The 18th season of America’s Got Talent ended on Wednesday night as a new champion was crowned in one of the most shocking results in show history.
Adrian Stoica and his dog Hurricane won the $1 million prize and earned the coveted headlining act spot at the Luxor Las Vegas Show: “AGT Superstars”. Magician Anna DeGuzman was the runner-up.
The duo captured the hearts of the judges from the auditions, performing several tricks to “Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor. Once the live rounds began, Hurricane stole the show, so much that it led to upsets of other top acts.
“I think in terms of stepping up from the audition to the live show, this is the best act we’ve seen tonight,” judge Simon Cowell said at Tuesday’s finals. “This was live, and that was a tricky routine. She was amazing.”
The shocking results saw the Ramadhani Brothers, Putri Ariani, and Murmuration all get eliminated in the top five.
Despite the Mzansi Youth Choir not advancing into the top 5, host Terry Crews informed the group that Coldplay had invited them to perform with them live at their upcoming show.
Crews confirmed Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara would return as judges next season alongside Simon Cowell.
America’s Got Talent returns in 2024 with AGT: Fantasy League and Season 19 next summer.