Monday, August 20, 2007
– Taylor Swift will perform live on the season finale of America's Got Talent Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. With an average of 12.1 million viewers, America's Got Talent is this summer's most-watched television program.
Swift will leave the stage right after a tour date in Rapid City, S.D. and fly overnight in order to be in Los Angeles for the show. She is performing at the express request of 14-year-old finalist Julienne Irwin, whose wish if she made it to the finals was to sing a duet with her favorite singer, Swift. Immediately after the live telecast, Swift reverses direction, heading to a show in Minneapolis.
Other finalists are ventriloquist Terry Vator and singers Cas Haley and Buttscotch.
"Taylor Swift is a huge inspiration to me," said Irwin about performing with her idol. "She is not only a great singer, she's a great songwriter as well, and it is truly an honor to have the opportunity to perform with her on stage. I know I'm not the only one inspired by her, and I hope my performance makes her proud."
"I can't wait to sing with Julienne on America's Got Talent," Swift said. "She's such a sweetheart, and I'm so unbelievably honored that she chose me as her duet choice. She's got such a powerful voice, and her story is so endearing. I want her to win!"
The season's four finalists will perform on Tuesday night's season finale, which culminates in the announcement of the winner, who will walk away with $1 million.
Also performing that night as a special guest is 17-year-old Sean Kingston, whose "Beautiful Girls" is the number one pop single in the country.
America's Got Talent, a talent search from Simon Cowell and the producers of American Idol, brings the variety format back to the forefront of American culture, showcasing a colorful array of hopeful future stars. Singers, dancers, comedic performers and unique acts of all ages perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges including actor/singer David Hasselhoff ("Baywatch"), U.K. TV personality Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne ("The Osbournes").