talent' Season 5, Episode 30 Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 9th 2010 1:15AM
America's Got Talent - Fighting Gravity['America's Got Talent' - 'Top 10 Result Show']

The Top 10 performers have offered us quality performances during their live shows, and deciding whom to vote for was not an easy task. The judges, especially Howie, were grateful that they didn't have to make the cut from 10 to four acts. Anonymous "America" had to make the difficult choices.

Did your favorite acts go through to the Top 4? Results coming up!

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'America's Got Talent' Season 5, Episode 29 Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 8th 2010 5:25AM
America's Got Talent - Jackie Evancho['America's Got Talent' - 'Top 10 Live Performances']

... And then there were ten. The finalists raised the bar this week in order to get one of the four spots in the 'America's Got Talent' finale.

No red X appeared above the stage and words such as "phenomenal," "amazing" and "heavenly" were used to describe the performances we were offered tonight.

Did your favorite contestant do enough to get America's votes? Comments on the Top 10 acts, as well as the unnecessary performance from Enrique Iglesias, coming up!

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Jackie Evancho Returns to Amaze the Judges on 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 1st 2010 3:55AM
Jackie Evancho Returns to Amaze the Judges on 'America's Got Talent'Having an element of suspense is an important part of any contest. Suspense heightens the tension for the contestants -- and it raises the stakes for the audience.

But in the case of singer Jackie Evancho and the 'America's Got Talent' judges, things just haven't been very suspenseful. The judges clearly loved the 10-year-old opera singer from the first second that they saw her.

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Fighting Gravity Gives 'Performance of the Night' on 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 14th 2010 4:09AM
Fighting Gravity Gives Night's Best Performance on 'America's Got Talent'Blue jumpsuits and neon props continued Fighting Gravity on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC). The unique dance troupe pulled off another amazing routine -- "the performance of the night," said judge Piers Morgan.

Neon balls floated in mid-air, and at one point the blue men appeared to be swimming above the stage.

"The most unique thing I've ever seen up to this point with a black light is trying to find stains on a comforter in a hotel room," said judge Howie Mandel. "So this beats that by far. You guys are phenomenal."

Sharon Osbourne concurred, saying, "The prospects for this act are just endless."

By the many screams and cheers from the crowd, it would seem that the audience agreed. Do you think it was the night's best performance?

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