PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland singer Jimmie Herrod's run on NBC"s "America's Got Talent" has come to an end. Herrod, a member of the popular Portland band Pink Martini, was not chosen as the winner of the show's 16th season. He lost to magician Dustin Tavella during the season finale Wednesday night.
Herrod had competed against nine other contestants for a grand prize of $1 million and a chance to perform in “America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE” at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in November.
Tavella told KGW that Herrod become one of his best friends during the competition.
"That dude, he is so incredible, so kind," said Tavella. "He's one of the most amazing vocalists I've ever heard in my life.
Herrod sang a cover of "What A Wonderful World" Tuesday night during this season's finals, and the crowd and judges responded with roaring applause as they stood to their feet.
He impressed the judges early on in the competition. For his first performance on the show, a rendition of "Tomorrow" from the musical "Annie," Herrod received a Golden Buzzer from judge Sofia Vergara, allowing him to advance straight to AGT's live performance rounds.
Fellow Pink Martini member Storm Large also competed in this season of America's Got Talent. She made it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated.