And now, the end is near. And so they face the final curtain…
Tonight is the night, friends– and our long, strange 3+ month trip is almost over.
We’re down to four. The votes have been tallied, so all that’s left is the little matter of a million dollars.
Who gets it? Away we go…
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. – He’s easily the sentimental favorite this season. And, more importantly, he’s got the talent to win the whole kit and kaboodle. After a season of channeling Frank Sinatra, ol’ LEM got to branch out a little tonight with a stellar duet alongside his idol Patti LaBelle. Right now, I’d say he’s even money to win.
Team iLuminate – I have a feeling these folks might be the victim of a little blacklight fatigue (and, yes– there is such a thing. I looked it up.) Fighting Gravity was SO unique and SO out of left field last season, that iLuminate seems a little old hat by now. Like I said last night, in any other year they might have won… but there’s just too much talent at the top this season. Their ‘duet’ with Cobra Starship put it in perspective, I think– it was just a music performance with b ackup dancers. 10-1 odds.
Silhouettes – As amazing and unique as they are, I just think the U.S. of A. is going to give the big bucks to our buddy LEM– though if I had to choose, I’d give it to Silhouettes just because they’re so mesmerizing. Nothing against LEM (I’d be happy for him, too), but I think it’s just a different kind of talent. He’s a rock solid singer, but they’re a dance act unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Heck, the entire time Leann Rimes was singing, I was looking over her shoulder at their performance. 3-1 odds.
POPLYFE – …which leaves us with POPLYFE. They had their oooh moments (The Beatles’ “Come Together”) and they had their ewww moments (tonight’s duet with Stevie Wonder), and that kind of inconsistency isn’t the kind of thing that’s rewarded with a million bucks. Five years from now, they may well be topping the charts… but not tonight. 40-1 odds.
So without further ado, Nick has the magical envelope.
First to get the boot (after an excruciating 52 seconds of dead silence before Nick spoke): POPLYFE
Next to go (and therefore coming in 3rd place): Team iLuminate
And so it comes down to the two acts that I honestly had going all the way, from the first time I saw them: Silhouettes and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
The envelope, please?
The winner of America’s Got Talent, Season Six is…
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
Well done, sir. May you never have to wash another car, as long as you live.
Thanks to all of you who rode along with me during this crazy ride.