It’s come down to this, Nobody Nation.
9/14/11 America’s Got Talent is the final show. Who will take the million — Young band Poplyfe, amazing crooner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., light fantastic Team iLuminate, or shadow dancers Silhouettes?
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(The usual disclosure: As you know, we are a site devoted to opinion, inspiration, civility, and tolerance. So, why this weekly ritual with AGT? Well, first, it’s our guilty pleasure [life can’t always be so serious], and second, it fits right into one of our pillars: inspiration. America’s Got Talent features folks who are going for it in a very real sense. They are living their dream, come what may [the big red “X”?]. Doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from. On stage, you’re all equal under the lights. That’s pretty great to me.)
Hey, did you see that statistic at the start? Over 100,000 people auditioned this year. Wow. I’d love to be one of the producer/talent scout people who get to screen all the acts. Wouldn’t that be a kick?
They opened the show with some cheers and tears, then reminded us of the final four: Team iLuminate, Poplyfe, Silhouettes, and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. In my opinion, America picked well! Do you agree?
Nick came on stage dressed in another smashing tux. I owned a tux once. Way back in high school choir. I actually wore it for many years until finally, it just didn’t fit anymore. I think I got taller.
Anyway, sounds like a packed two hour show tonight. I can’t even type the names of all the people that’ll be appearing. But hey, we know who always appear: Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel. They’re just here to witness tonight, however. The real show is our four finalists. AGT gave us a look back at their performances last night, starting with Landau’s incredible finale. Ah, so smooth. We were also treated to the band, the shadows, and the dancing light. It was a good night last night!
After the “last night” montage, Piers and Nick bantered about fashion and voting.
But there was talent afoot…
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. got to perform a duet with Patti LaBelle. He sang the intro and then said that “never in a million years” did he think he’d introduce Patti LaBelle. I’m glad he didn’t have to wait a million years! The genius of the act was that Landau got to show a little versatility and had the opportunity to do a duet. When he has his own theater and his own variety show/act (he will), I’m sure he’ll be bringing in all kinds of talented folks.
It didn’t take a million years for Landau to meet his idol…instead, it was just the first of a million great performances.
Def Leppard. Rock of Ages/Pour Some Sugar On Me. Ah, great stuff. They were just here in concert. In the words of the great sage Stewie Griffin, “I should have gone to that thing.”
We got a sneak peek into the Silhouettes technical glitch. The wall of the stage didn’t open. Gotta love live TV, right? “It’s never happened,” said the stage manager. Famous last words, right? But in the end, it was all good, right?
Team iLuminate performed with Cobra Starship. Quite a name for a band, right? They certainly got into the spirit — Cobra Starship was all lit up, as if they were part of the iLuminate team. I have to say, the dance lost something with the lights on. That’s not a knock on the dancers, but a lament of staging necessities. Then again, everything Team iLuminate does is amazing, so in the end, it turned out nice.
Talent is talent, even when the world isn’t ideal.
After the break we got a look at the surprises the judges get — namely in the form of some really interesting…”talent.” And, yes, we got to see all those classic acts that you remember from this season — people falling off the stage, half-naked cowboys, the Tron “look-alike” dude, and…singing?
The “Audition All Stars” then came back to give us another dose of…well…I’m not sure what exactly. I have to admit, I laughed. Hard. As did my viewing group. I think they should do an AGT for the rest of these acts. Oh, wait…they had that. It was called the Gong Show.
I’m just old enough to remember that show. Or to forget it.
A duet with Silhouettes and LeAnn Rimes. Hard to tell who was more excited — Rimes or Silhouettes. This act just gets more and more incredible each time I see it. It’s hard to believe just how amazingly original and creative it is. I’m blown away by it each time they perform.
Even shadows can be real, I guess.
A behind-the-scenes look at the judges? Always entertaining. Piers and Howie remind me of…well…Piers and Howie. I never tire of watching the clip of Piers chasing Howie around or seeing Sharon beat Piers about the head. I can already think of two people who, if we were the judges on the show, it would mirror these three exactly.
Do you suppose if we looked at Piers’ buzzer up close, it would be worn through from being used so much? The judge montage seems to suggest it.
OneRepublic performed next. The cello was a nice opening. I could have just listened to that for the whole act. Remember that song Bittersweet Symphony? Love that song. Reminded me of that. I’m going to listen to it later.
Jerry Springer lilted to stage on a harness and took over the proceedings to the chant of “Jerry! Jerry!” He was there to announce the headline show in Vegas. Wouldn’t it be great to go to that? Maybe this will be one of those things where some producer will read my blog and and give me some tickets.
I’m not going to hold my breath.
Tony Bennett and Queen Latifah
What do you think Landau said when he met Tony Bennett back stage? Wouldn’t that be an incredible thrill? My viewing partners were very happy to see Bennett perform. Brought a smile to all our faces. Latifah’s voice is a nice complement. Such a pleasant, mellow sound. We need more of this sound today. Maybe we’d all be a lot more relaxed.
Poplyfe and Stevie Wonder
This may win the “perform with your idol” prize of the night. They performed Higher Ground. Poplyfe’s band is incredible. I certainly hope “Stevie’s people” have talked to “Poplyfe’s people” to get some kind of musical collaboration going. They sound great together. These are two careers that should probably come together in some way.
I wonder if my favorite authors wanna collaborate with me? Well, one can dream.
Cirque du Soleil Iris. A love letter to acrobatics and cinema. It was pretty awesome. Can’t describe it. You gotta see it.
Poplyfe, Silhouettes, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., and Team iLuminate
Fourth place goes to Poplyfe. Even though they’re fourth, they’re still one of my favorites from all the seasons I’ve seen. But don’t cry too hard for Kehlani Parrish and Poplyfe. They have a mammoth and (from the perspective of those of us burned out on the modern music scene) very much needed career ahead of them.
I cannot wait.
Silhouettes, Team iLuminate, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
This is impossible to call. Each of these acts deserves a first place finish. But in the end, third place goes to Team iLuminate. I have to admit, my jaw dropped. It literally dropped. One of my viewing partners yelled, “I can’t believe that!” I mean, I know they’re going from here to a Vegas show, but still…wow….
Jackie Evancho. Her voice seems to be maturing. Her high range is still amazing. How old does one have to be to get the lead in Phantom of the Opera? I think if there is a poster person for AGT, Evancho is probably it. And deservedly so.
Silhouettes and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Did you think this would be the final two? Two acts that have such different stories and such different talents. Both amazing. Both unexpected.
AND THE WINNER OF AMERICA’S GOT TALENT SEASON 6 IS: LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY, JR.
I won’t say that it had to be, but it sure seemed that way, didn’t it? This guy is sheer talent, sheer inspiration, and sheer class.
Congratulations Landau from Nobody’s View and Nobody Nation. Have a great life and a great career.
Just a personal note (again?) from me. I want to thank you all for reading and watching along with me this season. It has been a pleasure to blog this show for you and to be a part of the AGT experience, even in this small way. Thank you for letting me onto your computer screens!
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