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  • Gabrielle Union Reaches Deal With NBC Bosses to Settle 'AGT' Row

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    The former judge of ‘America’s Got Talent’ has reportedly reached a settlement with network bosses over her highly-publicized departure from the talent show.
    Sep 30, 2020
    AceShowbiz – Gabrielle Union has reached a deal with NBC network bosses over her “America’s Got Talent” discrimination and misconduct claims.
    The actress was fired from her judging role on the competition show last year (19) after just one season, and claimed she was let go after complaining about behind-the-scenes comments and experiences.
    Union and NBC bosses met up in December (19) to thrash things out and the TV chiefs agreed to conduct an investigation, following which they declared they had uncovered no wrongdoing and had closed the case.
    But now they’ve come to an “amicable resolution” with the actress.
    “NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds can be treated with respect,” a statement reads.

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    Details of the deal have not been disclosed but Deadline sources claim Union has received “significant” compensation.
    The actress recently revealed her exit from “America’s Got Talent” was one of the hardest things she’s ever dealt with.
    During a Minding Her Business panel discussion at the virtual American Black Film Festival in August (20), she compared the drama to a “public flogging.”
    “That whole process was really brutal and knowing that I brought my team into that, it just sucked.”
    In June, she filed a harassment complaint against NBC, claiming the network’s entertainment chief, Paul Telegdy, tried to silence her reports of racism. Union called NBC “a snake pit of racial offences” and later alleged that representatives for the organisation had threatened her agent.

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  • 'AGT' Recap: A Contestant Is Crowned as Champion in History-Making Finale

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    The season 15 finale of the long-running NBC competition show kicks off with a number of stunning performances, including a duet from Cristina Rae and Ryan Tedder.
    Sep 24, 2020
    AceShowbiz – “America’s Got Talent” aired its season 15 finale on Wednesday, September 23. The episode kicked off with a number of stunning performances, including a duet from Cristina Rae and Ryan Tedder. Bishop Briggs also joined forces with The Bello Sisters. Archie Williams, who gained support from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, also performed together with Marvin Winans.
    Also performing that night was Blake Shelton who was joined by Broken Roots. Meanwhile, Roberta Battaglia, Kenadi Dodds and Julia Michaels offered a powerful performance. Another duet performance was from Ava Max and Daneliya Tuleshova who sang “Kings and Queens”.
    Following a series of the amazing performances, it was time to reveal the Top 5. They were Alan Silva, Cristina Rae, Broken Roots, Roberta Battaglia and Brandon Leake. Host Terry Crews later announced that Alan was the act occupying the 5th place.

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    Roberta came in 4th place, with Cristina Rae in 3rd place. “My baby is gonna be on this stage, and he’s going to win,” she said while in tears. Judge Heidi Klum, who gave Cristina her Golden Buzzer, also became emotional. She told her, “You are a winner in my heart.”
    Things now narrowed down between Brandon Leake and Broken Roots. The two of them were amazing, but there would be only one winner who will be given $1 million and a headline show in Las Vegas. The winner is Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer act Brandon Leake! He marks the first spoken word artist to win “America’s Got Talent”.
    “I’ve been here for 11 years and have watched it for 15 years. I have never had a Golden Buzzer where I think there is gravitas, timing and importance behind it like never before,” Howie said to PEOPLE following the finale.
    “Brandon is doing work that really needs to be done. People are listening to his words and relating to it. To steal from Oprah [Winfrey], he’s given us so many ah-ha moments that you don’t normally get on a talent show. I think he’s more than just talent and I’m so proud to be even a small part to witness this and be a part of this show,” he gushed.

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  • 'AGT' Finals Recap: Top 10 Hit the Stage for the Last Time

