DUSTIN TAVELLA CROWNED WINNER OF NBC’S ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ SEASON 16
Tavella Wins $1 Million Grand Prize and Will Join “America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE” Stage Show at Luxor Hotel and Casino
“AGT” Is the Most-Watched Summer Program for the Eighth Consecutive Year and Has Reached More Than 60 Million Total Viewers Across Linear and Digital Platforms
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Sept. 15, 2021 – The votes are in and America has chosen magician Dustin Tavella as the winner of “America’s Got Talent” season 16. Tavella wins the show’s $1 million grand prize and will join “America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE” stage show at Luxor Hotel and Casino. Tavella’s specific performance dates in Las Vegas, as well as the other season 16 fan favorites that will be joining, will be announced soon.
Tavella won America’s hearts and votes through magic with his inspirational performances tapping into stories from his personal life including his wedding day and his sons’ adoptions. His final emotionally charged act showcased his art of storytelling with the spirit of philanthropy, using magic to spread his message of the power of giving.
Judge and Executive Producer Simon Cowell said, “I’m so happy for Dustin, this will change his life and his family’s life. Next stop… Vegas!”
“For the past 16 seasons ‘America’s Got Talent’ has discovered incredible acts from across the globe, and Dustin Tavella continues that tradition, effortlessly delivering on what makes this show uniquely special,” said Jenny Groom, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal Television, and Streaming. “Dustin opened his heart to America, captivating viewers with his blend of magic and personal storytelling. His win exemplifies what AGT is all about — positivity, inspiration, and connection — and speaks to exactly what our country needs right now.”
“It has been another inspirational and mesmerizing season of ‘America’s Got Talent’ and we couldn’t be more pleased to have crowned Dustin Tavella as our Season 16 winner tonight,” said Jennifer Mullin, CEO, Fremantle. “His messages of hope, gratitude, and helping others resonated throughout the season, and we can’t wait to see how his act continues to flourish when he joins America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE stage show.”
Born and raised in Pottstown, Penn., he grew up going to magic shows with his grandparents in Atlantic City and fell in love with the art of connecting and entertaining people through magic. With a personal motto of always living life with purpose, Tavella has worked with numerous humanitarian organizations aiding the homeless, mentoring in youth programs, and helping women in crisis. He is a magician who aims to inspire audiences by using magic to connect with people from all different walks of life. He now resides in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Kari, and their adopted sons, Xander and Sylas.
Season 16 of “America’s Got Talent” concluded tonight with a remarkable finale at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, and host Terry Crews. The show’s top 10 finalists performed along with several superstar guests, including Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and songwriter Idina Menzel; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix; chart-topping powerhouse singer and songwriter Bishop Briggs; actor and comedian George Lopez; actor Rico Rodriguez; “AGT” season nine winner and Las Vegas headliner Mat Franco; and Olympic silver medal gymnasts Jordan Chiles and MyKayla Skinner.
This summer “America’s Got Talent” has reached more than 60 million viewers across linear and digital platforms. The series is the most-watched summer program for the eighth consecutive year and is the most-watched summer broadcast unscripted program for the 16th consecutive year.
The “Got Talent” format has had more than a billion global viewers since it began airing in 2006 in America and has aired in 194 territories worldwide. “Got Talent” holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format, with more than 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas.
“America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE” opens Nov 4 and will run Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. inside Luxor Theater. Tickets starting at $49, plus tax and applicable fees, are on sale now and can be purchased at mgmresorts.com, luxor.com, and AGTVegasLive.com or by visiting any MGM Resorts International box office. An exclusive “AGT Las Vegas LIVE VIP Backstage Tour and Meet & Greet” package, starting at $159, features a backstage tour, a meet and greet with select cast members, and more.
Auditions for the next season of “America’s Got Talent,” as well as the new “AGT: Extreme,” are currently underway. Interested acts can visit www.AGTAuditions.com to register for an upcoming audition city or to submit a video online.
“America’s Got Talent” was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.
For more information, please visit the official show site at: http://www.nbc.com/agt