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'America's Got Talent' Finale: Who Won The Showdown Between Olate Dogs And Tom Cotter? (VIDEO)

09/14/2012 04:01 am ET | Updated Sep 14, 2012

Never before had a comedian or an animal act made it into the finals of "America's Got Talent." So it was exciting that Tom Cotter and Olate Dogs rose to the top in the end. They outlasted The Untouchables, who broke Sharon Osbourne's heart when they started crying upon their elimination. She tried to console them by telling them it was her last show.

Also eliminated early were dance painters David Garibaldi and His CMYK's, sand artist Joe Castillo and William Close, who wowed each week with his Earth harp and other homemade instruments.

The two-hour finale was padded with plenty of musical guests to drag out the big reveal of the act that would take home the $1 million prize and headline that Las Vegas show. And as a preview of what a Las Vegas act looks like, Blue Man Group also took to the stage.

After Justin Bieber, One Republic and Flo Rida finished performing, it was time to reveal the winners. And it was ... Olate Dogs. "I suppose the result shouldn’t be a shock since we live in the age of cute-pet YouTube videos, but it’s hard to imagine anyone paying top dollar to see them perform in Vegas," a critic for EW wrote.

Regardless, as Cotter himself said during the performance finale, just making it this far will likely give his career a big boost. Did the right act win? Sound off in the comments.

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