America’s Got Talent’s Drake Milligan Explains Why He Didn’t Change Song For Finale Despite Alternatives

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The last eleven acts of America’s Got Talent Season 17 has officially delivered its final performances, and the verdict of who gets that $1 million award and Las Vegas show prize is up to the voters. The finale saw the long-awaited return of country singer Drake Milligan, who wowed judges and voters alike in week one of qualifying with his second original song of the season. For the finale, however, Milligan returned to the first original he performed for his AGT hearing. Speaking to CinemaBlend, he explained why he didn’t move on to a new song.

Milligan sang until the finale in August with “Kiss Goodbye All Night”, but her first AGT release was “Sounds Like Something Id Do”. Fans might have expected him to continue the trend and deliver another original song, but instead opted for another performance of “Sounds Like Something I’d Do.” (You can rewatch the first with a Peacock subscription.) After his appearance on stage during the finale, he spoke to CinemaBlend and other outlets. When I asked why he chose this song to bring back over “Kiss Goodbye All Night” and if there were ever any alternatives, he shared:

There was. I mean, I have a record coming out this week, the 15th, and there’s a ton of new songs on it, and we were looking for songs to do, but after that live performance, we did “Kiss Goodbye All Night”, having this staging and having the energy and the lights and the pyro and everything. It’s so fun and I feel like it elevates a song so much that I didn’t get a chance to do it with “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” in the audition and so I really wanted to give this song a chance to shine.

Whereas AGT viewers had seen “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” before, it was during Drake Milligan’s audition, when it was pretty much just him and his band on stage for the pre-recorded show . Qualifying was live, and it was definitely over the top in the best way. He nailed ‘Kiss Goodbye All Night’ so well that Simon Cowell praised him for not quitting AGT (and Milligan explained why he made that choice); going back to the audition song for the finale gave him the opportunity to go a lot bigger and a lot bolder.

It was actually somewhat similar to what NBC did earlier this year with American song contest, which has seen singers return to elevate their same song over and over again. The America’s Got Talent the judges certainly didn’t hold him against Drake Milligan, as Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel praised him for bringing “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” back for a second round. In case you missed it (or just want to relive it), check it out!

If you want to see Drake Milligan win the $1 million top prize and the Las Vegas stage show, you can help by voting for him through the official website. America’s Got Talent app and/or the NBC.com voting page. Although he was definitely one of the standouts of the night, the competition was extremely tough in the final. No less than four Gold Buzzer winners were back: saxophonist Avery Dixon (who was the first to get a Gold Buzzer in Season 17), dance group Mayyas, sassy singing trio Chapel Hart and 14-year-old Polish powerhouse Sara James, who was Simon Cowell’s pick.

Plus, ventriloquist Celia Munoz didn’t hold back after AGT viewers gave her the votes she needed to come back, and her last performance was far from her Fat tribute… not in a bad way! Pole dancer Kristy Sellars started the evening with an incredible number, which she had to put together over the course of a week after trying a new trick for last Tuesday’s live show.

Find out which artist wins the top prize with the final results of America’s Got Talent Season 17 on Wednesday, September 14 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC, and be sure to vote as soon as possible, as voting ends at 7 a.m. ET.

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