Who won agt champions last night?

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America’s Got Talent: The Champions crowned the ultimate champ Monday, at the end of the second night of the season’s climactic finale.

Throughout the episode, all 12 of the finalists in competition performed once again, with some acts performing together and other contestants showing off their acts individually, before revealing the season’s big winner.

With Christina Ramos, Darci Lynne Farmer, Preacher Lawson, Shin Lim and Kseniya Simonova all making it to the final five, the winner of the first-ever season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions is…
… magician and AGT season 13 winner, Shin Lim!

Meanwhile, Farmer — the 14-year-old ventriloquist opera singer and AGT season 12 winner — came in 2nd, while Golden Buzzer earner and Ukrainian sand artist Simonova came in third.

ET’s Denny Directo spoke with Lim before the finals taped, and the 27-year-old entertainer said it was “an honor” to be back on stage performing for the judges.

“At first I hesitated because, I definitely felt like I didn’t have much time to rest or create anything new, but I was like, ‘You know what? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,'” said Lim, who just won his season of AGT in September. “So I was like, ‘I got to do it.’ When else can you be around such talented people?”
Before being named the winner, Lim took the stage on Monday and was joined by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Melissa Fumero for a fun display of his close-up magic skills using his signature brand of theatrical card artistry.

When AGT: Championskicked off in early January, 50 breakout stars from an array of Got Talent shows from around the globe had been tapped to return to the stage to give it their all, once again, for the chance to be crowned the best of the best.

Over five weeks, the field was narrowed down to the Top 12 — including two wild-card acts who were brought back from elimination by the judges — and all the acts duked it out in the first night of the show’s finals last Monday, giving the pool of voting superfans across the nation a chance to decide who should be named the ultimate AGT champ.

This season marked the big debut of the show’s new host, Terry Crews, who will be taking over for Tyra Banks when AGT returns for its 14th season later this year.

And Crews isn’t the only newcomer fans can expect when the show returns. Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough will be appearing behind the judges’ table, taking over for outgoing judges Mel B and Heidi Klum.

Klum celebrated her final episode with a heartfelt message on Instagram, alongside a sweet snapshot of herself, Crews and fellow judges Simon Cowell, Mel B and Howie Mandel.

“I wanted to say THANK YOU and how amazing the past six years have been while working on America’s Got Talent… I love my fellow judges and our hosts and our AMAZING CREW It’s been such an incredible experience and I will miss ALL OF YOU very much!” Klum captioned the pic. “While I may not be sitting behind the judges desk any longer, I will be watching and voting from home!”

For a look at some of the greatest performances from this season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions, check out the video below.


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Another country will soon get in on the “Got Talent” fun, as Fremantle, Syco Entertainment and Hunan TV announced Monday they are co-developing a new China-based, 13-part series in the immensely popular global franchise. The local adaptation will be known in Chinese as “Dian Feng Zhi Lu,” which translates to “World’s Got Talent” and will air in April on Hunan TV.

And it isn’t just for Chinese contestants.

Per Fremantle: “This primetime production will bring together a number of the world’s most talented, memorable and fan-favorite acts from over 30 of the ‘Got Talent’ franchises around the globe. These all-star performers will take to the stage in Hunan, China to compete in a massive global competition with the hopes of claiming the ultimate title of China’s World Champion of Got Talent and an equally impressive winner’s grand prize.”

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“Inspired by China’s One Belt One Road initiative, this production will welcome many exceptional acts who’ve already featured in many Got Talents around the world,” Vivian Yin, CEO, Fremantle, China, said. “It will celebrate the cultural diversity and stories of ordinary people with extraordinary talents together on the world’s biggest stage in Changsha, China. We are thrilled that our partners Hunan TV and Syco Entertainment share the same vision and have made this unique project possible.”

“‘Got Talent’ is the biggest TV brand in the world and responsible for discovering incredible international talent,” Abi Doyle, Vice President, International Productions, Syco Entertainment, said. “This format has already entertained a global audience of almost a billion and we are delighted to have Hunan TV commission this exciting production with our Fremantle partners, which will showcase a variety of Chinese acts as well as the very best of our ‘Got Talent’ global family.”

