Since ‘AGT: Champions’ has so many of our favorites coming back on the stage, we are all getting a little bit nostalgic. Which just makes us wonder if we had to pick only one contestant to be our favorite of all times, who would it be? Just one! Vote at the end of the article after going through our list and let your voice be heard.
Top Ten ‘AGT’ Winners of All Time:
#10: Bianca Ryan – ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 1
Child singer Bianca Ryan was the first winner of AGT, and she is extremely talented! Competing on the show at the age of 11, Ryan defeated the clogging group All That and musician duo The Millers to win the show. She would go on to compete on AGT: Champions season one, placing second in her preliminary round to Preacher Lawson.
#9: Neal E. Boyd – ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 3
Opera singer Neal E. Boyd dazzled the judges and audiences on season 3 of AGT, defeating pianist and singer Eli Mattson and violinists Nuttin’ But Strings to win. Tragically, Boyd passed away in 2018, due to heart and kidney failure, along with liver disease. While he never appeared on AGT: Champions, as it filmed soon after his passing, fellow opera singer Paul Potts paid tribute to Boyd in his performance on the show, referring to him as “A champion.”
#8: Paul Zerdin – ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 10
The incomparable Paul Zerdin won the tenth season of AGT, beating out comedian Drew Lynch and mentalist Oz Pearlman in a very tight finale. The comedic British ventriloquist wasn’t the first ventriloquist to become an AGT Winner, but he was extremely entertaining. He later returned for both AGT: Champions and BGT: Champions, which may be his best performance ever on the franchise.
#7: Grace VanderWaal – ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 11
Child singer and ukulele player Grace VanderWaal auditioned for AGT at the age of twelve, earning Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer, and later beating out mentalists The Clairvoyants and magician Jon Dorenbos to become an AGT Winner. Since then, she’s become massively successful winning a Teen Choice Award and a Radio Disney Music Award. She’s set to have her film debut in 2020, in the Disney+ original Stargirl.
#6: Olate Dogs – ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 7
While we all know about Simon’s love for dog acts, we definitely understand if he loves Olate Dogs. The amazing animal act won season 7 of AGT, beating comedian Tom Cotter and Earth harpist William Close to win the title. To this day, they are the only animal act to win the show.
#5: Darci Lynne – ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 12
Singing ventriloquist became the third ventriloquist and third child to win the show, defeating fellow child act Angelica Hale and Light Balance to become the twelfth AGT Winner. Along the way, she earned Mel B’s Golden Buzzer, and later appeared on AGT: Champions season one, where she finished as the runner-up.
#4: Shin Lim – ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 13
The incredible magician Shin Lim won America’s Got Talent season 13, beating out acrobats Zurcaroh and hip-hop violinist Brian King Joseph to become only the second magician to win the show ever. He then returned for AGT: Champions season one, beating out fellow AGT Winner Darci Lynne to win the show.
#3: Terry Fator – ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 2
The original ventriloquist winner of AGT, Terry Fator destroyed the competition in Season Two, defeating singers Cas Haley and Butterscotch in the finals. Terry later signed a five-year, $100 Million contract with The Mirage casino in Las Vegas, one of the largest deals in the history of Las Vegas, making him the most successful winner of the show.
#2: Kodi Lee – ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 14
One of the most talented performers to ever grace the AGT stage, singer and pianist Kodi Lee beat Detroit Youth Choir and comedian Ryan Neimiller to become an AGT Winner. Even more impressive? Kodi is blind and autistic and still plays the piano to perfection. Earning Gabrielle Union’s only Golden Buzzer, his audition has over 52 million views on YouTube alone
#1: Mat Franco – ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 9
The first magician to win AGT, Mat Franco takes the top spot among every AGT Winner. Defeating singer Emily West and acrobats AcroArmy in the final, Franco has appeared several times on the show since his win. His success didn’t end with AGT, as he currently headlining at The LINQ Casino in Las Vegas, in his self-named theatre.
So, who is your #1 and favorite winner from AGT? Vote in the poll below and let us know! Don’t forget to watch the AGT: Champions finale on NBC tonight!