On September 19, magician Shin Lim joined the exclusive club of “America’s Got Talent” winners, with his sleigh-of-hand act. His future success remains to be seen, as past winners have had varying levels over the years. So, with another season of “AGT” over, it is time to look back to get updates on where each of the winners from the first 12 seasons are now, from Bianca Ryan to Darci Lynne Farmer.
Season 12 was won, appropriately enough by a 12 year-old: singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer. This Oklahoma native was the third voice thrower to win “AGT” following Terry Fator (Season 2) and Paul Zerdin (Season 10). Fator appeared alongside Farmer on the Season 12 finale.
Farmer was also the third child talent to take the title, following Season 1 champ singer Bianca Ryan, who at age 11 remains the youngest-ever, and Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal, a 12-year-old singer-songwriter/ukulele player. They are the only three females to be crowned “America’s Got Talent” champion. Perhaps that bias was why Season 13 frontrunner, teen singing sensation Courtney Hadwin, didn’t even make the top 5.
Beginning in season 3, four men in a row won for raising their voice in song: Neal E. Boyd, Kevin Skinner, Michael Grimm and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Sadly, Boyd died earlier this year at only 42 of heart failure.
This quartet of male singers was followed by three variety acts: father-son dog duo Olate Dogs season 7), modern dancer Kenichi Ebina (season 8) and magician Mat Franco (season 9).
Which winning act is your all-time favorite? And how do they compare to Shin Lim? Be sure to sound off down in the comments section.