Lester Hu, Head of Formats and International Business, Hunan TV added: “As China’s leading content producer and broadcaster, we’ve always been looking for big ideas with global influence. What Hunan TV is really after is co-developing original content with our partners by engaging global creative into local market at the very beginning of the development process. We are excited about hosting this massive television event that promotes intercultural communication and appreciation. Combined with our in-house production expertise, we trust that Dian Feng Zhi Lu will make a splash in both local and international markets.”

Also Read: ‘The World’s Best’ Producers on Why Their Show Definitely, Definitely Isn’t ‘America’s Got Talent’

Simon Cowell created the “Got Talent” format, which is co-owned by Syco Entertainment and Fremantle. Per Fremantle, the reality TV format is watched by an estimated 900 million people worldwide and there are 71 local versions of the series across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas.

Oscars 2019: 11 Best and Worst Moments, From Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper Duet to ‘Wayne’s World’ Reunion (Photos)

  • The 91st Academy Awards may not have had a host, but the 3 hour, 17 minute-long show was filled with plenty of heartwarming and gut-wrenching moments. Here, TheWrap rounds up the 11 best and worst bits of the 2019 Oscars.

    Also Read: Oscars 2019: The Complete Winners List


  • BEST/WORST: The Host-Less Opening — It’s not your fault, Adam Lambert. It’s just that it’s weird to hear anyone sing “We Are the Champions” that isn’t Freddie Mercury. (Maybe a pass for now: Oscar winner Rami Malek?) Meanwhile, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph made their best pitch to be next year’s Oscars hosts, and we hope the Academy was listening.

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  • BEST: Tyler Perry Calls Out Academy — While presenting the Best Cinematography category, Perry reminded everyone of the Academy’s ill-fated attempt to move some of the awards to the commercials — one of which was going to be Best Cinematography.

    Also Read: Oscars: Tyler Perry Thanks Academy for Not Kicking Best Cinematography to Commercial

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  • BEST: Trevor Noah Roasts Mel Gibson — The “Daily Show” host got to present Best Picture nominee “Black Panther” and took a jab at Mel Gibson in the process: “Mel Gibson came up to me like, ‘Wakanda Forever.’ He said another word after that, but the Wakanda part was nice.”

    Also Read: Oscars 2019: Spike Lee Calls on Voters to ‘Do the Right Thing’ in 2020 Election

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  • BEST: Dana Carvey and Mike Myers’ “Wayne’s World” Reunion — A Queen biopic titled after the song that Wayne and Garth famously rocked out to was nominated for Best Picture. So, yeah, like this wasn’t going to happen.

    Also Read: Netflix Teases ‘Irishman,’ Scorsese’s Latest, During Oscars – Watch it Here (Video)

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  • BEST: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Made Us Cry (Again) With “Shallow” — Ally and Jackson Maine — er, we mean Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper — silenced the entire Dolby Theatre when they took the stage to sing “Shallow,” their already-iconic duet from “A Star Is Born.” And then of course they brought the house down with applause when they finished. Hey, even if you’ve re-watched that scene from the movie a million times already, it was nice just to take another look at them. Oh, and then the song won an Oscar later in the evening, making this moment even more perfect.

    Also Read: Oscars: Watch Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Sing ‘Shallow’ (Video)

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  • BEST: Awkwafina and John Mulaney Are the Most Adorable/Overwhelmed Presenters Ever — The breakout star of “Crazy Rich Asians” and the “SNL” alum were honored just to be announcing those who were nominated for Best Animated Short at the 91st Annual Academy Awards — even if they were totally freaked out while doing it. These two very funny people had a very funny, joint on-stage panic attack while recapping how starstruck they were hanging out backstage, rubbing elbows with the other A-list presenters.

    Also Read: Oscars: Watch Rami Malek Praise Immigrant and LBGTQ Stories During Best Actor Speech (Video)

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  • BEST: Keegan-Michael Key Enters Mary Poppins-Style — The comedian came down from the the Dolby Theatre’s rafters via umbrella to introduce Bette Midler‘s performance of the Oscar-nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns.” Let’s just say there are few ways to upstage Bette Midler, but that was one of them.

