America's Got Talent

America's Got Talent Winner Terry Fator Ties the Knot

Originally posted 11/05/2010 04:20 PM

Terry Fator, America's Got Talent Winner, Is Married

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He's got talent – and now a new bride.

Terry Fator, 45, who won the second season of America's Got Talent and stars in his own Las Vegas show, married his girlfriend Taylor Makakoa, 21, PEOPLE has learned.

They wed Wednesday afternoon at Las Vegas's Lily Of The Valley Chapel before their families. Makakoa, a model and actress, also stars as Fator's stagehand in his Las Vegas show at The Mirage.

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America's Got Talent Winner's Fiancée 'Had No Clue' About the Proposal

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After America's Got Talent winner Michael Grimm gave his now-fiancée something to sing about when he proposed to her on TV, the lucky lady says the couple have plans to celebrate – with some take-out.

"We're locking the doors and turning off the phones, and we won't be bothered by anybody else," his fiancé, Lucie Zolcerova, says. "We'll be ordering some pizza in."

Their plans may be low-key, but the proposal was anything but, as Grimm, 30, got down on one knee during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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America's Got Talent Winner Proposes to Girlfriend – on TV!

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This man really does love a woman.

Making good on a promise, America's Got Talent winner Michael Grimm proposed Thursday to Lucy Zolcerova, his girlfriend of nearly three years – during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Her answer: Yes.

Grimm, 30, a Mississippi blues singer who won $1 million – which he plans to use to buy his grandparents a house – revealed his plans to marry Lucy and that she was the inspiration for his performance of "When a Man Loves a Woman" during Tuesday's finals.

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America's Got Talent's $1 Million Winner to Buy Home for Grandparents

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Talk about Grimm's fairy tale! In a surprise development, Michael Grimm – the Mississippi blues singer with the hard-luck backstory – was named the winner of America's Got Talent on Wednesday, besting favorite Jackie Evancho, the 10-year-old opera phenom with the preternaturally mature voice.

"I really thought Jackie had it in the bag," a still-in-shock Grimm told PEOPLE after winning the $1 million prize and top billing at the upcoming AGT tour, which will stop for a show in Las Vegas. "I was preparing my speech to leave. I couldn't believe I heard my name. I was trying to make sure that what I thought was going on was going on, you know? This is definitely an out-of-body experience. This whole journey has been, but especially now."

Judge Piers Morgan insisted Grimm's victory was well deserved: "Michael's genuine, he's sincere, he's very talented, he got better with every round, and [on Tuesday] night he gave the performance of his life. He'll have a huge career. I think he's like a young Van Morrison."

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America's Got Talent: Prince Poppycock Calls Piers Morgan a 'Big Ninny'

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The top four acts took the stage for the final night of competition on America's Got Talent Tuesday, with one delivering a performance ultimately worth $1 million – and another inspiring a bit of controversy.

The sparks flew early when Piers Morgan used his buzzer to brand the operatic performance by colorful cabaret singer Prince Poppycock with a disapproving red X – a highly unusual move at this late stage. Fellow judge Sharon Osbourne scolded Morgan on-air for the move, and after the cameras stopped rolling, it was judge Howie Mandel's turn.

"I think he deserved your criticism," he told Morgan in a joint interview with PEOPLE. "But the X is like our middle finger. And he didn't deserve your finger."

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Secrets of America's Got Talent’s Top 10

Originally posted 09/07/2010 01:00 AM

Secrets of America's Got Talent’s Top 10

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Are you ready for the final 10 acts of America's Got Talent to go for it Tuesday night? PEOPLE has dug up some revealing facts about the remaining acts:

Taylor Mathews: The 18-year-old singer and musician from Alexandria, La., is friends with soul singer Marc Broussard. "He actually was the one I listened to on the radio and learned to sing to on the way back and forth from soccer practice in Lafayette, La.," Mathews says. "And I'm friends with him! It happened through my art teacher, so that was kind of mind-blowing. I never knew she that knew him! I really want to extend that friendship on stage and perform alongside him."

