An all-star cast celebrates the end of “AGT’s” 10th Anniversary Season

America's Got Talent Season 10 Top 10 and the judges

Judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern pose with this year’s “America’s Got Talent” Top 10. (Photo property of NBC’s Peter Kramer)

By: Jacob Elyachar,

Last night, the America’s Got Talent: Season 10 Top 10 took the Radio City Music Hall stage one final time to prove that they had what it takes to win $1,000,000!

So who won? Which celebrities joined the Top 10 in epic duets? Read on to find out…

Up first, the CraigLewis Band teamed up with fellow gospel powerhouse Yolanda Adams! I had high expectations for this duet as this could have the potential to have the same magic that Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, Emily West and Quintavious Johnson’s duets had with Patti LaBelle, Cyndi Lauper and Jennifer Hudson respectfully. I loved that they covered “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Their voices blended beautifully and I got chills from this duet.

After Nick paid one final visit to the Dunkin’ Donuts Lounge, the magicians (Oz Pearlman, Derek Hughes and Piff the Magic Dragon) united to deliver the ultimate trick. Oz started off by doing a mental magic trick with Heidi Klum and he successfully brought 3-of-Hearts in front of them. Next up, Derek teamed up with Season Nine winner Mat Franco for a single trick. Finally, Piff the Magic Dragon got the honor of performing with Penn & Teller. Teller asked Mel B to sign a random card (3-of-clubs), while Penn took two-inches-of-tape and a sword that light the deck on fire to reveal Mel B’s signed card.

While Penn & Teller consumed Piff’s sandwiches, Uzeyer teamed up with fan-favorites Freelusion for a visually spectacular performance that paid homage to the legends of the silver screen. As the quartet left the stage, Howard introduced a tribute video to the long-running AGT host Nick Cannon!   After the video, comedians Drew Lynch and Gary Vider roasted each other until Howie declared them to be too nice and brought out the Roastmaster General himself: Jeff Ross! As always, Jeff slayed his set and told both comedians had a bright future in the industry.

Penn & Teller returned to the stage to assist the Professional Regurgitator with his duet. They transformed silver quarters into goldfish, while Stevie swallowed his own goldfish and a lid and brought it back up from his stomach.  As the guys left the stage, former host Jerry Springer returned to the show with an homage to the buzzed acts over the past couple of seasons including the Professional Cuddler, Horse, Special Head, Triple Threat and Juan Carlos. It would have been awesome to see Brandy, Piers, Mrs. O and David Hasselhoff get involved with the act!

Earlier in the season, singer Benton Blunt performed a cover of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” Tonight, he joined Rachel on the Radio City Music Hall stage as they belted out a brilliant and inspirational duet of the number one track of the summer. Finally, Paul Zerdin performed with the one and only Terry Fator (who might be AGT’s equivalent of Carrie Underwood). It was great to Paul and Sam interact with Terry and Maynard Tompkins.

After the pomp and circumstances, it was time to reveal the Top Five contestants! The Final Five of America’s Got Talent: Season 10 were Oz Pearlman, Drew Lynch, The Professional Regurgitator (EW!!!!!!!), The CraigLewis Band and Paul Zerdin!

In fifth place….The CraigLewis Band (WOW!!!! I hope that Kara DioGuardi, Jimmy Iovine, LA Reid, Clive Davis or David Foster were watching this duo every week and offers them a recording contract!

The results paused as the show paid homage to departing judge Howard Stern. Set to Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” the tribute showed Howard walking across the Big Apple and interacted with his fellow New Yorkers. It was a poignant tribute and I am going to miss seeing Howard on the panel. Thank you for exiting with class, Mr. Stern!

Back to the results, in fourth place….The Professional Regurgitator! (Thank god, he did not win!!!!)

In third place….Oz Pearlman (WTH, America! He should have been one of the last two acts standing!)

The top two came down to a battle of the Golden Buzzers! In one corner, Paul Zerdin…whose talent impressed Marlon Wayans during the Judges’ Cuts! Drew Lynch was in the other corner. He was the very first Golden Buzzer of the season, was heavily championed by Howie Mandel and won America’s hearts.

The 2015 winner of America’s Got Talent was….Paul Zerdin!

Congratulations to Paul Zerdin ! Enjoy your $1,000,000 and headlining in Las Vegas.

Thank you to Howard Stern for four incredible years on “America’s Got Talent!” We will miss you!

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Copyright 2020 Jacob Elyachar