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Rapping Granny, 80, Wins Judges Over AGT Judges

Originally posted 05/16/2012 09:30 AM



Night two of America's Got Talent took the search for performers to San Francisco, where the judges – including newcomer Howard Stern – discovered a rapping 80-year-old grandmother known as Granny G.

"I caught the entertainment bug when I was a little girl, like four years old. But things get in your way like marriage and children and you wake up one day and you think, 'My life has passed me by!' " she said before her audition. "I never thought that I would have this wonderful opportunity. ... It would be the fulfillment of all my dreams. I want to be a star."

Taking the stage in a pink dress, pearls and a walker, she performed a rap about family values, dedicated to "all you horny boys out there." (Watch a clip above.)

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POLL: Is Howard Stern a Good Fit for America's Got Talent?

Originally posted 05/14/2012 10:45 PM

Howard Stern Shows Heart on America's Got Talent

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Howard Stern made his debut on America's Got Talent Monday night, taking a seat next to Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on the show's seventh season premiere.

"These executives at NBC must be out of their mind to take a risk on me," he said at the top of the hour. But in fact, the radio shock jock showed a lot of heart and proved he's got talent – for judging!

When the Light Wire Theater group performed a dance routine featuring glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs, Stern, who pointed out earlier in the night that he was the only American on the panel, had a moment of patriotism. "We are the greatest country in the world. We have the most creative people. You're everything that makes America great," he told the dancers. "I applaud your originality and I thank you for lifting everyone's spirit."

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How Did Howard Stern Embarrass Matt Lauer? (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/10/2012 08:30 AM



It was a sight you don't see every day: Howard Stern, sitting on Matt Lauer's lap with his arms around the Today host, and pressing his lips against Matt's cheek.

For his part, Lauer was smiling ear to ear.

It all started at the end of an interview Thursday in which Stern mostly discussed his role as a judge on the new season of NBC's America's Got Talent, which debuts Monday. After also analyzing his contract disagreement with Sirius Radio, Stern started to say something personal as Lauer tried to wrap up the segment.

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Howard Stern to Judge America's Got Talent

Originally posted 12/15/2011 09:45 AM

Howard Stern to Judge America's Got Talent | Howard Stern

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Jugglers, singers, magicians and dancers – get ready to face Howard Stern.

The shock jock radio and TV star will serve as a judge on season 7 of America's Got Talent, NBC announced Thursday.

"Howard Stern's larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to America's Got Talent starting this summer," NBC's Paul Telegdy said in a statement. "He's a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success."

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Piers Morgan Leaving America's Got Talent

Originally posted 11/10/2011 07:45 AM

Piers Morgan Leaving America's Got Talent

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America still has talent, but now it's missing a judge.

Piers Morgan is leaving NBC's America's Got Talent after six seasons, he announced Wednesday night, saying his schedule had become too hectic since he began hosting a nightly talk show, Piers Morgan Tonight, on CNN this past January.

"Turned out that juggling's harder than it looks, so I'm going to focus on CNN," he wrote on Twitter.

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Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Wants AGT Win to Inspire Hope

Originally posted 09/15/2011 12:00 PM

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Wants AGT Win to Inspire Hope

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America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. never doubted his talent or passion. But it was life's obstacles that gave the Season 6 champ reason to believe his dreams wouldn't come true.

Homeless at 19 and working as a West Virginia car-washer to provide for his family just prior to competing on the show, Murphy, now 37, says becoming an overnight star is surreal.

"It's beyond belief," the Frank Sinatra-sound-alike jazz singer told PEOPLE alongside his teary-eyed wife on Wednesday night shortly after winning $1 million and his own headlining act in Las Vegas. "Is this really happening? I'm standing on a red carpet taking pictures. It feels wonderful."

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SPOILER: America's Got Talent Picks a Winner

Originally posted 09/14/2011 10:15 PM

America's Got Talent Picks a Winner | Nick Cannon

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America's Got Talent came down to an eclectic mix of four acts Wednesday night to win $1 million and their own headlining Las Vegas act.

Was it singing jazz sensation Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., who recently told PEOPLE he is "the one to beat?" Or glow-in-the-dark dancers Team iLuminate? Or consistent fan favorites, Silhouettes? Or underdog music group Poplyfe?

Read on to find the Season 6 winner of the Nick Cannon-hosted show.

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America's Got Talent Finals: Did Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Seal the Win?

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America is going to have a tough time voting for their favorite act after a nearly flawless night of performances on Tuesday's America's Got Talent.

The show's finals round – which featured routines by Season 6's remaining competitors: Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., Team iLuminate, Poplyfe and Silhouettes – even had typically hard-headed judge Piers Morgan raving that "everyone in the top four is a winner."

The night began with another crowd-pleaser from season frontrunner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. The car washer-turned-jazz musician's rendition of Frank Sinatra's classic tune "My Way" was "a $1 million performance," according to Morgan.

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Team iLuminate Lights Up America's Got Talent

Originally posted 09/07/2011 09:00 AM



With the top 10 acts on America's Got Talent fighting for one of the four spots in next week's final round, it was make-or-break time on Tuesday's performance show.

Team iLuminate's neon, glow-in-the-dark dance performance to electronic tunes was simply flawless.

"I don't think I've ever seen a more original, creative act," Piers Morgan told the group, while Sharon Osbourne said she "couldn't believe you're not already famous."

"You were spectacular," raved Howie Mandel. "You are always spectacular – one of the best acts you could possibly see here."

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America's Got Talent: Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Confident He'll Win

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Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. went from washing cars in West Virginia to singing classic jazz tunes in front of millions of America's Got Talent viewers. His hard work, combined with the positive response from the show's judges and audience make him confident he will definitely walk away with the prizes of $1 million and his own headlining show in Las Vegas.

"I'm the one to beat," Murphy told PEOPLE on Friday at an L.A. press day for the show. "The only thing that's missing in Vegas is the rat pack. That's it. Right now you've got Michael Bublé, Harry Connick, Jr., and then you have Landau Eugene, Jr. Put one more guy with us and you've got the whole rat pack."

But his desire to land big bucks and Sin City fame isn't entirely for selfish purposes.

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