The “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” finale on February 18 will run for two hours beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The winner won’t be revealed by host Terry Crews till the very end of the show. This spin-off of “America’s Got Talent” brought together 50 acts from various editions of the franchise from around the world. Among the dozen finalists in contention for the title are the two most recent winners of “AGT”: singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer (2017) and magician Shin Lim (2018).
With the winner of “AGT: The Champions” being decided by specially selected fans of “America’s Got Talent,” it is all but certain that one of these two acts who had previously won the popular vote took the title. These so-called superfans, who came from across the country to attend the tapings in Los Angeles last fall, had originally spurned Darci Lynne when she competed in the second audition episode. They opted instead for 2016 “Spain’s Got Talent” winner Cristina Ramos, who wowed the crowd with her rock opera singing. That could give the edge for the win to Shin Lim, who won the superfan vote in episode 5.
Darci Lynne only got to compete in the final when producers named her as one of the two wild cards along with magician Jon Dorenbos. While Darci Lynne had gotten the Golden Buzzer from Mel B when she auditioned for “AGT” in 2017, she was denied that ticket straight to the final this time around. Mel B opted to use her one-time power to ensure that 2007 “Britain’s Got Talent” runner-up Susan Boyle made it to the top 12.
Besides Shin Lim and Cristina Ramos, three other acts owed their spot in the final to the support of the superfans. Two of these were also-rans on “AGT”: singer Brian Justin Crum, who finished fourth in 2016; and stand-up comedian Preacher Lawson, who didn’t even make the top 5 in 2017 when Darci Lynne won. The fifth such act was opera singer Paul Potts, who won the first season of “BGT” in 2007.
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