On Wednesday night, Darci Lynne Farmer joined the exclusive club of “America’s Got Talent” winners, with her singing ventriloquism act. Her future success remains to be seen, as past winners have had varying levels over the years. With another season of “AGT” over, it is time to look back to see where each of the winners from the first 11 seasons are now, from Bianca Ryan to Grace VanderWaal.
Season 1: Bianca Ryan (Pop singer)
Shortly after winning the first season of “Americas Got Talent,” singer Bianca Ryan released her eponymous debut studio album. The album was full of covers, including her audition song, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” This remains her only studio album, though she has released multiple singles and Christmas EPs over the years. In 2016, she underwent stomach surgery after being at risk for esophageal cancer. She is set to release another EP this year.
Season 2: Terry Fator (Singing ventriloquist)
Terry Fator has been one of the most successful winners in “AGT” history, with his singing ventriloquist impressions act finding great popularity in Las Vegas. In 2008 he signed a five-year deal with the Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip, where he performed on a nightly basis. He wrote a book and has released multiple DVDs of his performances. He also returns to “AGT” on a regular basis, most recently performing with Darci Lynne, fellow singing ventriloquist.
Season 3: Neal E. Boyd (Opera singer)
Neal E. Boyd released a studio album called “My American Dream” in 2009, featuring many songs he covered on the show, like “Nessun Dorma.” He performed for various presidents at political functions and even took a stab at running for public office. He ran as a Republican for Missouri House of Representatives in 2012, though he lost to Democrat Steve Hodges.
Season 4: Kevin Skinner (Country singer)
Kevin Skinner is one of the least visible “AGT” winners, though mostly by choice. The country singer who performed classic songs like “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “Always on My Mind” on the show, released an album in 2010 called “Long Ride” which featured the single “Like It’s the Last Goodbye.” Skinner went missing in 2014 in his home state of Kentucky, after battling mental illness and his divorce from his wife, who left him shortly after the show. He was eventually found, but has remained out of the spotlight.
Season 5: Michael Grimm (Singer-songwriter)
Michael Grimm released his self-titled major label debut album shortly after winning “AGT” in 2010. The album included covers of “Fallin’” by Alicia Keys and “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and debuted at number 13 on the Billboard albums chart. He proposed to his girlfriend while appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” He opened for Stevie Nicks in 2011.
Season 6: Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (Jazz singer)
Jazz singer Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., the fourth consecutive singer to win “AGT,” released his first album, “That’s Life,” in 2011. The album hit number one on the Billboard jazz album chart. He released a holiday album in 2013 called “Christmas Made for Two,” plus another Jazz album called “Landau” in 2016. While less mainstream these days, he is still touring the country performing Jazz standards.
Season 7: Olate Dogs (Dog trick act)
The only group act to win “AGT” to this day, the Olate Dogs is another act that is continuing to do well through extensive tours. Richard and Nicholas Olate and their litter of talented pooches have traveled all over America to show off their impressive tricks. They also perform in halftimes for the NBA. The dogs appeared on the TV special “Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular” in 2014.
Season 8: Kenichi Ebina (Dancer)
Japanese performance artist Kenichi Ebina has kept a low profile since winning “AGT” in 2013. He has been dancing all over the world at various venues. He also released an app in 2015 called Dance-ish Me, where users can upload photos of their face into various dance situations, similar to JibJab.
Season 9: Mat Franco (Magician)
Mat Franco, who often performs card tricks in his act, started headlining at the LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in 2015. He has continued to perform there ever since, with the Las Vegas Review Journal naming it the best magic show in Vegas in 2016.
Season 10: Paul Zerdin (Ventriloquist)
Comedic ventriloquist Paul Zerdin is traveling with his group of puppets all around the world. In 2016 he headlined at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Vegas. As of now he is touring throughout his native Britain.
Season 11: Grace VanderWaal (Singer-songwriter)
Grace VanderWaal became the first female to win “AGT” since the very first season. At the age of 12 she won the show with her blend of clever original songs and expert ukulele playing. The young star won Choice Next Big Thing at the Teen Choice Awards this summer. VanderWaal released her debut EP “Perfectly Imperfect” in December, which made it all the way up to number nine on the Billboard album charts. She has released a new single “Moonlight” which will be heard on her upcoming debut album, “Just the Beginning,” out in November. Watch her recent performance of “Moonlight” on the “AGT” stage.