After months of heart pounding auditions, acts and eliminations, the tenth season of ‘America’s Got Talent’ has come to a close and we now have our winner. While all of the finalists were undeniably talented, America ultimately did not get it right.
This is your warning that if you have not yet watched the Sept. 16 finale of America’s Got Talent, major spoilers ahead! Paul Zerdin, the ventriloquist extraordinaire from London emerged victorious, after a nail biting final elimination where it came down to he and stuttering comic, Drew Lynch. In those final moments before Paul was announced as the winner of $1 million and his own show in Las Vegas, I was sure that Drew would win. How could he not? Well, he did not– and I am bummed.
Again, just to reiterate and then I’ll stop saying it, this is nothing against Paul, who I think is very talented. However, throughout this entire season, from the first audition episode, to his final standup set, no one made me feel the full spectrum of emotion the way Drew did.
Of course Drew’s story is inspiring. Overcoming a speech disorder and going on to make a career out of, well, speech, is incredibly empowering for anyone who’s faced an ailment, physical or otherwise. But that isn’t why Drew should have won. Drew should have won because he was so darn funny.
Oh my God, Drew was so funny. When I watched him, I wouldn’t even remember that he had a stutter. All I knew is that I was laughing, and that right there is what I think of as transcendent art; art that influences one’s perceptions and erases preconceived notions.
Though I was basically heartbroken to see Drew come in second, though, I could not be more certain that this is not the last we’ll see– or hear!– from him, allowing him to continue spreading his story with the world.
What do you guys think, HollywoodLifers? Are you as sad as I am that Drew didn’t pull through? Or had you been rooting for someone else?
— Casey Mink