Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin has been crowned winner of “America’s Got Talent’s” tenth season on NBC.
Zerdin’s victory was announced Wednesday night from the season finale at Radio City Music Hall. The episode also included performances by other finalists and professionals, including Rachel Platten, Penn & Teller, Jeffrey Ross and Mat Franco, who won last season.
In honor of his win, Zerdin will headline an exclusive engagement of “America’s Got Talent Live” in Las Vegas, Oct. 22-24 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. He will be joined by finalists Drew Lynch and Piff The Magic Dragon.
Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and Nick Cannon serve as judges on the competition series, which is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are its exec producers.
Stern bid farewell to “America’s Got Talent” after serving as judge for the past four seasons. In his goodbye segment, he said his experience trying to break into the business drove his desire to help others do the same. “I thought it would be really cool to be a judge, because I think I have something to offer,” he said. “If I had any dream about this, it’s that I could take someone who was struggling and seriously give advice. I was told over and over again that I had no talent. I was in college radio. No one was banking on me.”
Auditions for next season of “AGT” will begin in Detroit on Nov. 7, followed by stops in cities including New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, San Jose, San Diego, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando and Dallas.