    Also Read: Oscar Makes History With Record 7 Black Winners

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  • BEST: Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry Are the Most-Costumed While Presenting Best Costume — When the “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” star and “If Beale Street Could Talk” actor were given control over announcing the costume category, they clearly decided to lean into the job. You can read our full breakdown of their look here.

    Also Read: Let’s Break Down Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry’s Glorious Oscars Costumes


  • WORST: In Memoriam Snubs — The Academy had to shave time off somewhere to try to reach its goal of a three-hour show. It looks like the In Memoriam segment — which left out Sondra Locke, Verne Troyer, Dick Miller and R. Lee Ermey — was where they did it.

    Also Read: Oscars In Memoriam Snubs: Sondra Locke, Verne Troyer, Dick Miller, R Lee Ermey

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  • BEST: Oscars Show Stays Pretty Close to Its 3-Hour Runtime Pledge — No bloated opening monologue and a much tighter show (with a shaved-down In Memoriam segment) helped the Academy stick very close to its goal of a three-hour night, with Sunday’s telecast coming in at just 17 minutes over, despite airing all 24 awards live.

    Also Read: Oscar’s Longest Losing Streaks: 12 People With 10-Plus Nominations and No Wins (Photos)

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  • WORST: “Green Book” Best Picture Speech Omits Don Shirley — “Green Book” producers and director Peter Farrelly thanked a number of people – even giving a shoutout to the late Carrie Fisher – but there was one notable omission: Don Shirley. This was made all the worse by Mahershala Ali winning an Oscar for playing him.

    Also Read: Queen and Adam Lambert Will Perform at Oscars Ceremony


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The 91st Academy Awards may not have had a host, but the 3 hour, 17 minute-long show was filled with plenty of heartwarming and gut-wrenching moments. Here, TheWrap rounds up the 11 best and worst bits of the 2019 Oscars.

Also Read: Oscars 2019: The Complete Winners List

  • The AGT: The Champions results are in and magician Shin Lim is the winner.
  • Fans had mixed reactions to Shin Lim taking home the top prize over Darci Lynne Farmer and Susan Boyle.
  • AGT fans will have to wait until this summer to catch another season of the hit show.

The 2019 America’s Got Talent: The Champions winner has been chosen. After competing against the world’s top Got Talent acts, AGT’s favorite magician, Shin Lim, earned the first-place trophy on Monday night’s finale. Season 12 champion Darci Lynne Farmer placed second overall.

Shin Lim was already ecstatic when he won the AGT title back in September 2018. Now, merely months later, his incredible card tricks have once again led him to victory — only this time, he’s the Got Talent champion of the entire world.


Of course, ending up on top was far from easy. The illusionist was up against some seriously gifted acts, including: Susan Boyle, Preacher Lawson, Brian Justin Crum, Cristina Ramos, Angelica Hale, and more. Given the incredible talent he beat out, it made his win that much more amazing for his fans:

Still, there were some hoping that Susan Boyle or Darci would take home the prize instead.

No matter what your thoughts are on the results, the magician’s victory marks the end of America’s Got Talent: The Champions this year. Sadly, this means that AGT fans will have to wait until the summer to see the full series kick off again. Until then though, there’s always The World’s Best to get your talent show fix.


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Fact Check: Ballet performance by Chinese couple goes viral with wrong claim

Is this a 73-year-old woman spinning on her toe on her grandson’s head? A video of a captivating ballet performance has gone viral with the claim that this is how a septuagenarian woman is dancing with her grandson.

Several Facebook users such as Patty Boulaye and “Yasmin Rodgers” have posted this video with the same claim.

India Today Anti-Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim to be false.

This is not a grandma dancing with her grandson, but a Chinese ballet couple who performed in popular reality TV show “World’s Got Talent”.

The two-minute-long viral video is already a big hit on the internet. This particular post has been shared by many on Facebook.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

AFWA investigation

Using simple keyword search, we found a longer version of the same video on YouTube. The video was published on May 26, 2019, by YouTube page “Got Talent Global” with the caption: Stunning Ballet Audition Gets GOLDEN BUZZER On World’s Got Talent 2019 | Got Talent Global.

