Kevin Skinner, 35, the unemployed chicken catcher turned country singer from Mayfield, Ky., completed his rags to riches story and was the surprise winner of America's Got Talent Wednesday. He beat runner up Barbara Padilla, the opera singer and cancer survivor in the fourth season season finale.
As winner, Skinner, who sang Aerosmith's "Don't Want to Miss a Thing" with his own twang in the final performance show Monday, will get $1 million and a headlining gig in Las Vegas.
"I'm ready to perform, man," he drawled as confetti fell and he was surrounded by the other Top 10 contestants. "I 'm going to go out there and give 'em the best show I can. Thank American for voting me in. I love you all."
Skinner certainly fills the bill as an unknown who didn't look like he'd be able to sing but who had a way around a country song. Still, he never reached a level one would call sensational.
America's Got Talent was certainly a ratings winner, finishing at or near No. 1 most of the season with audiences as high as 8.5 million.