Monument’s Dakota advances to finals of ‘America’s Got Talent’

Lewis-Palmer alum draws closer to $1 million first-place prize

Miguel Dakota, a semifinalist on the hit television series “America’s Got Talent” performed a show at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts on Aug. 2. He had a good time interaction with the audience. Dakota is a 2010 Lewis-Palmer High School graduate. Photo by Michael Maddox
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Less than a year ago Miguel Dakota was playing his acoustic guitar and singing cover songs, and some originals, in coffee shops, bars and just about any venue that would take him. If he was fortunate, he would make a few bucks in tips and get a courtesy beverage.

Today, the 2010 Lewis-Palmer High School graduate is within one giant whisker of becoming a millionaire.

On Aug. 27, the show’s producers announced that Dakota had advanced to the Final 12.

On Aug. 26, the 22-year-old competed in the semifinals of the hit television show “America’s Got Talent” and wowed the crowd, judges and — by many accounts — most of the millions of viewers who tuned into the show.

Dakota sang “Seven Nation Army” and wowed three of the four judges. Only Howard Stern seemed unimpressed.

“Miguel, you have the hair. You have the looks. I know every woman in here goes wild for you,” Stern said. “But I suspect if this was a paying crowd they would be snoozing during your song.”

Stern’s comments immediately drew boos from some in the audience, as well as from some of the Stern’s fellow judges.

“I feel that America’s new heart throb has arrived and his name is Miguel Dakota,” said Heidi Klum.

Howie Mandel told Stern that his view on Dakota was totally wrong.

“Mick Jagger is not the best singer in the world and I think you’ve got a great chance of winning the million dollars,” Mandel said.

Mel B, the fourth judge, said “You have that star quality. I truly believe that.”

Despite Stern’s tough words, Dakota received the needed votes on Aug. 27 in order to advance to the finals, where he will compete against 11 other performers.

You can link to Dakota’s semifinals performance by going to: youtube.com/watch?v=aXlykaXYbg0