Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo of 'I Love It' hitmakers Icona Pop were among the star arrivals at the 'America's Got Talent' Season 8 Finals Event in New York.
And the winner is....
America's Got Talent came to an end for the eighth time last night (18 September) and between a magician, a comic, a collection of singers and a Japanese performance artist, one of the final six was crowned this year's AGT winner. It was a surprise filled night as the final performers slowly dwindled away, between performances from the guest entertainers on the night, as America decided who they would press the red buzzer on and who would be going to Las Vegas with $1 million to spend.
Operatic trio Forte and songbird Cami Bradley made it to the final
Just as a recap, here's the final six, incase you forgot. There was 16-year-old Collins Key, the magician, and the comedian Taylor Williamson. Then we had the singers, Cami Bradley, Jimmy Rose and Forte, an opera trio made up of of Fernando Varela, Josh Page and Sean Panikkar. Finally there was Kenichi Ebina, who at 38, the Japanese dancer/performance artist was the oldest of the finalists. Here's how things went...
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Heather Headley, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The star of the new stage musical version of Whitney Houston’s crowning moment on the big screen has been spared the wrath of the critics. In fact, it seems that her decision to return to musical theatre after a break of 12 years seem to have been a wise one, as she is described in The Telegraph’s review as being “at least as fine a singer as Houston in her heyday, if not even better.” She looked the part as well, according to Charles Spencer, who noted her “legs that go on forever” as well as the “succession of dazzling, figure hugging costumes” as well as her “sassy stage presence.”
Headley might have side-stepped the criticism, however, but the play itself did not. Michael Billington, for The Guardian, wrote that “although the show is staged with enormous technical efficiency, it is one more example of the necrophiliac musical morbidly attracted to a cinematic corpse.” The central storyline of the play – the relationship between the singer and the bodyguard (played by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in the original movie) – is, itself pretty ludicrous, according to Billington, who walked away from the performance having decided “I wouldn't hire this guy [the bodyguard] to supervise a kids' Christmas outing.”
Other phrases bandied about in reference to the new production have ranged from “dross with gloss” (The Telegraph) and “a pumpy, undemanding evening” and all in all, it’s not looking good for this lumpen attempt to cash in on Whitney Houston’s recent death.
Heather Headley - Ashley Brown, Heather Headley and Karen Olivo New York City, USA - The New York Pops hosts the 50th anniversary recreation of Judy Garlands historic 1961 performance held at Carnegie Hall Friday 11th March 2011