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'America's Got Talent' crowns Kevin Skinner fourth-season champion


By Christopher Rocchio, 09/17/2009 

Kevin Skinner was crowned America's Got Talent's fourth-season champion during last night's live finale broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.

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The singer, guitarist and former chicken farmer from Mayfield, KY won America's Got Talent's grand prize of $1 million and a headlining Las Vegas show based on home viewer votes cast immediately following Monday night's live performance episode that featured the Top 10 finals acts.

"I feel so good right now," said an emotional Skinner before host Nick Cannon asked him if he was ready to headline the Vegas show. 

"I'm ready to perform.  I just always love to perform.  I want to go out there and give them the best show I can.  Thank America for voting me in.  I love y'all."

Barbara Padilla, an opera singer from Houston, TX, finished as the fourth-season's runner-up.

Recycled Percussion, a musical band from Goffstown, NH, finished in third place.  The Texas Tenors, a tenor trio from Houston, TX, finished fourth place and were followed in fifth place by The Voices of Glory, a sibling singing trio from Highland, NY.

Top 10 finals acts Hairo Torres, a contortionist breakdancer from Grants Pass, OR; Lawrence Beamen, a singer from Walnut Creek, CA; Fab 5, a team of tap dancing sisters from Morgan, UT; Drew Stevyns, a singer/guitarist from Sykesville, MD; and Grandma Lee, an elderly stand-up comedian from Jacksonville, FL, were all revealed to have been eliminated earlier in the broadcast.

In addition, the two-hour finale broadcast also featured performances from Leona Lewis, Shakira, Rascal Flatts, and Britain's Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle.

Skinner will headline America's Got Talent Live, a live version of the NBC reality series at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resorts & Casino that will be hosted by Jerry Springer.

America's Got Talent Live will begin its 10-week run on October 7 and also feature performances by other popular fourth-season acts.

(Photo credit NBC/Trae Patton)

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