‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 13: And the Winner Is…
Congratulations to Shin Lim!
After months of competition, the Boston-based, self-proclaimed "sleight of hand artist" was named the winner of America's Got Talent Season 13 on Wednesday night (September 19). Lim won a prize of $1 million, as well as his own headlining show in Las Vegas.
During the final minutes of the show, Lim and aerial act Zurcaroh were vying for the AGT crown. Once his name was called, the Austrian acrobats, who took the runner-up position, ran over to Lim, lifted him up and celebrated his victory.
Violinist Brian King Joseph took third place while comedian Samuel J. Comroe and singer Michael Ketterer claimed fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Lim consistently wowed the audience and judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel — week after week with his mystifying magic act. Even host Tyra Banks was taken by him, calling him the "sexiest magician on the planet." During last night's finale, Lim blew American Ninja Warrior hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila away with his latest card trick.
Before the top five were announced, rock legends KISS kicked off the show with a fiery performance and also announced their End of the Road tour. This will be the last hurrah before the iconic rock band call it quits.
Then, finalist Grace joined Bebe Rexha for a performance of her hit collab with Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be." Rexha also performed her single, "I'm a Mess."
Later, teen rocker Hadwin and UK rock band The Struts performed their single, "Could Have Been Me," as well as Janis Joplin's version of "Piece of My Heart." Emmet performed with opera legend Plácido Domingo, while Barbolak combined forces with David Spade to dig through what Hollywood speak really means. Afterwards, Ketterer performed "The Courage to Love," a song that Garth Brooks penned for the America's Got Talent contestant.
Finally, electro-violinist Lindsey Stirling and Joseph played an epic electronic instrumental piece while Duo Transcend performed jaw-dropping tricks. Zurcaroh closed out the performances with a beautiful dance piece.