America’s Got Talent came down to an eclectic mix of four acts Wednesday night to win $1 million and their own headlining Las Vegas act.
Was it singing jazz sensation Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., who recently told PEOPLE he is “the one to beat?” Or glow-in-the-dark dancers Team iLuminate? Or consistent fan favorites, Silhouettes? Or underdog music group Poplyfe?
Jazz singer Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., who went from washing cars and living on the street to performing in front of millions, won the competition.
As the crowd screamed, the West Virginia native put his hands over his face and was rushed by members of the second-place act, the dance group Silhouettes.
With mind-blowing vocal talent, the newly minted millionaire – who once struggled to support his family – previously told PEOPLE he planned to take his earnings and “invest it in my kids’ future.”
He narrowly beat out Silhouettes, which had the show’s youngest contestant to date. The group wowed judges all season long by posing behind a screen and making shapes with their bodies that matched famous photographs that were typically American-themed.
Also in the top four were:
• Team iLuminate: Praised throughout the season by judges for their originality, the glow-in-the-dark dance act’s choreography skills combined with unique presentation has made them a fan favorite.
• Poplyfe: Piers Morgan originally told the young, Oakland, Calif.-based band that all of its members except for front woman Kehlani Parrish were essentially useless. But after weeks of wowing all three judges with iconic songs by the Beatles and Jackson 5, Morgan took back his original critique.
BY DAHVI SHIRA