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Boyd set to perform tonight in final round

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Members of St. Paul Episcopal Church on North Main in Sikeston are showing their support for Sikeston native Neal Boyd's climb for the top of "America's Got Talent" contest.
(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)
Sikeston native was urged by judges to sing opera song

SIKESTON -- Neal E. Boyd will perform tonight in the final round of competition on NBC's hit show "America's Got Talent."

A Sikeston native and 1994 graduate of Sikeston Senior High School, the tenor last week sang "All By Myself." Following his performance, judges lauded Boyd and called him the "front runner" in the competition. They urged him to perform a traditional opera song in the final competition, which begins at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Audience votes will determine which of the five contestants wins $1 million prize and Las Vegas contract. Here's how you can vote:

Internet voting is open to those age 13 and older between 8:55 p.m. today and 4 a.m. Thursday, central time, at www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/vote. You must register.

Toll-free voting by phone opens five minutes before the end of the show and closes two hours after the end of the show (subject to broadcast times and time zones.) The numbers will be shown at the end of the show.

The winner will be announced in the season finale, set for Oct. 1.

Other contestants in the top five are singers Donald Braswell and Queen Emily; a violin duo of brothers who mix hip hop with classical music called Nuttin' But Stringz; and singer/pianist Eli Mattson.

For more on the show, including bios of Boyd and the other performers, go to www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/.