"America's Got Talent" crowns new champion

Ruben Ruiz
September 21, 2018

"I was like...wow, if you did that last night, this could have been a whole different story".

Even though she didn't win the show, the 14-year-old could make up to six figures from live performances and appearances.

At the top of the show, the finalists included: Violinist Brian King Joseph, singer Daniel Emmet, trapeze act Duo Transcend, singer Courtney Hadwin, comedian Samuel J. Comroe, singer Glennis Grace, magician Shin Lim, singer Michael Ketterer, dance group Zurcaroh, and comedian Vicki Barbolak. "You have to respect that this is a competition", Simon said.

The final happened over two nights, with Courtney receiving a standing ovation for her version of a Tina Turner song called River Deep, Mountain High.

America's Got Talent creamed the competition in the ratings with the first part of the finale on Tuesday beating the next most-watched entertainment programming by more than 5.5 million persons.

"After the quarterfinals, he told me I needed to get away from the (card) table, to move away from being small and get bigger", Lim told USA TODAY moments after his victory at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Wednesday. In the semi-finals, Hadwin performed a cover of Steppenwolf's 1968 hit Born To Be Wild and was described as a "bundle of excitement" by Cowell.

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"You are going to inspire people".

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Before the results were announced, Courtney posted on social media saying it had been "an wonderful journey" and that she's "loved every second of it".

During the contest, she also performed songs including James Brown's Papa's Got A Brand New Bag and Otis Redding's Hard To Handle, leading Howie Mandel to compare her to a young Janis Joplin.

"All hell has broken loose in our life because of Simon Cowell", Garth said in his Studio G web series.

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