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    The first performer of the night is Roberta Battaglia, whose performance of ‘Scars to Your Beautiful’ by Alessia Cara’ earns her a huge praise from judge Heidi Klum.
    Sep 23, 2020
    AceShowbiz – The finals of “America’s Got Talent” are finally here. Airing on Tuesday, Wednesday 22, the new episode featured the Top 10 performing in front of the judges, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel, for the last time.
    The first performer of the night was Roberta Battaglia, who sang “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara. Heidi praised the 11-year-old, saying that she’s “born to be a singer.” Meanwhile, Howie admitted that she was the one to beat tonight.
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    BAD Salsa then followed it up, performing live for the first time in front of the judges. Heidi was stunned by their routine, saying that they brought so much creativity to the performance. Howie also said that watching them performing live was such an experience with Sofia declaring that they were her favorite act.
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    Kenadi Dodds later belted out Carrie Underwood’s “Love Wins”, much to Sofia’s liking. Heidi even compared her to Taylor Swift at the beginning of her career. Brandon Leake performed next, offering a heartfelt poem about fatherhood and raising his daughter with love and selflessness. Heidi loved it and called the performance a “beautiful gift.”
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    As for Broken Roots, they brought the feel of a legit rock concert. They sang “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins from an outdoor stage. That earned them a praise from Howie, who thought that tonight’s performance was his favorite song choice of theirs.
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    Up next was Bello Sisters, who performed from Germany. Their performance featured their father as a special guest. While Heidi thought it was incredible, Howie criticized them as he said that it was the shakiest and slowest performance of theirs.
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    Singing a beautiful rendition of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” was Archie Williams. The judges loved it as Howie said that regardless of the results later, he’s already a winner. Heidi also said he has a special place in her heart, while Sofia dubbed his performance the best in the season.
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    Hitting the stage next was Daneliya Tuleshova who chose to sing Sia Furler’s “Alive” for her final performance. The powerful performance earned her a standing ovation from the judges as Sofia called her “flawless” and “comfortable.” Later, Alan Silva successfully redeemed himself with his performance that incorporated ribbons and rainfall. Impressed, Howie dubbed this his most dangerous-looking performance.
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    Concluding the night was Cristina Rae. She took the stage to sing a cover of “Demons” by Imagine Dragons. The judges were in awe with her performance as they poured her with praises including one from Heidi who called Cristina “a light that cannot be dimmed.”
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    The results of season 15 finals will be revealed on Wednesday, September 23.

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  • 'AGT' Recap: BTS Performs 'Dynamite' as 5 Acts Are Sent to Finals

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    In the new episode of the NBC show, host Terry Crews announces which five of the eleven acts who performed in the Tuesday episode who advance to the finals of season 15.
    Sep 17, 2020
    AceShowbiz – “America’s Got Talent” returned on Wednesday, September 16 to reveal the results of the previous episode. In the new episode, host Terry Crews announced which five of eleven acts who performed in the Tuesday episode who would advance to the finals.
    Kicking off the night, Terry announced the ones that placed in 4th, 5th and 6th after the voting session ended. The three acts who were up for the Dunkin Save were Kenadi Dodds, BAD Salsa and Max Major. One of them would be sent to the finals before judges, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara, picked one of the other two.
    Singers Celina and Cristina Rae were later called for them to hear their results. Only one of them moved to the finals and it was Cristina! Before Terry revealed more results, viewers were treated to a performance by mentalist Colin Cloud, who had the three judges secretly write a word on their board. Colin guessed the words correctly and further made it more jaw-dropping as he enlisted fellow “AGT” alums, including Shin Lim, Darci Lynne Farmer and Kodi Lee, in his tricks.
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    It was time for Voices of Our City Choir, Daneliya Tuleshova and W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew to find out their fate. The one who joined Cristina in the finals was Daneliya. Voices of Our City and W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew, who both earned Golden Buzzer previously, were eliminated.
    That left Jonathan Goodwin, Bello Sisters and Brett Loudermilk, and Terry named Bello Sisters as the one advanced to the finals. Prior to more announcement, K-Pop supergroup BTS (Bangtan Boys) amazed everyone with a performance of their song latest song “Dynamite” from the studio lot.
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    Kenadi Dodds, BAD Salsa and Max Major were then ready to hear the results of the Dunkin’ Save. Kenadi was unsurprisingly named as the fourth act to go to the finals. Judges later picked one between BAD Salsa and Max Major to be sent to the finals along with others. Sofia and Heidi chose BAD Salsa.
    With that, Roberta Battaglia, Archie Williams, singing duo Broken Roots, spoken word artist Brandon Leake, aerialist Alan Silva, singer Cristina Rae, singer Daneliya Tuleshova, Italian-German acrobatic trio Bello Sisters, singer Kenadi Dodds and Indian salsa dancing duo BAD Salsa are set to perform in the season 15 finals of “America’s Got Talent” which will air on Tuesday, September 22 on NBC.

