The crossing of Paul Zerdin’s pond bore fruit beyond his wildest dreams.
The 43-year-old English ventriloquist says he entered America has talent in order to get some exposure and maybe some work in the United States. He did more than that, winning the 10th Anniversary Edition of the NBC Talent Pageant, a million dollar prize, and the chance to headline his own show in Las Vegas.
“I’ve had success at home, (but) nothing compared to that, standing on the Radio City Music Hall stage live on TV, in front of 6,000 people at the theater and millions at home,” a- he said in a telephone interview on Thursday, a day after winning the competition. “It’s the most important thing I have ever done.”
Zerdin tried not to listen to those who said he was a favorite heading into the top-rated summer show’s finale.
“I wanted to focus on my performance and say, ‘Whatever happened, I did my best,’ he says. “When I got (the victory) I was very surprised, but absolutely delighted and delighted. I still can’t get over it.
He especially thanks Judge Howard Stern, who praised Zerdin’s performance.
Howard was “my biggest supporter among the judges and spoke about me not only on the show but also on his radio show, which I think helped tremendously,” Zerdin said. “I am really very grateful. “
Zerdin says he was thrilled to be able to perform in Wednesday’s season 2 finale AGT champion and ventriloquist colleague Terry Fator, who enjoyed great success in Las Vegas.
“It was a huge honor. He had an amazing time in season 2. He has this most amazing show in Las Vegas, which I’ve seen a few times, ”Zerdin said.
Now Zerdin will have the chance to headline his own show in Las Vegas, America has live talent, October 22-24 in the PH showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. He will be joined by runner-up Drew Lynch and runner-up Piff the Magic Dragon (ticket information is available at www.AGTVegas.com).
Growing up, the Wimbledon resident says he was a fan of American ventriloquist Ronn Lucas. He also admires the work of Jeff Dunham and classical vocal performers such as Paul Winchell and Edgar Bergen.
What advice does he give to novice ventriloquists who might admire him?
“You have to stand in front of the mirror and practice a lot. It took me two years to learn the basics, ”he says. “I have been doing this for 25 years and I continue to improve. If you really want to do something, I think you can.