Originally posted Monday, February 18, 2019 by RODNEY HOfirstname.lastname@example.org on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” Monday crowned Shin Lim as winner, beating out singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.
Both had won their respective “AGT” seasons.
The entire season was taped several months ago. The voters were a 50-state “panel” of voters. Lim’s mesmerizing close-up card trick won them over.
Suwanee singer Angelica Hale did not make the top 5 but was in the final 12.
“Being there was just amazing getting to be back,” 11-year-old Hale said in an interview before the finale aired. “The competition was very tough.” Howie Mandel had given her the Golden Buzzer, a moment she called “mindblowing.”
Viral sensation Susan Boyle, who sang the same song she chose during her opening audition on “Britain’s Got Talent” a decade ago, also didn’t make the cut.
The top five, interestingly, only featured two singers, including runner-up Darci Lynne, who had her puppet Petunia sing opera.
A Ukranian sand artist Kseniya Simonova came in third. Over-the-top Spanish singer Cristina Ramos landed fourth. And stand-up comic Preacher Lawson landed fifth.
The other seven were not actually “placed” in any order. They were just eliminated.