“Life is made up of meetings and partings,” Charles Dickens once wrote.
Okay, that may actually just be a line from Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Christmas Carol, but in the case of America’s Got Talent, NBC’s annual summer competition that manages to be the spiritual heir to The Gong Show, a poignant homage to vaudeville, and a grotesque Felliniesque carnival — sometimes all at the same time — it’s especially true. Season 7, which wrapped tonight, saw both the departure of longtime judge Sharon Osbourne and the crowning of a new talent shortly to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting tourists of Las Vegas.
This year, the finalists included two performance painters–one whose medium was sand, thus becoming the first sand painter to reach an audience beyond your local Renaissance fair–an “earth harpist,” a dog trick act, a kiddie dance troupe, and a comedian who found Howard Stern’s hair to be the greatest source of fodder for his act. But there could be only one winner. And that was… [SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t watched tonight’s finale yet] READ FULL STORY