America’s Got Talent 2019 Finals Live Blog and Videos

America’s Got Talent 2019 finale results: Tonight is the night. Which act will win the America’s Got Talent 1 million dollar prize and headlining Vegas show? Will it be teen singer Benicio Bryant; Detroit Youth Choir; kid opera singer Emanne Beasha; singer and musician Kodi Lee; dance and light performers Light Balance Kids; Ndlovu Youth Choir; comedian Ryan Niemiller; kid violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa; dance/acrobatic act V. Unbeatable or vocal quartet Voices of Service?

KODI LEE WINS America’s Got Talent!

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Well, THAT was a rousing opening! I’m fully awake now. Oh dang. This recap from last night might put me back to sleep.  Next, and FINALLY, the judges,Howie MandelGabrielle UnionJulianne Hough and Simon Cowell are introduced. Simon says he has no idea who will win tonight. They guy was spacing out until Terry called him twice. He probably needs a smoke break.

ONE LAST DUNKIN’ LOUNGE. The show is going to be filled with a ton of filler, isn’t it…

Lang Lang tas the stage to play some hokey piano. Next, kid opera singer Emmane Beasha joins him on stage for a song, that will appear on his new album

Next, it’s Ryan Niemiller. He shares that he wanted to be a pro-wrestler once upon a time. He could be a bad-**s! So his handle “Cripple Threat” is his wrestling name! Chris Jericho is his favorite wrestler. He drops by to teach Ryan a few moves.  Oh dear. Ryan is too nice for trash talk. Ha. Chris teaches him to yell at Simon, who does not even know what Ramen noodles are. Well, that was fun. “You never turn your back on the cripple threat!”
Howie introduces a video clip that’s all about host Terry Crews. What a wacky guy!


Next Benicio Bryan takes the stage with his “hero” Latin urban singer and songwriter Ozuna. Benicio got a haircut! It’s a little jarring! So is this musical style for Benicio. But it actually suits him! Benicio didn’t sing any upbeat songs for the competition. This is a welcome change up. 

The next video package stars Simon and Cher. What a pair. This is very odd. The two discull “random thoughts”…on things. Cell phones, video games and more. Simon likes pong. 

Now, it’s Julianne Hough performing her new single. V. Unbeatable join her on stage.  She sings. They toss…Julianne! Right through the air. Don’t like the song? There’s a distraction! Heh.  Hm. This is a pop song. Wasn’t she a country singer last time? 

Lilly Singh, the Youtube star who hosts the new late late late night show on NBC. She picks the five worst acts: The monkey in a tutu, Death, Yurian Retriever (OF COURSE), Brandon Coprich (the naked flute player) Sethward is her favorit

Next it’s an “exclusive” AGT mashup. Light Balance Kids, Tyler Butler-Figueroa and last year’s finalist Brian Joseph King join forces. A trio of names. Heh. Tyler and Brian perform a “Favorite Things” and then Light Balance Kids take the stage to dance to “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. Just as I am thinking “where’s the mashup?” SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE.  The “kids” pull off their masks and IT’S PAULA ABDUL! Dancing with the kids! PAULER PAULER PAULER! 

RESULTS: Here we go! The Top 10 are center stage. In no particular order, who made it into the Top 5. Benicio Bryant and Voices of Service are center stage.  The first act taking a spot in the Top 5 is…Voices of Service!Benicio isn’t in the Top 5. My predictions are already done. Emmane Beasha and Ryan Niemiller step forward. The act taking the second spot in the Top 5 is…Ryan NiemillerV. Unbeatable are next, with Ndlovu Youth Choir. The act taking the third spot in the Top 5 is V. UnbeatableNdlovu Youth Choir is eliminated. Kodi Lee and Light Balance Kids are next. The act taking the fourth spot in the Top 5 is Kodi LeeLight Balance Kids are eliminated. Tyler Butler-Figueroa and Detroit Youth Choir step forward.The act taking the last spot in the Top 5 is…Detroit Youth Choir!!! 

Next, we find out who came in fifth. America has voted. The act finishing in fifth place and leaving the competition is…Voices of Service. The act leaving in fourth place and leaving the competition is…V. Unbeatable. WHAT? The crowd is BOOOOING! Julianne calls it shocking. Maybe it’s tough for a foreign act to win. Finishing in 3rd place is….Ryan Niemiller. Gabrielle wants to know when he is available. “You are my next star!” OK. This is shocking. Detroit Youth Choir in the Top 2? REALLY REALLY REALLY? 

Time to reveal the winner! But first, video packages featuring the Top 2.America has voted. The winner is…KODI LEE. Of course. 

KODI LEE WINS America’s Got Talent!

Top 5

5. Voices of Service
4. V. Unbeatable
3. Ryan Niemiller
2. Detroit Youth Choir
1. Kodi Lee – WINNER

Eliminated

  • Benicio Bryant
  • Emmane Beasha
  • Ndlovu Youth Choir
  • Light Balance Kids
  • Tyler Butler-Figueroa

Kodi Lee – Blind/autistic singer/pianist – Gabrielle Union’s Golden Buzzer – Kodi insists auditioning for AGT was his idea. He hears music in his head. He speaks to the people he loves through his music because it’s difficult to express himself otherwise. “My family is always there for me,” he says.

“My dreams are coming true.” It takes him a few seconds to begin his cover of  ” “. The song is in his vocal range. Sometimes Kodi strains on the high notes.It’s a pretty and simple performance. When he does deliver a high note, it’s clean. Hm. That may have won him the show. The audience is chanting for him! She says, “Kodi has changed the world,” she says. Howie thinks Kodi will “walk out of here with a million.” Julianne thanks him for creating beautiful moments. “That was as good as I’ve ever heard,” says Simon. 

