September 19, 2018
Spoiler alert: This story contains significant details from Wednesday's Season 13 finale of "America's Got Talent."
"America's Got Talent" Wednesday crowned a Season 13 winner: magician Shin Lim.
Americas Got Talent: Season 13 champ crowned during two-hour finale
The runner-up, dance group Zurcaroh, embraced the card magician after host Tyra Banks announced him as champion at the end of a live, two-hour season finale.
As the credits rolled, Lim told the audience, "Thank you so much, everyone. I love you all so much."
He survived against nine other finalists during Wednesday's two-hour season finale, winning the most viewer votes after Tuesday's live performance show. He will receive a $1 million prize and headliner status for a November "AGT" show in Las Vegas.
About 90 minutes into the show, five acts were eliminated based on viewer votes: singer Glennis Grace; comedian Vicki Barbolak; singer Daniel Emmet; trapeze artists Duo Transcend and singer Courtney Hadwin.
During the final 20 minutes, "AGT" counted down eliminations. Besides runner-up Zurcaroh, violinist Brian King Joseph finished third; standup comedian Samuel J. Comroe finished fourth; and singer Michael Ketterer finished fifth.
Tuesday's performance finale was the most-watched "AGT" episode of the season, averaging 12.8 million viewers in overnight Nielsen ratings. It also attracted the largest number of young adults since the June 19 episode.
Americas Got Talent: Season 13 champ crowned during two-hour finale
As is usual for TV talent competitions, a short winner reveal was padded into a two-hour, star-studded, highlight-filled extravaganza.
KISS kicked the show off with "Detroit Rock City," as host Tyra Banks and judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel walked out onstage past Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and their bandmates. The band broke some news, announcing its upcoming farewell tour, "End of the Road World Tour."
The finale also featured "AGT" finalists performing with music stars. Hadwin teamed with British rock band The Struts for a performance that included Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." Emmet joined opera legend Placido Domingo for a spirited performance and singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha sang "I'm a Mess" before Grace joined her for a duet of "Meant to Be."
Star violinist Lindsey Stirling and finalist King Joseph teamed up on a string duet as trapeze artists Duo Transcend performed in the background.
Americas Got Talent: Season 13 champ crowned during two-hour finale
Duets weren't just for musical performers, either, as Vicki Barbolak, who made it to the finals with her "Trailer Nasty" routine, got a lesson in how to translate Hollywood talk from actor/comedian David Spade.
Earlier this season, Cowell issued an on-air request for Garth Brooks to write a song for finalist Ketterer and the the country music star came through, as Ketterer sang Brooks' new composition, "The Courage to Love."
Others making appearances included electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling.
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