Aidan Bryant, an aerialist from Virginia and runner-up on the 16th season of “America’s Got Talent,” won “America’s Got Talent: All-Stars” and its $500,000 prize as the NBC talent show competition wrapped up on Monday.
He edged out Avery Dixon, a saxophonist from Atlanta who was a finalist in the 17th season of the series.
Kodi Lee, 26, the Lake Elsinore singer-pianist who won the 14th season of “America’s Got Talent” and its $1 million prize in 2019, did not make the Top 5 when the initial round of cuts were announced.
Lee, who has autism and is blind, was a favorite coming into the finale – judge Heidi Klum predicted he’d win it all last week – but did not win the vote of “super fans” given the task of sorting through a field of past winners, runners-up and fan favorites.
“Light Balance Kids,” a dance troupe from Ukraine, who finished in third place on “America’s Got Talent” in 2017, landed in the same place again. Ana-Maria Mărgean, a ventriloquist who won “Romania’s Got Talent” finished fourth and was followed by Aidan McCann, a magician and past finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent.”
Lee’s final performances took place a week ago when he performed David Bowie’s “Heroes” and once again wowed the judges. He had advanced to the finals after singing Calum Scott’s “Biblical” earlier in the season.
On Monday, it was all just for fun as Lee teamed up with fellow finalists Light Balance Kids, who perform in clothes fitted with multi-colored LED lights. Lee sang and accompanied himself solo on Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” for an opening verse before the stage lights cut out and the dancers flooded the stage.
As the song wound down, Lee left the piano to join the troupe, dancing as the seams and outlines of his own jacket lit up in synchronization with the others.
“Kodi, how was it performing with Light Balance Kids?” host Terry Crews asked before the cheers died down.
“It was so awe-some,” Lee replied with a big smile.
Judge Simon Cowell grinned as he shook his head appreciatively at the performers.
“You know what, this is just so incredible,” he said. “This is what it’s all about, just seeing two talented acts like that. I loved that.”
The results show matched up other acts, too, many of them with guest star performers.
Finalists the acrobatic trio the Bello Sisters and aerialist Aidan Bryant were joined by singer Adam Lambert who sang Sia’s “Chandelier” as they performed. Violinist Lindsey Sterling performed as finalists the Power Duo danced. And finalists the Detroit Youth Choir joined indie rock band Weezer for a rousing performance of that band’s hit “Beverly Hills.”
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