Dustin Tavilla is having a magical moment “American Talents.”
Host Terry Crews revealed that The Magician was crowned the Season 16 winner during the two-hour live season finale on Wednesday after the “closest vote ever.” Tavilla became the third Magician to win the title, after season 9 winner Matt Franco and season 13 winner Shane Lim.
“Thank you guys so much. This is so amazing,” Tavila said, sobbing as confetti were sprayed onto the stage.
The 35-year-old captured the heart of America with his signature style of magic that focused on his adopted two sons: “Before ‘AGT’, I had never imagined the two worlds colliding—my passion for magic and my story about my family.”
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Simon Cowell said Tavilla beat nine finalists and took home a million dollar prize and took home first place at the “AGT” show in Las Vegas after “the most competitive final ever.” The field included five Golden Buzzer winners.
Pilot Aidan Bryant took second place. Comedian Josh Bleu came in third. Singer Brooke Simpson took fourth place. Quick-change artist Léa Kyle (Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer) took fifth.
Earlier in the night, five shows were eliminated: comedian Gina Brion, singer Jimmy Herod (The Golden Whistle of Sofia Vergara), the World Taekwondo Show Team (Terry Crews’ Golden Buzzer), opera singer Victory Brinker (the first group of its kind on the show Golden Buzzer) and the Northwell Choir of Nurses (Hoy Mandel’s Golden Bell).
The two-hour season finale felt like a concert, with over a dozen mixes and duos featuring top 10 contestants, music stars, and former “AGT” competitors.
Herod started the show by living his dream on Broadway alongside Tony Award winning actress Idina Menzel in “Gravity Challenge” from the musical “Wicked”. Northwell’s choir provided a nurse singing in the background about the chilled-out rendition. Menzel later returned to perform “Dream Girl” from Amazon’s “Cinderella.”
Bryant and the Taekwondo World Show team are the hybrid duo we didn’t know we needed. The finalists paired up for a high-flying routine featuring Olympic gymnasts Jordan Chiles and McKayla Skinner.
Kyle helped Heidi Klum choose her final outfit with a little quick change and the magic that earned her a golden bell: “I knew I could count on you,” Klum said after Kyle. make it work.
Simpson collaborated with Archbishop Briggs on the single “White Flag” which Performed by Simpson last night during her closing show. “You’re such an amazing star,” Briggs told Simpson. “You’re incredible. I wish we’d be on tour together.”
Brion did a sketch for Hispanic Heritage Month with her comedian, Jorge Lopez, and even cut his hair. “That’s why I started stand-up comedy,” Brilon revealed. Lopez said, “I’m so proud of you Jenna.”
Tavila joined forces with Matt Franco in a magical action featuring plenty of teddy bears and Rico Rodriguez, who played Vergara’s on-screen son in Modern Family. She gave him a huge bear hug when she saw him.
Bleu sat down with Mandel and two former “AGT” comedians for some hilarious, irrelevant advice, including Preacher Lawson, Piff the Dragon, Taylor Williamson and Tom Cotter.
Brinker held her spot with the Pentatonix Capella group during an angelic performance by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion’s “Prayer”.