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Singing live in Dallas, Texas, former contestants of America’s Got Talent, Us the Duo (Carissa and Michael Alvarado), sing their hearts out at the House of Blues. Though eliminated in the first round of semi-finals, the two still avidly pursue their careers in the music industry.

Singing live in Dallas, Texas, former contestants of America’s Got Talent, Us the Duo (Carissa and Michael Alvarado), sing their hearts out at the House of Blues. Though eliminated in the first round of semi-finals, the two still avidly pursue their careers in the music industry.

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Singing live in Dallas, Texas, former contestants of America’s Got Talent, Us the Duo (Carissa and Michael Alvarado), sing their hearts out at the House of Blues. Though eliminated in the first round of semi-finals, the two still avidly pursue their careers in the music industry.

Daphne Bargeman, Staff Reporter

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 Avid followers of the hit reality series, America’s Got Talent, know that the contestants of the 2018 competition are some like audiences have never seen before. This year’s group of diverse contestants competed for a grand prize of $1 million to do with whatever they please, and they also get to perform in Las Vegas at the Paris Theater.

 Thirteen-year-old Courtney Hadwin surprised the world with a groundbreaking performance of Janis Joplin’s “Hard to Handle,” which sent her straight to the finals when judge Howie Mandel smashed the Golden Buzzer. Groups like Voices of Hope, Us the Duo, and We Three stole the hearts of millions watching this year, with their tearful stories and  strong ambitions.

 Although this year’s winner, Shin Lim, is renowned for his hand magic, America was gifted with many fresh musical talents. An anxious Michael Ketterer prompted Simon Cowell to press the Golden Buzzer after an emotional performance of “To Love Somebody,” which he had done in tribute to his five adopted children and biological daughter.

 “I think America’s Got Talent gives people a chance,” Millbrook sophomore Addison Dameron said with endearment when asked what it was that made the show so special. Christina Wells is a prime example of this. After being denied the spotlight due to discrimination in 1995, Wells returned to sing her soulful rendition of “I Know Where I’ve Been.” Wells’ performance reminded viewers what music was really about— the true artists are the ones who possess talent and passion, the ones with real vigor to be the best version of themselves. Voters sent her home during week three, despite the standing ovation Christina Wells spurred from the crowd that night.

 Some of the youngest solo artists on this years season, vocalists Amanda Mena, Makayla Phillips, and female rapper Flau’jae, truly reflected that success has no age, and you are never too young to follow your dreams.

 In Addition to amazing vocalists, America also met Brian Joseph King, a prodigy that picked up violin, piano, and voice at only four years old. BJK strutted across the stage alongside world renowned violinist, Lindsey Stirling, at the season finale. Simon Cowell sat at the judges table, gushing about the incredible energy and infectious smile BJK had put out on the stage that fateful night.

 It is no surprise why America is so obsessed with this tear-jerking, yet comical show. Something about the emotional story of the underdog has left millions hanging on the edges of their seats, casting votes, and loving every second.

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Daphne Bargeman, Staff Reporter

Hey guys! My name is Daphne, and I am a sophomore here at Millbrook. All my life, I have taken up hobbies like soccer and gymnastics, playing guitar, but...

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