‘America’s Got Talent’ Review: The Finale
Here's the moment we've all been waiting for when we find out who is crowned the champion of this season's 'America's Got Talent.' Think you know who it is? Read on to find out if you're right
The suspense is killing us, but you have to wait almost an hour to find out who'll win, and we're curious to see how they'll handle the eliminations. Will they just bring them out on stage all at once and name their winner? At least we've got a couple of musical performances to hold us over for the time being.
Howard Stern gives his thanks to everybody for letting him be a judge for this season. First we bring out all of the finalist which includes the dance group The Untouchables, William Close, Tom Cotter, David Garibaldi and his CMYKs, Joe Castillo and the Olate Dogs.
First they stroll us through a recap, showing off a number of acts including those that got close but didn't quite make it to the finals. They show us the highs and lows of the whole process, which includes the end build up to our finalists.
The first duet is David Garibaldi and his CMYKs with Flo Rida performing in the background. What we like the most about this performance it shows how they could work on stage in Vegas if they win the grand prize. The portrait David Garibaldi makes of Flo Rida is great. We hope he keeps it and hangs it up at his place.
Can we find out who won now? Nope, you've got to sit through another song, specifically Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You." Afterwards the three judges have their Snapple Chat, talking about each one of the contestants and their strong points. Now William Close participates in a duet, performing with band One Republic. The Earth Harp gives their song an orchestral vibe, which we totally dig.
The next on stage duet is the Olate Dogs and The Untouchables with singer Frankie J. It was all right but the Olate Dogs were more or less on stage for a whole minute until it was quickly taken over by The Untouchables and Frankie J. They should have just let them do their own separate thing. We also say that because we can't get enough of those cuddly dogs.
It's time for a recap of some of the craziest acts that appeared on the show. Some of those wonderfully horrible acts they repeated included the lame opera singer who insulted Howard Stern, and Burton Crane - the self-proclaimed grandfather of rap. But guess what? They brought back Burton Crane just to torture us again one more time. Thankfully Nick Cannon and a few other rappers makes it a lot cooler with a sweet remix.
Howie talks about how much of a thrill it was that Howard was a judge. Howie decided to surprise Howard with an end of the season gift. He brings in Barry, the really horrible and short singer which he drags around with him in a suitcase bag.
They bring out the spectacular Blue Man Group, which is nice, but can we get to the revealing of the winners? One of the most interesting segments is the roast Tom Cotter does on the judges, which is made even better when Joan Rivers pops out on stage to dish out the harsh words.
Before we get into the thick of eliminations, there were a couple more acts that performed during the second hour of this show. We get a performance from teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, Green Day and a collaborative piece between Joe Castillo and the PS22 choir. Hey, at least the audience was entertained enough not to really sweat it out over who will get the grand prize.
It's time to finally break down who was eliminated, so we'll go in order of the fifth runner up to our grand prize winner. First to be given the axe is the dance group The Untouchables. And we're not surprised, how can they pull off having a group of kids headlining a show in Las Vegas? The next person to get the shaft is Joe Castillo then David Garibaldi and his CMYKs, then William Close.
Now the grand prize will be given out either to Olate Dogs or comedian Tom Cotter. Both of these acts are fairly entertaining in their own ways, but which one of the two does America deem worthy enough to win the grand prize? None other than the Olate Dogs. Okay, we figure it's a little bit of a surprise but at the same time they were the last group to perform the night before, and perhaps they won the hearts of everyone by making the last impression. Congratulations to the Olate Dogs!
That does it for this season of 'America's Got Talent.' Between all of the laughter, tears, sometimes questionable judging and intriguing acts, this surely was a heck of a season.