Shin Lim on winning ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’: I thought Darci Lynne ‘was gonna win!’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Even though close-up magician Shin Lim was named the winner of the first season of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” he tells Gold Derby that he thought he’d lose to another popular act: singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer. Shin confesses, “I thought she was gonna win! Especially after her finale performance with the opera. That to me is mind-blowing.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Shin above.

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“It meant everything,” Shin declares about winning the “Champions” trophy. “It’s truly one of the most unforgettable experiences I’ll ever have in my life. I’m so grateful for everyone supporting me and believing in me. Sometimes I feel like I’m dreaming.” During the two-hour finale Shin received the most votes from the show’s Superfans while Darci Lynne came in second place. “I should contact her and see if we can do a show together,” Shin smiles.

Shin’s victory in “The Champions” came just months after he prevailed as the winner of “AGT” Season 13. After doing these two back-to-back reality TV shows, Shin states that he’s “super excited to kind of have some down time to myself and my fiance, and just kind of chill out and get some sleep.” For both finales he was “really stressed out” when it came down to the final vote, but it turns out he had nothing to worry about.

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Because Shin’s act relies so much on close-up magic and card tricks, he explains, “I had to change my act up a little bit here and there to kind of make it better for the judges especially. For Simon Cowell, I was trying to please him the whole time. I was trying to add more showmanship. It’s hard to sometimes portray magic through a screen.” Also in the interview Shin reveals what he’ll miss about departing judges Heidi Klum and Mel B.

The trophy that Shin received as the winner of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” was so big that at first he had trouble getting it home and had to store it at his manager’s house. Now Shin keeps it in the back room of his own home “next to the trophy cabinet; it’s not in the trophy cabinet because it doesn’t fit.” Shin is excited to start his Las Vegas show, which begins in May at the Mirage Hotel, as well as his North America tour.

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