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America’s Got Talent Season 12 Champion Crowned, Vegas Show Line-Up Announced, and an Interesting Observation…

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the newly-crowned America’s Got Talent Season 12 champion, Darci Lynne Farmer! Check out the Access Hollywood interviews from last night and this morning below! (Love how Terry Fator pops in to congratulate Darci!)

Darci will be headlining this year’s AGT Live! On Stage show in Las Vegas this November 3-4. The pre-sale for tickets is happening now with the code TALENT. Darci will be joined in the show by Season 12 runner-up Angelica Hale, third place finisher Light Balance, and top 10 finalist Preacher Lawson.

Can’t make it to Vegas? Tomorrow I’ll be doing a roundup of other upcoming performances from some of the Season 12 contestants, in addition to a countdown of what I thought were the very best performances of the season. But for now, something has come to my attention I think might make for some interesting discussion. Right after the Season 11 finale last year, Sophie (who you may remember from the livestream we did together last week) posted the following theory on Reddit:

Now, ventriloquism – let alone singing ventriloquism – is not the most common talent. Yes, it’s the second-most common winner category on AGT, but we haven’t had nearly as many ventriloquists on the show as, say, singers or magicians. I think the rarity of it might be the reason people tend to latch onto the ventriloquist acts on AGT, since it’s one of those skills we don’t see many other places in mainstream entertainment. Still, Sophie correctly predicting such a niche act winning Season 12 (before auditions for the season even started) makes me wonder if this “10 year cycle” theory may prove to be true. Let’s look at the winners from Seasons 3-10 to see what might be in store for the next eight years! (And yes, at this rate I do think the show has a good chance of sticking around for that long. Ratings were UP this season; that almost never happens in television these days!)

Season 3: Neal E. Boyd (Pop Opera Singer)
Season 4: Kevin Skinner (Country Singer)
Season 5: Michael Grimm (Singer-Guitarist)
Season 6: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (Jazz Singer)
Season 7: Olate Dogs (Dog Act)
Season 8: Kenichi Ebina (Dancing Mime)
Season 9: Mat Franco (Magician)
Season 10: Paul Zerdin (Ventriloquist)

If the pattern continues, it looks like we’re in for a few more years of singers winning, which I’ve kind of been expecting anyway, since so many people are itching to sing for Simon and possibly get signed by SYCO. I think as long as he’s on the judging panel, there will continue to be a lot of singing acts who audition for AGT. At least it’s looking like they’ll come from different genres for the most part. ūüėõ

After that we’d have a dog/animal act win, which would also make sense; Sara & Hero were one of the biggest underdog acts (hehe) going into the live shows this season and they made it all the way to 5th place. And then we’d have a really unique and “out there” winner, followed by another magic act (I seriously can’t believe we’ve only had one win the show so far) and then a fourth ventriloquist champ (I guess by that time the cries of “ventriloquists always win!” will have died down).

Of course, this is all speculation, but it’s kind of an eerie coincidence Season 12 played out just like Sophie said it would! What sort of acts do you think we’ll be getting on AGT in the coming years, and which types do you think the audience might get behind to win?

September 21, 2017 I Written By

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America’s Got Talent Blast from the Past: Terry Fator

The winner of AGT Season Two is a bit different from most of the other winners — he is a ventriloquist.

And, not only did he wow the judges with his ventriloquism, but his voice. I was skeptical like the judges when I first saw him. I mean, I’ve seen a handful of terrible ventrioloquists in my life, so my expectations weren’t very high. And, I’m not going to lie, I get kind of creeped out by the ventriloquist dummies as well. But Falon was surprisingly entertaining, so it really shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise that he won. Since he was the winner of the second season, in case you didn’t watch the show then, here was his winning act:

As one of the commenters on the video said, “This guy sings better with his mouth closed then most singers with theirs open.” He is so entertaining. I like how humble he is at the end of this. I’ve said it before, but don’t the winners of AGT just seem so down-to-earth and humble? I love it.

While I was trying to find that video, I got distracted by some of his other videos that are on YouTube. I was cracking up. I highly recommend searching him on there. It will definitely bring a smile to your face.

