On Monday’s episode of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” opera singer Paul Potts informed host Terry Crews that he was dedicating his final performance to late opera singer Neal E. Boyd. “There is an ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner that isn’t here tonight, Neal E. Boyd,” Paul said. “Like me, he came on as an underdog, he gave his all, he won. And one thing you can never take away is the fact that he is a champion.” Neal, who won Season 3 of “AGT” in 2008, passed away on June 10, 2018. Watch Paul’s touching dedication to Neal in the video below.
Neal was found dead in Sikeston, Mo. last summer at his mother’s house. After being in a car accident in 2017, Neal began suffering from various medical ailments including liver disease and heart and kidney failure. He was 42 at the time of his death.
Back in Season 3 Neal faced off in the finals against singer/pianist Eli Mattson for then-judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff. Soon after claiming victory Neal released an album titled “My American Dream” that featured many songs he covered on the show, including “Nessun Dorma.”
Neal later turned to politics where he ran as a Republican for Missouri House of Representatives in 2012 and again in 2014, losing both times. He talent as an opera singer kept him busy through the years as he even performed for U.S. Presidents like Barack Obama, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
For Paul’s performance in the Finals of “AGT: Champions,” he took on “Nessun Dorma” as a tribute to his late friend (watch it here). The judges raved about the former “Britain’s Got Talent” winner’s voice, with Simon Cowell even saying, “I have a feeling you have a really good chance of winning tonight after that. It was brilliant.” Find out if the Superfans voted for Paul to win by watching the season finale Monday, February 18 on NBC.