Meet The ‘America’s Got Talent’ Final Four

by | September 8, 2011 at 7:32 AM | America's Got Talent

Silhouettes on America's Got Talent (NBC)

Silhouettes on America's Got Talent (NBC)

And then there were four!

Two dance teams (Silhouettes, Team illuminate), a teen pop band (Poplyfe) and a car washing Sinatra sound-alike (Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.) are set to square off for the grand prize on “America’s Got Talent.”

“I think any one of the four acts could win.  It will all depend on their performance last week,” judge Piers Morgan told us after Tuesday night’s live results show.

They are all two minutes away from a million dollars.  The one that gets it right on the night, the one that holds the nerve, deals with the pressure of (being on) live television – the one that cracks that wins.”

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“I defy any bookmaker to lay odds on who is going to win this.”

Season six of ‘AGT’ attracted over 100,000 entries.  Here’s who is still standing:

POPLYFE: They may look like newcomers, but these six funky dressing kids already have a reputation as the “next big thing” coming out of the San Francisco Bay area.  And why wouldn’t they be?  The talented teens are being groomed by some of the best in the business – including producer D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone.  By this time next year, judge Sharon Osbourne says, “I think that you will see them with a hit album and they should end up with their own TV show.  They are so relatable.  Kids would want to be them.”

TEAM ILUMINATE: Founder and creator Miral Kotb is a Columbia University graduate who dreamed of becoming a dancer – until she was diagnosed with cancer after graduation.  “I found out about it when I went to my doctor and they felt a mass,” she told The New York Post. “It was wrapped around the muscle and the artery that supplies blood to the right leg, so I am lucky to have a hip and right leg.”  Kotb put her dreams on hold and took a job as a software engineer, eventually developing the light-up technology that fuels the act. “That million-dollar prize would help get us out of debt and take this technology further,” she says.

LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY, JR: Last spring, this father of three was detailing Toyotas at a dealership in Chapmanville, West Virginia.  “I just turned 37, but I have had this talent all my life,” he tells us.  “If anybody would have taken the time to invest in me then it wouldn’t have took this long for me to get here.”  Landau says he was inspired to sing after watching a 1982 ‘SNL’ skit in which Joe Piscopo performed a parody of Frank Sinatra. He married longtime girlfriend Jennifer Carter in 2005 and has helped supplement his income working as a singing waiter at a West Virginia Shoney’s restaurant.  “You are a great guy, with great talent,” judge Howie Mandel told him. “You deserve this.”

SILHOUETTES: One of the most unique acts ever on the ‘AGT’, Silhouettes tell inspirational and uplifting stories on screen by incorporating dance, shadow images and video.  The crew was formed in 2009 and have grown to over 200 members – though only 40 travel Hollywood to compete.  All are students at the Rocky Mountain School of Dance and Performing Arts in Arvada, Colorado. “I hope that whatever they do next they keep it simple,” Osbourne tells us.  “Their beauty shines when they keep it simple.  Their themes are always heartwarming.”  Silhouettes – which requires its members to maintain a strict 3.0 grade point average – has pledged to donate a large portion of any ‘AGT’ winnings to aid homeless youths in their hometown. A few years ago I wanted to teach the kids to dance for a higher purpose,” their coach, Lynn Patton, says. “We did some research and found out there are over 2000 children – average age 9 — on the streets in Denver.”  Patton’s studio hosts a weekly Monday night dance class for homeless and underprivileged children.

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