Anyways. What has Fator been up to? Well, a year after AGT ended, he signed a five year contract with the Mirage in Las Vegas, and he just hit his third-year anniversary this past March of performing there. Simon Cowell even said of him, “[He is] one of the best entertainers in the world.” I believe it. If your travels ever take you to Las Vegas, check out this page for more information on the show.

While Fator has been kept pretty busy by his popular show, Fator has become involved with different charities, such as Opportunity Village and Arthritis Foundation. And like fellow-AGT winner, Neal Boyd, has been trying to get healthier and lose weight, because, as he said in a blog post, “[as]¬†much as I am a big fan of reality shows. I don‚Äôt want to be on The Biggest Loser.” As of April 30th, 2012, he was only two pounds away from goal weight of 190, partly because he stopped focusing on losing weight and started focusing on changing his lifestyle.

Fator also just returned from 4-month tour/vacation to Japan, Tahiti, and New Zealand.

Needless to say, Fator hasn’t stopped going since his win on AGT nearly five years ago. For someone whose goal was just to make it through one episode, he has done very well. It goes to show how much life can change with one simple decision.

June 1, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is a journalism student at Brigham Young University in her senior year. She is originally from Littleton, Colorado, and hopes to move back there after graduation. Reality television is her favorite to watch, and has enjoyed writing about America's Got Talent and A Chance to Dance. She is a stay-at-home-mom who enjoys writing (especially blogs), cooking and sewing (while spending far too much time on Pinterest finding inspiration) and being outside with her husband and son.

America’s Got Talent 2011 Finalist Videos and Terry Fator

In case you missed it last night, here are the videos of the America’s Got Talent finalists and also Terry Fator’s performance as well.

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Performs

Team iLuminate Performs

POPLYFE Performs

Silhouettes Perform

Terry Fator Performs!

September 14, 2011 I Written By

Next Terry Fator on America’s Got Talent

Ok, that was quite a stretch. From this short video, it’s a joke to compare his talent with Terry Fator’s talent. I’ve seen Terry’s live show and have his DVD and Terry is a fantastic entertainer with an absolutely incredible talent. If you have only seen Terry on America’s Got Talent, then you have no idea how good he really is. With that said, this is a great little video of the America’s Got Talent Auditions. I don’t know who this person is, but I’m glad they shared this video with us. I have no doubt that it will be taken down once the AGT producers see it and wouldn’t be surprised if Ted Harris is disqualified from the show if they see it as well. Although, I must admit that with the proliferation of cell phone cameras and video, I’m surprised that video like this hasn’t turned up sooner. Check it out before it’s gone:

Interesting look at the makings of AGT if I do say so myself.

February 22, 2010 I Written By

Terry Fator DVD – Las Vegas Performance Show

One of the advantages of having this blog is that I sometimes get access to some pretty cool stuff. Like I got to interview 5 of the America’s Got Talent finalists. I also got to go to the opening night of Terry Fator in Las Vegas at the Mirage.

I admit that I thought Terry Fator was good, but after seeing his show at the Mirage he was outstanding!! That’s why I also jumped at the chance to get one of the Terry Fator DVD’s as well. You can order the Terry Fator DVD (and Blu-Ray) on Amazon now. I got a copy and it’s really well done.

Of course, the live show is more fun, but the DVD does a great job of capturing not only Terry Fator’s incredible talent but also captures the energy in the theater. Plus, the other nice part about the DVD is that you get some close up shots of the puppets and of Terry Fator. You can really see how good he is at what he does. Oh yes, Terry Fator’s Assistant isn’t too bad as well.

Inside the DVD there’s also a preview of his biography Who’s the Dummy Now?: Winner of America’s Got Talent. There was also a nice little note talking about Michael Jackson since Terry Fator does an impression of Michael Jackson in his act as well. It always amazes me how far reaching of an impact Michael Jackson had on people.

Good stuff. Terry Fator deserves all the accolades and attention he’s receiving. A lot of people are really going to enjoy watching the Terry Fator: Live from Las Vegas.

