“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” has a new winner.
V. Unbeatable was crowned the Season 2 champion during Monday’s two-hour season finale after six weeks of competing against the 40 “greatest acts in the world,” as judge Simon Cowell said.
V. Unbeatable, which is composed of 29 dancers from Mumbai, India, first appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in 2019, winning a Golden Buzzer from guest judge Dwyane Wade, the husband of former judge Gabrielle Union. The group came in fourth place last year, but this time around, V. Unbeatable hoisted the trophy in the end.
The acrobatic dance group has the superfans to thank. In the “Champions” format, a panel of pre-selected fans from 50 states vote to determine the winner. According to host Terry Crews, the superfans represent “every aspect of America – young and old, East coast, West coast, from the plains to the mountains to the islands.”
When the votes were tallied, acrobats Duo Transcend finished in second place; violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa came in third; singer Marcelito Pomoy came in fourth place and acrobats Sandou Trio Russian Bar in fifth.
The Top 10 was rounded out by singer Angelina Jordan, shadow dance group Silhouettes, dog tricks act Alexa Lauenburger, dance group Boogie Storm and accordionist Hans, who finally made up with Cowell.
“Simon … I don’t want to leave on bad terms. Can I have a hug?” Hans said after his elimination. Cowell agreed and the two hugged out years of hilarious differences.
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The two-hour season finale felt like a concert, with more than a dozen guest performances and post-competition duets of Top 10 and former competitors.
KISS opened the star-studded finale results show with a high-energy performance of “Rock & Roll All Nite,” which featured a good old-fashioned guitar smashing at the end.
V. Unbeatable delivered another high-energy performance filled with unbelievable flips and stunts as Blink-182’s Travis Barker played the drums behind them, while finalists Hans, Duo Transcend, Pomoy, Boogie Storm and Sandou Trio Russian Bar joined together for a performance to Queen’s “We Are The Champions.”
Jordan beautifully sang Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” as former contestant Kseniya Simonova provided visuals through her sand animation. Butler-Figueroa joined in on the act with a violin solo during the song. It’s hard to believe Jordan and Butler-Figueroa are only 14 and 11, respectively.
“That was beautiful,” Cowell said.
The Silhouettes performed a shadow dance about the value of family, accompanied by strings from violinist and former “AGT” contestant Lindsey Stirling.
Magician Shin Lim, the winner of both “AGT” and “The Champions,” teamed up with mentalist Colin Cloud for a thought-provoking act that left the judges with their mouths on the floor.
But the most anticipated homecoming of the night belonged to soulful singer Kodi Lee, the reigning “AGT” champion who won Season 14 in 2019. He brought down the house with Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times.”
“I feel so good to be back as an artist,” said Lee, who is blind and has autism. He added his signature catchphrase, “Heck yea.”
“It’s still kind of surreal. Can somebody tell me how long it takes for it to actually sink in?” his mother Tina Lee asked. “Getting on to ‘AGT’ has really changed a lot. It has helped him with communication and socialization.”
‘America’s Got Talent’ finale: Soulful singer Kodi Lee wins Season 14