Jimmy Rose in the America’s Got Talent finals

Jimmy Rose performing on the "America's Got Talent" finale with some Big Ass Fans on Sept. 17. NBC photo by Virginia Sherwood.

Jimmy Rose performing on the “America’s Got Talent” finale with some Big Ass Fans on Sept. 17. NBC photos by Virginia Sherwood.

Here’s the thing about America’s Got Talent: It’s such a smorgasbord. Do you pick the country singer, pop singer, opera singers, comedian, magician, or dancer-performance artist?

Or do you vote for the Kentuckian?

Well, if that’s your move, the winner this year is clear: Pineville’s Jimmy Rose.

Will he be the winner, when the top AGT prize winner is announced Wednesday night (Sept. 18), well after 9 p.m.?  I dunno, in part because it is such a toss-up. The Bell County native has maintained a strong fan-base throughout the competition. But when the votes are spread across six contestants, who knows how they will spread out?

But here’s what we do know: Rose came to this competition with a guitar, a voice, and a song. And he has demonstrated a distinct persona that viewers have responded to. Maybe winning isn’t even the best thing for him. Yeah, a million bucks is cool. But Vegas? When he can now go to Nashville with name recognition and a heckuva story? Don’t weep for the man if he emerges runner up. But we don’t have to tell you to cheer if he wins. 11:30 p.m.

Here’s a look at Tuesday’s show:

I was going to write earlier today, before events took my workday in another direction, that one thing Jimmy Rose needed to do to win the America’s Got Talent finals was play Coal Keeps the Lights On.

The original turned heads the first time around, and has remained his AGT best performance through the subsequent rounds. Fortunately, the show’s producers compelled him to do it again, which he did, backed by a quartet of Big Ass Fans — literally.

Jimmy Rose, backstage at "America's Got Talent."

Jimmy Rose, backstage at “America’s Got Talent.”

Rose’s Coal redux earned a fresh round of accolades from the judges, including Mel B, who also campaigned for the Pineville country crooner on the Today show. Howard Stern said the original was Rose’s strength because he wrote from his heart and his experience. 

While he got a ringing endorsement from the panel, so did subsequent finalists like Cami Bradley, who revived her showstopping performance of Cher’s Believe, and Kenichi Ebina who completely reinvented his motion work.

Through three acts, the judges seem to think everyone should win. 9:30 p.m.

Ouch! The way Heidi Klum’s eyes narrowed when Taylor Williamson joked she should like animal jokes because she was married to a “Seal.” Cool save for him. 9:58 p.m.

For reduxing The Beatles, Bradley’s I Wanna Hold Your Hand was pretty darned impressive. 10:10 p.m.

Divergence: I could totally see Steff in Pretty in Pink turning into this Blacklist character. 10:14 p.m.

Nice observation from Heidi that Collins Key didn’t use “old school,” “grandparents'” magic. 10:20 p.m.

Jimmy Rose bows out with Garth Brooks’ The Dance, a really nice selection for his voice and personality. The judges were not overwhelmed, Howie Mandel saying he missed the “dynamics” of the Brooks original. Heidi, one of his major boosters, said, “You give America what they want to hear.” Rose defended his performance saying, “I’m not Garth Brooks, but maybe, someday.” We’ll see. 10:35 p.m.

The men with “Howard” names are all about Kenichi winning. They cite his unique talent and creativity. 10:51 p.m.

Forte invokes some Pavarotti for its finale and the AGT finale. Tough call, all the way around. 10:59 p.m.

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