America’s got another mediocre singer as its America’s Got Talent winner

There was just a 25 percent chance that a mediocre singer would yet again win America’s Got Talent, but the people who vote didn’t disappoint and cast aside acts that were actually interesting to watch and gave the $1 million prize to Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. He used to be homeless and has a family and seems like a very nice guy, so good for him for winning $1 million, but shame on viewers for consistently thinking they’re watching American Idol or for being incapable of voting for group acts because they are not as identifiable as individuals.

My favorite group, Team iLuminate, came in third place, which was perhaps a bit surprising, though their Tuesday night performance wasn’t as strong as their other work, and runner-up Silhouettes did a crowd-pleasing performance Tuesday–and technical difficulties that delayed their performance and didn’t show their phone number until well after the end of the hour (and post-DVR cut-off) did not hurt them at all. Poplyfe was, unsurprisingly, in fourth place.

The only real surprise was that, as the winner, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will only headline a brief run of a show that will feature other America’s Got Talent acts, including the three runners-up, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on Oct. 28, 29, and 30. Jerry Springer will host, and other acts from this year and previous seasons will perform, too.

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

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Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.