‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Shin Lim Still in Shock: ‘I Can’t Stop Smiling’ (Exclusive)

There’s magic within the air for the season 13 winner of America’s Got Talent.

Magician Shin Lim sat down with ET’s Denny Directo on Thursday to relive his unexpected win the night before.

“the idea’s starting to slowly sink in, although the idea’s kind of just a crazy moment. I’m still just so happy, I can’t stop smiling,” Lim shared.

He also said “words can’t describe” the moment when second-place finishers Zurcaroh lifted him up as he was announced the winner, as well as which he’s proud to be part of This kind of season’s acts.

“Everyone can be so incredible, every single artist just deserved the top, they genuinely do. as well as I’m honored to be a part of which group,” he added.

Lim admitted which he was uncertain about his standing throughout the competition, as well as expected some other front-runners to nab the prize.

“I thought Courtney [Hadwin] was going to win just based on hype,” Lim said. “although, all of a sudden, when she didn’t make the idea to the top a few, I was like, what? which’s insane. as well as then my second pick was Michael Ketterer, I thought he was also a front-runner or winner, as well as then he got fifth place. which just kind of did the idea for me because the idea took two left turns.”

He added, “If they got eliminated, anyone [can] get the idea.”

Magic acts also tend to struggle on the show, something Lim was keenly aware of as he prepared throughout the competition.

“I mean, magicians, in general, don’t genuinely do which well on America’s Got Talent, especially when the idea comes to the semis as well as the finals because the idea’s a little bit different by, perhaps, learning a song or something, or maybe doing a cover of a song,” Lim said. “Because you have to actually create by scratch something original, the props, the music, acting. as well as then the overall trick itself. the idea can be a little bit trickier, although I think the overall thing I experienced was love by the whole cast.”

as well as though  AGT can be obviously a competition, there was mutual admiration among the acts.
“Everyone was just so supportive as well as everyone wanted each some other to do well. No one was. like. trying to be competitive. Usually in competition shows there’s always backstabbing, there’s always people talking behind their backs. although in This kind of case, everyone was genuinely, genuinely supportive of each some other. as well as, we all respected each some other’s skills as well as talents. as well as I think which can be what made the idea so special for me,” Lim said.

The 26-year-old was also thankful for the judges’ encouragement, revealing he almost didn’t try out for the show. 

“I thought maybe they won’t like me, maybe they wouldn’t like my audition act, as well as I was very surprised as well as I keep getting surprised,” Lim said. “as well as I just want to thank all of the judges for helping me. I believe because of you guys, I commenced to change who I was, I commenced to improve as well as become a better magician.”

One judge, in particular, who helped Lim rethink his approach going into the finals — the notoriously tough Simon Cowell.

“He told me within the quarterfinals which I needed to, in general, I think he was trying to tell me to get bigger,” Lim recalled. “Because I was doing too much stuff at the table, kind of close, very intimate. although for a Vegas show, you do need to show some variety, even if the idea’s just cards. as well as so, which genuinely sparked something in my brain as well as which’s when I said, ‘OK, I have to take a risk,’ even though I only had two weeks between semifinals as well as finale, the idea’s only one week difference. as well as so I genuinely had to kind of take the risk as well as just do the idea.”

So what’s next for Lim as well as those skillful hands? Working in Las Vegas with the some other contestants, going on the road as well as a wedding! as well as you better believe which proposal to fiancee Casey Thomas was pure magic.

“I actually did a trick when I proposed to her,” Lim said. “the idea was actually on stage while she was performing.”

He continued, “She was doing her normal routine, as well as then me as well as the magician quietly switched without her knowing. as well as then all of a sudden she sees me on stage, she’s like, ‘What can be This kind of? What are you doing?’ as well as in her routine, she’s an ice princess who receives a light by the magician. So instead of the light, I made the light turn into a ring as well as I said, ‘Will you marry me?'”

Even with all the excitement surrounding him, Lim can be still humble about the win.

“Thank you so much to every single one of you who voted for me,” he said. “I genuinely, genuinely appreciate the idea. I wasn’t expecting the idea at all to win or to even get This kind of far, so thank you for believing in me as well as thank you for giving me the confidence to keep going. I love you, guys.”

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