‘AGT: All-Stars’ finale recap: Which finalist won it all?

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The “America’s Got Talent: All-Stars” panel of top fans awarded airman Aidan Bryant the top prize on Monday’s finale.

The Season 16 runner-up gave a surprise after the winner was announced as pyrotechnics lit up the stage. “This is a crazy experience,” said Bryant, 18. “I’m so grateful. This is crazy, man. This means a lot to me.”

Judge Simon Cowell congratulated Bryant and congratulated the panel’s runner-up, saxophonist Avery Dixon.

“There’s no loser tonight,” Cowell said. “Both of you are winners, really & mldr; I want to congratulate you (Bryant) for officially winning. I want to congratulate you, Avery, for even winning. Talent won tonight!”

Bryant beat out 10 other contestants who competed on “AGT” or on one of the world’s top talent franchises. The tournament, which started in January, brought 60 sports (mostly exciting) together to compete for the big gold trophy.

“There is no prize except the biggest prize, which is to be given the best prize,” Cowell said on last week’s show.

Aidan Bryant’s Journey on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Bryant lost in 2021 to Magician Dustin Tavella. When Bryant watched “All-Stars,” he made it clear that he intended to come out on top.

“I really want to win, and I’m here to make sure of that,” the Virginia native said at the time. “I’ve grown a lot: my flexibility, my lines, my drawings. So, let’s do it.”

And he did. Bryant’s performance in the finale left Cowell speechless.

“I’m literally searching for words right now,” Cowell said. “I’ve never, never, never in a movie, in this show, anywhere I’ve seen anything so amazing and so dangerous and so bright and so balanced.”

Avery Dixon came in second, the dance group Light Balance Kids took third, and more ‘AGT’ highlights.

Bryant, a space instructor, beat out saxophonist Dixon, 14th place singer Kodi Lee, young ventriloquist Ana-Maria Mărgean (fourth place), magician Aidan McCann (fifth place), comedian Mike E. Winfield , dance group Light Balance Kids (third place), Detroit Youth Choir, singer Tom Ball, balance act Bello Sisters and aerialists Power Duo.

Earlier in Monday’s two-hour finale, the finalists performed their final mashups.

Adam Lambert, another “American Idol” alumnus, made a surprise appearance and performed Sia’s “Chandelier,” along with Bryant and the Bello Sisters. The basketball team sang Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever.”

Lee belted out Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” while the Light Balance Kids danced. Lee, donning his jacket with lights, also danced with the crew.

Detroit’s Young Musicians and Weezer team up on a special rendition of the band’s 2005 hit “Beverly Hills.” Winfield and show host Terry Crews filmed a sketch about Winfield’s efforts to fill Crews’ shoes. McCann and his friend magician Mat Franco, who won “AGT” Season 9, have some tricks up their sleeve for the judges.

Mărgean performed with the man who encouraged her to enter ventriloquism, Terry Fator. Fator won Season 2 of the NBC competition but failed to advance past the “All-Stars” events. The two, along with their puppets, performed “Small Talk” by Elvis Presley.

Mărgean described the experience as “a dream come true.”

Dixon and Babyface performed Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step,” while the Power Duo took to the air as a former “AGT” contestant, played by violinist/dancer Lindsey Stirling.

It was a wonderful end to a wonderful season.

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