British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin voices his joy at America’s Got Talent win

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

America’s Got Talent.

Paul Zerdin, who has performed for the Royal Family and previously used to host the GMTV show Rise And Shine, stormed to victory ahead of comedian Drew Lynch in the final at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

In a segment dedicated to the 61-year-old’s exit, the former host appears walking through New York City as he looks back on what he’s loved about judging contestants and being in New York. “If I had any dream about this, it’s that I could take someone who was struggling and seriously give advice,” he says in the video. “I was told over and over again that I had no talent.It’s the season 10 finale of America’s Got Talent, and the fate of a couple of singers, a few comedians, a magician, a mentalist, a little guy with a ladder, a bloke with a puppet, a magic dragon, and a man who can swallow whatever is currently in your kitchen junk drawer has been announced. Paul – who also appeared on the BBC children’s sitcom Tricky Business in the early 90s, was inspired to go in to ventriloquism after a family friend made him a puppet theatre, which he used to put on shows when he was just 10. It’s the most amazing feeling and I thank everyone so much for voting for me.” Scot Stevie Starr, known as the Professional Regurgitator came fourth, while British magician John van der Put performing as Piff the Magic Dragon also made the top 10. He’s also no stranger to the talent show circuit, having already won the short-lived ITV effort The Big Big Talent Show – which also featured a very young Charlotte Church among its competitors – in 1996.

He now performs with a range of characters including pensioner Albert, cheeky pre-teen Sam and Baby – with his final performance featuring all on them on stage at once. The 23-year-old has had a debilitating stutter ever since being hit in the throat during a softball game four years ago, but explained on the show that he has refused to let his disability hold him back. If anything, their performances have been solidly consistent. (During the season finale, they got to sing a 1980s rock ballad “I Want To Know What Love Is” with gospel singer Yolanda Adams.)

I enjoyed “Buzzer Therapy” where Jerry Springer shepherds some of the more interesting acts (remember that weird kid who could squirt milk out of his eye?) on how to live their lives after AGT. And if Paul Zerdin follows in the very successful footsteps of season 2 winner and fellow ventriloquist Terry Fator, he’s definitely going to need a bigger bank account for all the money he will be making.

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