Bianca Ryan Wins America's Got Talent: Quick Change Succeeds Despite One Judge's Critiques

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Bianca Ryan, winner of NBC's hugely popular America's Got Talent reality show, was not the only person to come out on top Thursday night.

When Regis Philbin announced Bianca Ryan winner of NBC's hugely popular America's Got Talent reality show Thursday night, she was not the only person to come out on top.

Wardrobe-swappers Quick Change, the male-cloggers All That, and the people-jugglers Passing Zone all came out on top too. Realis and Team Acrodunk came out on top as well, and it was not because of their height-defying vertical acts.

Perhaps you've heard of these entertainers, as have millions of Americans who watched Executive Producer Simon Cowell's summer hit. Fair to say, Cowell, of American Idol fame, came out on top, once again, too.

Austin's Bryan Caplovitz did too.

"The meetings industry is benefiting from an increasing pool of extremely talented and diverse acts," Caplovitz said. "They're able to deliver motivational messages in a variety of settings from small corporate conferences to large trade-association conventions."

Caplovitz founded SpeakerMatch ( in 2001 and has since grown his database to boast the largest number of professional and emerging professional speakers in the country. Meeting planners using SpeakerMatch’s web-based technology to locate and book the talent they hire.

"Meeting planners book traditional motivational speakers as well as other entertainers who incorporate a positive message into their acts," Caplovitz said. "Many talented performers of all types are being hired by meeting planners who are looking to re-energize their events."

Semi-finalists Team Acrodunk didn’t advance to Wednesday night’s America’s Got Talent finals, but the group has been successful for many years with its powerful act that involves aerials and choreographed basketball dunks.

"The great feedback that we have received from our audiences and clients makes us confident in our abilities to excite, entertain and execute," a comment from Team Acrodunk’s website states. "We enjoy impacting young lives at middle and high schools."

Team Acrodunk might be the motivating force behind some of next year's America's Got Talent stars that will be likely to include dancers, singers, jugglers, magicians, and perhaps rapping grandparents. These potential million dollar acts can cash in before next season.

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Future Watch 2006 reports that the global meetings industry will grow for the third consecutive year in what is already 122.3 billion dollar business. MPI also reports the economic impact greatly benefits hotels, airlines and convention centers.

"Meeting planners are looking for all kinds of great talent in addition to motivational speakers," Caplovitz said. "And since America's Got Talent began, we've seen an increase in the desire for talented entertainers."

On Thursday night, Bianca Ryan won America's Got Talent, and set the stage for many more success stories to come.


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