In its first nine seasons, some of the winners of NBC's "America's Got Talent" included Bianca Ryan, an 11-year-old singer (season 1); Kenichi Ebina, a martial arts dancer and mime (season 8); and Mat Franco, a magician (season 9). The top prize is $1 million.
The winners on "America's Got Talent" have often included singers, such as Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., Michael Grimm and Kevin Singer. In addition to the $1 million prize, Grimm and Singer were awarded the opportunity to headline shows on the Las Vegas strip, at Caesars Palace Resort and Planet Hollywood, and to headline a nationwide tour.
There have also been several nonsinging acts that have won "America's Got Talent." Terry Fator, a ventriloquist, was the second-season winner, while Olate Dogs, a dog trick act that included jumping tricks and backflips, won in season seven. Olate Dogs were the first completely non-singing act to win the competition. Mat Franco, the first and only magician to win "America's Got Talent," went on to headline at the Linq Casino in Las Vegas.
There have also been many interesting runners-up on "America's Got Talent," including comedian Tom Cotter and dance groups such as All That, a clogging group, and Silhouettes.