by Shahum Ajmal
NBC’s competition television series, America’s Got Talent (AGT) Season 12 has brought America together.
Season 12 kicked off in May and has ended with a jaw dropping, action packed finale on Sept. 20.
I have been a huge fan of AGT dating back to when Sharon Osbourne was on the judging panel.
This season, AGT introduced American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, former model and occasional singer, Tyra Banks as their new host.
Throughout the auditions episodes I was skeptical of how Bank’s was matching up to previous season host, Nick Cannon.
However, once the live shows began airing, Banks fell right into place, and became a huge asset to the show.
The season 12 finale had 10 acts all fighting for a million dollars, and a headlining show in Las Vegas.
The first five acts that left the competition were: Chase Goehring, Evie Clair, Diavolo, Preacher Lawson, and Kechi Okwuchi.
I was personally shocked to see acrobatic dance group, Diavolo left the competition.
Though, they were not my favorite, they had everything a show in Las Vegas needed. Diavolo filled the stage time and time again with different tricks and amazing precision.
Another sad elimination was singer, Evie Clair.
Clair came onto season 12 of AGT in June with a heart aching story of her Dad who was battling Cancer at the time.
After Clair earned one of the 10 spots in AGT’s finale, her dad passed.
It was unclear if Clair would come and perform in the finals.
Clair did come to the finals, delivering a beautiful tribute to her dad singing, “What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong.
The remaining five acts were then cut down so only two remained.
Sara and Hero left in fifth place, Mandy Harvey left in fourth, and Light Balance in third.
The departure of both singer-songwriter/ukuleleist, Mandy Harvey and light-up dance group, Light Balance were saddening for me.
Harvey was an inspiration since the beginning. Harvey shared her story of being deaf and still pursuing her dreams to be a singer. With each performance Harvey captured the attention of the whole audience and left them speechless – myself included.
Her story aside; her grace, poise, and talent made her an amazing act.
Light Balance was another one of my favorites. Each performance was current, exciting, new, and “lit”. Light Balance made all my EDM dreams come true.
The remaining two acts were given to singing ventriloquist, Darci Lynne and singer, Angelica Hale.
Lynne was a jaw dropping act since the beginning. Lynne’s act was dynamic and amazing for someone who is only 12 years old.
However, Angelica Hale was who I was rooting for. Hale is only 10 years old, and took the stage with such confidence and amazing yet challenging song choice every time.
Against my better judgment, Lynne was crowned the winner of Season 12 of AGT. Though, not what I wanted, Lynne is a humble, talented, and deserving act.
Season 13 auditions are now open, and if you’re interested go to AmericasGotTalentAuditions.com to find out more.