Dustin Tavella Wins ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 16
After a night of dazzling performances, Dustin Tavella has been crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent Season 16.
Tavella was awarded the million-dollar prize after a two-hour-long show filled with many acts from current and former contestants. The vote to declare Tavella the winner was the closest in the show’s history, according to the show’s host Terry Crews.
“Thank you guys so much. This is absolutely amazing,” Tavella said as confetti rained down on him.
The 35-year-old wowed audiences with his magic act, which also intertwined stories about being a family man with the tricks.
Tavella’s act “has been designed to spark a sense of joy, but also a sense of purpose. It challenges audience members to become child-like again… to put down distractions and to become present with the world around them,” his website reads.
“You are an amazing storyteller,” Cowell told Tavella.
Aerialist Aidan Bryant was this season’s runner-up, and comedian Josh Blue took third place.
Bryant became interested in the art form after he saw a YouTube video of Pink performing an aerial routine at a concert. Blue has cerebral palsy and uses humor to “break down stereotypes of people with disabilities,” according to his website.
In addition to the $1 million prize, Tavella will also headline an AGT show in Las Vegas.
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