What a big, bloated finale America's Got Talent put together tonight.
With guest performances by Leona Lewis, Shakira, Rascal Flatts, Susan Boyle and others, montages from the audition rounds, a judges' interviews, group performance of memorable bad auditions, the show was packed full.
Sykesville singer Drew Stevyns learned when the Top 10 were trimmed to the Top 5 that he had not made the cut.
"I couldn't ask for anything more than this, these people really deserve to be here, this has been the best time of my life, and I just thank you for the experience," Stevyns told host Nick Cannon, looking unsurprised.
The fifth-place finisher was the Voices of Glory, a singing group featuring three young siblings who had started singing when their mother was in the hospital. Fourth-place was taken by the Texas Tenors, whose name speaks for itself. The act coming in third was Recycled Percussion, a quartet of musicians who make music on found objects.
Susan Boyle, performing in the U.S. for the first time after her stint on Britain's Got Talent, sang her new single, a cover of "Wild Horses." She seemed poised on stage, very natural, and hit all her power notes like a champ.
After all the buildup, the final two -- Kevin Skinner and Barbara Padilla -- finally learned which of them was the winner.
Taking home a $1 million prize and a contract for a headlining act in Las Vegas was Kevin Skinner.
I was pretty shocked. I haven't watched this whole season, so I don't know all of Kevin's backstory, but his singing just didn't seem that great, and Barbara Padilla's was amazing. What did you think of the finish?