“America’s Got Talent,” the country’s most-watched summer series, wrapped up its sixth season Wednesday, crowning a car washer the winner.
Following a two-hour season finale of America’s Got Talent, Nick Cannon announced that Landau Eugene Murphy Jr had triumphed over Team iLuminate, Silhouettes and Poplyfe to emerge winner.
Murphy, who has four children, has been washing cars at a car dealership in Chapmanville, West Va. With his win, he won’t be washing cars again — unless they’re his own.
It’s undeniable that there’s something genuinely special about Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. He’s a class act and a worthy winner for a talent competition.
The soulful vocalist sang his way to victory on Wednesday on “America’s Got Talent”, surprising a lot of his fans by switching up the style of song completely with a more uptempo jam with Patti LaBelle.
“Thank you so much for supporting me and believing in me, and helping me believe in myself on national television, in front of the whole world,” Murphy said, barely holding back his tears as the crowd applauded. “This is so important to us, man. This has been a long, hard journey. I been busting my butt out here doing this for so long, ever since I was a kid, and it’s finally paying off.”
With his rich voice, vocal styling, humility and mild-mannered persona, Murphy had been most endearing throughout the season. He beat three other finalists on the season-ending telecast. They included The Silhouettes, a troupe of youngsters from Arvada, Colo., who use shadow dancing to illustrate music. This enormous group, more than three dozen strong ranging in age from 3 to 19 years old, had charmed the audience with its visual effects.
Moments earlier, the other two acts had been cut. They were teenage rock band PopLyfe from Oakland, Calif., as well as Team iLuminate, whose dancing performers equip themselves with wearable wireless lighting systems.
Viewers had cast their votes after Tuesday’s performance show, when Murphy sang Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
On Wednesday’s broadcast, Murphy performed “You’re All I Need to Get By” in a duet with Patti LaBelle.
Murphy has earned $1 million and the honor of headlining a show in Las Vegas with the other three finalists also on the bill on October 28, 29 and 30 at the 4,500-seat Colosseum at Caesars Palace with Jerry Springer as the host.
Congratulations, Murphy! You did it your way!