“When you told me at 16 that an awkward, shy kid would one day be performing at the Dolby Theatre performing on America’s Got Talent, I wouldn’t have believed them. To compete on AGT, it means the world to me,” said Lim, who opened up about his carpal tunnel syndrome due to a career-ending injury to his thumb tendons.
The 26-year-old self-taught magician, who was born in Canada and currently lives in Acton, Massachusetts, wowed audiences through sleight of hand magic and close-up tricks. For his final trick, Lim performed a card trick with host Tyra Banks and American Ninja Warrior co-hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.
The 14-year-old singer from Durham, England, teamed up with The Struts for an unforgettable collaboration during Wednesday’s finale of America’s Got Talent. Along with a performance of the band’s song “Could Have Been Me,” Hadwin channeled her music idol by belting out the lyrics of “Piece of My Heart.”
Howie Mandel, who chose Hadwin as his Golden Buzzer winner, previously told her that she reminded him of Joplin.
“Oh my gosh, you are not from this era. You’re from a whole different era,” he said before talking about how Clive Davis discovered Joplin. “I’m not Clive Davis, I’m Howie Mandel, and I can’t sign you to a record deal. The only thing I can do for you, young lady, is give you [the Golden Buzzer].”
In perhaps one of the most shocking results ever on the show, America's Got Talent contestant Courtney Hadwin did NOT make the top five finalists.
As host Tyra Banks narrowed down the competition from 10 to five, the 14-year-old English singer, who has been wildly successful on the show since her first audition, was asked to stand side-by-side by Michael Ketterer.
Zurcaroh, Shin Lim, Samuel J. Comroe, and Brian King Joseph had already made it, and there was one remaining spot. Sadly for Courtney fans, it was revealed that she didn't land in the top five — instead, Michael got the spot.
During the competition, both judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell called Lim “the best close-up magician they have ever seen.” “You’re the only one that makes me believe that magic is possible,” Heidi Klum said.