This year’s season of America’s Got Talent was arguably one of the show’s best, with so many great acts performing that it was actually hard to predict who would win the $1 million grand prize.
While 14-year-old singer Courtney Hadwin was a fan-favorite from her first performance, acts like violinist Brian King Joseph and dance troupe Zurcaroh gave her tough competition.
In the end, the talented close-up magician Shin Lim took home the season’s top prize in an upset that fans are still debating months later.
But if you thought that season was full of great performers, America’s Got Talent: The Champions will blow you away.
The new series, which premieres in January, will pit 50 performers from Talent spin-offs around the world in one winner-take-all competition.
Along with true champions like Darci Lynne Farmer, who won America’s Got Talent in 2017, fan-favorite acts that didn’t win the grand prize will also be competing, including Britain’s Got Talent’s viral sensation, Susan Boyle.
As judge Simon Cowell says, "This is the Olympics of talent," and every act is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
Cowell will be joined at the bench by returning Talent judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Heidi Klum, while Brooklyn 99 actor Terry Crews is taking over hosting duties from Tyra Banks.
Here are some of our favorite acts returning to compete in Champions, plus a full list of all 50 acts below.
Susan Boyle - Singer
The bright and bubbly Boyle, who admitted to the judges that she had never been kissed at her audition in 2009, stunned the world with her performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables.
Since then, Boyle has topped the charts in the UK and America, won two Grammy awards, and sold 19 million albums worldwide. We can’t wait to see her performance on Champions.
Darci Lynne Farmer - Ventriloquist / Singer
Just 11 years old when she won America’s Got Talent last year, Farmer has wasted no time building her career, alongside her trusty puppet, Petunia.
She has been touring the country, performing at venues like the Grand Ole Opry, and is set to star in her own Christmas special this year. She may be young, but Farmer (and Petunia) will offer the other acts stiff competition.
Shin Lim - Magician
Last year’s America’s Got Talent winner taught himself to perform magic tricks after carpal tunnel syndrome ended his musical career.
He was already a world-renowned performer before appearing on season 18, and impressed the judges week after week with his close-up magic.
There’s no doubt Lim will impress audiences on Champions, the only question is what other amazing magic he can pull off.
The Professional Regurgitator - Regurgitator
The Regurgitator - aka Stevie Starr - managed to nab fourth place on season 10 of America’s Got Talent with his unconventional act: swallowing objects and regurgitating them.
Starr also wowed audiences in France, where he finished in fourth place again on that country’s national talent show. While Starr is a dark horse to win on Champions, he’s totally fun to watch, and he actually earned a standing ovation from several of the judges.
Jackie Evancho - Singer
Yes, like regular seasons of America’s Got Talent, Champions seems to be stuffed with singing acts. But audiences have never turned down a performance from classical singer Jackie Evancho.
She finished in second place on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent at just 10 years old, and went on to release several hit albums. Evancho’s popularity has only grown since she fell short of winning the $1 million prize, so Champions could be her shot at redemption.
Here's the full list of all 50 acts performing on America's Got Talent: the Champions. The first episode airs Monday, January 7 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.
- Angelica Hale, Singer (Season 12; Runner-Up)
- Bianca Ryan, Singer (Season 1; Winner)
- Brian Justin Crum, Pop Singer (Season 11; 4th Place)
- Courtney Hadwin, Singer (Season 13; Finalist)
- Darci Lynne, Singing Ventriloquist (Season 12; Winner)
- Drew Lynch, Stand-Up Comedian (Season 10; Runner-Up)
- Jackie Evancho, Classical Crossover/Pop Singer (Season 5; Runner-Up)
- Jon Dorenbos, Magician (Season 11; 3rd Place)
- Kechi, Singer (Season 12; Finalist)
- Kenichi Ebina, Dancer (Season 8; Winner)
- Paul Zerdin, Ventriloquist (Season 10; Winner)
- Piff the Magic Dragon, Comedy Magician (Season 10; Finalist)
- Preacher Lawson, Stand-Up Comedian (Season 12; Finalist)
- Prince Poppycock, Opera Singer (Season 5; 4th Place)
- Ryan Stock and AmberLynn, Sideshow Duo (Season 11; Quarterfinalist)
- Sal Valentinetti, Singer (Season 11; 5th Place)
- Samuel J. Comroe, Stand-Up Comedian (Season 13; 4th Place)
- Sara and Hero, Dog Act (Season 12; 5th Place)
- Shin Lim, Magician (Season 13; Winner)
- Sofie Dossi, Contortionist (Season 11; Finalist)
- Sons of Serendip, Music Group (Season 9)
- Taylor Williamson, Stand-Up Comedian (Season 8; Runner-Up)
- Tape Face, Mime Act (Season 11; Finalist)
- The Texas Tenors, Vocal Trio (Season 4; 4th Place)
- The Clairvoyants, Mentalist Duo (Season 11; Runner-Up)
- Tom Cotter, Stand-up Comedian (Season 7; Runner-Up)
- Uzeyer Novruzov, Ladder Acrobat (Season 10; Finalist)
- Vicki Barbolak, Stand-Up Comedian (Season 13; Finalist)
- Viktor Kee, Juggler (Season 11; Finalist)
- Attraction, Shadow Dance Group (Britain's Got Talent)
- Ashleigh & Sully, Dog Act (Britain's Got Talent; Season 6, Winner)
- Cristina Ramos, Opera/Rock Singer (Spain's Got Talent; Season 1, Winner)
- Cosentino, Danger Act (Australia's Got Talent)
- Darcy Oake, Magician (Britain’s Got Talent; Season 9; Finalist)
- DDF Crew, Jump Roper Dance Crew (Holland's Got Talent; Season 5, Winner)
- DJ Arch Jr, DJ (South Africa's Got Talent; Season 6, Winner)
- Ksenya Simonova, Sand Artist (Ukraine's Got Talent; Season 1; Winner)
- Lost Voice Guy, Stand-Up Comedian (Britain's Got Talent; Season 12; Winner)
- Moonlight Brothers, Dance Duo (Denmark's Got Talent; Season 4, Winner)
- Paul Potts, Opera Singer (Britain's Got Talent; Season 1; Winner)
- Tokio Myers, Multi-instrumentalist (Britain's Got Talent; Season 11; Winner)
- Susan Boyle, Opera Singer (Britain's Got Talent; Season 3; Runner-Up)
- Justice Crew, Dance Crew (Australia's Got Talent; Season 4; Winner)
- Issy Simpson, Magician (Britain's Got Talent; Season 11; Runner-Up)
- Alexandr Magala, Sword Swallower/Acrobat (Season 8; Quarterfinalist: Britain's Got Talent Season 11; Finalist: Russia’s Got Talent; Winner)
- Billy & Emily England, Extreme Rollerblade Duo (Season 12; Semifinalist: Britain's Got Talent Season 9; Semifinalist)
- Colin Cloud , Mentalist (Season 12; Semifinalist Britain's Got Talent Season 6; Judge Cuts)
- Deadly Games, Knife Thrower Duo (Season 11; Semfinalist: France Got Talent Season 12; Semifinalist)
- Light Balance, Light-Up Dance Crew (Season 12; 3rd Place: Britain's Got Talent Season 8; Semifinalist)
- The Professional Regurgitator, Regurgitator (Season 10; 4th Place: France's Got Talent; 4th Place: Britain's Got Talent; Semifinalist)
Will you be tuning in for America's Got Talent: the Champions?