Talent shines in finale

It's official: Bianca Ryan is America's most talented person.

The NBC reality show America's Got Talent crowned its first-season winner in last night's finale, and the 11-year-old singer won out over Rappin' Granny and juggling team Passing Zone.

When host Regis Philbin asked the stunned, crying Ryan if she was OK following the announcement, she replied, "Oh my god, I don't even know!"

Ryan was a judge favorite all along, wowing judge Piers Morgan with a cover of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" and causing pop singer Brandy to claim she wanted to practice more because of the pint-sized prodigy. Former Knight Rider David Hasselhoff went so far as to compare her to legendary warbler Liza Minelli.

"Her singing makes me feel things," he gushed.

Hasselhoff also lavished praise on the whole gang of contestants, saying in his official show blog, "I thought some of these acts deserved TWO million dollars."

Talent scored in the ratings as well. The finale ruled its time slot in the 18-49 demographic, earning a 3.5 rating, a season best for the Thursday results show. Without Fox's reality competitor So you Think You Can Dance, which crowned its champion Wednesday, Talent's ratings improved 30 percent form the week before.

NBC has already renewed America's Got Talent for a second season, to air in January.

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Apr 14, 2008
i live in sweden and saw america´s got talent and i must say that i LOVED rappín´granny she was awesome and made me smile allover my face.

wish more elder people could have her energy,she is a real inspiration for everyone,young as old.

hope that she realese a cd i will deffently buy it

much love

ann
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May 11, 2007
I really like Bianca Ryan, I also liked the family of violinists. But I LOVED Bobby Badfingers!!!!!!!!!
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Aug 21, 2006
I totally wanted the rappin granny to win. she was great.

this kid was amazing, though man. she definitely deserved it.
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Aug 20, 2006
I wish the tap dancers would have won...i totally forgot their name! I also liked rapping granny & At Last.
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Aug 20, 2006
Nathan Burton got hosed - twice. He was my favorite contestant. I also liked Bobby Badfingers and The Millers.
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Aug 19, 2006
At least those "Celtic Spring" dorks didn't win.
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Aug 19, 2006
Good! She was great =)
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Aug 18, 2006
O c'mon, what did the passing zone do? they just used haseelhoff to win people over and make the laugh... they set him on fire, and juggled for 5 seconds... last time they just moved hanging people around... wooooo... big deal... and piers was soooo not right about Quick change... It's not like they do anythin but that act... It's what they do and there's nothing to change... The act itself was brilliant and I can't believe they weren't in the top five with Rappin Granny, At last and Realis, but Celtic springs was... OMG!
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Aug 18, 2006
Rappin' Granny was robbed!



They kept saying they didn't want this to be American Idol, and even though this girl is too young to be on AI (I think, I don't watch AI though) the fact that a singer won just goes against everything they kept saying over and over again.



Rappin' Granny was funny, but I definitely think The Passing Zone should have won as a best overall performer. Give this girl a few years and she'll be an even better singer, so she shouldn't have won... yet.
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Aug 18, 2006
the group "At Last," I believe should have won.
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Aug 18, 2006
the group "At Last," I believe should have won.
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