*Caution: Spoilers ahead, obviously!*
“America’s Got Talent” crowned a new winner on Wednesday, at the conclusion of one of the most surprising, shocking finales in the show’s history.
And the winner is….
…Close-up magician Shin Lim!
It all came down to the 26-year-old illusionist and the acrobatic group Zurcaroh, who surrounded Lim in celebration and lifted him on their shoulders on stage when his name was announced.
“Thank you so much to everyone! I love you all so much!” Lim told host Tyra Banks after the big reveal. The magician earned the $1 million in prize money and a Las Vegas engagement for his efforts.
Lim’s victory came as something of a shock for many fans, as 14-year-old funk-rock songstress Courtney Hadwin was the odds-on frontrunner coming into the finale. However, she was cut before even making it to the top 5.
With Hadwin gone, the next fan favourite was singer Michael Ketterer — who even performed an original song written for him by Garth Brooks during Wednesday’s live finale. However, the inspiring father of six ended up in fifth place!
Meanwhile, talented comedian Samuel J. Comroe earned third place.
Season 13 of “America’s Got Talent” kicked off all the way back in May, and after 16 weeks of heated competition, heart-wrenching back stories and jaw-dropping performances, the 75 contestants who made it past the audition rounds were whittled down to the final 10.
The finalists all delivered rousing performances on Tuesday during the final night of competition, leaving it all out on the stage before the winner and runners-up were revealed during Wednesday’s live two-hour finale.
Among those going into the finale were three acts who had all earned the coveted Golden Buzzer during the audition rounds: Hadwin, who got the Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel; Ketterer, who received the honor from Cowell, and Zurcaroh, who got the Golden Buzzer from Banks, and were the first act of the season to earn the honor.
Rock violinist Brian King Joseph, Opera singer Daniel Emmet, stand-up comic Vicki Barbolak, singer Glennis Grace, and married trapeze artists Duo Transcend made up the other hopefuls who battled their way to the top 10.
Check out the video below for a look at some of the best performances from this season of America’s Got Talent.
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