Studio One Young Beast Society: The Orlando, Fla., dance crew got parental guidance on their moniker. "Studio One is actually a theater company full of kids and adults," says Bianca Nobel. "For this, we decided to make a smaller, more condensed group and have that on the show. We wanted it to still be Studio One, but we wanted to be a subgroup of it, so we added on the Young Beast Society, which one of the parents came up with. I know -- it's really long!"

Jeremy Vanschoonhoven: While the stunt cyclist is healing ("My arm's doing pretty good," he says, "but the bone's bruised pretty bad, so if I touch it on anything, it hurts"), Vanschoonhoven does have another talent that doesn't require two wheels. "I do close-up magic," he says. He also has AGT connections. "My favorite show in the world is Terry Fator's show," he says of the season 2 AGT winner. "We used to tour around at the fairs together! That's why I did the show. I definitely would love to be next to him in Vegas."

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America's Got Talent's Top 10 Revealed!

Originally posted 09/02/2010 01:00 AM

America's Got Talent's Top 10 Revealed!

Ten-year-old opera phenom Jackie Evancho? Sure thing. Resurgent magician Michael Grasso? Of course. But when performance troupe Fighting Gravity stood across from stunt cyclist Jeremy VanSchoonhoven on the America's Got Talent stage, it was anyone's guess how the votes would fall.

Turns out that both acts made it through – and now, after a semifinal performance night Tuesday that judge Piers Morgan described as "better than anyone that we've ever had," the top 10 is set.

Of course, results night, which featured acrobatics from the Cirque du Soleil performers in La Reve and a hot number from solo star Jason Derulo, couldn't proceed without some drama. On the Fighting Gravity v. VanSchoonhoven match-up, "It was so wrong, what they did," says judge Sharon Osbourne, "because when I saw them both together on stage I thought, 'This is not right!' It's naughty to do that!"

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Jackie Evancho Thrills Again on America's Got Talent

Originally posted 09/01/2010 01:00 AM

Jackie Evancho Thrills Again on America's Got Talent

With five finalists, including Prince Poppycock, already in the top 10, it was up to four singers, two magicians, two dance acts, a pianist, a stunt biker, and Fighting Gravity to vie for the final five spots.

"It was the best show we've had on America's Got Talent, as far as I'm concerned," says judge Piers Morgan. "I have never seen so many standing ovations, so much talent, so much variety." And, he adds, "in Jackie Evancho, one of the biggest stars we're ever going to find."

Once again, 10-year-old opera singer from Pittsburgh moved the audience with her rendition of "Time to Say Goodbye."

"She has exceeded my expectations from the moment I saw her," judge Howie Mandel says. "I keep thinking, nah, this has got to crack. There's got to be a crimp in this. But there never is. There is nothing better than perfection."

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Favorite Acts Say Farewell on America's Got Talent

Originally posted 08/26/2010 01:00 AM

Favorite Acts Say Farewell on America's Got Talent

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America's Got Talent delivered twists and turns on Wednesday's results show, but the biggest surprise of the night was the elimination of dancing duo Future Funk.

"It's an exceptional year for the singers," Piers Morgan tells PEOPLE. "Prince Poppycock, Michael Grimm, even Taylor Mathews – it doesn't surprise me at all that they went through."

Shortly after the show began, electricity wranglers ArcAttack, creepy magician Dan Sperry, singer Kristina Young and Future Funk were sent home in a quadruple elimination that stunned the audience and host Nick Cannon.

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While many of the early acts on America's Got Talent's semi-final competition buckled under the pressure Tuesday, the electrifying moment of the night came at the end with Prince Poppycock, whom Sharon Osbourne dubbed the "male Lady Gaga."

Without a doubt, the outrageous performer was Tuesday night’s favorite of all three judges and the studio audience. His strong voice, outlandish costumes and sheer creativity made him the “superstar” of the night, according to judge Piers Morgan.

"He's different every time because that’s his thing," Morgan says. "He's so creative."

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