The biggest surprise on Wednesday night’s “America’s Got Talent” finale may be that a fan favorite didn’t even break into the top five.
“In perhaps one of the most shocking results ever on the show, ‘“America’s Got Talent” contestant Courtney Hadwin, did not make the top five finalists,’ writes Kayla Keegan on the website of Good Housekeeping.
Hadwin, a 14-year-old singer who’s been compared to Janis Joplin, was judge Howie Mandel’s golden buzzer pick on the show.
Magician Shin Lim won the competition, with modern dance group Zuraroh the runner-up.
Keegan adds, “As host Tyra Banks narrowed down the competition from 10 to five, [Hadwin,] the 14-year-old English singer, who has been wildly successful on the show since her first audition, was asked to stand side-by-side singer Michael Ketterer. [Contestants] Zuraroh, Shin Lim, comic Samuel J. Comroe and electric violinist Brian King Joseph had already made it, and there was one remaining spot. Sadly for Courtney fans, it was revealed that she didn’t land in the top five — instead, Michael got the spot.
“‘AGT’ judge Heidi Klum went on to say that choosing between Michael and Courtney was a ‘nail-biter’ decision. But for Courtney fans, they feel their favorite was clearly robbed. Some viewers got pretty intense about their feelings — one even declared they were going to revolt (whatever that means).”
Last year’s ‘AGT’ winner was 12-year old ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer. In 2016, 12-year-old singer Grace Vanderwaal took the ‘AGT’ crown.
Here are some of the protesting tweets:
So #AGT is rigged. Michael Ketterer could not have gotten 5th. There is no way. And I don’t understand how Courtney Hadwin could have not been in the top 5. I say we revolt. rt if you’ll revolt with me. #AGTFinale #AGTLIVE #AmericasGotTalent
— faith santana (@faithasantana) September 20, 2018
Now i really honestly have no clue who’s gonna win i have no words i really thought courtney had it damn what a night😩😳 #AGT
— RaquelGoldieStar03⭐️ (@RockStarRGS) September 20, 2018
Wow… America’s Got Talent proved tonight that America sucks at elections of all kinds now, apparently…#courtneyhadwin got robbed.
— Chris Bozeman (@ChrisBBozeman) September 20, 2018