'America's Got Talent' crowns Brandon Leake its Season 15 winner over Broken Roots
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/24/2020
America's Got Talent has crowned Brandon Leake its Season 15 champion during Wednesday night's live finale broadcast on NBC.
The 27-year-old spoken word poet, artistic educator and motivational speaker from Stockton, CA, was named America's Got Talent's fifteenth-season winner based on home viewer votes cast following Tuesday night's live episode which featured performances from the competition's Top 10 acts.
Brandon won the $1 million grand prize as well as the opportunity to headline a show in Las Vegas.
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Cristina Rae, a singer, body sculptor and single mother, finished the show in third place.
Heidi, who pressed her Golden Buzzer for Cristina earlier in the season, cried when the results were read, and the judge said Cristina had won her heart even though she didn't win the $1 million.
"You'll be on the radio and we will buy your music. I am your biggest fan!" Heidi gushed.
The fourth-place finisher of America's Got Talent was Roberta Battaglia, a 10-year-old vocalist from Toronto, Canada.
Roberta was Sofia's Golden Buzzer recipient, and Howie had called her "an audience favorite" and "the one to beat" during Tuesday night's performance show.
The act who finished in fifth place was Alan Silva, an aerial silk artist from Brazil, who said being on America's Got Talent meant "the world" to him.
The other finalists in the Top 10 included BAD (Bivash Academy of Dance) Salsa, a duo comprised of dancers Sonali Majumder and Sumanth Maroju, who won Season 4 of India's Got Talent, and Kenadi Dodds, a 15-year-old country music singer and songwriter from Utah.
The remaining Top 10 acts were Bello Sisters, an acrobatic trio of sisters Loren Bello, Celine Bello and Joline Bello; Archie Williams, a 59-year-old singer from Baton Rouge, LA; and Daneliya Tuleshova, a 14-year-old singer from Kazakhstan.
Terry did not reveal which act placed sixth, seventh, and so on for Season 15 of America's Got Talent.