'America's Got Talent' Crowns a Winner
The lovable Olate Dogs take top prize as Sharon Osbourne says goodbye
The lovable Olate Dogs took the crown on the season finale of "America's Got Talent" as Sharon Osbourne said her last goodbyes. Season 7 came to a close on Thursday night, as the Olate Dogs became the first animal act in the show's history to ever win, and nabbed the $1,000,000 prize and headlining show in Las Vegas. Chile-born Richard Olate has spent the past 40 years working and training dogs, and his son Nicholas followed in his father's footsteps.
The duo won over the judges and audience week after week with their high-energy act, featuring a number of four-legged animals performing impressive tricks. The win is a dream come true for Richard, who moved to the United States 22 years ago in the hopes of staging his own dog variety act. Rounding out the top three was early front-runner William Close, who landed in third place, and comedian Tom Cotter, who came second. Throughout the night, music superstars took the stage, including performances by Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber and Big Sean, Green Day, and the Blue Man Group.
In addition, the top six finalists all had a chance to perform with other notable names. Cotter shared a roast of the judges with Joan Rivers and Close played alongside One Republic. The finale was also the last for Osbourne after she spent the past six years at the "AGT" judges' table. Earlier this year, the reality TV regular announced her decision to quit the series over a disagreement with TV bosses at NBC. In a series of tweets posted just before taking to the stage for her final appearance, she wrote, "@nbcagt is the best variety show in the world. It's been 6 great years, but time to move on... Thank you to the @nbcagt crew, producers, and artists. It was a great honor." Osbourne also acknowledged her departure during the live program, as ballroom dancers The Untouchables, were the first act to be eliminated. As some of the youngsters began to cry, she consoled them and said, "Don't be sad, little ones, because it's my last show too. So we're both leaving together, hand in hand."
Tom Cotter should have won hands down. A bunch of dogs???
This was the worst results of any AGT show. As others have mentioned, how can a few dogs have a 90 minute show to sustain audience attention?
THe best act undoubtedly was Willim Close. His originality and talent far surpasses the dogs.
I wonder who voted ed and why?
At least in the futire, people, use your common sense to analyze the pros and cons of an act before voting.
I agree. What a joke. DO PEOPLE STOP AND THINK BEFORE THEY VOTE? How in the world are those dogs to do a 90 minute show how many times a week? There's no way. And a show of what? Dogs jumping, rolling, flipping, etc.. I'm sorry but nothing they did was anything I've not seen done before. For the judges to make comments like "I've never seen anything like this" was very misleading. Watch YouTube, Animal Planet, any of those and you'll see animals doing all sorts of things.
Loved the show this year. What a wonderful variety of acts. The choice of winners was a toss up,but Mr, Close and Tom Carter will have fabulous careers in the years to come due to the chance to be on this great variety show. Thanks to all for making AMG a wonderful show to watch!!