The 13th season of the award-winning television show "America's Got Talent" was a lucky and profitable experience for former Lee University student Shin Lim Wednesday evening.In a poll of …
The 13th season of the award-winning television show "America's Got Talent" was a lucky and profitable experience for former Lee University student Shin Lim Wednesday evening.
In a poll of television viewers, Lim won the $1 million first-place prize, and a featured act in Las Vegas.
His magical performances wowed the judges and a nationwide audience throughout the competition.
"It means the world to me, to have people appreciate what I do," Lim said, after his victory was announced.
In what was described as the closest voting ever for the 13-year television competition, Lim edged the the second-place entry, Zurcaroh, for the title. The runner-up act is a youthful acrobatic dance company that amazed the judges and national television audience in recent weeks.
Also making the top five in Wednesday's final voting was another former Southeast Tennessee face, singer Michael Ketterer.
Ketterer is a Red Bank High School graduate, and now a pediatric nurse in Los Angeles. He had won the hearts of the judges, and much of the nation, with his personal story of adoption of five young (at risk) boys into his family.
Lim changed his presentation somewhat for Tuesday night's final performance. Instead of going right into his magic act and sleight-of-hand artistry, he began by playing the piano. He explained Wednesday he had studied to be a concert pianist in college (at Lee University in Cleveland). At Lee, he was a double major in music and telecommunications.
In 2011, as a 20-year-old, Lim was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which limited his musical aspirations, and caused him to leave the university after two years to spend time working on his magic act.
Tuesday's performance shows he still has his musical talent, among the reasons he incorporates music into his show.
Surgery followed his departure from Lee, which he feared might restrict his magical abilities. Intense therapy was successful, and he has gone on to achieve recognition and acclaim around the world prior to Wednesday's top prize on "America's Got Talent."
Following Lim and Zurcaroh in the nationwide voting Wednesday were violinist Brian Joseph King in the third position, comedian Samuel J. Comroe at No. 4, and Ketterer at fifth.
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