On Sept. 14, 2016, the 11th season of “America’s Got Talent” designated its winner. Grace VanderWaal won the $1 million prize and secured the headlining act in Las Vegas. The Clairvoyants were the runner-ups, and NFL player Jon Dorenbos occupied the third position.
A 12-year-old Golden Buzzer
The winner of “America’s Got Talent” Season 11 is a 12-year-old singer. Born on Jan. 1, 2004, Vanderwaal sings and plays the ukulele. In 2007, she started writing her own songs, and eight years later she learned to play the ukulele.
At the 2016 “America’s Got Talent,” she auditioned with one of her tunes and Howie Mandel pushed the Golden Buzzer sending her to the live shows. Moreover, after her performance, Simon Cowell declared that she could be Taylor Swift’s descendant.
On Sept. 14, 2016, “America’s Got Talent” designated her as the winner of Season 11. In the final, she amazed the audience with another song written by her and won the $1 million dollar prize. She is the second-youngest winner of the competition and the first female act to win since Bianca Ryan in “America’s Got Talent” Season 1.
Vanderwaal also secured the headline spot in three shows at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. According to Billboard, the shows will take place on Oct. 27, 28 and 29. She will be joined two other finalists of “America’s Got Talent,” The Clairvoyants and Tape Face.
A Magical Podium
The Clairvoyants were Vanderwaal’s runner-ups in the 2016 “America’s Got Talent” final. Austrians Tommy Ten and Amelie van Tass were a mentalist duo, who were named World Champions of Mentalism at the 2015 World Championships of Magic. Their final act in “America’s Got Talent” involved Paula Abdul and impressed enough to advance to the second position.
Dorenbos completed the podium of the 11th season of “America’s Got Talent.” He is a professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he got into the talent competition by performing a card trick. Dorenbos occupied the third place in the final, after receiving standing ovations from all members of the jury.
The Other Finalists
“America’s Got Talent” Season 11 designated its winner on Sept. 14, 2016. Besides the three occupants of the podium, seven other competitors tried to impress the jury and the audience to win the $1 million award.
- Tape Face, a mime from New Zealand, who finished in the bottom 5 of the top 10.
- Linkin’ Bridge, a vocal group, consisting of Big Rome, Montre Davis, Ekoe Alexanda, and Shon China Lacy.
- Sofie Dossie, a contortionist and aerialist, who made the guest judge, Reba, press the Golden Buzzer.
- Laura Bretan, an opera singer, born to Romanian parents, for whom Mel B pressed the Golden Buzzer.
- Viktor Kee, a Ukrainian juggler, who finished in the bottom 5 of the top 10.
- Sal Valentinetti, an Italian jazz singer, Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer act, who reached 5th place.
- Brian Justin Crum, a pop singer, who occupied the 4th position.
‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 12
The 11th season of “America’s Got Talent” designated its winner on September 14. However, the competition will not take a long break. The auditions for Season 12 will start on Nov. 12, in Chicago. The judges will also be looking for talent in nine other cities across North America:
- Austin, Texas, on Nov. 19.
- Cleveland, Ohio, on Dec. 10.
- Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 7, 2017.
- Philadelphia, Pa., on Jan. 14 .
- Las Vegas, Nev., on Jan. 19.
- New York, N.Y., on Jan. 27.
- Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 1.
- Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 4.
- Los Angeles, Calif., on Feb. 11.
Further information on the 12th season of the “America’s Got Talent” is to be determined.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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