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The winner of America's Got Talent: Extreme was finally announced on Monday, March 14.
After Host Terry Crews awarded the group a Golden Buzzer during Episode 2, Alfredo Silva's Cage Riders returned to the stage and took home the $500,000 grand prize. For the finals, the stuntmen were up against fellow Golden Buzzer finalists Aaron Wheelz, Verge Arrow, Cyndel Flores, and Erika Lemay, plus Super Fan picks Aaron Evans and Jade Kindar-Martin.
Silva and his crew then advanced to the final four before ultimately facing off against Wheelz for the top spot. And though Wheelz put up a valiant effort, with two attempts at a ramp drop into a 40-foot backflip, Alfredo Silva's Cage Riders earned the majority of the Super Fans' votes. Their finale performance was an amped up version of their audition, as they brought back the cage of death with four motorcycles instead of three, upping the danger level. They also had numerous motocross athletes simultaneously soaring in the air and executing tricks over the cage.
"I don't believe there is anything else you could have done tonight to give yourself a chance at winning," Cowell said.
Silva himself–a veteran stuntman—is no stranger to the AGT stage. He competed as a knife thrower in both AGT Season 11 and America's Got Talent: The Champions.
"I'm a sixth generation circus performer, and I was raised watching my father and grandfather perform crazy stunts together," Silva said. "Growing up in the circus was not easy. There was a lot of bullying, a lot of mean people that tried to fight us. They tried to put fire on the tent. They just see us like animals. But my family taught me to never give up. They shaped me into the man I am today. So being here and having the chance to make the Silva name proud is the best thing to ever happen to me."
As you wait for the premiere of AGT Season 17, be sure to tune into American Song Contest on Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The new music competition show, modeled after Eurovision Song Contest, centers on singers from 50 U.S. states, five territories, and Washington, D.C who perform original songs—and viewers decide which one is the best.
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