By winning “America’s Got Talent” 2018 on Wednesday night, Shin Lim became only the second magician in the history of NBC’s reality TV show to take home the $1 million prize. The other was Mat Franco, who claimed victory back in 2014. Of the lucky 13 winners, a whopping six of them have been singers: Bianca Ryan (2006), Neal E. Boyd (2008), Kevin Skinner (2009), Michael Grimm (2010), Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (2011) and Grace VanderWaal (2016). Click through our photo gallery above that highlights all of the past “Americas Got Talent” winners.
Heading into the Season 13 finale, Shin was not the favorite to win, according to our racetrack odds. Instead, 14-year-old rocker chick Courtney Hadwin was the overwhelming frontrunner while Shin came in second place in our predictions. So how did the magician pull off the shocking upset over the singer?
It’s possible that since there were four singers in the Finals, they all split the vote this year. Courtney was joined by fellow singers Michael Ketterer, Daniel Emmet and Glennis Grace in the Top 10, with Michael finishing in 5th place and the others all coming in somewhere between 6th and 10th. The fact that Shin was the only magician in the Finals definitely helped him, as magic fans who voted overnight didn’t have to worry about a potential vote-split.
Since winning the “AGT” title four years ago, Mat Franco has found success in Las Vegas with his very own show. Will Shin Lim now be able to follow in his footsteps? Shin’s first taste of Vegas will begin in November when he headlines the “America’s Got Talent” finalists show from November 2-4 at the Paris Hotel.
Now that it’s over, what did you think of “America’s Got Talent” Season 13? Did the right person win, or was someone else robbed? Be sure to sound off down in the comments section. “AGT” may be a thing of the past, but you can still predict other reality TV shows at Gold Derby including “Survivor,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “Big Brother.”