“World’s Got Talent” is one of the most popular American reality TV shows with multiple franchisees across the globe. This ballet couple performed in the Chinese chapter of the show, and wowed the judges so much so that they won the “Golden Buzzer”.

After the performance, the couple explained to the judges how they prepared for the show. Their son was also present throughout the event and spoke about his parents to the judges.

Several other articles have been published on various websites such as inspiremore.com and shareably.net about this performance.

Therefore, the viral claim about the performers being a 73-year-old woman and her grandson is false.

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A lot of magic acts have appeared on AGT over the years, and some have made it pretty far. Two magicians have even won the show, as recently as last season.

As Season 14 of AGT introduces us to a few more impressive magic acts, let’s look back at some of the best AGT magic acts in the show’s history. From card magic to mentalist tricks and quick changes, these talents have us scratching our heads — in the best way.

Shin Lim: The best card magic act on ‘AGT’

1. Shin Lim

Let’s start with last season’s winner. This cool card magician wowed the audience with his sleight of hand and suave stage persona. He was so popular, in fact, that he also went on to win the first season of AGT: The Champions earlier this year.

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2. Mat Franco

Before Shin Lim, Mat Franco became the first magician in AGT history to win the $1 million prize in Season 9. Mat combined card magic with a charming personality and knack for storytelling to win over the judges and viewers.

3. The Clairvoyants

This mentalist duo came in second place in Season 11 of the show. With the help of her partner Thommy Ten, Amélie van Tass correctly guessed the presence of certain objects while blindfolded, boggling the judges’ minds. They returned for AGT: The Champions earlier this year.

4. Jon Dorenbos

This football-player-turned-magician came in third place in Season 11. His creative card magic combined with a down-to-earth personality and motivational style wowed audiences. He returned for AGT: The Champions earlier this year.

5. Piff the Magic Dragon

Who could forget this funny magic act from Season 10? Piff appeared in a dragon costume to combine magic with comedy, and even got some help from his adorable dog Mr. Piffles. He made it to the Top 10 and returned for AGT: The Champions.

6. Collins Key

This magician was only 16 years old when he auditioned for Season 8 of AGT. He brought an energetic personality to his close-up magic tricks. His audition involved sending a dollar bill into an unopened bag of chips. Collins finished the competition in fifth place.

7. David & Leeman

This duo made it to the Top 12 in Season 9 with their clever AGT magic act. Their audition involved pressing on Howie Mandel’s head to make him unable to read. Sadly, Leeman died by suicide in 2018, at age 33.

8. Derek Hughes

In Season 10, this AGT magic act made it to the Top 10 with his funny act. His audition actually involved pulling a chosen card out of his butt crack.

9. Oz Pearlman

This self-proclaimed “mentalist and mind reader” made it to third place in Season 10 of AGT. He left a day job on Wall Street to pursue magic. His audition involved reading the judges’ minds to guess numbers and memories.

10. David & Dania

This quick change duo made it to the Top 10 in the very first season of AGT, which puts them in the AGT magic history. They amazed the judges with their ability to change outfits in mere seconds on stage. While they were initially eliminated in the Semifinals, they returned for the Wild Card Show and made it to the finals.

Hey, before you go, check out Kelly Clarkson’s PRICELESS reaction after watching THIS ‘AGT’ act!

Magician, “America’s Got Talent” Winner Mat Franco Performs July 2

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Following his victory on season nine of “America’s Got Talent,” Franco is now headlining his “Magic Reinvented Nightly” show at The Linq Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. With the aim of taking his audience on a “shared adventure,” the full-scale production allows Franco to execute his magic with a grander sense of spectacle than ever before—all while maintaining the easy intimacy that’s long been central to his performances.

“One of the most important things to me as a performer is really connecting with the audience, so it’s like we’re all just hanging out in a room together,” said Franco. “I love to change things up as I go and let the crowd guide what we’re doing. That way it keeps it fresh for me every night, and makes it so each show is special for everyone in the audience.”

