The eighth season finale of “America’s Got Talent” took place at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 18, 2013. Illusionist dancer Kenichi Ebina was named the winner. He gets the grand prize of $1 million and a headlining show in Las Vegas.
Guest entertainers in the season finale included Luke Bryan, Icona Pop, Dierks Bentley, Josh Groban, Il Divo, Heather Headley and James Lipton. Also there were the season’s top six finalists: Ebina, comedian Taylor Williamson, singer Jimmy Rose, magician Collins Key, operatic trio Forte and singer Cami Bradley.
The "America's Got Talent" judges (Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel) and host (Nick Cannon) were among those who walked the red carpet backstage after the show. Here is what Stern said when I caught up him for a brief interview on the red carpet.
Were there any big shocks for you in the season finale tonight?
Every time somebody was eliminated, it was kind of shocking, because these are all really talented people, and they gave it their all. But Kenichi was one of a kind. I said, "Let's find a superstar." And I think we did.
You interviewed Mel B on your radio show recently. Did she say anything that surprised you?
She was a little hesitant to open up, but she did say some interesting things about her relationship with Eddie Murphy. She started to get into it. She needs to have a few drinks. She was a lot of fun.
Did you drink on the show?
No. It's too early in the morning. I'm not a big drinker.
Did you know that Mel B has said in some interviews that she and her husband like to go to strip clubs together?
She's very wild.
What do you think about your recent interview with Robin Thicke? He pretty much said that he and his wife have an open marriage.
Robin Thicke revealed a lot. It turns out that he's got sort of a fun lifestyle there. My wife and I are more traditional. I'm just glad that she looks at me.
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