Opera singer Neal E. Boyd wins America’s Got Talent 3; finale ratings down

Once again, viewers have selected a singer as the winner of America’s Got Talent. Opera singer, insurance salesperson, and Missourian Neal E. Boyd won the $1 million prize and Las Vegas show at the MGM Grand. His win seems rather reminiscent of cell phone salesperson and opera singer Paul Potts, who won the first season of Britain’s Got Talent last summer.

In the U.S., piano playing singer Eli Mattson came in second place, although he was only separated from Boyd by half of a percent of the five million viewer votes. Of the three other finalists, Queen Emily was eliminated first, followed by Donald Braswell, and finally apparent favorites Nuttin’ But Stringz.

The finale was watched by 12.55 million people, which is down from the 13.9 million who watched last year. However, those numbers are “up 22% from last week when it faced a half hour of” Dancing with the Stars, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.