According to Nielsen overnight numbers, part one of the “America’s Got Talent” season finale attracted10.94 million viewers on Tuesday, earning the reality talent show yet another overall ratings win.
A rerun of CBS’ “CSI” placed second with 10.37 million viewers.
Each of the six “America’s Got Talent” finalists – singer Cami Bradley, comedian Taylor Williamson, operatic trio Forte, magician Collins Key, dancer Kenichi Ebina, and singer Jimmy Rose – performed twice last night in an attempt to woo the audience’s vote.
Each “America’s Got Talent” finalist had to perform one of the routines performed earlier in the season, which proved to be very tricky for Williamson and Key.
Rose opened the show with a reprise of his original audition song, “Coal Keeps the Lights On,” a ditty about his Kentucky hometown. The singer’s second song of the night was a cover of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.”
Ebina broke out his audition round’s robotic dance routine, which, with the glitz and glamor of the show’s production staff, was even better than the audition version. The dancer’s final performance included a dance group of several incarnations of himself, which whom he danced and interacted.
Bradley returned to her version of Cher’s “Believe,” which she first performed during the quarterfinals, then finished the night up with a tender version of the Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”
Key’s initial routine included a “melding” of playing cards and a near kiss between judges Heidi Klum and Mel B. His second routine involved randomly selected audience members and a pre-recorded YouTube video in which he accurately identified the chosen audience members.
Forte wowed the audience with its take on Josh Groban’s “The Prayer” – which the trio sang during Vegas Week – and followed that up with “Caruso.”
Williamson’s first performance included a few jokes from an earlier round, but finished with a few new ones, including an animal barb about Klum formerly being married to a Seal. His second routine of the night included all new material.
Last night’s “America’s Got Talent” finalist performances proved to be very entertaining.
Win or lose, each of the six acts should have no trouble going on to successful careers in the entertainment biz. Several are already enjoying professional careers that should only be bolstered by their appearance in the finals.
That said, there were a few acts that stood out above the others and that made this viewer’s decision of which one act to vote for very difficult.
It was a tough call between Bradley, Forte, Williamson, and Ebina, but in the end it was the singer’s charm, talent, marketability, and musical presence that won out. She’s also the one this viewer would most be willing to shell out the cash to see perform in Vegas.
Personal preference dictates that Bradley should win the “America’s Got Talent” title tonight, but logic intervenes and points out that at least three others could sneak in and pull out the win.
Though Key is the least deserving of the group to be in the finals, it’s not unfathomable that his huge – and largely swooning female – fan base could have successfully stuffed the ballot box enough to push the magician over the top.
Williamson – whose best material comes when he banters and interacts with the judges – could also be pushed to the top of the heap.
Ebina’s charm and innovativeness could also propel the diminutive dancer to center stage as the celebratory confetti falls from the rafters tonight.
All this to say, it’s too close to call and that the title is up for grabs.
Who do you think will win?
The “America’s Got Talent” season finale – which will feature Groban, Il Vino and The Rockettes – airs tonight at 8 p.m. on KSL 5 in Provo.
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