The year is almost up, which means it’s time for the Talent Recap Fan Choice Awards! This is your opportunity to share your favorite contestants, judges, hosts, and moments from the year in talent shows.
Let’s take a look back at this year’s talent show winners, on shows like AGT, The Voice, X Factor, and more. Check out more details about each of the nominees below, and then vote for your favorite.
Favorite Talent Show Winner 2019
Kodi Lee (AGT)
This talented singer and pianist made a splash on social media after Gabrielle Union hit the Golden Buzzer in his audition. Kodi’s story of being blind and living with autism, as well as his close bond with his mom Tina, touched America’s hearts. His amazing talent took him all the way to the finals of Season 14 and earned him the million-dollar prize.
Shin Lim (AGT: The Champions)
America’s love for talented card magician Shin Lim didn’t fade after he won Season 13 of AGT. He returned in January for the first season of Champions, and beat out talents from various Got Talent franchises to be named the ultimate champion. After all, who could resist his mysterious stage presence and mind-blowing sleight of hand?
Laine Hardy (American Idol)
The Louisiana country boy Laine Hardy was the comeback kid on Season 17 of American Idol. After being eliminated the season before, Laine tagged along with his friend Ashton Gill for her audition. The coaches ended up giving them both tickets to Hollywood. Laine developed his image and musical style throughout the season, and America was clearly impressed, as he was voted American Idol 2019.
Colin Thackery (BGT)
This Korean war vet and singer touched viewers’ hearts when he dedicated his audition performance of “The Wind Beneath My Wings” to his late wife. He brought the audience and judges to tears. The 89-year-old went on to win Series 13 of BGT, and he returned later in the year to compete in BGT: The Champions. He’s the oldest BGT winner in the show’s history.
Twist and Pulse (BGT: The Champions)
This dance duo (real names Ashley Glazebrook and Glen Murphy) were runners-up in Series 4 of BGT, back in 2010. They returned to the stage for BGT: The Champions earlier this year, and received the Golden Buzzer from judge Alesha Dixon, sending them straight to the finals. They were then named the winners. (Unfortunately, news of their win was leaked before the show aired.)
Lydian Nadhaswaram (The World’s Best)
This young Indian pianist is considered a child prodigy, and it’s easy to see why. He was just 13 years old when he appeared on the first season of global talent competition show The World’s Best. He could play incredibly quickly, and was also able to play two pianos at once. He even played the drums at one point! Lydian’s incredible talent won him the million-dollar prize.
Maelyn Jarmon (The Voice)
This talented singer earned four chair turns in her blind audition, and chose to join John Legend’s team. She ended up giving him a win in his first season on the show. Throughout the competition, she slayed covers of “Mad World,” “The Scientist,” and “Hallelujah.” Notably, Maelyn beat out three male country artists (Gyth Rigdon, Dexter Roberts, and Andrew Sevener) in the finale.
Jake Hoot (The Voice)
Jake is a country singer who was a one-chair turn for coach Kelly Clarkson. However, his classic voice and humble personality clearly won over viewers. Jake was the most-streamed artist on Apple Music for several weeks, which undoubtedly helped him make it to the finals and, ultimately, to winning Season 17 of The Voice.
T-Pain (The Masked Singer)
As soon as the first season of The Masked Singer premiered earlier this year, people started speculating that the Monster was none other than T-Pain. It took several weeks to confirm this, because the Monster actually ended up winning the competition. Many viewers were surprised to learn that T-Pain actually has a great voice underneath all of his usual auto-tune.
Wayne Brady (The Masked Singer)
Talent Recap’s detective Kyle correctly predicted that the Fox would turn out to be Wayne Brady, and that he would end up winning Season 2 of The Masked Singer. He showed off an amazing voice (no surprise to those familiar with his work) and a great stage presence, so it’s no wonder he won the season. When he was revealed, he said the show was “the most challenging” and also the “weirdest” thing he’s done.
Hannah Brown (Dancing with the Stars)
Hannah previously appeared on The Bachelor and became the star of The Bachelorette earlier this year. She was paired with professional dancer Alan Berstein, and their dances took them to the finale and earned them the coveted mirrorball trophy. She also won the People’s Choice Award for Competition Contestant of 2019, for her time on The Bachelorette.
Megan McKenna (X Factor: Celebrity)
Megan is known for appearing on British reality shows like Ex on the Beach, Celebrity Big Brother, and The Only Way Is Essex. She had previously released an album before appearing on X Factor: Celebrity earlier this year. She was crowned the winner with an original song called “This,” and signed a record deal with Simon Cowell’s label Syco.
The Valleyfolk (Bring the Funny)
This sketch comedy group started on YouTube, and brought their funny bits to the first season of Bring the Funny this year. Their performances impressed viewers enough for them to win the competition. Unfortunately, last month it was announced that member Lee Newton would no longer be a part of the group. Lee made a video explaining that she was let go.
Real Like You (X Factor: The Band)
This girl group (made up of Kellimarie Willis, Jess Folley, Luena Martinez, Seorsia Leagh Jack, Virginia Hampson, and Halle Williams) was formed on the limited series X Factor: The Band earlier this month. The six young singers, between 16 and 20, ended up beating boy band Unwritten Rule to win a recording contract.
Tommy Sheehan (Survivor)
Talent Recap correctly predicted that Tommy, a teacher, was most likely to win Survivor: Island of the Idols. Tommy made several winning moves throughout the season, and it took him all the way to the end. After winning, Tommy told ET that he proposed to his girlfriend and is using the million-dollar prize to pay for his wedding.
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