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  • 'AGT' Recap: 11 More Acts Perform on Second Night of Semi-Finals

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    The first performer that night is Simon Cowell’s Golden Act winner W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew, who impresses the judges as they light up an old truck repair shop on the studio lot for their performance.
    Sep 16, 2020
    AceShowbiz – “America’s Got Talent” aired the second night of its season 15 semi-finals featuring 11 acts performed for the judges, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara. Simon Cowell was still absent as he’s recovering from back surgery. The episode, which aired on Tuesday, September 15 on NBC, also brought back wild card selections.
    The first performer that night was Simon’s Golden Act winner W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew. The group attempted to step up their game for their performance for the semi-finals as they lit up an old truck repair shop on the studio lot. They also explored every inch of it with tricks. They earned huge praises from the judges as Sofia said that their performance perfectly showed their personality and passion.
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    Following up was singer Kenadi Dodds, who sang Thomas Rhett’s “Be a Light”. Howie loved her performance, noting that she sounded beautiful. Sofia, meanwhile, praised Kenadi’s song choice, saying that it was the “perfect sentiment for the night.” Additionally, Sofia called Kenadi a “confident pop star.”
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    As for Magic Max, he invited Heidi to join her in a roulette-inspired trick. He asked her, the other judges, host Terry Crews and even live audience guests to select a number from the table. He amazingly correctly predicted all six numbers. After Bello Sisters performed their impressive routine, Celina opted to sing “Jealous” by Labrinth from the top of a studio lot building at night. While it was a delicate performance, Howie claimed that he wasn’t sure if that was enough to make her stay in the competition.
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    Later, Jonathan Goodwin performed with another jaw-dropping dangerous act. He was seen riding a zip line 60 feet in the air to land on a platform 80 feet away. Adding challenge to his performance, he locked himself with a padlock, tied his hands behind his back and suspended himself from ropes that was on fire before riding the zip line by his teeth. Howie said that it was terrifying yet amazing.
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    Cristina Rae then belted out Cynthia Erivo’s “Jump”. Heidi was totally into the performance as she pleaded for the audience to vote for her. Sofia echoed the sentiment as she claimed that Cristina perfectly nailed the performance. BAD Salsa, meanwhile, performed from India. The pair’s precision in the performance earned them a standing ovation. All judges showered them with praises as Howie called them amazing.
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    Performing next was Terry’s Golden Buzzer act, Voices of Our City Choir. For the semi-finals, they chose to sing “Heroes” by David Bowie. It was such a beautiful performance that the judges couldn’t help but give them a standing ovation.
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    The next performer was Brett Loudermilk, who invited Howie to be his assistant. Prior to that, he had Sofia and Heidi randomly picked one picture, a photo of a rubber ducky, among a stack of images. Much to everyone’s surprise, Brett revealed that he had previously swallowed a rubber ducky and then choked it up on stage. Heidi laughed but she thought it was a “little disgusting.”
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    Concluding the night was Daneliya Tuleshova who performed a rendition of Jessie J’s “Who You Are”. The judges gave her a standing ovation with Sofia saying that she’s shining like a star. Heidi also noted that her performance would definitely be among the top list of what America would vote.
    Results of tonight’s performance will be revealed in the Wednesday, September 16 episode of “America’s Got Talent”.

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  • 'AGT' Recap: Meet Five Finalists of Season 15

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    Kicking off the new episode of the NBC show, host Terry Crews names Archie Williams, Alan Silva and Malik DOPE as the three acts who are up for the Dunkin’ Save.
    Sep 10, 2020
    AceShowbiz – “America’s Got Talent” revealed the results of season 15 semi-finals in the Wednesday, September 9 episode. Kicking off the night, host Terry Crews revealed three acts who were up for the Dunkin’ Save. The three were Archie Williams, Alan Silva and Malik DOPE.
    Moving on, Terry called Spyros Bros and Dance Town Family. He shocked everyone when he announced that none of the two were moving onto the finals.
    Later, it was Broken Roots and Double Dragon’s turn to find out their fate. They performed solid performances last night so viewers expected one of them to be the first finalist announced that night. Heading to the finals was Broken Roots.
    Thomas Day, who caught flak yesterday for allegedly lying about the reason of his sudden withdrawal in the quarterfinals, and Brandon Leake were called next. Brandon was unsurprisingly announced to join Broken Roots in the finals. Singers Shaquira McGrath and Roberta Battaglia later went head-to-head in the next results. As soon as Roberta was named as the one who moved onto the finals, she couldn’t help but cry. Judge Sofia Vergara, who pressed her Golden Buzzer for her, expressed her excitement, exclaiming, “You’re perfect!”
    It’s time to find out who won the Dunkin’s Save. Among Archie Williams, Alan Silva and Malik DOPE, America voted for Alan Silva, so he went to the finals. As for the last two acts, their fate was determined by the judges. One of them was saved, while the other was forced to go home.
    It wasn’t an easy decision, but Sofia eventually picked Archie. Howie Mandel, meanwhile, decided to save Malik. Heidi Klum was the one who made the call. After much deliberation, she went with Archie! Congratulations to Broken Roots, Brandon Leakes, Roberta Battaglia, Alan Silva and Archie Williams.
    Next week’s episode will feature 11 more acts performing in hope of getting the remaining five spots in the finals of “America’s Got Talent” season 15.