September 16, 2009 I Written By

America’s Got Talent Week 1 Quarterfinal Results

I’ll admit that this week I was a little preoccupied with the finale of So You Think You Can Dance. So, because of that I wasn’t able to watch the results from the first week of AGT quarterfinals until tonight. Sure, I’d actually seen the results online and I’d even posted the videos for Terry Fator and Mariah Carey, but tonight I was actually able to catch the whole episode and experience the drama of how they sent people home.

First off, I should say that I really enjoyed Terry Fator. His jokes were good and the singing was awesome. The judges reactions to his jokes were a little off, but the guy is a great talent. Mariah Carey did a stand up performance. No real complaints there. Although, I have to admit that Nick Cannon’s oogling over Mariah was even better. That was a lot of fun. Read more..

August 7, 2009 I Written By

Terry Fator Returns to the America’s Got Talent Stage

Those who are competing on America’s Got Talent need only to look to Terry Fator if they need some motivation to do well on America’s Got Talent. Yeah, Terry Fator’s $100 million contract with Mirage is pretty inspiring. Although, I’ve been to Terry Fator’s show in Las Vegas and it was awesome. In fact, I was on a flight home to Las Vegas a few weeks ago and the first show I recommended to the people sitting next to me was Terry Fator.

Check out the video of Terry Fator back on America’s Got Talent:

August 6, 2009 I Written By

Donald Braswell Back in Las Vegas and Texas

One of my readers and a faithful Donald Braswell fan sent me some good information on Donald Braswell’s schedule. She told me that Donald will be appearing in Vegas on May 19, 20, 21 and 22, at 8:00pm as a guest artist on Terry Fator’s show at the Mirage (read about Terry Fator’s grand opening at the Mirage). That should be a pretty cool combination night.

I’m hoping that I can possibly get some tickets to she show so that I can give everyone a full update about Donald Braswell and Terry Fator. I may even see if they’ll be available for an interview or something. We’ll see what we can do. Either way, I’m excited to see them in Las Vegas.

Donald will also be performing at the “Symphony of the Hills” Concert in, Kerrville, TX. It will be on Jun 27, 2009 at. 7:30pm . (There may also be a 2:30 concert in the afternoon.)

Donald will be performing a Pops concert with the Symphony of the Hills (Kerrville’s 70 piece symphony orchestra) at the beautiful Cailloux Theater. Kerrville is about 60 miles north west of SA in a
lovely hill country setting. This is a benefit concert with proceeds going to scholarships for students at Schreiner University.

On May 29, Donald will also be performing in a televised show with other contestants from Americas Got Talent. The show will be airing from Los Angeles. I hope that Donald fans will send me a note when they get more details on this show.

Donald Braswell fans should also check out the Donald Braswell Fan Club Calendar and the Free Donald Braswell music on his MySpace page.

UPDATE: I got word that Donald’s performance in Las Vegas at the Mirage has been postponed. Let’s hope it gets rescheduled soon.

April 11, 2009 I Written By

My Apology To Winston the Turtle (Terry Fator’s Puppet)

When I did the video showing the cool Terry Fator prize package I’m going to be giving away, I felt bad that in front of the camera I couldn’t remember the name of Terry Fator’s turtle (Winston). After screwing up Winston’s name, I made this video. I figured it was only right for me to share this with the public.

Please forgive me Winston!

March 16, 2009 I Written By

Terry Fator Prize Package – Can you say Free Puppet?

I just posted about my time at the Terry Fator grand opening at Mirage Las Vegas. My wife and I had a really great time going to the Mirage to see Terry Fator. At the end of the show as we were walking out, they handed us a gift bag. Check out this video where I show you what’s inside. Best part is that soon I’ll be giving everything inside away to some lucky Pure America’s Got Talent readers.

Enjoy the video (Disclaimer: I’m not a big video guy, but this deserved to be seen on video)

Excuse the low quality video. I didn’t want to pull out my video camera, so I just used my regular camera.

If you don’t want to wait to read Terry Fator’s biography, here’s a link to buy the book:
Who’s the Dummy Now?: Winner of America’s Got Talent

Watch for the Terry Fator biography and Winston giveaway coming soon. You can sign up for the Pure America’s Got Talent email and you’ll be notified of the contest in your email.

March 15, 2009 I Written By