Over the years, quite a few AGT contestants have gone on to have flourishing careers, whether or not they won the show. You don’t have to receive that million-dollar prize to be successful, although it certainly doesn’t hurt.
10 Most Successful ‘AGT’ Contestants
10. Michael Grimm, ‘AGT’ SEASON 5
This singer won Season 5 of the show, and has since released several albums. In 2011, his self-titled album reached No. 13 on the Billboard chart. Michael has also opened for Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks in concert. Not to mention that million-dollar prize and Las Vegas gig from winning the show.
9. Jabbawockeez, ‘AGT’ SEASON 2
You might not even realize this hip-hop group appeared on the show in Season 2. They were cut in the Vegas round, but that didn’t stop them from achieving success. The next year, they won America’s Best Dance Crew. They’ve since become the first dance group to headline a Vegas show.
8. Shin Lim, ‘AGT’ SEASON 13
This America’s Got Talent winner first one Season is a Canadian-American magician, recognized for his use of card manipulation and sleight of hand. Shin is known for elaborate close-up card magic routines and has also recently won America’s Got Talent: Champions and has his own show in Las Vegas
7. Grace VanderWaal, ‘AGT’ SEASON 11
This young singer earned the Golden Buzzer and ended up winning AGT Season 11. She’s since released an album and two EPs, and she opened for Imagine Dragons on tour. Grace is also breaking into the acting world, as she’ll star in the upcoming Disney movie Stargirl.
6. Mat Franco, ‘AGT’ SEASON 9
Mat was the first magician to win AGT in Season 9. He’s since gotten a theater named after him in Las Vegas, where he continues to perform. In 2016, his show was named “Best Magic Show in Las Vegas.” Mat also had a two-hour TV special called Mat Franco’s Got Magic on NBC in 2015.
5. Melissa Villaseñor, ‘AGT’ SEASON 6
This talented impressionist reached the semifinals of AGT Season 6. But just because she didn’t win, that doesn’t mean she stopped chasing her dreams. Melissa joined SNL in 2016, and is still part of the cast. Melissa is the first Latina cast member on the show.
4. Darci Lynne Farmer, ‘AGT’ SEASON 12
This young singing impressionist won Season 12 of AGT with her adorable puppets. Since then, she’s had a holiday special on NBC and gone on two tours of the United States. Last year, she appeared on AGT: The Champions and came in second place to winner Shin Lim.
3. Lindsey Stirling, ‘AGT’ SEASON 5
This dancing violinist made it to the quarterfinals of Season 5. She’s since made a name for herself on YouTube, where she has over 12 million subscribers. She has released several albums and gone on multiple tours in the years since AGT. Lindsey even finished second on Dancing with the Stars in 2017.
2. Jackie Evancho, ‘AGT’ SEASON 5
This young singer came in second place in Season 5, showing off an incredible classical voice at just 10 years old. She has since released several studio and live albums. She was the youngest solo artist to go platinum, and she returned last year to compete on AGT: The Champions.
1. Terry Fator, ‘AGT’ SEASON 5
This ventriloquist won Season 2 of AGT, and has gone on to have an incredibly successful career. After the show, he signed a five-year, million-dollar contract with the Mirage in Las Vegas, and even had a theater named after him. Terry is still performing there to this day. In 2018, he was named one of Forbes‘ Top 10 highest-paid comedians.