“Magic Reinvented Nightly” was named Best Show by Las Vegas Weekly and featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s 2016 Best of Vegas awards.

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Shin Lim is the 2018 winner of America’s Got Talent (Picture: NBCUniversal Media)

Magic man Shin Lim was crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent in 2018 – but who is he and what do we know about him?

Shin first impressed judges and audiences with his first audition back in May last year.shin

The 27-year-old was born in Canada. His parents were both born in Singapore and he is Han Chinese.

While his parents had moved to Canada for his dad to complete his post-graduate studies, when Shin was two, they moved back to Singapore.

It was at the age of 11 that Shin moved to America, moving to Acton in Massachusetts.

Shin Lim was lifted by runners-up Zurcaroh (Picture: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Shin was originally interested in music, first taking violin lessons before smashing the violin his grandmother bought him when he got frustrated in a lesson.

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He then turned to the piano but that dream was cut short when, at the age of 20 in 2011, he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome – a painful disorder of the thumb and hand.

Shin had enjoyed magic as a hobby and soon threw himself into the world of magic card tricks, teaching himself how to perform them by watching YouTube videos and even selling tricks he had perfected to fans online.

Lim says his approach to magic is to give it an artistic twist, rather than just trick people. ‘I’m trying to change the outlook on card magic — to make it more artistic, more visual,’ he previously said.

AGT isn’t the first time he’s been on TV – Shin Lim also performed on Penn And Teller: Fool Us in 2015 and 2017.

As well as winning AGT, Shin Lim has won the following awards in magic:

2010 – World Teen Close-Up Magic – 1st Place
2011 – Adult Card Magic I.B.M. – 1st Place
2011 – North American Adult Card Magic (Joint S.A.M. and I.B.M.) – Champion
2012 – FISM- North American Card Magic (Magic Olympics) – Finalist (In Top 6, represented North America)
2014 – North American Joint S.A.M. and I.B.M. – People’s Choice
2015 – I.B.M North America – 1st Place and People’s Choice
2015 – FISM – World Champion in Close-Up Card Magic
2018 – Merlin Award – Best Close-Up Magician

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Lim is engaged to Casey Thomas, who he proposed to on 20 August 2017 during a magic show at the House Of Magic in Macau with over 2000 people in the audience.

During the AGT final, he delivered a theatrical performance around a card trick, seeing an assortment of floating cards and involving host Tyra Banks.

Speaking on the show, Lim said: ‘When you told me at 16 that an awkward, shy kid would one day be performing at the Dolby Theatre performing on America’s Got Talent, I wouldn’t have believed them.

‘To compete on AGT, it means the world to me.’

Lim bags $1 million (£760,000) and a headline slot at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas.

Although, we now know that the AGT prize fund isn’t quite what it says on the tin, with Shin revealing he ended up scooping just shy of the $1m fund.

Shin Lim lives in Massachusetts (Picture: Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

He is the second magician to win AGT, following Mat Franco in the ninth season.

Lim’s closest rivals to the crown were acrobatic dance group Zurcaroh in second place, while electric violinist Brian King Joseph who finished third.

Many people were gunning for British teen Courtney Hadwin who finished sixth, becoming an overnight sensation in the US after performing Otis Redding’s Hard To Handle.

Shin is now hoping to scoop the top prize in the America’s Got Talent: The Champions final, which will air in the US tonight and will be shown on Netflix in the UK on Wednesday 20 February.


He is joined by the likes of Susan Boyle (singer and runner-up in Britain’s Got Talent 2009), Preacher Lawson (comedian and finalist of America’s Got Talent season 12), Paul Potts (opera singer and first-ever BGT winner in 2007) and Cristina Ramos (opera singer and 2016 Spain’s got Talent winner), along seven others.

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Shin Lim
Age (at audition) 26
Sex Male
Act Card Magician
Seasons 13, Champions
Position Reached Winner, Winner

Shin Lim was a card magician act from Season 13 of America’s Got Talent. He was the winner of the competition, claiming the $1,000,000 prize and the headlining of a show in Las Vegas. Shin returned for America’s Got Talent: The Champions. He was the winner of best talent in the world.


Suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and a career-ending injury to his thumb tendons, Shin Lim had a tough start in his journey through sleight of hand magic. Despite all of this, through painstakingly hard work and perseverance, Shin Lim is now the reigning world FISM champion for close-up magic. A self-proclaimed “sleight of hand artist,” Shin Lim admits he is not actually a magician or a wizard, and has no intention of lying to the audience. He performs carefully choreographed routines rather than pretending to defy the laws of physics. Combining dexterity, precision and grace, he has distilled a lifetime of training into a devious display of dancing digits. His mind-blowing finger moves are so masterful that the audience is left to wonder if what their eyes have seen is truly possible. According to both Simon and Howie, Shin Lim is “the BEST close-up magician they have ever seen.”

Shin previously appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us in seasons 2 and 4, fooling Penn and Teller both times. His first appearance in the show’s second season went viral, with over 50 million views on YouTube.


Shin Lim’s audition in Episode 1301 consisted of performing a cards routine with host Tyra Banks, in which he had her sign a randomly selected card. He then created the illusion of the card appearing on top of a deck of cards, the imprint of a card rubbing onto Shin’s skin as a tattoo, the card vanishing and reappearing in the deck, as well as inside of a sealed envelope, the deck of cards transforming into a deck of clear plastic sheets, then into a glass case with Tyra’s card sealed inside, and finally appearing to insert the glass case into the deck’s box and tearing the box, revealing the case had disappeared. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all voted “Yes,” sending Shin to the Judge Cuts.

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Judge Cuts

Shin Lim’s Judge Cuts performance in Episode 1308 consisted of performing a trick with “Queens” and “Aces” (known as 52 Shades of Red). Shin made the “Aces” vanish, then reappear under guest judge Olivia Munn’s hand. Shin then progressed to vanish the remaining queens in various ways. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, and Olivia Munn gave him standing ovations. His performance was strong enough for the judges to send him to the Quarterfinals along with Rob Lake.

Shin Lim Proves Magic Is Real With Unbelievable Card Tricks – America’s Got Talent 2018 Judge Cuts


Shin Lim’s Week 1 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1311 consisted of a routine involving fast-moving cards that disappeared and reappeared and even started smoking, changing into a different deck which spelled out “Vote For Shin Lim America’s Got Talent”. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell gave him standing ovations. Shin received enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1312 instead of Lord Nil.

Shin Lim Incredible Magician Stuns With Card Magic – America’s Got Talent 2018 Quarterfinals


Shin Lim’s Week 1 Semifinals performance in Episode 1317 consisted of doing a close-up routine (known as the Dream Act) with assistance from Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks. He had Heidi pick and sign one card, and makes the marker in his hand disappear. He laid it face down and erased the face, then extracted it from his mouth. Tyra also chose and signed a card, making it appear from several different places including his pants, pocket and mouth. Heidi’s card in a plastic bag flipped into Tyra’s card and back before making it disappear along with the deck box. Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Simon Cowell gave him standing ovations. Shin received enough votes to advance to the Finals in Episode 1318 instead of Us the Duo.

Shin Lim Magician Bends Reality With Incredible Smoke Card Tricks – America’s Got Talent 2018 Semifinals


Shin Lim’s Finals performance in Episode 1321 consisted of performing a close-up trick with Tyra Banks. He had Tyra roll 2 dice and made 4 cards of the same number appear. Tyra then chose a suit, and he made multiple cards of that chosen suit appear. To the left of the table was a card with a question mark on it, changing the number with mental magic, then made the number and suit appear among floating cards. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations.

Shin Lim Magician Performs Jaw-Dropping, Unbelievable Card Magic – America’s Got Talent 2018 Finals


For the finale in Episode 1322, Shin Lim performed a card trick with Tyra Banks and American Ninja Warrior hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. He received enough votes to advance to the Top 5 instead of Daniel Emmet. Shin was announced as the winner of Season 13 ahead of Zurcaroh, Brian King Joseph, Samuel J. Comroe and Michael Ketterer, winning $1 million and the headlining of a show in Las Vegas.

