Americas Got Talent, Finale

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It's Fall TV premiere week, which means it's time to say goodbye to one of summer's biggest shows: America's Got Talent, which crowned its eleventh winner.
In yesterday's final performance show, we saw killer renditions of popular songs, some incredible magic acts, some gravity-defying contortionism, some juggling, some miming and one amazing original tune. But only one person can win the $1 million grand prize. Who was it?

Left in the competition were singer Sal Valentinetti (who sang Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife"), contortionist Sofie Dossi, group Linkin' Bridge (who sang Charlie Puth's "See You Again"), opera singer Laura Bretan (who sang Puccini), mentalists The Clairvoyants, singer Brian Justin Crum (who sang "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson), mime Tape Face, juggler Viktor Kee, magician Jon Dorenbos and singer Grace VanderWaal (who sang "Clay," an original song about bullying).

America's Got Talent


After a season full of memorable moments, including a guy being shot in the neck with a flaming arrow (he's okay, though)!, the second half of the finale included performances by several acts, including Stevie Nicks and the cast of Jersey Boys, it was time for host Nick Cannon to name the winner.

And the season 11 America's Got Talent champion is...Grace VanderWaal!

After a memorable audition with the original song "I Don't Know My Name," judge Simon Cowell dubbed her "the next Taylor Swift," while fellow judge Howie Mandel said she was a "living, beautiful, walking miracle."

He predicted the world would know her name—and with the America's Got Talent win under her belt, she's well on her way there.

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