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Finale of 'America's Got Talent' is tonight

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

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Neal E. Boyd of Sikeston smiles during his final performance Sept. 24 on "America's Got Talent," in this photo provided by NBC.
SIKESTON -- Tonight the suspense will be over for Neal E. Boyd and his fans from his Sikeston hometown and across the country.

The tenor has been a part of the NBC series "America's Got Talent." The third season of the show premiered in June, and Boyd has survived cuts to make it to the top five of the competition. At 8 p.m., the finale will air, and announce the winner of the talent search.

In the final performance last week, Boyd sang "Nessun Dorma." The Puccini song is what he sang during his first audition on the show. The aria was a signature song of Luciano Pavoratti, one of Boyd's influences, to whom Boyd has also been compared.

Boyd's mother, Esther Boyd, was also in Los Angeles for the performance and shown on camera.

Following his performance, celebrity judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff said he has helped to make the show.

"You are what this show is about, man," said Hasselhoff.

Other contenders for the prize who make up the top five are: "Nuttin But Stringz," a violin duo of brothers who mix classical violin training with the rhythms of New York City; singer Donald Braswell, voted back by the audience as the Wildcard after another act was no longer able to compete; Queen Emily, a soul singer; and Eli Mattson, a pianist and singer.

The winner will be awarded $1 million and a Las Vegas contract.