The only disappointing thing about the “America's Got Talent: The Champions” performances for the finals last week was the long wait before revealing the verdict from the 50 state superfans. Filling two hours for the finale of the competition, inviting champions from around the globe, involves adding in lots of fluff until the final vote revelation.

Fortunately, the February 18 finale of “America's Got Talent: The Champions” had a little something for everyone, even if the reason everyone was watching was prolonged.

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There was an opening recap of the finals performances, before comedian Preacher Lawson went in pursuit of finding a partner, trying out with danger couple, Deadly Games and big-hearted magician, Jon Dorenbos. Preacher even got nixed by the host, Terry Crews, but the funnyman captures physical comedy and humor so well that a sitcom should come calling for him soon.

Much more fun filled the night before the tension and surprise from the super fan votes, and everyone got in on the acts in this finale.

Card magician Shin Lim was crowned at the end of America's Got Talent: The Champions finale. [Image source: AGT-YouTube]
Card magician Shin Lim was crowned at the end of America's Got Talent: The Champions finale. [Image source: AGT-YouTube]

From the heavens to the host

“Britain's Got Talent” 2017 champion, pianist Tokio Myers, teamed with Voices of Hope children's choir from “America's Got Talent” last season to deliver an already stellar, show-worthy performance of “All We Got.” Like Simon Cowell, the performers in gleaming white took the audience to the heavens. They could sell out on the road right now.

Terry Crews got to show off why he has become the competition’s golden boy of the moment, from his colorful suits to his dance moves, and his skill in moving his pectoral muscles.

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Prognosticating couple, The Clairvoyants, brought the audience in on their performance, which included pictures at every seat, some of which were of the “America's Got Talent: The Champions” judges and the host. Using their “randomizer” to prove nothing was pre-formulated, the closing prediction brought Howie Mandel to the stage, putting his head in “the hole” of a letter “O” before the envelopes were opened by the audience. The envelopes contained photos of balloons, and when the board was turned around, Howie’s head was floating in a hot air balloon.

The failed pilot turns to a sensation

Simon Cowell reminisced about the failed pilot of “America's Got Talent,” and how he saw a seed of something great, but no hope until the call came from NBC to give the competition a try. Their effort grew the entire “Got Talent” global brand into its biggest stage. Heidi Klum and Mel B remembered being hired together as new judges. Rumor is that both spirited ladies will be losing their judges’ seats for Season 14.

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Heidi had her own fun looking back on all the times she’s drenched Simon with her drink, before the soaring performance from “Mystere” by Cirque du Soleil.

Season 5 show-stealer, Jackie Evancho, is still in operatic wonder and now a beautiful woman. She looked elegant in blue and offered an exquisite turn on the standard, “Somewhere.” The singer will forever hold an unforgettable moment of “America's Got Talent”-- one that no viewer can forget.

One of the most memorable performances came when Deadly Games took the stage to perform their daring routine while contenders Brian Justin Crum and “Spain’s Got Talent” surprise rocker, Cristina Ramos sang a glorious rendition of “The Show Must Go On.” There was almost too much passion and tension to look at simultaneously, but this collaboration could take on any theater in Las Vegas.

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Terry Crews introduced his co-star from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Melissa Fumero, to join card master magician, Shin Lim, onstage. Fumero displayed some card savvy of her own, shuffling and cutting decks like a professional, but nothing could top the magicians transferring her kissed card via her smartphone.

Darci Lynne dazzled with the final performance, featuring her senior puppet friend, Edna, who is totally smitten with Simon Cowell since the 14-year-old ventriloquist's Season 12 win in the competition. Viewers will remember that the feeling was completely mutual, and Simon came to the stage after the performance of Barry Manilow’s “I Can't Smile Without You,” planting a kiss on Edna. Ralph the dog added to the uplifting song, which received huge roars of applause from the audience.

The prize moment

It was not a long wait for Darci Lynne to discover that she was in the Top 3 and even better. The top five votes went to Preacher Lawson, Cristina Ramos, sand artist Kseniya Simonova, Darci Lynne, and Shin Lim.

Lawson and Ramos soon made an exit from the stage, never losing their winning attitudes, as both expressed gratitude for the “Champions” experience. Darci Lynne, Shin Lim, and Kseniya Simonova stood out the final three, until Simonova was named in third place, and departed the stage, hopefully with more big stages awaiting in her future.

Darci Lynne admitted that she felt like she was “going to puke,” and Shin Lim didn't look any calmer before word of the final tally. The magician was voted champion and fell to the floor as the showers of confetti came. This card magician clearly has captivated millions of fans and another run of “America's Got Talent: The Champions” is sure to reappear in the future.

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