Heading into Wednesday’s America’s Got Talent finale, the majority of TVLine readers predicted that Drew Lynch — the stand-up comedian with a stutter of gold — would emerge the victor. But were they right?
Now, don’t be so hasty. We’ve got nine runners-up to discuss first: acrobat Uzeyer Novruzov, singer Benton Blount and comedians Piff the Magic Dragon and Derek Hughes were the initial five acts to be eliminated near the end of the finale, with the CraigLewis Band following shortly after.
In what might have been the most shocking moment of the finale, the “Professional Regurgitator” was the next act to be eliminated, preceding Oz Pearlman, whose cut was met with a barrage of boos from the audience. After the tensest commercial break of my damn life, Lynch was revealed to be the runner-up, making this season’s million-dollar winner… Paul Zerdin!!!
The ventriloquist, who allegedly won by one percent — at least according to host Nick Cannon’s math — thanked America, describing the entire experience as “surreal.”
But this wasn’t just the final night of AGT‘s 10th season, it was also Howard Stern’s final night as a judge. Needless to say, there were plenty of emotional moments, including him telling Cannon that he’s been an “absolute joy” to work with over the years. (No, you’re crying!) There was also a heartwarming — yeah, I said it — montage dedicated to the former shock jock.
All right, America, let’s talk: Did the right act come out on top? Drop a comment with your thoughts on tonight’s winner below.