‘America’s Got Talent’ Winners: Where Are They Now?

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America’s Got Talent has been on the air since 2006, and the show has crowned 13 winners in that time. Some of them have gone on to huge success and become household names, while some have stayed more under the radar since their wins.

If you’re wondering what everyone from Bianca Ryan to Shin Lim has been up to since their wins, look no further. Read on to find out what all of the show’s winners are doing now.

1. Bianca Ryan

The show’s first winner was just 11 years old when she was crowned champion for her incredible singing voice. She released a self-titled album shortly thereafter, and has since released several singles and EPs. Now 24, Bianca recently began crowdfunding her upcoming EP, and appeared on AGT: The Champions after suffering a paralyzed vocal cord.

2. Terry Fator

This ventriloquist has found massive success since winning Season 2 of AGT. He’s been performing at various venues in Las Vegas since his win, and recently celebrated his 10th anniversary performing at the Mirage. In 2018, he came in seventh place on Forbes‘ list of highest-paid comedians, making $18 million.

3. Neal E. Boyd

Neal’s operatic voice made him the winner of Season 3. Afterward, he performed in Las Vegas, released his album My American Dream, and even ran for office in Missouri. Sadly, Neal passed away in June 2018, at age 42, due to heart and kidney failure compounded with liver disease. BGT winner Paul Potts dedicated a performance to Neal on AGT: The Champions.

4. Kevin Skinner

This country singer won Season 4. Since then, he performed in Vegas and released two albums in 2010 and 2011. He’s flown under the radar in recent years. In 2014, he was reported missing but was later found. He reportedly battled depression after his wife left him.

5. Michael Grimm

After this singer/songwriter won Season 5, he proposed to his girlfriend on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and has since released several albums, including the 2015 title Grimm. He’s also had a few residencies, including one at the Hard Rock Hotel and most recently at the Smith Center this year.

6. Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

This jazz singer won Season 6 of AGT in 2011. He’s since released three albums. His most recent title, Landau, was released in 2016. He continues to perform concerts, and has also broken into acting. He appeared in the 2018 film Choices and will act in an upcoming movie called The Gospel Truth.

7. Olate Dogs

In Season 7, this father and son became the first and only animal act to win AGT. After headlining in Las Vegas and performing in AGT‘s All-Star Tour, they released a Christmas album in 2013 that included dogs barking classic tunes. In 2016, they performed on AGT‘s Holiday Spectacular. They continue to tour and raise awareness about pet adoption.

8. Kenichi Ebina

This Japanese performance artist won Season 8 with his robotic dance moves. He returned for America’s Got Talent: The Champions earlier this year. In 2014, he released an app called “Dance-ish Me,” and also released a book. He continues to perform around the world, and it was also reported that he would direct a stage show of anime series Captain Tsubasa.

9. Mat Franco

Mat was the first magician to win America’s Got Talent in Season 9. He’s been performing in Las Vegas at the LINQ Hotel & Casino since 2015. In 2017, the theater was renamed the Mat Franco Theater. He also had a magic special on NBC in 2015. You can buy his merchandise on his website.

10. Paul Zerdin

This British ventriloquist won Season 10 of AGT. He’s since performed in Las Vegas, and is taking his “Puppet Party” on the road in the UK this year. He’s also acted in stage productions of Cinderella and Snow White at the London Palladium, and appeared on AGT: The Champions. He faced some controversy after winning in 2015, as ventriloquists accused him of stealing from their acts.

11. Grace VanderWaal

Grace was 12 years old when she won Season 11 of AGT with her singer/songwriter act. Since winning, she released an EP called Perfectly Imperfect, and an album called Just the Beginning. In 2018, she opened for Imagine Dragons on tour. She recently released a song called “Hideaway” for the movie Wonder Park. She’s also starring in the upcoming Disney film Stargirl.

12. Darci Lynne Farmer

Darci Lynne’s singing ventriloquist act won over fans in Season 12. Since winning, she’s continued to perform, and even launched a national tour called Darci Lynne and Friends Live. She also hosted a Christmas special on NBC, and has announced a second tour called Fresh Out of the Box. She recently came in second place on America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

13. Shin Lim

This card magician won Season 13 of America’s Got Talent, and then returned for Champions, only to win again. He brought his act to Broadway last year for The Illusionists – Magic Of The Holidays. This year, Shin is performing at the Mirage in Las Vegas, and going on a North American tour. You can purchase tickets on his website.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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