via press release:
NBC’S TOP-RATED SUMMER HIT ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ TONIGHT CROWNS LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY JR. AS WINNER OF SEASON SIX
Murphy Wins $1 Million Grand Prize and Will Headline Show in Las Vegas
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – September 14, 2011 – NBC’s top-rated summer hit “America’s Got Talent” tonight crowned Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. as the winner of season six. Murphy beat out thousands of acts, including finalists POPLYFE, the Silhouettes and Team iLuminate to take home the coveted $1 million grand prize and an opportunity to headline a show in Las Vegas.
Murphy was born in Logan, West Virginia. He is the grandson of the late Rev. Cecil Murphy, one of the Five Pioneers, who was instrumental in his participation and growth in church and Sunday school activities. Murphy has been entertaining family and friends since early childhood at local parties and school dances. He has always entertained, singing the songs of some of music’s greatest artists. He took a job washing cars at a car dealership in Chapmanville, West Va., to support his family of four children while he continued to practice his talents before appearing on “America’s Got Talent.”
Following weeks of intense competition and awe-inspiring performances, the winner and fan favorites from this season will perform in a special three-night engagement in Las Vegas on October 28, October 29 and October 30 in the famous 4,500 seat Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The two-hour live event will be hosted by Jerry Springer and include an all-star roster of the country’s most dynamic “America’s Got Talent” entertainers. There will also be a special guest appearance by the 2011”Australia’s Got Talent” winner, whose album has already gone gold, 14 year old Jack Vidgen. Tickets to “America’s Got Talent Live,” presented by AEG Live, are on sale now and can be purchased via http://agt.aeglive.com.
“America’s Got Talent” is delivering its highest-rated season ever in 18-49 and total viewers. The series is up this summer versus last by 13 percent in 18-49 (3.6 vs. 3.2) and 9 percent in total viewers (12.9 million vs. 11.9 million). For each of its 15 weeks on the air so far this summer, “America’s Got Talent” has ranked #1 in total viewers among all primetime non-sports programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW. So far this summer, the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of "America's Got Talent" are the #2 and #4 series on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in adults 18-49, behind only “The Voice” (#1) and "The Voice" Results Show (tied for #2). In total viewers, the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of "Talent" rank #2 and #3, behind only “The Voice” (#1).
“America’s Got Talent” is the only talent competition show that is open to any age and any talent. Auditions for season seven will kick off in New York City in October, followed by St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Tampa, Fla., Los Angeles, Austin, Texas and Charlotte N.C. (more cities to be announced soon). For all the latest information and to pre-register, go to www.AGTauditions.com.
“America’s Got Talent” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television. Simon Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz (“American Idol”), Jason Raff, Ken Warwick (“American Idol”) and Georgie Hurford-Jones are executive producers.