“America’s Got Talent” viewers are heartbroken. Even though their front-runner to win Season 14, blind autistic singer Kodi Lee, wound up taking home the $1 million prize during Wednesday’s finale, things didn’t go according to plan for Indian dance crew V.Unbeatable. The inspirational acrobatic act was predicted to be the runners-up to Kodi, but instead ended up coming in fourth place. Upon hearing the bad news, the dancers broke down in tears on the Dolby Theatre stage, and that’s when judge Julianne Hough stepped in to console them (watch above).
“Well, first and foremost, I just want to say it’s shocking, but at the same time the impact that you guys have made on this stage every single week has been above and beyond what winning this show could even mean,” Hough told V.Unbeatable. “I know you guys are gonna have an incredible career ahead, and I will be the first person at that show. You guys have honestly created not just community in America, but globally you have united us.”
Earlier during the two-hour finale, Hough performed her new single “Transform” with the Indian danger act. She even allowed the group members to throw her around the stage from side to side, in between her moments of dancing and singing. “Amazing!” shouted host Terry Crews following their high-octane performance.
Kodi Lee ended up winning NBC’s reality TV show, with chorale group Detroit Youth Choir coming in second place, stand-up comedian Ryan Niemiller placing third, V.Unbeatable finishing in fourth and military singers Voices of Service ending in fifth. The other Top 10 finalists were announced in no particular order: singer Benicio Bryant, violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, dance troupe Light Balance Kids, chorale group Ndlovu Youth Choir and opera singer Emanne Beasha.
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