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The Champions Preliminary

Shin returned for The Champions. His performance in Episode TC05 consisted of performing a card trick with Terry Crews in which he makes cards appear and disappear, and even spelling out the word “Champions”. Howie Mandel , Mel B , Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations. It was revealed that the superfans voted Shin into the top 3 along with Attraction and Sons of Serendip. He received more votes than Attraction and Sons of Serendip, sending him to the Final.

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The Champions Final

Shin Lim’s Finals performance in Episode TC06 consisted of performing a card trick in which he made cards appear and disappear including two cards each selected and signed by Terry Crews and Howie Mandel. At one point in his performance, he made one of the cards appear as a tattoo on his chest. Howie, Mel B , Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations.

Shin Lim Magician Baffles Judges With Incredible Card Magic – America’s Got Talent The Champions The Champions Final

The Champions Finale

For the finale in Episode TC07, Shin Lim performed a card trick with Terry Crews’ co-star from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Melissa Fumero. The superfans gave him enough votes to enter the Top 5 along with Kseniya Simonova instead of Deadly Games. Shin won the competition ahead of Darci Lynne, Kseniya Simonova, Cristina Ramos and Preacher Lawson, receiving the honor of Best Talent in the World.

After “The Champions”

Shin returned in Episode 1412 as a guest performer. He performed a card trick with Jay Leno and the audience. He later appeared in Episode TC202 as part of Marc Spelmann’s act.


  • Shin is the second magician to win America’s Got Talent after Mat Franco.
  • He is the first non-Golden Buzzer act since Season 9 to win, the first non-Golden Buzzer act to win since the format was adjusted in Season 10, and the highest placing non-Golden Buzzer act of Season 13.
  • Shin currently holds the record for having the earliest televised audition in a season for a winner. He was just the second full audition televised in Season 13’s first episode.
  • Shin was co-winner of the 2015 FISM world championship for card magic. At that same event, Season 11 runner-up The Clairvoyants won the mentalism category.
  • Shin is also the second Asian to win America’s Got Talent since Kenichi Ebina.
  • Shin is the only two time winner on America’s Got Talent, winning in consecutive years (Season 13 and Champions).
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Winners Bianca Ryan • Terry Fator • Neal E. Boyd • Kevin Skinner • Michael Grimm • Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. • Olate Dogs • Kenichi Ebina • Mat Franco • Paul Zerdin • Grace VanderWaal • Darci Lynne • Shin Lim • Kodi Lee
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Week 1

Moved On

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Moved On Angel City Chorale (GB) • Hans • Joseph O’Brien • Rob Lake • Shin Lim • The Future Kingz • Vicki Barbolak
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Moved On Noah Guthrie • Quin and Misha (GB) • The PAC Dance Team • The Sacred Riana • The Savitsky Cats • UDI • We Three
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v • d • e Season 13 Quarterfinals

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Moved On Amanda Mena • Angel City Chorale • Courtney Hadwin • Junior New System • Shin Lim • Vicki Barbolak • We Three
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Moved On

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Moved On
Eliminated Hans • Joseph O’Brien • Rob Lake • The Future Kingz • UDI
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v • d • e Season 13 Semifinals

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Moved On Duo Transcend • Michael Ketterer • Samuel J. Comroe • Shin Lim • Zurcaroh
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Moved On

v • d • e Season 13 Finals

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Top 5 Shin Lim (1st) • Zurcaroh (2nd) • Brian King Joseph (3rd) • Samuel J. Comroe (4th) • Michael Ketterer (5th)
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‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’: Why Winner, Shin Lim Actually Refused to Do the Show at First

Shin Lim | Getty Images/Gregg DeGuire

America’s Got Talent: The Champions came down to Shin Lim and
Darci Lynne Farmer as the final two. But it was Lim who came out on top, which is big given he just won Season 13 of the main show. It turns out, Lim first refused to do the newest competition and this is the reason why.

Shin Lim refused to do the show because he wanted to do new acts

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The man. The MAGICIAN. The legend. All the for the winner of #AGTChampions AND #AGT!

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While America’s Got Talent fans haven’t seen some of the acts in years like Susan Boyle, Shin Lim just won the main season. It makes sense that he was about to refuse to come back so quickly.

