The winner of 2014’s America’s Got Talent has been announced and it is… not going to be revealed in the first sentence of this post, because that would be a major spoiler!
Before the winner is revealed, though, we can talk about another piece of America’s Got Talent news that’s got fans buzzing: host Nick Cannon, who wore a pair of diamond-encrusted shoes worth a reported $2 million, according to New York Daily News.
Anyway, now that’s all said and done, on with the big story: the winner of the 2014 season of America’s Got Talent is: Magician Mat Franco!
“It feels amazing! It feels great, fulfilling, emotional, all at once in a way that I can’t describe.”
According to CBS News, Mat was one of six America’s Got Talent finalists. The other five were pre-pubescent singer Quintavious Johnson, jazz quartet Sons of Serendip, singer Miguel Dakota, singer Emily West, and tumbling troupe AcroArmy.
“It’s a feeling that comes over you. It’s a warm feeling, it’s an exciting feeling, you feel the crowd’s energy… I’m waiting to wake up from this whole thing.”
According to his website, Mat Franco grew up in Rhode Island. He practices a brand of magic that magicians call “close-up” magic, which involves card tricks and such in an intimate setting, as opposed to grand spectacles of acts like Siegfried & Roy.
“Mat provides a high energy show complete with mind-blowing magic, music, spontaneous humor, and LOTS of audience participation.”
Matt is the first magician to win America’s Got Talent. As winner, he’ll be the headliner of America’s Got Talent Live, a show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. America’s Got Talent Live will feature Jerry Springer as emcee and will feature the nine other finalists this season in addition to Mat.
Winning America’s Got Talent is not a guarantee of future success. Season Four winner Kevin Skinner, for example, released an album that failed to chart, and has since all but disappeared. Meanwhile, Season Two winner Terry Fator and Season Seven winner Olate Dogs remain major headlining acts in Vegas.
One of the biggest winners, career-wise, to come out of America’s Got Talent actually came in second place on the show. Now-14-year-old opera singer Jacki Evancho came in second on Season Five at the age of 10 and has gone on to become one of the biggest stars in the opera world.
Do you plan on going to Vegas to catch Mat Franco headlining America’s Got Talent Live? Let us know below.
[Images courtesy of: NBC, NY Daily News]