America’s Got Talent has been on the air, bringing us fun, impressive, and moving acts since 2006. With talents ranging from singing and dancing to magic and comedy, every season has its own standout acts. But in the end, only one remains each summer.
Here is a look at the top 5 most successful America’s Got Talent winners ever.
#5: Darci Lynne Farmer
Darci Lynne has been a fan favorite on America’s Got Talent since her first audition. And if you’ve seen it, you know exactly why! The now 14-year-old singing ventriloquist not only won season 12 of AGT but also placed second on America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
Since her big win, Darci Lynne has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Today, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, Little Big Shots, Kids Baking Championship, and numerous television specials. She even had her own Christmas special on NBC! In 2018, her 52 date tour began, Darci Lynne and Friends Live. Since it was such a success, she recently started a second tour in February, Darci Lynne and Friends: Fresh Out of the Box.
#4: Shin Lim
The most recent winner, magician Shin Lim, already has quite the resume. He not only won season 13 of AGT, but also went on to win America’s Got Talent: The Champions. His appearances on these shows, as well as Penn & Teller: Fool Us, have proven him to be one of the best at what he does.
The master of close-up magic collected his $1 million grand prize in addition to a headlining slot at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas. Only time will tell what’s next for Shin Lim, but we know whatever he does will be big! He has over 600,000 subscribers on YouTube and still actively posts magic tricks and tips.
#3: Mat Franco
Mat Franco was the first magician to win America’s Got Talent, after nine seasons! It’s pretty wild to think it took that long. But Mat’s personality-driven, sleight-of-hand style of magic won over the judges and American viewers at home.
Along with the $1 million prize, Mat has seen plenty of success after his win on AGT. He was the first winner to get a spin-off show from NBC, Mat Franco’s Got Magic. Mat also began headlining at the LINQ Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 2015, the year after he won AGT. By 2016, it was named the “Best Magic Show in Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review Journal. That same year, Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly was also awarded “Best Show” in the “Las Vegas Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards.” After all his success, the LINQ officially renamed the theater he performs in the “Mat Franco Theater” in 2017.
#2: Grace VanderWaal
As a 12-year-old singer/songwriter on America’s Got Talent, Grace was an instant favorite to win it all. And she did! Her unique vocal style and ukulele accompaniment made her stand out from the rest of the talent on season 11 of AGT. She also often performed original songs that she wrote!
Since her win, Grace released an EP, Perfectly Imperfect, on the Columbia Records label. She has also made appearances on several talk shows and even the Austin City Limits Music Festival! In 2017, Grace won the Radio Disney Music Award for Best New Artist, a Teen Choice Award, and the Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award. She has also been named to Billboard magazine’s 21 Under 21 list for three consecutive years now, 2016-2018, and is the youngest person ever included in Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 Music list.
#1: Terry Fator
Terry Fator won season two of America’s Got Talent and hit the ground running after the show. He not only received the million dollar prize, but the following year he was also signed on as the headliner at The Mirage in Las Vegas with a five-year, $100 million contract. That was in 2008. He still headlines that show at The Mirage today. Reportedly, his deal is one of the largest entertainment deals in Las Vegas history. So you can only imagine how much money that has brought in through the years!
In addition to his Vegas show, he has appeared on AGT multiple times since his win. Most recently, he sang with Darci Lynne Farmer during the season 12 finale. There’s truly no stopping this ventriloquist with an impressive voice and hilarious sense of humor!