“I’m glad I didn’t and decided to go for it,” he told People. “I initially turned Champions down because I wanted to do new stuff, I didn’t want to do repeat acts. But I decided to do it and see what happens. I thought, ‘When am I going to have a chance to do this? All the winners compete against each other, this is such a rare opportunity.’ To be part of it is an honor.”

So what was his reaction when he realized he won once again over some of the most talented acts to ever be on the show?

Lim doesn’t know how he won over so many other acts

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Who’s watching @agt tonight? I’m so excited and honored to be taking part in the finals, performing for @terrycrews and @howiemandel △ #agtfinals

A post shared by Shin Lim (@shinlimmagic) on Feb 11, 2019 at 7:57pm PST

“It’s crazy, to be honest,” he told People. “I still have to pinch myself. First winning AGT was crazy to me, but winning Champions was even more crazy. It’s very overwhelming and super exciting.”

He went on to talk about his reaction to his competition. “To be honest, when I’m watching back all the acts, my fiancée Casey and I are like, ‘How the hell did I win this?’ Everyone is so good, if not better. Some of the acts were better than me,” he said. “I don’t think I can call myself the champion of champions because I don’t really believe it.”

The magician isn’t the only one in disbelief when it comes to his win. There were many fans rooting for Susan Boyle and took to social media. But she seems to be happy about the outcome.

Susan Boyle said she thinks Lim deserved to win

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Susan & @heidiklum posing for a quick snap at the finals of AGT Champions! #AGTFinals

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Boyle was definitely a favorite and was Mel B’s Golden Buzzer. She still wasn’t able to win and she revealed what was her reaction to the news.

“Of course, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but also deep down I didn’t think I would win. Secretly you hold out hope that you just might because that’s what drives you to do your best in a competition,” the singer told People. “I’ve never really considered myself a champion, I’m just me, Susan Boyle.”

But what does she think about Lim’s win? “He absolutely deserved to win and he absolutely deserves to have a hugely successful career with his own shows in Vegas,” she said.

Lim will return to his Vegas residency after winning $1 million from Season 13 of America’s Got Talent and $25,000 from winning America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

Read: ‘America’s Got Talent’: Why Mel B and Heidi Klum Are Being Replaced on the Show

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Even though close-up magician Shin Lim was named the winner of the first season of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” he tells Gold Derby that he thought he’d lose to another popular act: singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer. Shin confesses, “I thought she was gonna win! Especially after her finale performance with the opera. That to me is mind-blowing.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Shin above.

SEE ‘Dream’ shattered: 83% of ‘AGT’ viewers say Susan Boyle was robbed in ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ finale

“It meant everything,” Shin declares about winning the “Champions” trophy. “It’s truly one of the most unforgettable experiences I’ll ever have in my life. I’m so grateful for everyone supporting me and believing in me. Sometimes I feel like I’m dreaming.” During the two-hour finale Shin received the most votes from the show’s Superfans while Darci Lynne came in second place. “I should contact her and see if we can do a show together,” Shin smiles.

Shin’s victory in “The Champions” came just months after he prevailed as the winner of “AGT” Season 13. After doing these two back-to-back reality TV shows, Shin states that he’s “super excited to kind of have some down time to myself and my fiance, and just kind of chill out and get some sleep.” For both finales he was “really stressed out” when it came down to the final vote, but it turns out he had nothing to worry about.

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Because Shin’s act relies so much on close-up magic and card tricks, he explains, “I had to change my act up a little bit here and there to kind of make it better for the judges especially. For Simon Cowell, I was trying to please him the whole time. I was trying to add more showmanship. It’s hard to sometimes portray magic through a screen.” Also in the interview Shin reveals what he’ll miss about departing judges Heidi Klum and Mel B.

The trophy that Shin received as the winner of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” was so big that at first he had trouble getting it home and had to store it at his manager’s house. Now Shin keeps it in the back room of his own home “next to the trophy cabinet; it’s not in the trophy cabinet because it doesn’t fit.” Shin is excited to start his Las Vegas show, which begins in May at the Mirage Hotel, as well as his North America tour.

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