Although group acts dominated much of the sixth season of America's Got Talent, the winner is, once again, an individual singer. The four finalists performed for America's votes on Tuesday, September 13th 2011, and the winning vote-getter was announced the following evening.
The performance group Silhouettes came in second, despite the technical difficulties that delayed their performance and may have inadvertently cost them the win.
After the teen group, PopLyfe, failed to play their best, it was no surprise that they came in fourth. Still, I don't think that's the last we've heard from these kids from Oakland, California.
The same can be said for Team iLuminate, which Judge Piers Morgan called a "million dollar act." The act itself might not have won the prize, but I'm betting founder, software engineer Miral Kotb, will be fielding bids for the proprietary design behind the group's luminous clothing.
The Frank-Sinatra-crooning Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. won the sixth season of America's Got Talent. The father of four, who spent some time homeless and worked washing cars to support his family, had the most touching back-story and the pipes to get viewers voting.
Meanwhile the team performances may have been hurt by the numbers--it's harder for audiences to separate out a single individual from to identify with when they are trying to watch six or more performers at a time.
As the winner of America's Got Talent Season Six, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. takes home a million dollars and will headline an AGT performance at Las Vegas's Caesar’s Palace (October 28, 29, and 30, 2011). Talk show host Jerry Springer will reportedly host the show, which will also feature the three runner-ups and additional acts from this and previous seasons.