We already knew, prior to Wednesday night, that America had talent.
But who in America had the most talent in the summer of 2016, according to this NBC competition?
Scroll down to find out!
The two-hour live finale built up the suspense in enjoyable manner, filling the 119 minutes before the reveal with pretty much everything.
Sal Valentinetti got to be on stage with the cast of Jersey Boys… Tape Face talked his fellow contestants into the most disturbing game of Musical Chairs we’ve ever witnessed…
… 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 truly stunning performance…
… and Grace VanderWaal charmed the audience with another ukulele-based single.
Stevie Nicks even performed. And was awesome!
Fun times indeed!
But then it did get down to winning time.
To open the second half of the finale, Nick Cannon went ahead and broke the hearts of half the acts.
The five whose dreamed were shattered were: Tape Face, Linkin’ Bridge, Sofie Dossi, Viktor Kee and Laura Bretan.
They all impressed us the evening before (see below), but we can’t say we thought any would win.
As for who did win? Drumroll, please….
In descending order, the top five ended up as Sal Valentinett, Brian Justin Crum, Jon Dorenbos and The Clairvoyants.
So that means Grace VanderWaal was crowned the winner! Hooray! Well done, America!
The 12-year old singer and ukulele will now headline the PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on October 27, 28 and 29.
How crazy and how awesome is that?!?
Oh, and she also won $1 million.
Following her victory, VanderWaal broke down on stage.
She was quickly joined by Howie Mandel, who passed along an important message to the amazing young star. “I love you,” he said.
We feel the same.
Have any doubts over whether or not Grace should have won? Go back to her first audition below, when Simon Cowell said she could be the next Taylor Swift:
Then there was this original song:
Following by another original song:
And ANOTHER original song:
She was original, talented, adorable, humble and did we mention talented?
CONGRATULATION, GRACE VANDERWAAL!