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‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ Finale Night One Recap

Lauren Mnayarji

Lauren Mnayarji


Nearing the end of the first season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions, we are one step closer to finding out who will be the ultimate winner. The top 12 finalist hit the stage Monday night for one last chance to prove to America that they have what it takes to win. So out of the finalist, who stood out? Let’s get into Monday night’s performances!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pOxQoEX4uc

Cristina Ramos

Cristina started off the show with a top-notch performance of intermixing both opera and pop/rock music. Howie said she set the bar high for the night and Simon said that she may have just thrown the whole show up in the air because he had witnessed a star.


Preacher Lawson 

Next up is our favorite and only comedian in the finals, Preacher Lawson. Simon told him that while watching his performance, he didn’t feel like he was looking at a competition but instead at Preacher Lawson’s own private show. His performance was most definitely a hit with the judges.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NkYT4l2XGs

Darci Lynne


The first of the two wild cards was ventriloquist Darci Lynne. To the judges surprise, she sang opera and Simon thought it was good enough to tell her he believed that was her best performance and she may win the show. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZdA8ZpoxMM

Deadly Games

After receiving Heidi’s Golden Buzzer, this dynamic duo is back with the most thrilling danger act. Not only were the judges and audience holding their breath as  they witnessed knife throwing and crossbow shots. To top it all off, the judges were called to the stage to be a part of the act for their last trick. Simon said that under the danger category, they were the best in the world. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SjvPTs_Xhw

Kechi 

After everyone took a deep breath from Deadly Games act, it was time for Simon’s Golden Buzzer Kechi to take the stage. She sang the song Opportunity by Sia which was not a favorite of Mel B’s as she told her she felt the song wasn’t the best choice. Simon disagreed and told the audience they needed to boo for Mel B louder and that the champions finale would not have been complete without Kechi. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTOo_sIVikQ

Brian Justin Crum 

Next up was Broadway singer Brian, who performed to the song Never Enough from the movie The Greatest Showman. He received a standing ovation and was told by Simon that his finale performance may change his life. 

Jon Dorenbos

The second wild card of the night was magician Jon Dorenbos. He blew the judges and audience away with his tricks and left everyone speechless. The judges were stunned and validated that he had a good chance at winning the championship. To top it all off, Jon announced that he will soon be a dad as his wife just found out she was pregnant. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6JaTFm6WFY

Angelica Hale 

Singing her version of Impossible was Angelica Hale. At only 11 years old her voice filled the entire room. The judges all loved her performance and saw that she was there to win the championship. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL2yZ53NfFk

Kseniya Simonova

After receiving Terry’s buzzer, Kseniya took to the stage to show a powerful performance with her sand art. Heidi called her a true artist and Simon said that her talent is one of the most beautiful and creative things he has ever seen on the show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACKZkzt31G8

Paul Potts

Another powerful opera performance by Paul Potts had the judges and viewers in awe. Simon told him he has a very good chance of winning the show. 

Shin Lim 

After Shin Lim’s magic performance, we were left scratching our heads wondering how he does what he does. Simon told him that he comments his ability to come back to the show after having just won, and that his performance among other champions still stood out. Will he take home the title? We’ll find out soon. simon- i dont think many people having won the show would have had the guts to come back and compete- best of the best- and still within that context you were amazing. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHlFc36Kwuo

Susan Boyle

Last but certainly not least was Susan Boyle who performed her signature song I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables. This is the same song she sang years ago on Britains Got Talent that made the world fall in love with her. Simon told her that watching her perform took him back all those years ago.

There we have it, the top twelve finalists of America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Who do you think will take home the championship on Monday? Let us know in the comments below!

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