British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin won a whopping $1 million and an opportunity to become a headline at his own Las Vegas Show. The 43-year-old was definitely shocked when he was announced the winner of ?America?s Got Talent? on Wednesday, shared by USA Today.
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Paul Zerdin beat nine other contestants during the finals including two other British competitors Stevie Starr, the Professional Regurgitator, and magician John van der Put, performing as Piff the Magic Dragon. The Londoner was apparently ?totally speechless? and ?bowled over? when he became the champion, shared by USA Today.
After his win at Radio City Music Hall in New York, ?America?s Got Talent? winner spoke about his journey. ?I never thought it would be like this. I just thought I?d nip over to America, have a go at this talent show, and if it didn?t work out then I could come home back to the UK and no one would be any the wiser,? he said according to BBC News.
It seemed he forgot that the power of social media was a bit helpful in clinching that win. ?But the one thing I forgot about was social media. Everything filters back and everyone knows everything now.?
Zerdin won the show with his amazing performances on stage and his ability to use comedic characters and personalities with his ventriloquism skill. Howard Stern then congratulated Zerdin saying, ?There?s a reason Paul breezed through every single time he came on, because he is a master at what he does.? The ventriloquist was apparently the early favorite to win ?America?s Got Talent.? ?He?s taking the art of ventriloquism to new heights,? Stern added.
Co-judge and former Spice Girl Mel B then said to Paul Zerdin, ?You?re a well polished act, you?re flawless.? Runner-up place for NBC?s talent show was given to comedian Drew Lynch while the fourth place went to Stevie Starr. Zerdin is the second ventriloquist to win the talent show after Terry Fator, who won in 2007, according to BBC News.