'America's Got Talent': Magician Shin Lim Takes 'AGT' Crown in Stunning Upset

Carla Harmon
September 21, 2018

He will receive a US$1 million prize and headliner status for a November AGT show in Las Vegas.

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ITV               Courtney previously competed on'The Voice Kids UK
ITV Courtney previously competed on'The Voice Kids UK

Judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel were joined by superstar guests KISS, Placido Domingo, Lindsey Stirling, Bebe Rexha and David Spade for the finale.

Like Hadwin, Ketterer went out on a high note with a perfomance of "The Courage to Love", a song written specially for him by Garth Brooks.


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"Garth, if you are watching the show, please write Michael a song", Simon said on the show. "And I'm like, 'Wow!"


Other finalists included Brian King Joseph, a violinist with a modern flair; Glennis Grace, a singer who made it to the finale without a golden buzzer; Vicki Barbolak, a comedian whose Trailer Park Nasty and swimsuit reveal in the finale had Cowell declare he had a "crush" on her; and Courtney Hadwin, the 14-year-old singer who has been giving us some major rock star moments all season. But he pointed out that many non-winners go onto big careers, including Jennifer Hudson on "American Idol", where Cowell judged, and One Direction on Cowell's "The X Factor".

When interviewed about the finals, Access Hollywood asked Courtney how she felt about going to Las Vegas, which totally took the teen by surprise, as she didn't know about it. Banks said, before the customary competition show pregnant pause.


As second-placed Austrian acrobatic group Zurcaroh bore him aloft, Banks exclaimed: "Shin Lim, the sexiest magician on the planet". "I think America did the best job it's ever done as far as weeding out who deserved to be in the Top 10". It's harder because it's something I'm uncomfortable with. They have also proven that they can handle lengthier performances, putting on 90-minute shows in their home country of Austria back in 2014 and 2016.

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