So, who won season 15 of America’s Got Talent? Read on to find out.
BEWARE OF SPOILERS BELOW. Scroll to the end of this article for the results of the AGT season 15 finale.
‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 15 Finale Live Recap
Following their Tuesday night finals performances, the remaining 10 acts anxiously awaited the results of America’s votes to find out who would win the title of season 15 AGT champion and the coveted $1 million prize.
The 10 finalist acts in the running were Cristina Rae, Daneliya Tuleshova, Bello Sisters, Kenadi Dodds, BAD Salsa, Broken Roots, Brandon Leake, Alan Silva, Roberta Battaglia, and Archie Williams.
Following an hour-long “Road to the Finals” pre-finale season recap, the final results show of the season was ready to begin. The show opened with a dynamic performance from Usher, promoting his new single “Bad Habits.”
While the contestants anticipated the final results, they took turns taking the stage to perform special numbers with established names in their respective fields. Cristina Rae performed first, in a duet with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder.
All of the finalist acts joined together to record an uplifting cover of “Lean on Me,” which played in a show of unity during the finale. The cover featured a poignant verse of spoken word poetry from Brandon Leake.
Singer Bishop Briggs performed one of her songs while the Bello Sisters delivered a performance showcasing the strength and acrobatic act that got them into the finale. During Briggs’ performance, aerialist Alan Silva also gave a performance, accompanied by his brother Alfredo (who was a part of the AGT alum act Deadly Games).
Archie Williams, who was wrongly convicted and served almost 4 decades in prison, performed alongside Marvin Winans. After his pre-recorded performance aired, Williams was surprised with a show of support from Meghan Markle.
Daneliya Tuleshova performed Ava Max’s hit single “Kings and Queens” alongside the recording artist herself.
Singing duo Broken Roots, whose first performance was their AGT audition, performed with country music star Blake Shelton.
Two of the youngest finalists of the season, Kenadi Dodds and Roberta Battaglia, performed “If the World Was Ending” by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels, who joined them for the performance.
Finally, it was time for the results to be revealed and the top 5 finalists to be announced. The top 5 for season 15 of America’s Got Talent season 15 are: Alan Silva, Cristina Rae, Broken Roots, Roberta Battaglia, and Brandon Leake. The Bello Sisters, Daneliya Tuleshova, BAD Salsa, Kenadi Dodds, and Archie Williams finished in the bottom 5 of the finalist acts.
As Terry Crews announced the 5th, 4th, and 3rd place finishes, these were the results:
– 5th Place: Alan Silva
– 4th Place: Roberta Battaglia
– 3rd Place: Cristina Rae
The Winner of ‘AGT’ Season 15 Is…
The votes are in!
— America’s Got Talent Finale Tonight! (@AGT) September 24, 2020
… spoken word poet Brandon Leake!
Finishing just shy of victory in 2nd place was singing duo Broken Roots.
Before he was announced as the winner, Leake was asked what winning AGT would mean to him. He said it was bigger than just him, and that it would be huge for the spoken word community, who have yet to be acknowledged as a mainstream art form. He added, “to have a chance to win America’s Got Talent is bigger than anything.”
Leake was judge Howie Mandel’s golden buzzer recipient this season, and Mandel remained a staunch supporter of Leake’s work and talent throughout the season. After Leake was announced as the season 15 AGT winner, Mandel took to the stage to give Leake a fist bump in celebration.
In a video posted on social media, Mandel celebrated Leake’s win. In the video, he said, “I wanna tell Twitter, I wanna tell Instagram, I wanna tell everybody on the internet: I love the way you voted. I love this world, and Brandon Leake just changed it for me. He opened up my heart, and hopefully yours.”