America's Got Talent Finale Recap: Did the Right Act Win Season 11?

Andy Swift

Ten talented acts (and also Tape Face) remained at the top of Wednesday’s America’s Got Talent season finale, but by the end of the stressful two-hour event, only one remained.

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And what an event it was! Sal Valentinetti looked like he was having a great time up there with the cast of Jersey Boys; Tape Face coerced his fellow contestants into the most unsettling game of Musical Chairs I’ve ever seen; Brian Justin Crum reminded us all what a talented “Creep” he can be; Laura Bretan, Viktor Kee and Sofie Dassi teamed up with Il Volo for a stunning performance; and Grace VanderWaal charmed the audience with another ukulele jam.

And, um, can we talk about that Stevie Nicks performance? I pity every act that had to go on after her, especially Paula Abdul, who looked really confused during The Clairvoyants and Jon Dorenbos’ dual magic trick.

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But the night wasn’t all fun and games. True to form, the elimination bloodbath was saved for the second half of the night, as Nick Cannon and the judges bid farewell to the bottom five: Tape Face, Linkin’ Bridge, Sofie Dossi, Viktor Kee and Laura Bretan.

Here’s how things worked out for the rest of ’em:
5. Sal Valentinetti
4. Brian Justin Crum (Editor’s note: This surprised me!)
3. Jon Dorenbos
2. The Clairvoyants

Thus, Grace VanderWaal was crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent Season 11!

Do you approve of this year’s AGT winner? Drop a comment with your thoughts on the season finale below.

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