Ndlovu Youth Choir  – Youth choir hales from South Africa – For the group’s last performance, they cover Toto’s “Africa.” Which is interesting. Ever read those lyrics? The song is a look at the country from a blinkered white guy’s point of view. Heh. But why not give the song some authenticity? It’s a good thing. This group continues to deliver great vocal performances with verve and energy. I’m glad they got the pimp spot. Simon says they ended the “best finale I have ever sat on.” He also calls it their best performance. “If you can dream it you can dream it,” says Julianne. Gabrielle calls them the pride of America and Africa. Howie shouts “What a finale, vote!” after comparing the choir leader to Neil Patrick Harris. 

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Benicio Bryant – Teen singer competed on The Voice Kids Germany recently – He was one year old when America’s Got Talent premiered. He’s been watching it every year and has dreamed of winning it. He turned 15 this week. His voice sounds tired this week–a little strained. I wonder if he’s sick. At this point of the competition, he needs a dramatic moment, which this song does not provide. Julianne calls him a star, able to hold the stage without bells and whistles. She thinks he can win. Simon respects how he presented an original song without gimmicks. Howie also thinks Benicio can win. Simon hits his button for some weird reason. 

Tyler Butler-Figueroa  – Young violinist battled Leukemia – Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer – Tyler tears up as he watches good luck messages from fellow cancer survivors. He performs Destiny Child’s “I’m a Survivor. He’s had better performances, I think. Or maybe at this point, there is nowhere to take this act and I’m a little bored. It’s nice that he inspires other kids, though. Simon is bursting with pride. Beyonce personally cleared the song for Tyler, Simon reveals. “You’ve got a shot here,” he says. Howie is also proud, and inspired. Gabrielle believes he saved the best for last. 

Light Balance Kids  – Light and Dance group from Ukraine – One of the members got sick before their audition. He went to the hospital, but even practiced there. They don’t give up! The kiddos funk it up this week with a fast food theme. Ha A pizza box comes to life and chases the kids around the stage and bites them. Now, they’ve turned into dancing fries and hamburgers. Cute.  The french fry shoots fireworks. Entertaining, clear story from the group this week. Julianne calls it creative and innovative. Gabrielle admires their commitment and focus. Simon felt they pulled out their best performance when it mattered. “Fun, cool and relevant,” he says. Howie calls it an immersive, fun Vegas act. “The entire act was gluten free!” How about those hamburger buns, though. 

Voices of Service  – Singing quartet made up of active duty/vets – They read letters from struggling vets, relatives of vets who struggled who found some peace in their performances. It’s very moving. The group sings a religious hymn. I like them better singing pop songs. It’s that “footprints in the sand” song, and it’s sappy. But there is no denying their incredible voices and beautiful harmonies. Howie says they are changing lives, “It’s so important and powerful.” Howie asks America to vote. Gabrielle calls them “instruments of feeling.” Julianne says the group brings people hope and joy. Simon thinks they’ve had two incredible weeks. He thinks they have a chance to win. Hm. Probably not. 

Ryan Niemiller – Birth defect left this comedian without hands – He and his family grew up in a trailer. Winning  1 million would mean a lot to them. “I hear the camera adds 10 fingers,” he says. Heh. Oh gosh. These jokes are funny tonight. “I got tennis elbow from fist bumping so much.” Folks avoid shaking his hand.  This is such a painful story, yet I’m laughing. It’s because he tells a his true story without any self-pity.”If you don’t vote for me tonight, it’s technically a hate crime.” Seriously, his funniest yet. Simon thinks he could star in a movie or TV show. He pleads his case with casting folks! Howie says he has an amazing heart, “I want you to be a star, you are a star.” Gabrielle offers to cast him in one of HER movies. Julianne calls it an honor to watch him. I hope he at least makes to Top 5. 

Emanne Beasha  – Young opera singer – Emmane turns 11 years old TOMORROW. What a way to spend her special day! The combination of performing third and needing the judges to save her last week means she has no chance of winning this thing or even coming close.

It’s another nice performance from a young, undeveloped singer. Maybe someday, after years of training, she’ll be a great opera singer. Julianne calls it “otherworldly” and calls her a perfect angel. The judges are bathed in smoke! Ha. Simon compares her to an Olympic star and calls her talent incredible. Howie notes that she’s a BTS fan. We needed that info. Or not. Gabrielle calls her blessing and an angel. 

America’s Got Talent 2019 Finals V. Unbeatable  – Dance/Tumblers from India – The group tells the story of losing their founder to a terrible accident while rehearsing. The V. in their name is a tribute to him, Vikas. They say they never perform without his name on their back. Whoo. Now the boys are jumping off of balconies! DON’T DIE GUYS. The set is made up of a series of blocks, The routine is full of intricate tumbling and crazy dance moves.

 The last move has a young one literally thrown off the highest block. IT’S CRAZY. Covered in streamers, the judges are on their feet. Howie calls them dangerous and exciting. He says “V for Victory!” Gabrielle calls it “Unfeaking believable. You guys killed that performance.” Julianne says they are everything a dance crew needs to be.” Simon calls it a “golden buzzer” performance. He calls them “game changers.”

Simon says that each of the Top 10 have the potential to win the show. And it all comes down to their last performances in the next two hours. Heh. Kodi Lee or V Unbeatable have this locked up. But of course, Simon won’t say that.

Top 10 America`s Got Talen 2019 finilists revealed:

1. Kodi Lee

2. Benicio Bryant

3. Tyler Butler-Figueroa

4. Light Balance Kids – America Saves

5. Ndlovu Youth Choir – Judges Save

6. V. Unbeatable

7. Detroit Youth Choir

8. Voices of Service

9. Ryan Niemiller – America Saved

10. Emmane Beasha – Judges Saved

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