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  • 'AGT' Fans Call Thomas Day a 'Disgrace' for Lying About Reason of His Withdrawal

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    In the Tuesday, September 8 episode of the show, in which he performed as a wildcard act, it was revealed that he dropped out because he and his mother contracted with COVID-19.
    Sep 10, 2020
    AceShowbiz – The new episode episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured performances from wildcard acts, including singer Thomas Day who mysteriously dropped out of the quarterfinals. In the new episode, which aired on Tuesday, September 8, it was then revealed that he dropped out because he and his mother contracted with COVID-19.
    “I was scared for my health. My mom and I were fortunate – we got through it,” Thomas, who performed Billie Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over” that night, said of his return. “I’ve watched the show. I’ve seen all the people go through. And I mean, I know my dream is over. I’m just waiting for the flight to go back home – and out of nowhere, on the last day of quarantine, that’s when I got the call when they told me I was being brought back on the show as a wild card. I feel so blessed and thankful.”
    However, the revelation only made fans angry because that wasn’t what the heartthrob singer said to a fan on Cameo last week. At the time, he shared that he had to leave the NBC show because his high school football schedule had conflicted with the show.
    Accusing him of being a liar, one enraged fan tweeted, “Don’t vote for Thomas Day! He’s a liar and sold his reason for leaving #agt and then he gets to come back and avoid a whole week of voting???” Someone else added, “I already wasn’t voting for Thomas Day but lying about why he dropped out for sympathy makes me like him even less #agt.”
    Another fan noted that it was unfair, saying, “I am sorry, but why is Thomas Day back after literally WITHDRAWING from the competition? This is extremely unfair to those who actually deserve the wildcard spot. I am sorry Thomas, but you are not getting my vote this week. #AGT.”
    “[email protected] #AGT Why did Thomas Day state that Football was his reason for exiting the competition . Yet now his reason is Covid 19. Just be truthful in your reason. He should not be a wildcard unless he is truthful,” one other chimed in. Meanwhile, a user called Thomas “a disgrace.”

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  • 'AGT' Recap: 11 Acts Offer Stunning Performances in Semi-Finals

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    Kicking off the new episode of the long-running NBC show is Double Dragon as the sisters perform a fun and sassy routine to Lizzo’s ‘Juice’, much to judge Sofia Vergara’s liking.
    Sep 9, 2020
    AceShowbiz – “America’s Got Talent” returned with a new episode on Tuesday, September 8. The new outing brought season 15 semi-finals featuring the performances of 11 acts, including two wildcard acts.
    Kicking off the night was Double Dragon as the sisters performed a fun and sassy routine to Lizzo’s “Juice”. Judge Sofia Vergara was totally in love with them, saying that they gave her a “good time” and made her “obsessed” with them. Heidi Klum, meanwhile, likened them to Jennifer Lopez and Shakira at the Super Bowl.
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    Dance Town Family, the first wildcard act, then performed. Hoping they would impress the judges, they mixed country and rock n’ roll vibes in their semi-final performance. That fortunately worked because Sofia believed that this was their “best performance” yet.
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    Next up was Spyros Bros, who performed in front of the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios. Things seemingly didn’t go as planned though they still did their best. Sofia applauded them for taking things to the next level, but it was “too risky.”
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    The next performer was the second wildcard act, Thomas Day. It was revealed that he withdrew in the quarterfinals because he and and his mother tested positive for COVID-19. For that night’s performance, he belted out Billie Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over”. That earned him a standing ovation from the judges with Howie Mandel telling Thomas that he “shined.”
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    As for Alan Silva, he hung onto the chains with one foot and lighting the top of his chains on fire. Sofia and Heidi were hugely impressed but Heidi felt that his last performance was better. Singing Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” was Shaquira McGrath and Heidi called her “all-round talent.”
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    Brandon Leake also performed that night, making Howie speechless. The judge believed that Brandon would be on the finals. After Malik DOPE performed another stunning performance, Archie Williams sang Westlife’s “Flying Without Wings” which he dedicated to his daughter.
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    Concluding the night was Roberta Battaglia. The 11-year-old wowed everyone with her rendition of “What About Us” by Pink.

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