America's Got Talent crowned a champion unlike any who came before in Season 15 when viewers voted for spoken word poet Brandon Leake above all others. He came out on top of the kinds of acts who were familiar favorites on AGT, including some very talented singers and a daring aerialist, but it was Leake's poetry that struck a chord. That said, he received the attention of some haters during his time as an AGT contestant, and he has a message for them as he looks ahead to his big AGT return.
Brandon Leake is returning to AGT in Season 16 for a performance of the spoken word poetry that won him the top prize last season, but he revealed in a chat with CinemaBlend that not only will it send a message to any lingering haters, but also deliver something "very different." When I asked Leake to preview what's in store with his America's Got Talent return on August 11, the poet said:
Brandon Leake's spoken word poetry really hit home with a lot of viewers thanks to his knack for telling personal stories on a grand stage in a brand new kind of way for AGT, and he revealed that he'll once again deliver something new with his return performance on August 11. His season of America's Got Talent was unique, as the show had to adapt to pandemic precautions that meant Leake's biggest performances were in a theater that was empty of spectators other than the judges.
While his powerful words in a mostly empty theater helped set him apart, it also led some critics to argue that the only reason Brandon Leake triumphed over the competition was because there was no audience. He shared his expectations for getting to perform in front of a live audience on the AGT stage this time around, and what it can prove to the "haters" who tried to bring him down:
For fans who loved Brandon Leake during his America's Got Talent appearances as a competitor, his return as a champion in front of an audience could be even better. For viewers who had nothing but doubt and criticism for the spoken word poet... well, it sounds like they might have to change their tunes after seeing him hit the stage in front of a full house. Plus, Leake revealed one of the ways that his performance will be different and involve more people, when he shared his thoughts on the reception to his act during the uncertainty of Season 15:
Brandon Leake hails from Stockton, California, and his big victory on national television didn't mean pulling away from his roots. And in fact, four young poets from Stockton will join him for his America's Got Talent return, which wasn't something that was possible during Season 15. These young poets participating should both help Leake deliver that something "very different" and showcase them and their abilities in front of a wide audience. Leake elaborated on what's on the way with his performance including the Stockton spoken word poets:
Fortunately, the wait to see Brandon Leake back on the America's Got Talent stage is nearly over. His first AGT performance since becoming the Season 15 champion happens during the first quarterfinals results episode of Season 16, which airs on Wednesday, August 11 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The episode will mark the first eliminations of the season determined by audience votes, so between the raised stakes and return of Brandon Leake, this won't be an AGT hour to miss.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more of what's happening as well as what's on the way when it comes to America's Got Talent, and be sure to check out our 2021 fall TV premiere schedule for more of what's on the way as the weather starts to cool, even as the AGT competition heats up.
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