The elite group of superfans representing all 50 states have voted and magician Shin Lim has been crowned the first-ever winner of America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
Lim returned to the AGT stage to once again mesmerize audiences with his close-up magic performances that defied logic. Combining dexterity, precision and grace, Lim performed carefully choreographed routines. His hands move so masterfully that audiences were amazed as cards disappeared, reappeared and metamorphosed right before their eyes. As he commanded the Champion’s stage, it was apparent that Shin’s act had continued to evolve and become even more mind-blowing since he won Season 13 of America’s Got Talent.
Finishing in second place was ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer. Since winning Season 12 of America’s Got Talent, Farmer has been touring the country with her Darci Lynne and Friends show, and also hosted her own holiday special on NBC, Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas. Seen for the first time in America was Ukrainian sand artist, Kseniya Simonova, who finished third. Simonova who won Ukraine’s Got Talent in 2009, had never been to the U.S. and marveled viewers as she told beautiful stories using nothing but sand.
“As the world’s #1 reality format, we have been cultivating and nurturing a global community of artists and entertainers for more than a decade,” said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming, Fremantle, North America. “We are proud to have brought the best acts from around the world together on one stage for America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”
America’s Got Talent: The Champions brought together the world’s most talented, memorable and all-around fan favorite acts from past seasons of AGT and around the globe from the other Got Talent franchises, spanning 75 territories. These all-star acts, which included former winners and finalists, took the stage to compete in the first-ever global competition of its kind with the hopes of claiming the ultimate title of World Champion.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions has been Monday’s #1 most-watched broadcast program with each of its six original telecasts to date and has led NBC to the nightlong total-viewer win among the broadcast networks on each of those nights.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions has generated a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers overall in live plus seven day Nielsens, making it the season’s #1 alternative series.
The show also finished out the season as the #1 most social reality series of the year to date, garnering nearly 400 million video views, along with more than 13 million social interactions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition, host Terry Crews rocketed to the #1 most engaging social media talent across all primetime broadcast series during his run on the show.
The Got Talent format has had more than 900 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006 and has aired in 194 markets worldwide. Got Talent holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history, with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas.
Auditions for the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent are still underway. Interested acts can submit an online audition at AGTauditions.com up until midnight EST on Monday, March 4.
America’s Got Talent was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.