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How Yu Hojin Changed Simon Cowell's Mind During the Live Shows

The magician officially won over Simon Cowell with his Live Show performance.

By McKenzie Jean-Philippe
Yu Hojin Shocks The Audience With Jaw-Dropping Magic | NBC's AGT 2022

It looks like we have our first magician headed to the America's Got Talent Season 17 finale. 

How to Watch

Watch the Season 19 premiere of America’s Got Talent Tuesday, May 28 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock

During August 17's Live Results show (and following a fan vote), Yu Hojin was named as one of the week's Top 2 Acts moving on to the Finale, along with country girl band Chapel Hart. They'll join saxophonist Avery Dixon and country singer Drake Milligan on September 13 to duke it out for the $1 million grand prize.

We first saw Hojin during this year's seventh round of Auditions when he wowed most of the Judges with his elegant feather illusions. However, Simon Cowell voted "No." But during the Live Shows, the AGT executive producer had a change of heart when the magician debuted a mesmerizing routine that he'd never performed before.

"I think I helped you," Cowell said. "By me saying 'No' at the Auditions, I think it has pushed you to be a better magician. And I'm very happy to say, on live television, I am officially an idiot."

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So, armed with the knowledge that he's proved Cowell wrong, what does Hojin have in store for us in the next few weeks? As it turns out, the Seoul native has been preparing for this competition for quite some time.

"I decided to come to America's Got Talent when I was in the army the last three years," he told NBC Insider.
"So, I believe in myself. [I said] 'Hey, you can do it. So , let's make it happen.' So I didn't prepare only one Act, I prepared several things."

We can't wait to see what's next.

Watch AGT on NBC Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8/7c and next day on Peacock.