Pop-culture sensation NBC television talent show, “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) announced it’s sixth season winner last night at the show’s finale, followed by red carpet interviews.
It was no surprise to (AGT) judge and fomer game show host (Deal or No Deal) Howie Mandel that America’s favorite talent act was Frank Sinatra-style crooner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. whose final performance on Tuesday’s show was “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. During that show, Mandel stated, “there is a real good chance that you just sealed the deal.” The final two left standing were Silhouettes, and Murphy Jr. at Wednesday’s night finale. Mandel’s second favorite was iLuminate. “You also deserve to win. It comes down to who the viewers can relate to more. They may relate more to Landau since he’s a singer”. Indeed they did
During this morning’s press conference with AGT winner Murphy, he was asked about what he planned to do with his monetary prize from winning AGT. He stated that he would like to invest in his childrens’ futures and dreams. “I want them to finish school, go onto college and pursue their dreams.” He said he also plans to build a big house and pamper his wife who has supported his career since the two met back in his home town of Logan, West Virgina.
Last night’s variety of stage performances were by: Stevie Wonder, Def Leppard, Tony Bennett, Queen Latifah, AGT Season 5 finalist Jackie Evancho, Cirque du Soleil, Patti Labelle and LeAnn Rimes. Murphy performed on stage with Patti Labelle. He was asked what it was like to perform with her, Murphy stated that before he entered the AGT contest his mother-in-law asked him if he ever got a chance to sing with someone famous who it would be. His answer- “Miss Patti Labelle”. Murphy said that when the show “announced who I was singing with, I was blown away!”
The singer whose style is of the “Rat Pack” era in the early 1960s that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. Murphy stated that he looks forward to bringing that back to Las Vegas through his show which will be focused on catering to the elderly audiences.
At one time in his early twenties, Murphy was homeless until his sister took him-in. He said that it was his pride that wouldn’t allow him to ask for her help and didn’t want to be an intruder on her newlywed life. Murphy is living the American Dream. We asked if he had plans of telling his story by writing a book. At last night’s finale, AGT judge Pier Morgan stated that that would be a book he’d like to read. Murphy said that he would like to sit down and write a book. “It would be a very good, exciting, sad book. I think a lot of people would really relate to my story,” said Murphy.
Murphy also said that he’d like to have a future business that would give V.I.P treatment to everyone. “That’s the type of place that I’d like to open for all the regular 9-5 people. I think everyone should get V.I.P. treatment”.