October 01, 2008 07:20 PM by DA Southern
America’s Got Talent has been on since we had more than two people in the presidential race, it seems and finally we have voted as a nation in the most important election of the year…Who gets the one million dollar prize and the Vegas showcase and a chance to change someones life forever. Well, maybe it isn’t the most important election, but it has been fun to watch. Hey, maybe we should have an election like AGT does it…just a thought.
The final live show of the season promised to be a thrill ride as the actual decision we know could be done in two minutes if they wanted, but we had to have a little fun as Jerry told us that it was the closest vote ever in AGT history.
Jerry introduced the Top 5, Nuttin But Stringz, Donald Braswell, Neal E. Boyd, Eli Matson and Queen Emily and then had the Top 10 perform together for the first time as a group, which was a nice change to see. Sharon was all emotional after the performance saying that they could all have great careers in the entertainment field and Piers and The Hoff shook their head in agreement as Jerry announced the countdown to the winner was about to begin.
Jerry said the AGT auditions were just around the corner, for gosh sakes, and then announced a song by hit artist, Leona Lewis. I am sure all of the extra singing was not helping the Top 5′s nerves one bit.
The AGT audition “All-Stars” then sang, you know a bunch of people who were so bad we laughed until we wet ourselves a bit…admit it, you know who you are, and we were reminded why this show is so much fun. It was weird to see all the crazies back again, but I l did laugh all over again.
Jerry finally got down to it by announcing the first of the five that was going home. After a suspenseful few moments, and a compilation of various acts being buzzed into oblivion from the season and some who came close, Jerry announced that the road had ended for Queen Emily, who came in fifth place.
After the Queen said her goodbyes, Jerry announced that the end had come for two more of the Top 5; coming in fourth place was Donald Braswell. We saw Donald’s journey once again and how he got back into the competition after America’s vote and then Jerry announced that the third from the top was, in a shock…Nuttin But Stingz. (Thought they were going to win!), leaving either, Eli Matson or Neal E. Boyd as the next AGT winner.
In the final heartbreak, Jerry showed the journey of each of the men and their humble beginnings all the way to the AGT stage. Jerry said that over 200,000 acts had auditioned to get to this point and he then announced that Neal E. Boyd had squeaked out a victory over Eli Mattson and we all watched as Neal E. Boyd sweep opera into the American mainstream once again. One thing is for certain, Neal E. Boyd has just walked away with a million dollar prize and a life far removed from the days as an insurance salesman.
Way to go Neal E. Boyd, you are the America’s Got Talent Winner.
Neal E, Boyd sang out the show and we will just have to wait until next season to see what America can produce from a talent standpoint.
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