And now, on to the news of the winner:
First-time judge Howard Stern joined Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne (who made her final appearance as a judge with the September 13, 2012 episode) in enjoying/enduring performances by wannabe singers, actors, squirrels, circus acts, and others in search of the AGT 7th season winner. And after the dust had settled it all came down to a battle between sand story artist Joe Castillo from Richmond, KY, comedian Tom Cotter from New York, Earth Harp inventor William Close from Los Angeles, artist David Garibaldi and his CMYK’s from Sacramento, dancing group The Untouchables from Miami, and the traveling dog act Olate Dogs. And following performances by OneRepublic, Justin Bieber, Green Day, and Flo Rida, the winner was crowned: the Olate Dogs took home the $1 million grand prize and will be headlining a show at the The Palazzo Las Vegas Resort and Hotel.
In case you haven’t been following this season, here’s the scoop on the Olate Dogs:
“Olate Dogs is a high-energy, fast-paced dog act filled with impressive pet tricks led by Richard Olate, 55, and his son Nicholas Olate, 19. Richard grew up in South America in a poor family. A third generation circus performer, Richard has performed since he was 12, and through hard work and constant struggle, he made it to the United States at the age of 33. His dream is to have his own dog variety show, and he currently has four completely different dog acts.”
After being crowned the winner, the Olates said, “This has been the end and beginning to our journey. America’s Got Talent has been the most exceptional experience that either of us has ever been on; this is a dream come true after many years of hard work.”
The Olate Dogs, Tom Cotter, Earth Harpist William Close, Joe Castillo and his Sand Art, Lightwire Theatre, and illusionist Spencer Horseman are confirmed to perform at The Palazzo during the Las Vegas show’s eight week run which kicks off on September 26, 2012.
Keep up with the Olate Dogs on Facebook or follow the AGT winners on Twitter at @olatedogs.