British Ventriloquist Wins America’s Got Talent

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin crowned winner of 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. 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. The episode also included performances by other finalists and professionals, including Rachel Platten, Penn & Teller, Jeffrey Ross and Mat Franco, who won last season. 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. In honor of his win, Zerdin will headline an exclusive engagement of “America’s Got Talent Live” in Las Vegas, Oct. 22-24 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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. Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and Nick Cannon serve as judges on the competition series, which is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment.

No one was banking on me.” Auditions for next season of “AGT” will begin in Detroit on Nov. 7, followed by stops in cities including New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, San Jose, San Diego, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando and Dallas.

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