There were many sources, including America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern, speculating that the two non-musical finalists may have a real advantage since the four musical acts could see their votes thinned out. Before the votes were revealed, though, each act performed with a celebrity guest. Magician Mat Franco’s pair up was the only one not revealed to the press; in fact, it was even billed as a special surprise guest at the top of the show. When he took the stage with Howard Stern, it was revealed that his special guest was Rosie O’Donnell and the stars participated in the card transference we are featuring at the top of the page.

Once the results were revealed, the popular theory appeared to be true as the sixth, fifth and fourth place acts were all music acts. The third place act was acrobatic dance squad AcroArmy leaving singer Emily West and magician Mat Franco in contention for the 2014 America’s Got Talent crown. The winner would receive $1,000,000 and a Las Vegas stint later this month… and was revealed to be Mat Franco, the first magician to win America’s Got Talent!

Congratulations, Mat. Now your job is to be more Terry Fator than Michael Grimm.