Photo Flash: Olate Dogs Crowned Winners of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT!
After months of intense competition and inspiring live performances, NBC's top-rated summer hit AMERICA'S GOT TALENT crowned the winner of its seventh season Thursday night, traveling dog act Olate Dogs, from its home at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC.) Olate Dogs beat out thousands of acts, including finalists sand story artist Joe Castillo from Richmond, KY, comedian Tom Cotter from New York, Earth Harp inventor William Close from Los Angeles, artist David Garibaldi and his CMYK's from Sacramento and dancing group The Untouchables from Miami, to take home the coveted $1 million grand prize and perform in a headlining show in Las Vegas. The grand finale show of "America's Got Talent" featured a night of jam-packed performances and special guest stars, including OneRepublic, Flo Rida, Justin Bieber, Green Day, Ne-Yo, Joan Rivers and Blue Man Group. Olate Dogs will perform live on NBC's "Today" Show Friday morning.
After hearing the results, Olate Dogs said: "This has been the end and beginning to our journey. 'America's Got Talent' has been the most exceptional experience that either of us has ever been on; this is a dream come true after many years of hard work."
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Olate Dogs is a high-energy, fast-paced dog act filled with impressive pet tricks led by Richard Olate, 55, and his son Nicholas Olate, 19. Richard grew up in South America in a poor family. A third generation circus performer, Richard has performed since he was 12, and through hard work and constant struggle, he made it to the United States at the age of 33. His dream is to have his own dog variety show, and he currently has four completely different dog acts.
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Olate Dogs and fan favorites from this season will perform exclusively at The Palazzo Las Vegas Resort and Hotel. The show will open Wednesday, September 26th and run eight weeks through November 17th. Performances are six days a week, excluding Fridays, at 7:30pm in the Palazzo Theatre. Confirmed to participate in the two-hour live event are comedian Tom Cotter, Earth Harpist William Close, Joe Castillo and his Sand Art, Lightwire Theatre, and illusionist Spencer Horseman, as well as other acts to be announced. Tickets to "America's Got Talent Live," are on sale now and can be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com.
The next season of "America's Got Talent" is right around the corner! To audition and show America and the Judges your talent, visit www.agtauditions.com or www.nbc.com/agt for more information.
"America's Got Talent" is the only talent competition show that is open to any age and any talent. Auditions for season seven took the show to numerous cities in search of one-of-a-kind talent, including New York City, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Austin, and Charlotte in order to bring America the greatest acts available. "America's Got Talent" is the #1 summer series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and total viewers, marking the seventh straight year the show has ranked as the #1 summer series in total viewers. "Talent" has finished as the #1 non-sports primetime telecast on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in total viewers for 12 of its last 13 weeks on the air (excludes weeks of Olympic preemptions). The Monday edition of "Talent" is averaging a 3.4 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.0 million viewers overall, the Tuesday telecast is earning a 3.3/10 in 18-49 and 11.5 million viewers and the Wednesday edition is delivering a 2.8/8 in 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers in "most current" season averages from Nielsen Media Research through September 9.
"America's Got Talent" was created by Simon Cowell's SYCO Television and is co-produced by Syco TV and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell and Georgie Hurford-Jones ("Britain's Got Talent") are executive producers for Syco TV and Cecile Frot-Coutaz ("American Idol"), Jason Raff, Ken Warwick ("American Idol") for FremantleMedia North America.
About NBC Entertainment:
NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network's primetime, late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC's quality programs and balanced lineup have earned the network critical acclaim, numerous awards, and ratings success. NBC has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history. NBC's roster of popular scripted series includes critically-acclaimed comedies "Parks and Recreation" and "Community," as well as Emmy winners "The Office" and "30 Rock." High-profile dramas on NBC include the veteran award-winning series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and the ambitious new series "Smash" and "Grimm." Unscripted series for NBC include the new vocal competition phenomenon "The Voice," as well as the popular summer hit "America's Got Talent." NBC's late-night story is highlighted by "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "Saturday Night Live." NBC Daytime's "Days of our Lives" consistently finishes among daytime's top programs in the valuable women 18-34 category. On Saturday mornings, NBC broadcasts NBC kids, a new programming block designed specifically to address the developmental needs of preschool-aged children. Programmed by the kids experts at Sprout, the nation's first 24-hour preschool television channel, this three-hour block features educational series that promote active, healthy lifestyles for younger children.
About FremantleMedia North America:
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. production division of global media giant FremantleMedia. Based in Burbank, California, FMNA produces entertaining and innovative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms, including the Emmy-nominated musical/reality phenomenon American Idol (FOX), The X Factor (FOX), America's Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (syndicated), The Price Is Right (CBS), Let's Make A Deal (CBS), Total Blackout (Syfy), Final Offer (Discovery), The Pet Collective (YouTube) and the first scripted series The Wedding Band (TBS, premieres November 2012).
Syco, with offices in London and Los Angeles, is a global music, television and film production joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment. Syco Television owns and produces the BAFTA Award-winning "The X Factor," which has topped the charts around the world. Syco Television is also the owner of the "Got Talent" television format. Versions of both "The X Factor" and "Got Talent" are co-produced by Syco, and are shown in more than 70 countries and have won multiple awards including national television awards and BAFTAs.
Syco is also the record label home for such diverse international recording stars as Leona Lewis and Il Divo. Cowell has worked with artists selling more than 200 million albums and delivering more than 180 #1 records. Britain's Got Talent in 2009 launched the global singing career of Susan Boyle. Her debut Syco album sold over 8 million units in six weeks, making it the world's biggest-selling album of 2009 and the fastest-selling album in history, selling a total of 20 million records to date.